“The Curiosity” by Stephen P. Kiernan, c. 2013, William Morrow, $25.99 U.S., 434 pages

When you look back on your life, you notice that much has changed.

Personally, you’ve grown, matured and endured. From outside, you’ve seen the advent of the Internet, cellphone, social media and a whole new century, maybe more.

It’s a world your great-grandmother would’ve barely recognized – and as you’ll see in the new book, “The Curiosity” by Stephen P. Kiernan, letting her explore it might have had world-wide repercussions.

Dr. Kate Philo was in over her head.

She wasn’t really qualified to lead the Carthage Institute’s latest Arctic expedition, but she needed to work, and Erastus Carthage needed a body with a Ph.D. Still, it was a relatively easy job: her team – 19 scientists, 12 crewmembers, and one hack journalist – was searching for “candidate bergs” large enough to allow for reanimation experiments on krill and shrimp.

And then they found it: the biggest iceberg yet. It would supply organisms for hundreds of studies.

It would contain a surprise: a human man.

From this frozen human that Philo’s crew found, a man whom Carthage dubbed Subject One, he could learn how to suspend life and re-animate it at will.

From my description, you might think that “The Curiosity” is a work of science fiction. You might, then, be surprised to know that his page-turner is more of a gentle romance-drama than anything.

This obviously isn’t your Grandma’s romance – it’s actually better, and I think you’ll enjoy it. For novel lovers tired of the same old story, “The Curiosity” is something different for a change.

Terri Schlichenmeyer has been a professional book reviewer for more than a decade. She lives in Wisconsin.