“There are definitely some action packed sections to this story, but there are also some parts that seem to drag. I think this is mainly because the author has to explain some of he technicalities of mountain climbing that might not be familiar to all readers. If you've read any other climbing books though, like Into Thin Air, or know anything about high altitude climbing, this is going to seem like unnecessary breaks in the story.
Besides the mountain climbing, there's also another element to this book. The main character hasn't seen his father in quite awhile, and suddenly he feels like a pawn in his father's business dealings. Peak's dad runs a climbing expedition business, but business has been slow. Now he wants Peak to be the youngest to climb Everest so that the publicity might get his business going again. (Gee, that's nice.) Peak begins to wonder why in the world he's putting his life at risk for a man who hasn't even bothered to answer any of his letters. And yet, just like his mountain climbing parents, Peak has the urge to keep climbing until he gets to the top, or not! ”
Ms. M wrote this review Sunday, December 19, 2010.