Published by Samlaget, 2019
An ice-cold escape in the dark
Ilias is 16 years old and lives in a centre for asylum seekers with his nine-year-old sister, Amira. They have fled their homeland and now find themselves in a refugee centre in North Norway. One day, something happens that makes it dangerous for them to stay. The siblings must escape into the dark night. They don’t know the area, nor anyone who lives there. The wind is freezing cold, and they’re running out of time. Before long they can hear the snowmobile that’s out hunting for Ilias. Who can help them get through this frozen winter night? This book tells an exhilarating story, with a driving plot and tense undertones that grow steadily throughout.
The book is published in cooperation with the organisation “Books for Everyone”. The author has chosen to write about two different main characters, shifting between each of their perspectives. This way readers of any age can identify themselves with one of the book’s narratives.
Translation rights sold to Faroe Island.
Sunniva Relling Berg (b. 1988) made her debut in 2011 with the critically-acclaimed novel for young adults, Utfor (Odd One Out), which was nominated for the Brage Prize. Polar Night is her third novel for young adults.
Illustrated by Bjørn Rune Lie (b. 1977). He is a recognized author and illustrator. Lie has won prices for good design.