In My Last Continent, Deb Gardner, a naturalist studying the Adelie penguins of Antarctica, prefers the isolation and solitude Antarctica provides. Keller, a former lawyer, spends endless seasons in this icy and remote landscape working odd jobs in order to escape the painful reality of his life back in the US. Drawn together by their research into the impact of tourism on this fragile ecosystem, their relationship is tested by long periods of separation, personal tragedy and culminating in one fateful moment that will change their lives forever.
For all its desolation, remoteness, frigid temperatures and endless ice, Antarctica is a vibrant, mesmerizing, constantly evolving and changing landscape that has for centuries completely entranced us with its mysterious beauty. Although written as the love story of Deb and Keller, My Last Continent is in fact a love story, an ode to the wonderous continent of Antartica.
I was really looking forward to reading this; I mean the cover alone is reason enough but I am absolutely fascinated by Antarctica and really love reading about it and the promise of a love story made it hard to resist. Unfortunately though Deb and Keller’s love story was so uninteresting and unappealing that I actually had a hard time finishing My Last Continent. It’s saving grace is the vivid imagery of Antarctica and the fact that I learned more about the penguin population than I ever thought I would!
Thank you to NetGalley and Scribner for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.