In the early 1900's exploration was considered to be one of the most daring occupations a person could have. When Perce Blackborow meets up with Ernest Shackleton, the famed Artic explorer it is a dream come true. Shackleton is setting off on another amazing quest, this time with the goal of crossing the Antarctic. At first Perce Blackborrom hopes that the explorer will take him on as a sailor with the crew, but soon it becomes obvious that he has no intention of accepting him as part of the team.
So Perce decides to stow away on the Endurance, aided by a few friends that he has made on board. Little does he know but the Endurance has a dangerous future in store. Before the expedition can even reach the Antartic continent the Endurance is trapped in the ice and slowly crushed. The crew is forced to abandon the ship and set out across the ice, packing the three life boats and as much supplies as they can. In the dangerous Southern climes even a small mistake can mean your death from frostbite. With little equipment and food the men of the Endurance must fight for their lives.
I really enjoyed the historical fiction aspects of “Shackleton's Stowaway.” The story feels well researched and Victoria McKernan demonstrates an exhaustive eye for detail as she presents the storyline. The character interactions and descriptions of the Arctic climate are fascinating, and the stories suspense is reasonable without becoming overdone. I highly recommend “Shackleton's Stowaway” as a survival story that I enjoyed.