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White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean July 15, 2009

Posted by Lisa in Teen Book Reviews, Young Adult Book Reviews.
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White Darkness

Geraldine McCaugherean

HarperTempest, 2005

ISBN:  978060890353

Age: 13-16

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White Darkness is about a 14 year old girl, named Symone Wates.  Symone is a very unusual girl who is in love with Captain Oates-a dead guy from a long ago time.  Symone is infatuated with the South Pole and Captain Oates expedition to the pole.  Symone actually ends up going on her own expedition to the South Pole with her Uncle Victor.  Victor is crazy and Symone believes she will suffer the same end as her Captain did on his own journey. 

White Darkness is very much a suspenseful thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seats.  Symone Wates tells this story in her own words as she tries to figure if her Uncle Victor can be trusted or not.  Victor’s obsession with the South Pole places Symone in grave danger.   Symone’s expedition becomes a struggle for survival and Symone must learn t trust her instincts. 

This story didn’t really capture my interested as I was expecting from looking over the cover of the girl with the deep looking eyes.  I struggled to finish this story.  It was just hard for me to believe that a 14 year old girl could ever be so slow at catching onto Victor’s craziness and not so nice disposition.  Also, I had a hard time believing that a 14 year old girl could even go on an expedition to the South Pole.  This story was just way too far out there to keep my attention for long.  The style of writing was just like most young adult books with the main character telling the story and traditional dialogue between the characters as the story unfolds.