Zak is furious when his parents take him and his sister May away from their tropical holiday in St. Lucia to a remote base on Antarctica, one of the most isolated places on Earth. Outpost Zero is part of the Exodus Project a mission to prepare for life on Mars, and his parents have to fix a problem with the Spider drones they built. When they survive a crash landing in a horrific storm they’re incredibly relived but their problems have only just begun. All of the people who live there have mysteriously disappeared, the power is out and there is no way to communicate with the outside world. Outside dark forces are at work, threatening Zak and his family. As he searches for answers, he keeps experiencing strange visions, someone is trying to communicate with him, something buried deep beneath the ice. Can he discover what is really going on before it’s too late?
‘Below Zero’ is an action-packed, suspense filled read that will enthral and entertain you in equal measures. Brilliantly atmospheric Dan transports you to the cold, darkness of the Antarctic where every step you take potentially leads you to into further danger. It’s this constant fear of the unknown that keeps you turning the pages as you try to make sense of this confusing place that Zak and his family find themselves in. It feels quite dark and menacing at times, Dan manages to create the most tense and brittle mood that you feel could just snap at any moment, leading to certain catastrophe. The story intersperses different narratives of before and after Zac and his family arrive at Outpost Zero, allowing the reader to get glimpses into the lives of the missing people which adds to the dramatic tension. This is not a story for the faint-hearted, be prepared to be totally scared and freaked out ( I know I was), definitely one for readers of 11 years and over. If you love high tension and fast-paced drama then this is a highly recommend read
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Thank you to Laura and Chicken House for inviting me to join in with the blog tour and for my copy of this thrilling book. ‘Below Zero’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop.