I'm a sucker for apocalyptic novels. Can't get enough of them. And living on Minnesota, winter is always heavy on my mind, so The Sunlight Pilgrims seemed right up my alley.
Enough so that I did not honestly pay a lot of attention to the details before I picked it up.
First of all, this is not set in the far-future. It's set in the winter of 2020 — which is, for all intents and purposes, is right around the corner. To be honest, I'm not sure that I want to contemplate an apocalypse that is quite that close. Especially a wintry one.
I also missed that it was a YA novel — though truth be told, the jury is out as to whether is actually a YA novel, or just written by a young author. That was actually a nice surprise, since the coming-of-age story of Stella (formerly Cael) was the strongest part of the book to me.
It's a beautiful book and a poetic book; but it's also a book that moves as slowly as the glacier that plays a featured part on the storyline. As such, it's not a book for fast-moving narrative, but rather a contemplative, character-driven piece, with a slight tendency towards navel-gazing.
It's not the kind of book I usually read, but I was glad to pick it up.
(as usual, book provided free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an unbiased review)