South Pole Station

South Pole Station


Do you have digestion problems due to stress? Do you have problems with authority? How many alcoholic drinks do you consume a week? Would you rather be a florist or a truck driver?

These are some of the questions that determine if you have what it takes to survive at South Pole Station, a place with an average temperature of -54°F and no sunlight for six months a year. Cooper Gosling has just answered five hundred of them. Her results indicate she is sufficiently resilient for Polar life.

Cooper’s not sure if this is an achievement, but she knows she has nothing to lose. Unmoored by a recent family tragedy, she’s adrift at thirty and—despite her early promise as a painter—on the verge of sinking her career. So she accepts her place in the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers Program and flees to Antarctica—where she encounters a group of misfits motivated by desires as ambiguous as her own. There’s Pearl, the Machiavellian cook with the Pollyanna attitude; Sal, an enigmatic astrophysicist whose experiment might change the world; and Tucker, the only uncloseted man on the continent, who, as station manager, casts a weary eye on all.

The only thing the Polies have in common is the conviction that they don’t belong anywhere else. Then a fringe scientist arrives, claiming climate change is a hoax. His presence will rattle this already imbalanced community, bringing Cooper and the Polies to the center of a global controversy and threatening the ancient ice chip they call home.

A winning comedy of errors set in the world’s harshest place, Ashley Shelby’s South Pole Station is a wry and witty debut novel about the courage it takes to band together, even as everything around you falls apart.

Title:South Pole Station
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:368 pages

    South Pole Station Reviews

  • Sam

    I'll keep this one brief. Did you read and enjoy Fobbit? Put it in Antarctica with scientists (subtract war) and voila, you have South Pole Station.I did not care for Fobbit, but I mildly enjoyed Sout...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This is a first novel and it shows somewhat - one weird pacing decision and a few startling flashbacks (too infrequent to make much sense,) too much infodumping with science at times, and it could hav...

  • Monica Edinger

    Having just been relatively near the South Pole, (that is, a few thousand miles at Cape Horn,) I came across this on Edelweiss and was intrigued. I ended up enjoying it very much --- it is smart, comp...

  • Ashley

    Of course I'm biased, but I do know that five stars-worth of effort went into the book. Its literary value I will leave to others to determine....

  • Leah

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a fair review.I really wanted to like this book. The premise seemed so interesting, especially since I know nothing about Antarctic...

  • Stephanie

    Maybe interesting to you if you care what Bernadette might have done when she was in Antarctica. ...

  • Dede Ward

    I received a galley of this book in a non-Goodreads giveaway and finished the book last week. I've only now had a chance to sit down to write a review. Where to begin? Imagine a place set at the most ...

  • Cherei

    I really enjoyed reading, "South Pole Station". And, recommend it to anyone who wants to read a book that is written by someone who is steeped in the knowledge and culture of the Polies!The main chara...

  • Barbara

    “South Pole Station” by Ashley Shelby is silly, yet a bit academic. The story takes place in the real Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica (decommissioned in 2008), although Shelby took...

  • Alex Yard

    This book snuck out of nowhere and really impressed me. A glance at this might make it seem like nonfiction but it isn't. It's a rich tapestry of characters and identities skillfully woven together in...