A lovely review of my debut book. Thank you!
THE STARS SEEM SO FAR AWAY by MARGRET HELGADOTTIR
PB, 161 pages, Fox Spirit
This slender collection of linked short stories is set in a far-future Arctic, where the few humans who haven’t fled to the stars are forced to retreat from the heat of the sun, deeper and deeper into the polar regions, refugees fleeing war, plague and famine. The fourteen stories follow five main characters in their journeys across this hostile tundra; Nora the pirate girl, separated siblings Aida and Zaki, Bjorg who would kill to protect her seed bank, and the mysterious, charismatic Simik. How these five damaged travellers come together and set out on an entirely new adventure forms the core of the book.
The writing is sparse and elegant, like the lands it inhabits, stripped back to the bare rock but not lacking in beauty for all that, and the characters, although wounded by…
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