Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Hear all my thoughts in my August 28, 2020 Friday Reads video.
I requested this book because I am planetary scientist who studies icy worlds. That means I am familiar with the topic, if not an expert. I spent a brief period in my undergrad studying Greenland Glaciers, but I am hardly a climate or glacier scientist. Nevertheless, I think it gives me a unique take on this book.
I was not all that thrilled by the concept of this book: another book about the perils of climate change. But it is so much more than that. This is short book that focuses on Earth’s ice reservoirs that tells a narrative that interweaves stories from Tedesco’s own expedition to the ice, to stories about the indigenous communities of various icy regions and their mythologies, and to personal accounts as a father and immigrant. Those feel like a very broad range of topics to cover, but I think it is what makes this book worth reading.
What’s more, it is told in a clear and enjoyable way (not always a given with scientists). While I may be a scientist myself, I do think he did a good job explaining various pieces of information in a clear way for the lay reader.
Traditionally, I read more science heavy books, so I am glad this one worked so well being more than about the science. 4/5 stars