“Far North was on my wishlist for about two years when it came up as a Group Read for a group on Goodreads that I belong to. It was the perfect excuse to finally buy it and I was really looking forward to it – post-apocalyptic, a solitary character who decides to reconnect with the remnants of humanity and set in harsh landscape. Should have been my cup of tea.
This book is beautifully written in a bleak, harsh and short way, full of twists that I didn’t see coming, and gradually reveals its secrets at the right parts of the story.
Without giving away too many twists and secrets, I just found this book a pretty hard slog – I didn’t find the character of Makepeace interesting in the least, the secondary characters seemed two-dimensional with little substance to even make me curious about them and found the ending unsatisfactory apart from the fact that it meant I was finally finished.
As I said at the beginning, perhaps I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for this book. Of course that does not make it a bad book, and as one friend said ‘it’s written like a western’ (thanks Alison!), which is spot-on – so if that type of writing appeals to you, then you should just ignore me and try it for yourself. ”