Climate change thrillers are becoming quite popular these days and I’ve been interested in the different approaches they take to a similar looming threat. A Song of Winter gives us a very technical and tactical story surrounding a sudden weather event which throws humanity into the path of extinction. We follow a group of people in Scotland who each have unique skills to navigate such an event and have a shot to survive. Finlay is a professor whose students stumble upon a prediction that threatens humanity. When the cold and snow begins, his wife takes matters into her own skilled hands and gets them on the road. Her military training and unique childhood give her the chance to save them. Titch grew up with Jess and is also looking to settle back in the old community, one that has trained for ways to survive off the grid. As these stories weave together we learn more and more about the cosmic events that are causing the extreme weather and whether humanity has any chance to come out the other side.
The beginning of this one might be a little dense for you if science isn’t your thing, but I really appreciated how well researched and clearly communicated this complex issue was. I would have been happy with a little more detail and dialogue with some of the characters. I felt like the end was a little abrupt although the epilogue gives you an idea of where things end up. But I really liked the role reversal where Jess was the bada** veteran with a serious military history. If you like fast paced stories with unlikely heroes and really bleak threats that humanity must surmount, then definitely check this one out.
Thanks to Love Books Tours for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.
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