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Winter's End Hardcover – November 10, 2009
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Grade 8 Up—In a dystopian world, an oppressive revolutionary group has taken over. Four teenagers escape the "boarding school" where they have been held since their parents were murdered 15 years earlier for being part of the Resistance. Milena and Bartolomeo become romantically involved and run away together, as do Helen and Milos, separate from the other two. Ultimately, Helen, Milena, and Bartolomeo are reunited in the capital city where they find work at a restaurant doubling as a front for the Resistance movement. However, Milos is imprisoned and sent to a training camp from which he will be forced to compete in one-on-one, barbaric arena fights to the death. As a translation from the French, this book is successful, with only occasional minor awkward moments that do not detract from the story's compelling setting, mood, and tone. Most characters are adequately drawn but some disappear and never return. For example, fierce dog-men are carefully introduced, kill a man, run off to the mountains, and vanish. Also, a few circumstances stretch belief, such as the teens riding buses without being recaptured. Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (2008) and Catching Fire (2009, both Scholastic) and John Marsden's "Tomorrow" series (Houghton) are stronger books.—Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO
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*Starred Review* In this timeless, dystopian tale of hope in dark times, four teenagers seek freedom from an oppressive society as well as the truth about their parents’ mysterious deaths. Helen, Milena, Milos, and Bartolomeo are all students at gender-segregated boarding schools established by the repressive Phalange government. After Milena and Bart secretly escape, Helen and Milos set out to find them, a search that they hope will bring them in contact with the still-active, underground resistance movement. The teens’ dangerous journeys bring terrifying enemies, unexpected allies, heartbreaking tragedy, and a discovery of both the elemental strength of the human voice and the resiliency of the human spirit. In his first novel for adolescents, French children’s book author Mourlevat deftly blends fantasy, realism, and moments of violence as he explores broad themes of freedom, repression, and redemption. Translator Bell’s visually evocative prose alternates third-person viewpoints among the diverse cast of engaging, sometimes fantastical characters, whose compelling personal stories skillfully build to a dramatic conclusion. An award winner in France, where it was first published, this absorbing, fablelike story celebrates the infinite power of love and courage to inspire others, build a community, and make a difference. Grades 9-12. --Shelle Rosenfeld
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Winter's End centers its plot around a dystopian society that lies in the grip of the dictorial Phalange. Four young students (Helen, Milena, Bartolomeo and Milos) escape their prison-like schools and work their way into igniting a revolt that bears odd resemblance to a mysterious revolution that happened in the past. While three of the young people are successful in their escape, the sacrificial actions of Milos - a fun-loving boy with curly brown hair - results in his imprisonment as a gladiator forced to kill his fellow prisoners for the amusement of the Phalange. While Milos holds on to the hope of being rescued, the other three are desperately searching for a chink in the Phalange armor.
It's a pretty big thing to encopampass the movements of a revolution, but Jean-Claude Mourlevat manages brilliantly. The characters are well-developed; especially Milos. The heat of the fighting spirit, the speed of capture, the horrors of a brutally bloody death, the insanity that is born of denial...all are described in rich detail that will make the scenes leap off the pages. The touch of fantasy in the characters is nicely incorporated, blending the surreal with stark reality. Altogether, it's a gripping read!
Now for the Cons:
The relationships between characters were hastily formed in some passages. There are two couples in particular who seem thrown together without any real depth added to the relationship other than a chance meeting on a hilly road.
Helen - the character who starts out the book - unfortunately takes the back seat after a couple chapters. I had hoped she would be a stronger character; especially since the only strength that the other female protagonist bears is her remarkable singing voice.
Despite the minor flaws, the range of colorful characters, high emotions and depth of topic make it worthy purchase!
Meanwhile on their journey Milos and Helen are separated and Milos is taken captive and forced to participate in the barbaric fights held tri annually. Helen meets up with Bart and Milena with the help of secret local resistance fighters and though consumed with worry over Milos she aids in the fight as well. The four are always in each other's thoughts and the three are determined to rescue Milos before he must fight to the death. The story weaves in and out of different character's lives offering brief insights here and there. The characters grow and develop, drawing the reader in so that you find yourself worrying and cheering for them. Winter's End is a slow, deliberate, intense building novel that I would recommend to other readers.
That is until Helen and Milena happen to run into Bart and Milos on the bridge into town. The teens exchange in formation, to facilitate unauthorized letter-writing, and then move on. Only fate has other plans for Bart and Milena.
All four teens manage to escape from their boarding schools and begin a whirlwind journey across mountains, running from pursuers, and making friends in unlikely places. Not everything is as well as it seems though. There is an uprising boiling just under the surface, and these teens will make all the difference in that movement. Who will remain standing when the floodgates open?
A truly evocative story, Winter's End is sure to garner fans from the Hunger Games crowd. The characters feel so familiar and the story is filled with fantastical contortions of the human race. I received this book from Candlewick Press and couldn't be more happy that they graced me with this gift. While I know I seem to have a lot of glowing reviews of books, this one easily stands out among the many that I have read as a sleeper hit. With its inventive characters and plausible plot, one could almost believe that this was a true story. Almost. Give it a shot and pick it up on November 10th!
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Firstly, this is a very long novel. I ended up finishing it in only two days because it was so captivating.Read more