My favourite part about the book was certainly the setting. By spending time researching and living in the Yukon, Wild was able to include brilliant sensory details. Buildings, rivers and the permeating cold were realistically recreated on the page. Local characters seemed grown from the harshness of their surroundings.
Jo Silver's background formed an interesting side mystery to the story, although I found it a bit hard to relate to such a hard-boiled, hard-drinking journalist. Her weaknesses of self-doubt and distrust helped create some empathy. However, her decisions to break the law, take enormous risks and continuous running outdoors in inappropriate clothing were sometimes difficult to swallow.
The story is filled with action and has a satisfying conclusion. The reader is left with several questions about Jo Silver which would work nicely into a sequel or series.