“WHITE ALICE IS HERE
The name is chilling in its simplicity. White Alice. Prim and melancholic, like the name of a girl with glossy hair who rides dressage through the moors of her father’s estate”Michelle Min Sterling, Camp Zero
Title: Camp Zero
Author: Michelle Min Sterling
Pages: 304 (Hardcover)
Published: April 4th, 2023
My Rating: ★★½
Read: 6/24/2023 – 6/30/2023
Dystopian plots fascinate me. Many times they’re prophetic. It’s especially interesting to read one set in the nearish future. Camp Zero has a great premise, but I wish I hadn’t spent most of the book trying to figure out what the focus of the book was.
Set in a future suffering from the results of harsh climate change, Rose agrees to work as a spy to provide housing for her mother. Meanwhile, Grant wants to break away from his family’s past. The two meet at Camp Zero. It becomes a part that this place is harboring secrets.
As I mentioned, I have no idea what the central focus of this plot is. Climate change is the obvious answer, but with minimal world-building and context so much was lost. From page one it felt like I was supposed to already know what was going on as I entered the story. The names (or lack of) were confusing, the POV shifts added to the trouble getting my bearings… I overall felt like I was left out of the loop.
I enjoyed the writing itself. With more world and character building I think I would have loved it. My feelings are mixed.
Likes & Dislikes:
What I liked:
- Interesting setting.
What I didn’t like:
- Not enough world-building.
- Keeping track of the characters was difficult.
It’s been a trend with a lot of the dystopian books I’ve read that there’s minimal world-building or backstory. I go into it feeling like I’m reading a fanfic about a show I’ve never read because it’s written in a way where the author assumes I know what’s going on already.