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Release Date
March 27, 2012
ISBN
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Fifteen-year-old Willo was out hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell him where his family has gone. But on the way across the mountain, he finds Mary, a refugee from the city, whose father is lost and who is starving to death. The smart thing to do would be to leave her alone -- he doesn't have enough supplies for two or the time to take care of a girl -- but Willo just can't do it. However, with the world trapped in an ice age, the odds of them surviving on their own are not good. And even if he does manage to keep Mary safe, what about finding his family?

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After the Snow reads like Huck Finn meets dystopia. Unfortunately, I really don't like Huckleberry Finn. Why? Because, even at the very best of times, books written in dialect are a struggle for me. For one thing, dialect tends to equal poor grammar, which always makes me shudder. I did a lot of shuddering in this book. It also slows down my reading, both because I don't like it, and because I'm reading it all out loud to myself in my head (if that makes sense).

The main character, Willo, constantly talks to a dead dog that he has made into clothing. He even thinks it answers him, which is freaking creepy! Not only that, there's a 'mad dog' personality and a 'good dog' personality. Really. Willo, in his head, keeps holding conversations with a dead dog with multiple personalities. What the effin' what?

So yeah, I didn't really like the characters or the writing, but what about the dystopian elements, the world-building? Not so much there either. I don't feel like I really got a handle on what was going on here. I mean, I see that the weather went crazy, and there is a brief comment on how that happens. However, I want to know more about how the society functions and why so many people don't have papers and why everyone's so interested in the mountain men. And what's up with the crazy pseudo-religion, rebellion group? None of this was at all clear, and not in a cool leaving you guessing kind of way.

I really wish book descriptions for books in dialect were written in dialect. If that summary had been written the way the book was, I would not have read this. Well, maybe I would have, but only because it's a dystopia. Still, the description doesn't really give an accurate picture of what you're going to get. This definitely was not for me.
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Christina Franke, Staff Reviewer Reviewed by Christina Franke, Staff Reviewer May 04, 2012
Last updated: May 04, 2012
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If Huck Finn Were a Dystopia

After the Snow reads like Huck Finn meets dystopia. Unfortunately, I really don't like Huckleberry Finn. Why? Because, even at the very best of times, books written in dialect are a struggle for me. For one thing, dialect tends to equal poor grammar, which always makes me shudder. I did a lot of shuddering in this book. It also slows down my reading, both because I don't like it, and because I'm reading it all out loud to myself in my head (if that makes sense).

The main character, Willo, constantly talks to a dead dog that he has made into clothing. He even thinks it answers him, which is freaking creepy! Not only that, there's a 'mad dog' personality and a 'good dog' personality. Really. Willo, in his head, keeps holding conversations with a dead dog with multiple personalities. What the effin' what?

So yeah, I didn't really like the characters or the writing, but what about the dystopian elements, the world-building? Not so much there either. I don't feel like I really got a handle on what was going on here. I mean, I see that the weather went crazy, and there is a brief comment on how that happens. However, I want to know more about how the society functions and why so many people don't have papers and why everyone's so interested in the mountain men. And what's up with the crazy pseudo-religion, rebellion group? None of this was at all clear, and not in a cool leaving you guessing kind of way.

I really wish book descriptions for books in dialect were written in dialect. If that summary had been written the way the book was, I would not have read this. Well, maybe I would have, but only because it's a dystopia. Still, the description doesn't really give an accurate picture of what you're going to get. This definitely was not for me.

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Okay book. I will read the next book.
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Ashley Chen Reviewed by Ashley Chen April 26, 2012
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Okay book. I will read the next book.

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The premise of this book sounds superb! A second ice age, a young boy trying to find his family while being distracted by a damsel in distress, a corrupt government… All the elements were there, but it just didn’t do it for me. Throughout the entire book I just kept waiting for something really meaningful to happen. I was so excited about the setting and dystopian world in this book, but as I read, it didn’t seem that different from winter in Ohio… On top of that, I felt like none of my questions were answered. I thought there was some great potential with some of the ideas briefly mentioned throughout the story, but they were never really developed. I was also dying to learn more about the history of what caused all of these things to happen, but I only got bits and pieces. The story just had a vague feel to it.

I was also disappointed with the characters. I had a hard time connecting with Willo, as a lot of the things he did and said were quite bizarre. I also didn’t get to see as much character development as I would have liked to see. He did make some growth throughout the story, but I guess I just envisioned a different Willo in the end.

That leads me to the actual ending. I don’t want to give anything away, but I thought the ending was going to answer some questions and make up for the lack luster story. However, when I finished the book I knew just as much as I did when I started it.

I’m sure there is an audience that this book would appeal to. It is definitely a unique read worth a try if you are a hard core dystopian fan.
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Somer Reviewed by Somer April 01, 2012
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After the Snow

The premise of this book sounds superb! A second ice age, a young boy trying to find his family while being distracted by a damsel in distress, a corrupt government… All the elements were there, but it just didn’t do it for me. Throughout the entire book I just kept waiting for something really meaningful to happen. I was so excited about the setting and dystopian world in this book, but as I read, it didn’t seem that different from winter in Ohio… On top of that, I felt like none of my questions were answered. I thought there was some great potential with some of the ideas briefly mentioned throughout the story, but they were never really developed. I was also dying to learn more about the history of what caused all of these things to happen, but I only got bits and pieces. The story just had a vague feel to it.

I was also disappointed with the characters. I had a hard time connecting with Willo, as a lot of the things he did and said were quite bizarre. I also didn’t get to see as much character development as I would have liked to see. He did make some growth throughout the story, but I guess I just envisioned a different Willo in the end.

That leads me to the actual ending. I don’t want to give anything away, but I thought the ending was going to answer some questions and make up for the lack luster story. However, when I finished the book I knew just as much as I did when I started it.

I’m sure there is an audience that this book would appeal to. It is definitely a unique read worth a try if you are a hard core dystopian fan.

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