South Pole Station: A Novel by Ashley Shelby

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Read South Pole Station: A Novel Online Free - Do you have digestion problems due to stress? Do you have problems with authority? How many alcoholic drinks do you consume a week? Would you rather be a florist or a truck driver?

These are some of the questions that determine if you have what it takes to survive at South Pole Station, a place with an average temperature of -54°F and no sunlight for six months a year. Cooper Gosling has just answered five hundred of them. Her results indicate she is sufficiently resilient for Polar life.

Cooper’s not sure if this is an achievement, but she knows she has nothing to lose. Unmoored by a recent family tragedy, she’s adrift at thirty and—despite her early promise as a painter—on the verge of sinking her career. So she accepts her place in the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers Program and flees to Antarctica—where she encounters a group of misfits motivated by desires as ambiguous as her own. There’s Pearl, the Machiavellian cook with the Pollyanna attitude; Sal, an enigmatic astrophysicist whose experiment might change the world; and Tucker, the only uncloseted man on the continent, who, as station manager, casts a weary eye on all.

The only thing the Polies have in common is the conviction that they don’t belong anywhere else. Then a fringe scientist arrives, claiming climate change is a hoax. His presence will rattle this already imbalanced community, bringing Cooper and the Polies to the center of a global controversy and threatening the ancient ice chip they call home.

A winning comedy of errors set in the world’s harshest place, Ashley Shelby’s South Pole Station is a wry and witty debut novel about the courage it takes to band together, even as everything around you falls apart.

Title : South Pole Station: A Novel
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ISBN : 1250112826
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Sam rated it ★★★☆☆

March 02, 2017

I'll keep this one brief. Did you read and enjoy Fobbit? Put it in Antarctica with scientists (subtract war) and voila, you have South Pole Station. I did not care for Fobbit, but I mildly enjoyed South Pole Station. It is mostly funny, dark but humanely funny. The South Pole takes less precendenc...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

June 16, 2017

This is a first novel and it shows somewhat - one weird pacing decision and a few startling flashbacks (too infrequent to make much sense,) too much infodumping with science at times, and it could have been shorter and told the same story - but overall I enjoyed this story about Polies working at...

Ashley rated it ★★★★★

June 11, 2017

Of course I'm biased, but I do know that five stars-worth of effort went into the book. Its literary value I will leave to others to determine.

William rated it ★★★★☆

January 11, 2018

The cover and beginning of the book suggest a light-hearted devil-may-care account. Instead, I found the story growing deeper and darker the further I read. I found the descriptions of life at the South Pole credible in terms of the harsh physical setting and the quirky interplay among the person...

Monica rated it ★★★★☆

June 28, 2017

Having just been relatively near the South Pole, (that is, a few thousand miles at Cape Horn,) I came across this on Edelweiss and was intrigued. I ended up enjoying it very much --- it is smart, complex, and riveting. Like the main character and her father I've always found Pole stories fascinat...

Dede rated it ★★★★★

February 24, 2017

I received a galley of this book in a non-Goodreads giveaway and finished the book last week. I've only now had a chance to sit down to write a review. Where to begin? Imagine a place set at the most remote point of human habitation, the size of a nursery school, and filled with carpenters, cooks...

Leah rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 31, 2017

I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a fair review. I really wanted to like this book. The premise seemed so interesting, especially since I know nothing about Antarctica. I keep waiting for the story to start. I kept reading, and reading, and reading, and it never...

Nahid rated it ★★★★★

August 28, 2017

South Pole Station is both engaging and thought-provoking. I highly recommend this novel.

Melissa rated it ★★★☆☆

August 10, 2017

I didn't like it at first but by the time I finished it I was having a hard time putting it down. The characters grew on me and it's an interesting idea of science and art alive at the South Pole. It's people living their lives and learning who they are.

Dorine rated it ★★★★☆

September 23, 2017

SOUTH POLE STATION by Ashley Shelby plops an artist into a scientific community without an escape hatch. Eccentric hilarity abounds. Cooper Gosling earns a fellowship as part of an artists and writers program to create a portfolio while living at the South Pole Station. Her father has always been...

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