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After the Snow (After the Snow #1)

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  1,272 ratings  ·  357 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Willo was out hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell him where his family has gone.

But on the way across the mountain, he finds Mary,
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends (first published January 1st 2012)
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i don't know if i can guarantee a great and focused review right now. i might have to revisit this (read: float) at a later date. but i am gonna try.

first and foremost - my three-star ratings are all over the place. know that this book is a super-shiny three-star book, and not one of my "i didn't dislike it enough to hate it" three-star ratings. i mean, if my star ratings do anything in terms of swaying you to read a book, know that i did like this and i do recommend it...with reservations.

Feb 25, 2012 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kirkus
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I feel neither here nor there about After the Snow.

From literary standpoint, the novel is written skillfully. The book's narrator, 15-year old Willo, a half-wild boy raised to be able to care for himself in a world of almost endless winter (Earth appears to be back to the Ice Age in After the Snow), is not of overly educated stock. He can barely read, he speaks in a dialect (akin to Saba's in Blood Red Road or Todd's in The Knife of Never Letting Go) which is sure to p
I started After The Snow with high hopes. Post-apocalyptic books often become favorites or mine, thus I was looking forward to a story happening after Global Warming turns our planet into Snowmageddon. Unfortunately, it took me completely off guard with the bizarre writing style, then failed to captivate me with its unusual and slow-moving plot.

Writing in slang/dialect can be done well, look at Blood Red Road for example, which I loved. However, it's a risk to take that will not always be taken
So I just want to start this review by saying that I skim read the second half of this book so please bear that in mind if you’re thinking of reading this book. I may … no, I must have missed the entire point of this story.

Let’s talk about the things that I liked first.

The idea: Oooh… a dystopian book that isn’t based solely on a flimsy idea about a random government doing something for no absolute no reason? Yes please. Considering the fact that even the idea of snow makes the entire British I
Apr 30, 2011 oliviasbooks rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of one-boy-adventures
Interesting, but not the right book for me. After not being able to gather enough motivation to plunge back into the narration (I had read 115 pages this winter), I have finally decided to put the book behind me. I would recommend it to readers who liked the writing style of The Knife of Never Letting Go and who are into books which display the inner monologue (which employs the language of a mainly oral culture) of a loner, his struggle to survive in harsh dystopian surroundings (a realisticall ...more
After the Snow by Sophie Crockett is like an orange; hard to get into, but worth it once you’re there. Willo is a young ‘straggler’ boy, which I like, as so many books are written from a female perspective that it’s great to read something different – and this book was certainly something different.
There’s one thing about this book that many will love, but many may hate. The book is written how someone of Willo’s age would speak. The sentences don’t all make grammatical sense, but by using this
Morris Award Finalist--deservedly in my opinion.

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4.5 stars. Fine teen post-apocalyptic dystopian debut--and far more earthy and believable than most of the teen dystopians these days--about teen boy and trapper Willo's survival after the mysterious disappearance of his father and family from their isolated mountain home. Part Riddley Walker, part The Road, with a flicker more hope thrown in at the end. Great voice, b
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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3.75 out of 5 stars.

I so badly want to give this odd little novel 4 stars, but I just can't do. I'm adhering to the GoodReads' strict system of a four being 'really liked it' as opposed to a three's merely "liked it" for S.D. Crockett's debut. I want to really like After the Snow as a whole but I just can't do it. I love love loved the first Part, but Parts II & III wiped out all the building momentum previously acquired. Giant sections where not
After days of continuous snowfalls, when Willo returns home everyone was missing, his father, his step mother, the entire village was gone. Cold and alone, Willo heads to the city to find his father. Soon he rescues a dying girl named Mary. Willo must save her; also he has to go to the city to solve this tangled mystery.

A Savage World

Set in a post apocalyptic ice age, After the Snow is a story of survival where civilization has fallen, humanity has deteriorated into savagery and barbarism, but
I'm not sure I bought the novel, and I think it has to do with the fact the premise feels both very convenient/contrived but also extremely underwhelming and confusing.

Willo's dialect works well for me, as it gives him a lot of character and it gives readers the immediate sense of his class, his education, and his lifestyle (he's half-wild, rather than fully civilized). Very reminiscent of Blood Red Road in terms of how it's used to grow a character. The problems start, though, when Willo's exp
The dystopian novel is intriguing because global changes in climate have occurred. It is perpetually winter with a very short growing season, at least in Great Britain and all of Europe. There are those who idealistically believe in a better tomorrow; either by leaving Europe altogether or waiting it out as it will warm again. Others believe that the Westerners were behind in the game by trying to go green rather than developing alternate power supplies like the Eastern countries.

Regardless, the
When I first started reading this book I thought ‘this is strange, I’m not sure if I’m going to like this.’ But I was very much wrong.

Sophie Crockett’s novel involves a young boy, Willo, who speaks quite unusually compared to the way we speak. To begin with I found it a little hard to read, as I wasn’t use to the way the Willo spoke. But that easily changed after a few chapters of the book when I began to start enjoying the book.

After the Snow is a future waiting to happen. With cold summers and
Nicole About Town
Jan 14, 2012 Nicole About Town added it
Shelves: dnf
*Sigh* my first DNF book of 2012.

I really, really wanted to like this book. The premise is interesting and I always look forward to reading books where the main character is male. Sadly, I just couldn't finish this book. I really, really couldn't get past the format it was written in. I tried. I tried to read it like 3 times and every time I would get further into the book and just couldn't get into it for the life of me.

Does the fact that I didn't finish the book or that I couldn't get into the
Like most YA dystopian novels, After the Snow comes with the standard tagline that compares it to the likes of The Hunger Games. It’s one of my favourite dystopian novels, I’d give you that. But while there are bits of similarities here and there, not every YA dystopian novel is like The Hunger Games. After the Snow, for instance, is a pretty good example. In fact, this book reminds me a little bit more of Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go and even Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Mind ...more
Ashley Chen
To begin with, I chose this book from the wonderful Raincoast Books because it reminded me of one of my sister's favourite series: the Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness. And guess what? The first page seemed like a twin copy of the plot from the Chaos Walking Series. The main character is a guy with a dog. The book is written in slang/weird dialect. The dog talks to him like Patrick Ness' book. But this dog was a formless dog. It never really been described. Its thought just come into Willo's ...more
Amanda Makepeace
I thought of half a dozen ways to start this review, but in the end I have to admit I’ve let societal beliefs and stereotypes affect me when it comes to dialect and accents. We’ve all seen the characters on tv, the rednecks and hillbillies, with their distinct way of talking portrayed as the uneducated. As a northerner living in the south I’ve tried to remind myself regularly that the two do not always go hand-in-hand. Nor, that having less than a college education makes you some how less of a p ...more
Jo Bennie
Nov 30, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: c
Willo is alone, hiding in the snow on the mountain above his home. His family are gone, his father, stepmother, brothers and sisters dragged away by strangers.

As Willo's speaks in his own demotic speech his life takes shape before us. Willo is very unusual in being born on the edge of the Welsh mountain he is hiding on. Most people live in what is left of the cities but he is a 'straggler', a person living on the edges of a diminished society. We are not too far in the future, global warming has
Nelly Petrianidi
Πρωτοτυπη και ενδιαφερουσα ιστορια,με παγωσε και με αγχωσε στα περισσοτερα σημεια...Ευκολοδιαβαστο με ωραια εξελιξη της ιστοριας..Σε καθε κεφαλαιο μου κινουσε ολο και περισσοτερο το ενδιαφερον και μου επιστουσε την προσοχη..
Το τελος το περιμενα πιο δυνατο...αν και δεν με απογοητευσε!!

“That's the kind of thing people always thinking. They always got to see some sort of scary thing in everything.”
“And it had been my voice. It always been my voice.”

Willo is a 15 year old who lives in the Hills with his family until the day everybody disappears and Willo is left behind alone.

Part 1 of this book consists of Willo talking about his father, the leader of their group and someone who believes that there is a better possibility of how to live their lives than in the hills. Magda, the stepmother and the person who looks after the children and then there’s Alice, the 14 year old sister who is marr
At first, I was unsure about this book. Willo's voice is strange, odd, and it was very hard for me to read. It made it difucult for me to get into the book, but once I did, and after I became used to Willo's unique way of speaking, I actually really enjoyed this book. It's not a typical futuristic 'the world sucks and let's revolt' kind of book. It's different - and I think a major part of that is because of the narrative. The climax was a nail-biter, but the story leaves the reader with a good ...more
Να που ήρθε η στιγμή που ένα δυστοπικό μυθιστόρημα δεν μου άρεσε καθόλου.Η αλήθεια είναι πως είμαι πολύ απογοητευμένη καθώς περίμενα πολλά περισσότερα από το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο και τελικά έπεσα έξω τελείως.
Ο πλανήτης γη στο μακρινό μέλλον βρίσκεται αντιμέτωπος με μια ακόμη εποχή των παγετώνων όπου τα πάντα έχουν καλυφτεί από χιόνι.Ο δεκαπεντάχρονος Γουίλο ζει μαζί με την οικογένεια του στα βουνά και έχει συνηθίσει σε έναν αρκετά άγριο τρόπο ζωής.Μια μέρα οι δικοί του εξαφανίζονται μυστηριωδώς κ
May 21, 2015 Dani rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dystopian Lovers
Note: I only skimmed the last section: The Melt because the book got really boring at this point and I simply just wanted to know how it all ended. I did read enough of it to get the gist, the description and action was just too basic and not compelling. Really this is 3.5 stars rounded down because I couldn't just read it through.

This book started off really refreshing to me. There is a feel to this narrative that is as winding and backwards as Willo himself. I like how everything was filtered
I went to the book launch party for this book last week and received a free copy which I got signed by the author. Everyone there was really excited about this book and I was feeling the buzz. I was eager to get started but had to finish the book i was already reading for work and so had to put this one aside for a couple of days. I was feeling the pressure a bit, hoping I would love it as I had seen so much excitement for it, but I have to be honest in my review.
I ended up reading this book in
Wendy Hines
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 an
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: After the Snow is difficult to get in to because of the narration style and the reason for what is happening is never fully developed.

Opening Sentence: I’m gonna sit here in my place on the hill behind the house. Waiting. And watching.

The Review:

After the Snow starts when Willo sees his family being taken away in trucks, and he runs off to hide in a cave until they leave. The time period is never clearly stated, but we find out that this tak
If I read books purely for my own enjoyment, I probably would have finished this. Unfortunately, I only got about forty pages in before I tore myself away to attend to the giant pile of pending books calling my name.

It's a dystopian book set in a new ice age coming in forty years or so. The narrator is a member of a community of slightly illegal poacher-type people, attempting to survive outside of the governmental system. In the cold. But he's got an obsession with a dog-voice, he wears a dog s
Feb 21, 2012 Kat rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA fans, insta-love haters
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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 pers
Warren-Newport Public Library
While reading this book I didn't love it but now that I've finished I realize, I love it.
What makes it tough to get into this book is the unique voice that Crockett gives to Willo, her main character but this is what also makes the story so engaging. Willo's interior mental world is just as strange and alien as the outside world where, maybe climate change, maybe something else has caused a constant winter in the UK. Willo has learned to hunt, forge and live in the wild, isolated with his family
Stacey (prettybooks)
After the Snow is a perfect story for those who enjoyed the Chaos Walking trilogy or Blood Red Road . There must be something about desolate, climate change-affected worlds that gives rise to colourful dialects (at least, in novels written by British authors!).

“The dog gonna tell me what to do. The dog gonna help me. The house look proper empty – don’t it dog?”

Willo is a 15-year-old boy surviving the new ice age in Britain. It’s everyone’s dream to head East, to China, where there’s the belief
Once Upon
I am disappointed to say that I was unable to continue reading this book after 20 pages. I like to read about and/or imagine a character's accent but to actually read and try to interpret the writing written as the accent is impossible. I’m not sure what the accent the author was trying to show in her writing but in writing the book this way made it way too confusing and hard to read. I kept having to go back and reread pages to figure out what the character was referring to, or where the book w ...more
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Sophie D. Crockett was born in 1969. She graduated from London University’s Royal Holloway and Bedford New College with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies.

On leaving university she travelled to Russia as a timber buyer in the Caucasus Mountains but after the birth of her son in 1996 she returned to the East Coast of Suffolk where she spent five years restoring a derelict Ancient Scheduled Monum
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