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Lorna’s adopted sister, Callie, is part of a mysterious group of non-lingual teens, Icelings, born on a remote Arctic island, who may not be entirely human. Now Callie wants to go home.

Seventeen-year-old Lorna loves her adoptive sister, Callie. But Callie can’t say “I love you” back. In fact, Callie can’t say anything at all.

Because Callie is an Iceling—one of hundreds of teens who were discovered sixteen years ago on a remote Arctic island, all of them lacking the ability to speak or understand any known human language.

Mysterious and panicked events lead to the two sisters embarking on a journey to the north, and now Lorna starts to see that there’s a lot more to Callie’s origin story than she’d been led to believe. Little does she know what’s in store, and that she’s about to uncover the terrifying secret about who—and what—Callie really is.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages

    Iceling Reviews

  • Cait ? A Page with a View
    Nov 27, 2016

    2.5 stars. I think people who like contemporary YA stories with a hint of paranormal or dystopian might like this more.Lorna's dad was on an Arctic expedition and found a bunch of babies, so she refer...

  • Helen
    Apr 02, 2017

    Although this read a little too young for me at times, I enjoyed it a lot. Imagine having a mute adopted sister who was found in the arctic as a new-born with a hundred or so others....

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    Dec 07, 2016

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight This was a quirky little book for sure! I didn't know what to expect going in, because I d...

  • Marla
    Nov 01, 2016

    I found Iceling an interesting concept of how siblings bond and love each other even if one is “adopted” and from a very different place making it hard for them to communicate. I felt all along th...

  • Bridgette
    Nov 05, 2016

    "My name is Lorna Van Allister. I'm seventeen years old. I was born and raised in Abington, Pennsylvania. My sister's name is Callie. I have a boy I won't call my boyfriend named Dave, a mom named Jud...

  • Kim
    Dec 10, 2016

    Iceling was provided to me by the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.Seventeen-year-old Lorna loves her adoptive sister, Callie. But Callie can't say "I love you" back. In fact,...

  • Jeff Raymond
    Dec 13, 2016

    On one hand, the whole idea of a pod people-style science fiction story is very well-tread ground. It's going to take a lot to impress me in regards to a story like that. Iceling, surprisingly, delive...

  • Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
    Nov 20, 2016

    I thought the overall premise for this book was very unique and intriguing, but the long, rambling internal monologues from the teenage narrator coupled with some pretty big plot holes ultimately made...

  • Laura L
    May 22, 2017

    Actual Rating: 4.5...

  • Maggie Haberman
    Mar 03, 2017

    Though I found the writing at times repetitive and pretentious, overall this book is very entertaining with an engaging central concept and an excellent dynamic between the sisters. I recommend it. ...