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Freezing Point (After the Shift Book 1) by Grace Hamilton

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Kindle Edition: 380 Pages.

Published: 13 September 2018 by

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In the dawn of a new Ice Age, families everywhere are taking to the road to escape the frigid landscape—but you can’t outrun the cold.

No one could have predicted the terrifying impact of human interference in the Arctic. Shifts in the Earth's crust have led to catastrophe and now the North Pole is located in the mid-Atlantic, making much of the eastern United States an unlivable polar hellscape.

Nathan Tolley is a talented mechanic who has watched his business dry up due to gas shortages following the drastic tectonic shifts. His wife Cyndi has diligently prepped food and supplies, but it’s not enough to get them through a never-ending winter. With an asthmatic young son and a new baby on the way, they’ll have to find a safe place they can call home or risk freezing to death in this harsh new world.

When an old friend of Nathan’s tells him that Detroit has become a paradise, with greenhouses full of food and plenty of solar energy for everyone, it sounds like the perfect place to escape. But with dangerous conditions and roving gangs, getting there seems like an impossible dream. It also seems like their only choice.

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Good Start to the Series

I read a fair number of post-apocalyptic books where the world has undergone a catastrophe  from plague, zombies, virus, economic collapse and so on. This book falls in the less common catagory of massive climate change. I found this quite refreshing though I think at times the author may have regretted making the permanent winter quite so permanent.

The poles have shifted resulting in volcanoes errupting and a permanent winter. There is dust in the atmosphere meaning little sunshine and there is permafrost. Snow falls and storms are commonplace. Nathan, his wife Cindi and son Tony feel the time has come to leave their home and travel to Detroit. They take their friend Freeson and on the way gather a collection of characters - Syd a teenage girl, Lucy a wealthy woman and Dave & Donie who are tech geeks. They also have to avoid a gang on snow mobiles.

The author has not made this a total apocalpse. There seems to be some sort of government, a bit of internet, some electricity and general services such as water. This is not a total collapse as in many post-apocalyptic books. I found this quite interesting and thoroughly believable. Communities are still functioning and have outside cnnections but there are still plenty of lawless bandits. The technology did flit in and out at convenient plot moments but thankfully this was not a plot device that was overdone.

I struggled slightly with the  vehicles the group were travelling in. This is an American book and I could not envisage the vehicles that were discussed. I could not imagine how big they were and how squashed the inhabitants were. With hindsight I wished I had done my research as soon as these were mentioned as they play an important role in the journey. I think I would have been better placed to imagine the reality of these vehicles in a snowstorm or driving through buildings if I had any idea what they were like.

This is quite a good book of this genre. I did feel that I would have liked some better character development but I note that this is the first in a series so suspect that this will develop in later books. This is obviously the first book of a series. It sets the scene and introduces the characters. I found it easy to read and interesting. There was enough action to keep the plot moving along and me interested. I would certainly be happy to read the rest of the series.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

 
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