Angel Smith is ready to leave Antarctica for a second chance at life. But on what was meant to be her final day, the research station is attacked. Hunted and scared, she and glaciologist Ford Cooper barely make it out with their lives…only to realize that in a place this remote, there’s nowhere left to run.
Isolated in the middle of a long, frozen winter with a madman at their heels, they must fight to survive in the most inhospitable—and beautiful—place on earth. But the outside world depends on what Ford and Angel know and, as their pursuers close in and their new partnership burns bright and hot, they will stop at nothing to make it out of the cold alive.
[I received a digital arc from Netgalley for an honest review]
Whiteout is the start of the new series, Survival Instincts, by Adriana Anders. A story that will keep you on the edge and send a chill down your spine. Set in the barren isolated setting of Antarctica, two people who barely know each other are forced to depend on each other for survival. It the start of a plot much bigger than just this first book, a series’ plot filled with conspiracies and danger.
“Everything was a shock to the system – the subzero temperature, the achingly bright daylight. […] Just three hundred and sixty degrees of sky and ice – blue and white- fighting for dominance.”
Angel and Ford are very much opposites. Ford likes his routine, the cold and quiet of the ice, and prefers to stay focused without the complication of emotion. Angel refers to him as the ‘Ice Man’. Angel has a much warmer personality a love of cooking for others. Don’t let her bubbly disposition fool you, when things turn dire she holds her own and manages to keep pace with Ford. She is far from a damsel in distress and I really enjoyed that about her character.
“Don’t thank me, Angel.”
“Cause things are gonna get a lot worse before they get better.”
The two are fighting for their lives as they trek across the frozen landscape, the lesser of two evils. The obstacles they endure from the numbing cold to the brutal winds will bring a chill to your bones. As they are forced to share each others’ company ( and a sleeping bag) they form a bond. They do what it takes to survive and Angel thaws Ford ‘the Ice Man’ in the process. Their relationship was real and intense, feelings heightened with their desperate situation. Even when they seem to be in the clear, the dangers never stop.
“Death was here for them […] and the only thing holding him together was her.”
After finishing Whiteout, I am definitely invested in the series and its characters. I have to know what happens next and will be keeping an eye out for book 2.