“I thought I was finished with the YA Dystopian genre but this one took me by surprise. I couldn't put it down! (Some profanity)”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Title: After the Snow
In my opinion so far the how the author chose to write the story was very impressive. When the story starts off it may be confusing to readers and seem boring but when you read on you start to understand the story and be interested in it. One thing I like a lot about this story is the internal conflict Willo has between who he is and the dog in him. The reason I like this is because this internal conflict plays key roles in important events where he has to choose between two options, due to the internal conflict he makes drastic interesting decisions. An example of which is when he goes to the house and finds the girl and the small boy. If it wasn't for the dog mentality in him he would have stayed but because the dog told him otherwise he choose to listen to it and leave the hungry children. In the future I predict the two mentalities will cause regretfulness in future events. Something the author also did well in was the vivid imagery. due to the setting it was critical that he/she used vivid imagery in order to help the readers understand and almost feel a taste of what its like. An example of this vivid imagery is on page "she got red black lips... i mean she got the same color in her skin like a greening winter sky...with her red blood lips like blood on white snow" . This helped me personally because i could imagine the pain she was in due to the cold. To conclude so far this book is very enjoyable which i have great expectations of for the rest of the story.
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I have just finished reading the book after the snow by S.D. Crockett and in my opinion this book was brilliantly written. One aspect of the book I really like were situational ironic moments, which you wouldn’t be able to predict. One of which that was a shocker to me is when you find out Patrick has been lying about who he is to Willo and his family all along. This got me a bit worked up because when Patrick’s true character was shown he was gruesome and brutal. An example of his brutality on page 242 reading” his foot press down on my cheek. Big, rough, damp-smelling leather sole grinding my face in the floor”. To add on the author also did a very good job in using verbal irony. An example of which is on page 248 when Patrick tells Willo “ I remember, Willo, how you wanted a gun. How it made you feel to hold one. And you’re right. A gun is just the thing for shooting dogs”. It was ironic how Willo wanted a gun so badly and it would be the same thing Patrick was intending to kill him with. Lastly I applaud the author in the way he wrote the character development journey. Threw out the story Willlo would always listen to the dog spirit in critical events like when he left Mary in the city, but on the last page when Mary asks if he promises not to leaves her the dog tells him to leave her and “head your own spirit” but the instead Willo says I promise. Willo had finally used his on voice not the dog spirit or what his father would have said or the hare. I felt proud of Willo because the author did such a great job with engaging with the readers to make it feel that real.
“Written in a way that attempts to portray the uneducated, isolated upbringing of the main character, I found this book very difficult to enjoy at first because of just that. However, the idea was interesting - another dystopia novel that brings up thoughts of what will happen as global warming affects Earth.”Katie Adams wrote this review Monday, June 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought I was finished with the YA Dystopian genre but this one took me by surprise. I couldn't put it down! (Some profanity)”Mrs. Doyle wrote this review Friday, May 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The author did a really good job of giving the main character in this story a unique voice (although it was occasionally a little grating on the nerves). The pacing was pretty well done, but the ending left me wanting a little more. There were around 5 or 6 F words in the novel, which didn't bother me, but might be information someone else would find helpful.”Shay W wrote this review Monday, March 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I never warmed up to this quest novel set in an aftermath world. ”Mrs. McClune wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I might go 2 1/2. I found this book confusing. I felt like it was trying to incorporate every bad political, environmental, and social issue into the story. For me, it just didn't work. ”Lisa Y. Smith wrote this review Saturday, January 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Difficult to finish. Scattered thoughts of the main character mimic the scattered treatment of the plot and themes. Mostly you follow the one main character, Willo, in his "quest" to find his family again. He travels from their mountain-top home to the city, befriending (and then ditching) a stray girl named Mary. By the end of the rambling narrative the "plot" points linking Willo and his father and these "rebels" felt forced and the entire ending was nonsensical. If you're reading it for a book club read it will at the very least give everyone a lot to rant over/discuss!”April D wrote this review Wednesday, December 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I LOVE this book. It is amazing and insightful, and absolutely perfect. ”Annika wrote this review Friday, September 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No