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The premise and the setting were fascinating: UN Polar Guard airships over the now ice free areas above Canada. And the idea that there would still be smuggling and intrigue -of course, and with energy at the heart. But then both the technology and the plot went pretty far away from plausibility AND the characters felt like they were just speaking their lines. Couldn't finish it and didn't care too much how it ended. I DID like that the heroine is a Nigerian lesbian.
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Thrillers aren't generally my bag, though I found a lot more to like, sf-wise, in Arctic Rising than in Neal Stephenson's ???Reamde???, another "sf/thriller" hybrid of recent memory. (This isn't a fault necessarily of ???Reamde???, it is after all set in a future as near as next year.) For ???Arctic Rising???, I very much enjoyed Smith's narration, my first experience with her as a narrator. She handled African and Afro-Caribbean accents well enough, along with a clear mainline narration, though her Russian accents left a little more to the imagination. Story-wise, an interesting and sophisticated near/medium future of a climate change with winners and losers is marred only a little by the incredulous parade of near-deaths and escapes which drive Anika to and fro. 3.5 to 4 stars, somewhere in there.
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