Top critical review
Uninteresting and poorly written.
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2021
I can understand why middle-school children might enjoy the book but, as an adult, I found it boring, repetitive, and not particularly well-written. The protagonist, Cole, has very odd, mentally-unbalanced responses to people, surroundings, and wildlife. After a chapter or two, I had to conclude that the character had some serious bio-chemical imbalances that were pushing him sideways off his mental rocker. (If he had been my kid, he would have been at a nutritionist and then to a lab for blood work at the first sign of trouble.) The book lost me completely when Cole was faced with the presence of the white bear. This 15-year-old kid threatens to kill a bear!? He's a city kid without the strength to nudge an animal of that weight and height, and he's going to kill it? The correct and sane response would to have been petrified in abject fear--and then make a plan to either eventually fight or take flight. I skimmed the last half of the book.