Yasmin has flown her daughter Ruby halfway across the world to visit her father where he is based in Alaska, living with the Inuit people. When she arrives at the airport after their long flight she is told that her husband, along with all of the other villagers, has perished in a freak accident. She doesn’t believe, cannot believe that her husband is dead and sets off on an incredible journal across Alaska to find him. She doesn’t get too far before she realises that they are being chased.
The story is set realistically in the far reaches of Alaska where the average person cannot imagine how cold it is. The reader doesn’t have to imagine because the author has described everything in minute detail, both from Yasmin’s perspective and more interestingly from her daughter’s.
When I first started reading the book I could see that tension would build up very quickly. I was not prepared for how intensely I would be immersed in the story. It was emotional but not sad, factual without being documentary, and fast paced without tiring the reader. I fell in love with the little girl who shows great strength and resources in the dangerous and terrible conditions.
This is a stunning masterpiece that should be read in schools and universities because it gives the reader so much to think about.