Books To Read After “Icebreaker”

Icebreaker has sailed its way into the hearts of many readers worldwide, with its unique mix of adventure, mystery, and futuristic society themes. If you’ve already turned the final page of this compelling book and are craving more similar reads, then this post is for you. We’ll explore a range of books across various genres, all of which share elements with Icebreaker that made it such a hit.

In the sections that follow, we’ll delve into different categories – from classic adventure tales and dystopian futures, to gripping young adult mysteries. We also have a section dedicated to unexpected recommendations – these might not be the most obvious choices, but we believe fans of Icebreaker will find them particularly engaging.

So, whether you’re searching for your next page-turner or simply want to expand your reading list, we’ve got you covered. Let’s set sail and discover your next reading adventure.

Understanding the Appeal of Icebreaker

Before we embark on recommending a list of books that share commonalities with Icebreaker, it’s essential to understand what makes this book unique and compelling. By understanding its key themes and the author’s unique storytelling style, we can align these characteristics with our recommended reads.

The Key Themes in Icebreaker

Icebresaker is more than just a simple adventure story. It deals with complex themes that can resonate with readers across different ages. These include:

  1. The Power of Friendship and Unity: The protagonist, Petrel, along with her friends, illustrates the power of unity and friendship in overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
  2. Courage in the Face of the Unknown: Throughout their journey, the characters are continuously put in challenging and uncertain situations. Their courage to face these scenarios forms a significant part of the storyline.
  3. Societal Structure and Control: Icebreaker also brings up questions about societal structures, obedience, and the implications of control. This gives the book its dystopian feel.

Unique Elements of Style and Structure

Lian Tanner’s writing style in Icebreaker is characterized by detailed descriptions and carefully constructed world-building. This immersive storytelling transports readers directly into the cold, desolate landscape of the ship. The narrative also shifts between characters, providing diverse perspectives, enriching the plot, and adding depth to the characters. This unique narrative structure also serves to build suspense and maintain the reader’s engagement.

Knowing these themes and stylistic elements will guide us in the following sections, as we propose books that echo these aspects of Icebreaker.

Category Breakdown

Now that we’ve dissected the key elements that make Icebreaker a standout, we’ll delve into book recommendations across several categories that resonate with these elements. Our first category? Adventure and exploration.

Adventure and Exploration Books

The thrill of the unknown, the beauty of uncharted territories, and the camaraderie built along the journey are the essences of adventure and exploration stories. They are the very factors that make Icebreaker an unforgettable read. If this is the aspect you loved most, these books should be next on your list:

1. ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell

The story follows Fred, Con, Lila, and Max who are on a plane crash in the Amazon Jungle. Stranded far from civilization, they must navigate through this alien world to find their way home. Much like Icebreaker, this book celebrates friendship, courage, and the unyielding human spirit in the face of adversity.

2. ‘The Wanderer’ by Sharon Creech

A young girl named Sophie embarks on a journey across the Atlantic Ocean with her three uncles and two cousins. As she navigates through personal and physical challenges, Sophie’s story is one of self-discovery, resilience, and adventure – qualities reminiscent of Petrel’s journey in Icebreaker.

Stay tuned for our next categories which delve into dystopian societies and young adult mysteries. Each category has been curated to reflect different aspects of Icebreaker, allowing you to choose based on what intrigued you most about the novel.

Dystopian and Futuristic Society Books

One of the captivating aspects of Icebreaker is its depiction of a dystopian society set aboard a futuristic ship. If the complex societal structures, questions of obedience, and a vividly depicted future caught your interest, then you’ll find the next set of book recommendations intriguing.

‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry’s The Giver introduces us to a “perfect” society where pain and suffering have been eradicated, but at the cost of individuality and freedom. The protagonist, Jonas, uncovers the unsettling truth beneath this apparent utopia. This book’s exploration of societal structures and control aligns closely with the themes presented in Icebreaker.

‘Legend’ by Marie Lu

Legend is a gripping tale set in a future America torn apart by war and disparities. The story is driven by two characters – June, a prodigy born into an elite family, and Day, the country’s most notorious criminal. When their paths cross, it sets off a series of events that shakes the very foundation of their world. The book’s blend of adventure and societal critique should appeal to fans of Icebreaker.

Stay tuned as we venture into our next category, which will delve into the thrilling world of young adult mysteries. Whether it’s the adventure, the dystopian elements, or the mysteries that drew you to Icebreaker, we have recommendations that cater to every reader.

Young Adult Mystery and Suspense Books

The uncertainty and suspense in Icebreaker play a crucial role in keeping readers engaged. If unraveling mysteries and experiencing suspenseful moments is what you loved about Icebreaker, then this next set of book recommendations is tailored for you.

‘One of Us is Lying’ by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying is a gripping story about five high school students who walk into detention, but only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. This whodunit narrative, filled with suspense and unexpected twists, will surely appeal to fans of Icebreaker.

‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dashner

The Maze Runner follows the story of Thomas, a boy who wakes up in a strange place called the Glade, with no memories of his past. The only way out of the Glade is through a giant, ever-changing maze filled with deadly creatures. The element of suspense, the mystery surrounding the characters’ pasts, and the thrill of the unknown are aspects that Icebreaker fans will undoubtedly enjoy.

In the next section, we’ll uncover some unique and unexpected recommendations that might not be the obvious choices but can still captivate fans of Icebreaker. Stay tuned!

Unexpected Recommendations

Sometimes, the most enriching reads come from stepping outside our comfort zones. The following books may not immediately resonate with Icebreaker, but they share some key elements that fans of the book may find intriguing.

‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman

Coraline is a dark fantasy by Neil Gaiman about a young girl who discovers a parallel world behind a door in her house. While the narrative is more fantasy-oriented, the themes of courage, self-discovery, and the struggle against malevolent forces are parallel to the experience of Petrel in Icebreaker.

‘Life as We Knew It’ by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This novel is the first in a series that depicts the drastic effects on a family and society following a catastrophic event that alters the moon’s orbit. While not set in a futuristic ship like Icebreaker, the survival theme and the struggles faced by the characters will certainly appeal to Icebreaker fans.

Remember, reading is a journey, and it’s always exciting to take an unexpected detour. You might just find your new favorite book in these less-traveled paths. Up next, we have some honorable mentions that didn’t make our main list but are definitely worth checking out.

Honorable Mentions

While the above-mentioned books closely parallel the themes and elements of Icebreaker, we believe in the importance of broadening one’s reading horizons. Here are a few more books that, while they may not align perfectly with Icebreaker, are compelling reads in their own right.

‘Station Eleven’ by Emily St. John Mandel

This post-apocalyptic novel doesn’t revolve around a ship or a structured society like Icebreaker, but it’s a deeply moving exploration of survival, culture, and human connection in the face of a global catastrophe.

‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game is set in a future where children are trained to become military leaders against an alien threat. While it leans more towards science fiction, the novel’s exploration of strategy, leadership, and morality will captivate Icebreaker fans.

These honorable mentions, although slightly different in their approach, offer compelling narratives and themes that can resonate with fans of Icebreaker. In our concluding section, we will wrap up our recommendations and invite you to explore these books and possibly discover new favorites. Stay tuned!

Additional Recommendations

If you’re still craving more books that capture the unique charm of Icebreaker, we’ve compiled an additional list of ten books that might strike your interest. Each has its unique narrative style, themes, and captivating plots.

‘The City of Ember’ by Jeanne DuPrau

A story of two friends who uncover the dark secret of their city that’s running out of resources. This tale of survival and courage is a great follow-up to Icebreaker.

‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness

The first book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy presents a dystopian world where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts. Its exploration of societal control and rebellion echoes Icebreaker‘s themes.

‘Wool’ by Hugh Howey

This post-apocalyptic tale occurs in a giant silo underground, where society lives under strict rules. Its similar setting and dystopian themes align well with Icebreaker.

‘Snow Crash’ by Neal Stephenson

A fast-paced cyberpunk novel set in a dystopian future. Its complex society and rich world-building make it a great pick for Icebreaker fans.

‘Airborn’ by Kenneth Oppel

Set in an alternate past, where airships rule the sky, this book offers adventure, exploration, and a hint of mystery, akin to Icebreaker.

‘Ship Breaker’ by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a dystopian future, a teen scavenges ships and dreams of a better life. This book’s setting and the protagonist’s fight for survival will resonate with Icebreaker readers.

‘Artemis Fowl’ by Eoin Colfer

While a different genre, this fantasy book series offers adventure, clever protagonists, and a good dose of suspense that Icebreaker fans will enjoy.

‘The Golden Compass’ by Philip Pullman

An adventure set in a parallel universe involving a brave young girl. Its rich world-building and daring adventure align with Icebreaker‘s appeal.

‘The Roar’ by Emma Clayton

A dystopian novel featuring brave young characters fighting against a totalitarian regime. Its suspenseful narrative and societal critique echo Icebreaker.

‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth

A society divided into factions based on virtues is the setting of this thrilling dystopian novel. Its exploration of societal structure and control mirrors Icebreaker‘s themes.

With these ten additional books, you’ll have plenty of reading material to transport you to new worlds, filled with adventure, suspense, and captivating characters just as Icebreaker did.

Happy reading!


From adventure and exploration to dystopian societies and young adult mysteries, we’ve navigated through an array of book recommendations that fans of Icebreaker might enjoy. We’ve also ventured off the beaten path with unexpected recommendations and honorable mentions. While all these books contain elements reminiscent of Icebreaker, each provides its unique narrative and themes to explore.

Reading, like any journey, is about exploration, discovery, and sometimes, about embracing the unexpected. So, whether you’re looking for something similar to Icebreaker or ready to explore new genres, we hope you find your next great read from this list.

We’d love to hear about your experiences with these books, your own recommendations, or how your reading journey progresses. After all, one of the joys of literature is sharing and discussing our thoughts and impressions. Happy reading!

Remember, the best adventure might just be a book away!

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R.J. Adams

My first job was at Barnes & Noble, so books and reading have been a big part of my life for as long as I could remember. My Kindle is jam-packed with books I likely will never get around to reading and my To Be Read pile is even longer!

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