The White Darkness Author:Geraldine McCaughrean I have been in love with Titus Oates for quite a while now—which is ridiculous, since he's been dead for ninety years. But look at it this way. In ninety years I'll be dead, too, and the age difference won't matter. Sym is not your average teenage girl. She is obsessed with the Antarctic and the brave, romantic figure of Captain Oates fr... more »om Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole. In fact, Oates is the secret confidant to whom she spills all her hopes and fears. But Sym's uncle Victor is even more obsessed—and when he takes her on a dream trip into the bleak Antarctic wilderness, it turns into a nightmarish struggle for survival that will challenge everything she knows and loves. In her first contemporary young adult novel, Carnegie Medalist and three-time Whitbread Award winner Geraldine McCaughrean delivers a spellbinding journey into the frozen heart of darkness.« less
Sym is the appealing heroine of this dark and riveting tale of a trip to the Antarctic gone terribly wrong. She is smart, awkward, wears hearing aids and talks to her hero, an adventurer dead 90 years now, on a daily basis.
This is a very dark read and I somewhat enjoyed the plot. It's very different from any book I've read before, though it wasn't very memorable. There is a lot of arctic action and a little mental illness. Overall it was a little strange, but an okay read.