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Winter's End

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In a gripping dystopian novel, four teenagers risk impossible odds to fight against tyranny in a world of dangerous choices — and reemerging hope.

Escape. Milena, Bartolomeo, Helen, and Milos have left their prison-like boarding schools far behind, but their futures remain in peril. Fleeing across icy mountains from a terrifying pack of dog-men sent to hunt them down, they...more
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Candlewick (first published 2006)
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The whole premise of this book was very promising: oppressive government, four teenagers escape their boarding schools, there is a whole underground rebellion in the works, and to seal the deal we get a glimpse of the new kind of gladitor games. Sounds awesome right? Well it was interesting and kept my attention, but it fell a little flat.

Milena, Helen, Milos and Bartolomeo are the protagonists of this story and each contribute their own unique perspectives. Unbeknowest to them they have been pu...more
It started out promising enough but Winter's End ultimately did not deliver.
Winter's End is about an oppressive government called the Phalangists. The boarding schools the four leads are in are very strict and cruel. This was where the book could have gotten away with not explaining enough how the Phalangists operated. The school discourages talking and the students are formed in solidarity not to turn on each other. No one in the community interacted with them and news of the real world was ke...more
Trilogies are popular in young adult fiction. So in his YA debut, popular french children's author Jean-Claude Mourlevat decided to write a trilogy. And in an impressive show of efficiency, Mourlevat finished his trilogy in just one book.

For Winter's End is three books in one! The first book is set in a strict boarding school, the second at a training school for gladiatorial games and the third during a music-inspired revolution against a repressive regime. How Mourlevat's editor let him get awa...more
This started out with SUCH promise in a girl's orphanage with strange, strict rules about everything, such as, each girl may only go see their consoler twice a year. But, within a few pages, the girls had left the orphanage and here the story lost its' way. One of the girls runs off with a boy from the nearby boys orphanage and they try to get to the bottom of whatever happened to their parents and if indeed, they were murdered by a corrupt government. The girl left behind ends up leaving with a...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
Winter's End is a refreshing, action packed, emotional roller coaster ride. I enjoyed the narration and the details helped me set up a scene in my mind. The chapter opens up by describing the harsh treatment that Milena, Bartolomeo, Helen, and Milos suffer in the boarding school. It sort of reminded me of a twisted comparison between Madeline and Another Faust. I learned to care for each character and also distinguished their personalities. The book takes a surprising turn after the teens escape...more
This book is fantastic – if you’re not too bothered by the pesky little plot and character problems like “I’ve known you for one day but you’re the love of my life!” I feel like I always come off too harsh in my reviews so I’m going to start with what I liked about the book first this time and then move on to its problems. Like most books I read I love them while I’m reading them, I get caught up in the plot and the characters and I often over look glaring plot problems. As it turns out my thoug...more
This book was extremely hard to read, and I can tell I'm going to have a tough time reviewing it as well. At first I was a bit confused as to why there wasn't many reviews, but then I realized this book has another name, 'Winter's End', which explains it. First of all, this book is translated from French. It makes the writing stilted, broken and confusing. Most of what is probably exciting in French is lost. The characters speak without emotion, the scenes lack suspense. I tried, but I couldn't...more
Gavin Banks
I’m reading “Winter’s End” by Jean-Claude Mourlevat. The Book By the cover Does look very interesting.I had high expectations for the book. It looked very promising by the epilogue. But it it very slow i read the book through i don't remember most of it because it was very boring. I lost Interest in it a while through. This book is towards the young adult audience.

It is about these girls that try to run away from there boarding school. The main Characters Milena, Bartolomeo, Helen, and Milos. T...more
Sarah Richards
The premise and plot of this book hold so much potential to make it epic. A book one could easily lose themselves in like Les Miserables.

The reason it wasn't a gripping tale was the characters. Victor Hugo was able to craft characters you could see multiple sides to. For example Javert was a "bad guy", but everything he did, every action and decision he made was because he truly felt he was doing the right thing. That he was doing his job.

The main characters were pair together after one happen-...more
I really, really liked this book. The characters were dramatic and the action never stopped. There is always anticipation in this story. I am sad to say that I am not fond of the ending, but it adds to the drama. It is so easy to get caught up in the everyday novels that a true tragedy really is moving. I won't spoil anything, but I really do recommend this book as a break from the everyday read. If you like adventure, suspense, and a little romance, then I don't think this will dissappoint.
Aimed at a young adult audience, this had a little of the feel of the His Dark Materials trilogy. I found it an easy read, and read it in under one day. I was underwhelemed on the whole - I thought the ending was unsatisfying and anti-climactic and most of the characters 2-dimentional and under-developed. Some of it seems pointless and some of it unexplained.
I don't know what to say about this book. It was a very nice ride but I get the feeling that I didn't end up going anywhere. Very strange, this book is. Looked very promising, but didn't deliver what I was expecting.
Winter's End by french author, Jean-Claude Mourvelat is an intricate work translated by Anthea Bell into a touching, raw and wild ride of emotion. You follow Helen, Milena, Milos and Bartolomeo, 4 17 year old boarding school runaways, in their fight against the government. All of the children are orphans, the sons and daughters of powerful rebels brutally murdered by the ominious Phalangist Party. You explore the characters and their reactions to the situations forced against them. Although set...more
Although the story was alright
i have to admit i didn't really like this book

i just couldn't connect with any of the characters
i mean most of the were very dislikable

i absolutely hated Mileana and Bart
they were all like "oh my love" and i was like puking in the corner

the main charcter Helen was irritating too

its hard to believe a revolution can be started and ended by singing
and i like faber and he SPOILER died an incredibly pathetic death
he litterally charged forward and was shot down

Milos was a...more
Rebecca (BookBacon)
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I have a cousin that lives in England on my Facebook friends list.

Sometimes, when she talks about her daily life, I have no idea what she is actually saying. Her use of language and common slang within her hometown contrasts sharply with the slang terms that I grew up using, and so – sometimes things make no bloody sense.

With that said, I feel that books that are translated from one language to another sometimes lose the ‘language’ of...more
Emmalee Funk
To be fair to this book, I read a LOT of really, really good dystopian novels. So while this book wasn't the best I've ever read, it wasn't the worst either. The idea was good-children of rebels sent to boarding schools by oppressive government, break out, start a rebellion. My interest was piqued at the beginning. Unfortunate, the book seemed to fall flat after the exposition. The dialogue and language seemed a bit stiff and unrealistic, but that might have been the translation. What annoyed me...more
Dylan Hall
In the novel Winter's End 4 teenagers have a goal to escape from their boarding school. They are on a mission to find out why all their parents ironically get all murdered by the government. So they plan to escape but then they also have to keep in mind that anytime someone does something wrong another person gets blamed for that persons mistake and the other person is taken away to get punished.
What will the boarding school do when they find out that these kids have a goal to escape?

Ebster Davis
The good: The starts out feeling fairly normal, like it's taking place in the real world (albiet in an oppressive bording school in France). But it's actually more of an alternate reality, the world contains some pretty fantastic things (including Dog-men and Horse-men). And there's a pretty neat mystery going on as to why the children are in the school and why they have professional "consolers" instead of parents.

The bad: the story was translated from French to english, and some parts of the b...more
Milena, Bartolomeo (Bart), Helen, and Milos live in a dystopian future where, after a bloody rebellion resulted in the creation of the centralized government of the Phalange, they were imprisoned as children in neighboring boarding schools. Due to this unfortunate state, the teens have never really been exposed to the opposite sex.

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, a...more
Diane Ferbrache
Helen and Milena are students at the girls’ school, Milos and Bartolomeo go to the boys’ school across town. Both schools are oppressively strict. Students are allowed off campus rarely, only when accompanied by another student, and must return to campus on time or a third student is punished. When Milena and Bartolomeo disappear one night, shy and quiet Catharina is thrown in the “Sky” – a dungeon like cell, and the dog-men are sent out after the missing teens. At this point, the reader is cer...more
Winter's End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
Translated by Anthea Bell
Candlewick Press, 2006
415 pages
YA; Dystopian
3/5 stars

Source: Library

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This is a French dystopian novel. Helen, Milena, Milos, and Bartolomeo live in sex-segregated boarding schools but a chance meeting sends Milena and Bartolomeo fleeing from their horrid life and Helen and Milos searching for them. Milos ends up caught by the government and trained to fight in an arena for the pleasure of governmental...more
I really, really liked this story in the beginning. It took place in a boarding school with harsh ways and torture-like punishments. Though, in my opinion, the author quickly led the main characters away from this interesting setting to a new one that wasn’t as riveting. The characters were intriguing, and government opposition took a new spin on a book that I previously believed would be shallow. But while I liked this book for these reasons, the writing often became dull and flat. I’m not sure...more
I love dystopic fiction and this one definitely fits into that category. It is a dark and ugly world these kid inhabit and they have to struggle through it. I loved it. It was gripping and unique. I loved that it was a stand alone few books are written that way these days that it is refreshing to find an author that can write just one book about something. I really enjoyed the revolution plot. I thought the multiple narrators really brought the story to life. My only real quibbles are...more
First Look: 4/5 I honestly thought this would be a remake of The Hunger Games. The premise was so similar.

Setting: 2/5 It was actually kind of...bla. The whole creepy wow-this-could-be-us-in-a-century dystopia thing just wasn't there. I could barely figure out what even made it a dystopia at all. Every single place was drab and none of it stood out.

Characters: 1/5 They weren't likable at all. I was never cheering them on. There wasn't anything special about them to even try to make me like them....more
Zimní bitva je dystopie, kterou česky vydalo nakladatelství Baobab. Napsal jí francouzský autor a označila bych jí jako kvalitní kousek. Nejde v ní o žádné milostné trojúhelníky a milostné vztahy mezi hrdiny jsou celkově potlačeny na minimum. Každopádně je to hodně silný příběh. Sledujeme osud sedmnáctiletých hrdinů, jejich vzepření se režimu a jejich boj za svobodnou společnost.
Příběh začíná v internátu, který je příšerná depresivní díra a postupně odkrýváte, že je všechno ještě tisíckrát horší...more
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Erin Wynn
I can't explain this book.

It was a dystopia, that read like a fantasy. Although set in a (possibly future) dystopian society, it reminded me of historical novels I've read. Realistic, yet completely 'out there'. From the first few pages, I was hooked. Completely immersed in this world I knew so little about. After about a hundred pages, I'd made a fanmix for this book.

Helen, Bartolomeo, Milena and Milos are the children of rebels. Rebels that fought against an oppressive regime (the Phalange) a...more
In einer nicht näher definierten Zukunft in einem unbenannten Land herrscht ein totalitäres System, in dem 4 Jugendlich in 2 benachbarten Internaten aufwachsen. Für kleine Verfehlungen werden sie streng bestraft, ihre Eltern sind allesamt tot und 3 mal im Jahr ist es ihnen erlaubt zu ihrer persönlichen "Trösterin" zu gehen, einer mütterlichen Frau im Dorf, die ihnen zugeteilt wurde. Auf dem Weg dorthin begegnen Milena und Helena Batolomeo und Milos. Batolomeo und Milena verlieben sich ...moreIn...more
David Barajas
I thought "Winter's End" was an...okay book. When I read the preview I thought it was going to be an amazing book, but ended up disappointed in the beginning of the book. After a while it did get more interesting, finally getting what was going on in the story. The story was really weird at times, like when the dog-men were introduced in the plot. I believed that the story's expository wasn't placed in a good location in the story. The book just started out with the story, and then explained ev...more
Well I have a version of this novel here beside me that's entitled: Winter's Song. Same book different name. How odd. Ah well the contents of the book haven't changed (hopefully) only the external elements of name and cover.

My impression of Winter's End? Its a book that like the image on my version ends up covered over by a layer of snow and forgotten until summer. Metaphorical snow that is. But that is not to suggest I didn't like Winter's Song. I just didn't find that it particularly grabbed...more
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Jean-Claude Mourlevat once wrote and directed burlesque shows for adults and children, which were performed for more than ten years in France and abroad. The author of several children’s books, he lives in a house overhanging the River Loire, near Saint-Etienne, France.
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