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After the Snow

Crockett, S. D. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
After the Snow
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Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl as he journeys in search of his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home.
Authors: Crockett, S. D. (Sophie D.)
Title: After the snow
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 288 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl as he journeys in search of his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home.
ISBN: 0312641699
9780312641696
Statement of Responsibility: S.D. Crockett
Subject Headings: Science fiction. Winter Fiction. Missing persons Fiction. Voyages and travels Fiction. Adventure and adventurers Fiction. Survival Fiction. Winter Juvenile fiction. Missing persons Juvenile fiction. Voyages and travels Juvenile fiction. Survival Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Science fiction.
Adventure fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Science fiction.
Winter
Missing persons
Voyages and travels
Adventure and adventurers
Survival
Winter
Missing persons
Voyages and travels
Survival
LCCN: 2011036122
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Jun 24, 2013
  • Kewashere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thsi book sounds extremely good, can't wait 'til I can sit and read this, it sounds exciting adn seems like it holds a lot of promise so I can't wait to see what happens.

Jan 19, 2013
  • CRRL_AngelaCritics rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is set in a future Britain where changes in the ocean temperature and currents have caused a drastic drop in temperature in Europe. When Willo Blake’s family disappears, he sets off through the snows to try to find them. This story combines post-apocalyptic and dystopian elements with a good, old-fashioned survival story. The dialect Willo speaks bothered me a bit. Other characters did not talk that way, so I couldn’t figure out why he did. It made him sound a bit stupid. While this book really didn’t appeal to me, anyone who like adventure and survival stories should enjoy it.

Jan 17, 2013
  • tigerlittle2 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I found this book slow and boring. The writing style was also hard to adjust to. If I was into survival books I might have enjoyed this more, but I felt like there was not much to the storyline.

I ordered this! :) Can't wait to read it!

Jun 20, 2012
  • euclid13 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a good story of survival. I enjoyed reading it. Don't let the Sci-Fi label put you off.

Mar 30, 2012
  • Ashley Chen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

To begin with, I chose this book from the wonderful Raincoast Books because it reminded me of one of my sister's favourite series: the Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness. And guess what? The first page seemed like a twin copy of the plot from the Chaos Walking Series. The main character is a guy with a dog. The book is written in slang/weird dialect. The dog talks to him like Patrick Ness' book. But this dog was a formless dog. It never really been described. Its thought just come into Willo's mind. The only time it was described as a real dog was when the family first found it, when it was a broken and mangy.

Format:
The slang and the intentional grammar errors will not sit well with everyone. But without it, the character really don't have a feel to it. With the slang, it seemed like there is something tangible with the characters.

Setting:
The setting reminded me a lot of a scene from the TV mini series Pillars of the Earth, where the family is walking in the frozen forest. At least that is what I thought of it. And as the novel went on, it kind of reminded me of the Relic Master Series by Catherine Fisher. I don't know why it reminded me of it but I just had the same feelings that I had with Catherine's series.
Audience:
It was very disturbing to see that a fourteen year old girl has a baby with a old man but I guess that is the whole point of dystopian. Plus all around the world, stuff like this happen. Very disturbing! There was gory stuff in the novel. And it did feel more of a boy-ish type read (which I love).
Plot:
I started to like the book more and more as I read on. The suspense was amazing. I wasn't breathing because I was scared that I would change that fate of the characters.

The government in the novel was very secretive. The author painted a vivid and imaginary picture of the government and it seemed very dystopian and very interesting. I couldn't wait to learn more about the government. For most of the book, I wish Willo could just hurry into the city and told me more about the government.

I did enjoy how the novel did not focus mainly on romance. In fact I don't think there was 5% of it in the book.

I do like fairly short chapters but the thing is that the story moved too slow. In the beginning, I felt the magic here and there but it didn't spark me. The reason I read on was that I wanted to see what the government was like. If the author cut the first 40% of the book down to 10%, we got ourselves a good book. I mean the beginning of a book is VERY important. Most people would give up a few chapters in. I say the fun starts on pages 100 and onward. And the thing is that most people give up a book on page 100 or lower. But when you hit part 2, that's when the fun started to party :)
And as part 3 hits, "OH MY GOD! Please readers! Don't give up on this book! There are some great actions, some great secrets, some great unexpected things in this book. I am SOOOO glad that I didn't gave up on this book." Yup that was what I typed frantically on my iPod as notes when I read into part 3.

Final thoughts:
This book is not like the nowadays YA dystopian, it is like 1984 dystopian, but of course for YA. there is no guys fighting for a girl. It is refreshing and kind of bring me back the love I had for 1984.

I HIGHLY recommend this book to lovers of the Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness and boy-ish book lovers out there. Just bare with the story a little in the beginning, and when you get to part 2 and 3, you won't regret reading the book.

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Mar 30, 2012
  • Ashley Chen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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