After the Snow
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... show more
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.
Publish date: March 27th 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Series: After the Snow (#1)
Wow I started this last night and I couldn't get 15 minutes into it. The way the author writes as if it was someone talking, but when they talk its slang instead of saying "with" its "wit" and so on. I found it extremely hard to read, I can understand useing that type of writeing for when a charac...
Check out this review on our blog!It really depresses me to give a book a negative review. However, this book depressed me as well as I read it, so After the Snow kind of deserves its negative review. Notice, my reasoning behind disliking this novel is not because of its monotonous nature. It's a lo...
PJV Quickie: My first thoughts when picking up this book for review, were, “this sounds like a snowy ‘Blood Red Road.’ I enjoyed ‘Blood Red Road’ so why not?” Wasn’t one of my genius moments. The narration style and poorly flushed out plot sent this one to the DNF pile.ReviewI should have learned my...
This book lies in the borderland between post-apocalyptic and dystopian, but it owes more to The Knife of Never Letting Go than it does to The Hunger Games. (I was also reminded of Blood Red Road, both because of the setting–they’re opposites!–and because of the narration.) It’s a skilful, troubling...
I tried to get into this book, I really did, but I just couldn't get past the slow-moving plot, the obviously unstable main character, and the strange dialect. I'm going to have to DNF this one unfortunately (this is only my 2nd DNF) and move on. Since it's a DNF I will not be posting a review on my...