After the Snow

After the Snow

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The oceans stopped working before Willo was born, so the world of ice and snow is all he's ever known. He lives with his family deep in the wilderness, far from the government's controlling grasp. Willo's survival skills are put to the test when he arrives home one day to find his family gone. It could be the government; it could be scavengers--all Willo knows is he has to find refuge and his family. It is a journey that will take him into the city he's always avoided, with a girl who needs his help more than he knows.

S.D. Crockett on narrative voice and an especially cold winter:

What was your inspiration for After the Snow?
Well, apart from the unbelievably cold winter during which I was writing--in an unheated house, chopping logs and digging my car out of the snow; I think much of the inspiration for the settings in After the Snow came from my various travels.

In my twenties I worked as a timber buyer in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia, and that work led to travels in Eastern Europe and Armenia. As soon as I step off the plane in those places it smells like home.

It may sound strange to say, when After the Snow is set in Wales, but really the practical dilemmas in the book come directly from places I've been, people I've lived with, and the hardships I've seen endured with grace and capability. I was in Russia not long after the Soviet Union collapsed and I've seen society in freefall. Without realizing it at the time I think those experiences led me to dive into After the Snow with real passion.

What would western civilization look like with a few tumbles under its belt? What would happen if the things we took for granted disappeared? I wanted to write a gripping story about that scenario, but hardly felt that I was straying into fantasy in the detail.

What do you want readers to most remember about After the Snow?
We all have the capacity to survive, but in what manner? What do we turn to in those times of trouble? Those are the questions I would like people to contemplate after reading After the Snow.

How did Willo's unique voice come to you?
Willo's voice appeared in those crucial first few paragraphs. After that it just grew along with his world and the terrible situations that arise. I think his voice is in all of us. We don't understand, we try to make good--maybe we find ourselves.

How did you stay warm while writing this novel?
I banked up the fire--and was warmed by hopes of spring.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 147 x 214 x 27mm | 376g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0312641699
  • 9780312641696
  • 929,141

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."..suspenseful and powerful..."-"VOYA""" "In this powerful first novel, global warming has killed the North Atlantic Current, sending the U.K. and much of the U.S. into a new ice age."--"Publishers Weekly", Starred "A sentimental tale of hardships, resilience and first-time experiences that illustrates a universal truism: Hope springs eternal in the young." -"Kirkus", Starred ."..marks Crockett as a writer to watch."--"Booklist""" "What elevates "Snow" is the voice Crockett uses to tell the tale."--"School Library Journal", Starred
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About S D Crockett

After the extremely hard winter of 2009, S. D. Crockett asked herself, "What if winter never ended?" and from that thought, her debut novel, After the Snow, was born. Crockett lives in the United Kingdom.
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1,820 ratings
3.18 out of 5 stars
5 15% (270)
4 24% (445)
3 33% (609)
2 18% (327)
1 9% (169)

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Huh. That's really all I have to say after reading this book. I'm not one hundred percent sure what to make of it. I mean, it definitely was not terrible, but after reading it I'm just not sure what to say. I do think that I maybe put a bit too much hope into this book. I read the synopsis on the back of the book, and I read the first couple of pages, and all I thought was, "This really reminds me of Chaos Walking." Chaos Walking is one of my favourite book series, that I will not delve into too much detail in this review. I absolutely loved the series, and I think I may have put too much pressure on this novel because of it. Reasons to Read: 1.Unique World: This novel takes place in the future, and one could put this into the dystopian genre. I really liked the world because I found it to be fairly different from other dystopian novels. In this version, it's like our world has been turned into Narnia during the White Witch era. It begins to snow, and it never stops. Because of this world, I found that instead of society progressing, it seemed to be regressing very much so. There was no real technology mentioned in this book, which was a refreshing take on what the world could be like in the future. I found it to be an interesting and unique concept. This novel didn't really do it for me partly because the dialogue I found to be a bit annoying, what with the main character not knowing how to speak properly, but mainly because the world was not explored enough. The main characters kept on drawing conclusions that I could not jump to because frankly, I did not understand the world enough. I think that this book had really great potential, but everything just seemed a bit rushed at the end. Connections were made that didn't make any sense to me. I found myself just getting more and more confused. There were a lot of loose ends that were neRver tied up. By the time I finished the book, I just went, "Huh...". This book was not a waste of my time, but I was pretty disappointed in it. ARC received from publisher for more
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