“Willo tells this dark story in a heavy, coarse, broken, but often beautiful dialect: “People always looking to find the runt in you and needle it out if they can.” It’s hard not to wonder at first whether Willo is perhaps a little slow or unbalanced. If so, he’s also gifted — not only in snaring wild game (“Gonna want to show him something clever you done, like catching a big hare”), but also in his keen observation — and he is a deeply lovable character. Crockett has created a voice that gets inside you, a voice that, though limited in vocabulary and perspective, achieves remarkable emotional range. And Willo proves the perfect narrator for this harrowing tale about the dangerous new world of Crockett’s invention…. After the Snow is a coming-of-age novel, first and foremost — a brutal, tough and sometimes truly transcendent one. “ – New York Times Book Review
“…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
About the Author
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.
Born in 1969, S D Crockett graduated from London University's, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. She has lived in Russia, France, Turkey and Armenia and has worked as a trainee car mechanic, timber buyer, portrait painter and teacher. She is married to artist Timothy Shepard and has two children. Visit SD on: www.sdcrockett.com
Polar conditions have engulfed the earth. Many have died, but there are those that have learned to survive. Willo's family lives off of the grid in a cabin up in the mountains. There, they hunt and survive on the most basic of levels. Willo is a master trapper but has an odd quirk. He has a dog's skull woven into his hat. He believes the spirit of the dog fills him and speaks to him.
When Willo comes home one day after a day of trapping, he is shocked to see his family gone. The hearth is cold and he isn't sure where they would have gone. He heard yelling earlier while out, but he didn't think anything of it. Determined to find them, he stocks his sled with the minimum he will need to survive and sets out on a journey to his sister's place. Maybe her husband will know where his family has gone.
On his journey though, a winter storm sets in. Willo sees a ramshackle building nearby and heads to it, hoping for shelter. But who answers are a young girl and her brother. They beg Willo for food and help, but he is determined to find his family and leaves them. Later, when Willo has created a shelter for himself in the carcass of an airplane, he has second thoughts. He travels back to help them, but will they inhibit his goal to find his family?
After The Snow is a page-turning chilling adventure! S.D. Crockett has built a barren and cold world with an engaging and distinct voice. Willo is such a diverse character; I never could guess what he was going to do next. From one adventure to the next, I was rooting for him and his family. From new friendships to inconsolable loss, After the Snow is a must-read for any dystopian lover!
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Our fifteen year old hero, Willo, lives in a dystopea that might be similar to the way most people lived during those dark years of European history. Scrabbling to survive, scraping a meager existence off of an unwilling land, with families forming their own little tribes united against all outsiders...and all outsiders posing a threat. Government is shadowy and threatening.
The story takes place in Wales, some time after a new ice age has decimated the population and turned cities into a horror show where survival of the fittest has devolved into survival of the most brutal. Religion has been reduced to totem worship (Willo wears a dog's skull to help him as a hunter), and goodness is pretty scarce on the ground. The harsh realities of life turn survivors into scavengers...upon the environment and one another.
Willo's family are "scragglers," who escaped from the city and its oppressive government and lawlessness to take their chances in a frozen and inhospitable wilderness. Apparently the oppressive government frowns on this and one day Willo comes home from tending his animal traps and find them gone. No explanation is offered and Willo doesn't seem all that curious. They could have been "disappeared" by the government, rounded up by those who trade in human flesh, who knows. Willo consults his totem...the dog in his head... and heads into the city where he hopes to find some alternative to the endless emptiness and loneliness of life in the wild.
When civilization fell apart, it fell apart so completely that no vestiges were left. Even memories of how things were have been eradicated.Read more ›
Before I start with my thoughts on After the Snow, there's a pretty big potential annoyance that I have to mention. This book is written in dialect/slang - so if you're a grammar Nazi, or have trouble `giving voice' to this style of dialogue be aware that you might want to try a sample before buying. Having said that, this is something that I normally find more irritating than fingernails down a blackboard, but it wasn't an issue for me in After the Snow and personally I wouldn't have found the main character quite as fascinating if it had been written without the dialect/slang.
The world has become a place of ice, snow and blizzards, and humanity is scratching out a living on the very edges. The government has rounded up the remnants of society and put them to work for the greater good, trying to maintain the basics of infrastructure whilst throwing together `settlements'. Willo and his family are stragglers, living off the grid in the mountains, trying to survive, but at least they are together. Until one day Willo returns to the farmhouse to find everyone gone.
Determined to find his family, Willo encounters a young girl named Mary, on the edge of starvation and hypothermia in an abandoned farmhouse. Despite his need to press on and find his family, after some inner turmoil, Willo decides to try and help her return to the settlements.
The storyline of After the Snow is classic post-apocalyptic/dystopic YA - a strong, determined main character with an unlikely partner (I won't say love interest as it definitely doesn't start out as that kind of relationship) on a journey across a devastated country.
Where After the Snow was a different experience for me was definitely Willo.Read more ›
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