This one has me on The Edge

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This one has me quite literally on The Edge as far as opinion of it goes. I wasn't sure what to expect from the book. It had a premise unlike anything I have read, and it definitely did not fail to that point! The story was pretty unique; a historian specializing in researching the stories of lost explorers goes exploring in the arctic and gets lost... interesting! The writing was good, and it kept me interested for the most part, but here is where it gets tricky for me. I didn't like the narrator, and I don't think we are supposed to. However, the humor and prickish personality that made me dislike the main character was also what ultimately kept me interested.

There was very little dialogue, but the whole book was kind of a dialogue with the narrator, so being that he was unlikeable, it made me loose interest towards the middle of the book, because I just didn't care what happened to him. It was written in such a humorous way that it was also hard to take seriously. So again, what was drawing me in and keeping me interested was also what ultimately made it hard for me to feel completely invested and ended up making me at times want to stop reading.

The end kind of brought it back for me, because it added that bit of mystery, but overall, I just don't know what to think of this book. I found the most interesting parts were the stories of the explorers that the narrator told, and not the story line itself. I'm on The Edge!