- File Size: 298 KB
- Print Length: 100 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Studio City; 1 edition (September 4, 2010)
- Publication Date: September 4, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0041VYN8Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #651 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Mysteries & Thrillers > Law & Crime
- #657 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Boys & Men
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Both of the main characters (Tommy and Vince) are surprisingly well developed for a 70+ page story. True, they sometimes seem one-dimensional, but honestly, you cannot expect perfect characterization here. Like I said before, this is an extremely quick read and it is suppose to be a suspense novel. It simply would not work if the author was to drone on about the characters for pages at a time, it would mess up entire feel of the story.
The character of Tommy easy to relate to, I was the kid in high school that never really did anything. I wasn't as extreme of a case as Tommy, but I definitely followed the rules. Tommy has lived an incredibly sheltered life and always does what he is told. He worries about everything and wants to spend his weekend of freedom in the safety of Vince's house. He wants to stay up all night, watch old scary movies and drink tons of pop. I would have been right there next to Tommy watching a horror movie marathon. No house parties in sight, no crazy shenanigans, nothing that could get me in a lot of trouble.That being said, I much preferred the character of Vince; Tommys best friend and partner in crime. He certainly isn't perfect, in fact he is always the one to get the boys in trouble, but he is undeniably interesting. There were plenty of times I wanted to smack him upside the head, but I was always waiting to see what he would do, or say next.
As far as the dialogue goes - it seemed realistic enough to me. It is what I always pictured teenage boys sounding like, right down to the hot mom comments.
There were a few elements of Snow Burn that I wasn't crazy about. First of all, I wish Tommy would have shown a little bit of backbone. I do not know if teenage boys usually do things this - camping out in the dead of winter in a closed state park, but red flags were immediately going up for me. Tommy knew Vince's plan was insane, but Vince easily talked him into it. I am sorry, nothing and no one would ever make me do something like that. Sure, I can see my seventeen year-old self being talked into a lot of things, but never something like that. If teenage boys are really that stupid, I really, truly fear for their safety and sanity.
Also, the suspense was rather slow to build.The story isn't that long and the portion of it that really deals with the heavy stuff is rather short; the majority of the plot is build-up. Granted, I wouldn't say that the pacing was slow, I just would have preferred to have more action.
Snow Burn is a story that makes you think. It makes you consider some extremely difficult questions about yourself. Nobody really knows how they would react in a situation like this - you can pretend you would always do the right thing, but you can't really be sure.
I was impressed with this story. It seems like a natural telling from a teenaged boy. The language and thought process were very smooth and logical. There was humour and emotion, and it all seemed very reasonable, like something that could actually happen.
It is a short story, but packed full of action and emotion. It flowed quickly and easily.
I loved the progression of the what if scenario. As the story advances, the scenario changes to reflect the current situation. If you stop to think of what you'd actually do, it could reveal a lot of how you think and see others.
I think that early teen boys would really like the story, and could easily identify with it. I could see an enterprising teacher or tutor using the what if scenarios to prompt a written response from the reader. It would be a great way to get the reader to identify with and examine the story in more detail. As well as explore what they would be in the situation, and how their answer might change as the situation changes. Any story that creates that type of involvement is a great read.
Straight from the description of Amazon: Seventeen-year old Tommy Connell knows he's in trouble when he goes winter camping with his friend Vince Nguyen without telling his folks. But when they're caught in a sudden blizzard, and the man they rescue from freezing to death turns out to be an escaped convict, Tommy's troubles are only beginning. Now Tommy and Vince must not only survive the blizzard, but also find a way to keep Quinn - who'll stop at nothing to stay out of prison - from killing them.
Something every author tries for, Joel Arnold throws out the line that reels the reader in; I was hooked from the first page. The author also manages to make the reader feel as if they were in the story, something difficult to do. I highly recommend reading this novel.
I give this book 4.0 stars.
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