Always North

Always North

We all have to work to live, even if it is an illegal survey for oil in the rapidly melting arctic. Software engineer Isobel needs to eat like everyone, and that’s how she fell into the job that leads her to the most northerly place on our planet.

As part of a weathered crew of sailors, scientists and corporate officers she sails into the ice where their advanced software Proteus will map everything there is to know. A great icebreaker leads their way into the brutal environment, and the days grow longer, time ever more detached, as they pass through the endless white expanse of the ice.

But they are not alone. They have attracted the attention of seals, gulls and a hungry, dedicated polar bear. The journey to plunder one of the few remaining resources the planet has to offer must endure the ravages of the ice, the bear and time itself.

This is what we find when we travel – Always North – a profound meditation on our consumption of the world, and the perception of time. For fans of Adam Robert’s The Thing Itself, only at the farthest reaches of the world can we see the truths closest to our minds.

Title:Always North
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781912658039
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    Always North Reviews

  • Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.comThis is the perfect novel for those who enjoy desolate landscapes and post-apocalyptic sci-fi.Isobel, a software engineer, accepts a job aboard a research ves...

  • Anna

    'Always North' is an unusual case of me purchasing a book new, as it wasn't in the library and there were good reasons to consider it promising. The Guardian's best sci-fi of 2019 brought the title to...

  • Lukasz

    Climate fiction matters. The world changes and normal doesn’t exist anymore, just ask my grandparents ;) I believe powerful fiction can impact readers’ behaviors stronger than the raw scientific ...

  • Doreen

    I went into this thinking it would be a bit like Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation, partly due to the cover, but also due to the prospect of a young woman going on a dangerous expedition into the unknown...

  • Symon Vegro

    I found this one interesting. I didn’t much like the writing style at first, then the plot overtook me and I couldn’t put it down, but then I found the sections after it all went pear-shaped - abo...

  • Chloe Russell

    No amount of money can save us after we have ruined our ecosystem. Some reviews said it was ambiguous but I think the ending was clear. ...

  • Jeremy Hornik

    Grim pre- and post-apocalyptic story of a woman engineer trying to get by, first as a programmer on a dodgy arctic survey, and then as a survivor of an ongoing global collapse. Are they related? More ...

  • Octavia Cade

    First off: this has a fantastic cover. I mean, just look at it! Outstanding.Anyway. I reviewed this for Strange Horizons, and the full review will be up there soon. But briefly... I really enjoyed thi...

  • Danny

    Great cover, beautiful cover.. the sections that take place in the Arctic were fascinating and tense. Wonderfully written. Things got muddy when we jumped to the future and the story never really foun...

  • Susan Tunis

    You know, it wasn't an unpleasant reading experience. The story, setting, and characters were quite interesting. The polar bears were fabulous! It's just that... I seriously have no idea what happened...