Review: Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan

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Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan
Published by: Stripes  
Released: 10th January 2019
Page count: 416 Pages
Edition: Paperback
Rating: 4.5/5

Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

‘She sat us all down and told us a story. About things that lived in the woods. Things that only came out at night.’

For Charlie, a school ski trip is the perfect escape from his unhappy home life. Until a storm blows in and the resort town is cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped on the mountain, the students wait for the blizzards to pass, along with mysterious ski guide Hanna. 

But as night falls and the town’s long buried secrets begin to surface, the storm is the least of their problems….

A chilling RED EYE horror, perfect for fans of Dawn Kurtagich, Juno Dawson and Charlie Higson.

Thoughts

For Charlie, a school ski trip is an escape from his unhappy life at home. That is until a storm blows in and their resort town is cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped on a mountain all Charlie and his fellow students can do is wait for the storm to pass, along with strange ski guide, Hanna. As night falls and the secrets of the town come to fruition the storm is the least of their worries. 

YA Horror is a genre that I don't read enough of so when I had the chance to read Whiteout I was so excited. The premise of it sounded so intriguing and in a way I couldn't wait to be scared by this unique story and let me tell you this...I was both scared and amazed!

Whiteout had everything you could want in a YA horror. It had action, it had suspense, it had jump scares and it had evil vampire like creatures that you could tell were grotesque. It really was a thrilling read and one that I just couldn't put down, despite how scared I got at moments. When a book does that to me I know it's a good one.

The setting in Whiteout was so atmospheric, creepy and just perfect for the plot! As I read it during a cold spell this made the reading experience just that bit more eerie. The descriptions were spot on that it was like you were there with the students trying to figure out a way to end the horror. You could also tell a lot of research had been done into ski resorts as even the littlest of details were perfect. 

The plot itself was so unique and unlike anything I'd read in a YA horror before. This was down to the setting but also the characters/monsters. The monsters were so fascinating to read about. Were they vampires? or were they something else entirely? It isn't really stated throughout the story and I loved that little bit of mystery. It really added to the atmosphere of this menacing book. 

Charlie was a character who grew from strength to strength throughout the course of the book. Starting off as an outsider he learnt to channel his troubled past and do what was right in the interests of his fellow students and Hanna. Come the end of the book he was a changed person and his character development was just outstanding. Hanna, just like Charlie had a troubled past and as the story progresses you learn more about her motivations for being in the resort. She was determined, strong willed and willing to do whatever she could to find out the truth. Hanna was a true heroine. 

Whiteout was an outstanding debut book and one that is certainly going up there on my list of favourite YA novels. Everything about it had my adrenaline pumping and my heart racing, so much in fact that I devoured it in a few days and am now dying for a sequel. Please, Gabriel, make this happen! 

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  1. Fantastic review!
    I loved how the ending set it up so that there *could* be a sequel, and I'd love one too.
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