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After the Snow
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
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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