The Winter Over – By Matthew Iden
Winter arrives at the Shackleton South Pole research station. With the majority of the crew leaving for the nine-month winter period, only 40 remain to keep the base ticking over and conduct additional research. When strange events keep threatening to push the crew into a state of panic, the base mechanic Cass starts to suspect that maybe something else is being researched during winter — themselves.
I loved the cover of this book, and thought it may be like the movie The Thing, but without the monster? There aren’t any alien monsters in the Winter Over, but the truth is, the monsters are human.
The Winter Over got off to a good start and the writing made it feel very cinematic. The setting of the research station was well fleshed out with some nice details about the different areas, the day-to-day life of the staff, and a constant reminder of the cold. As it went on there were also some very tense moments of dread that I really enjoyed. However, after the start of the book the pacing became (excuse the pun) glacial, and it wasn’t until the last third of the book that things began to heat up (unintended pun).
Told from multiple viewpoints, The Winter Over is an exploration of paranoia, claustrophobia, and madness. The environment of the Antartic is hostile enough, but then the effects of close-quarter living, a permanent state of darkness, and a series of triggers start to take their toll on the crew, and the descent into chaos begins. This part of the story whilst exciting was very short right at the end of the book. I would have liked the tension to have lasted