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Winter's End

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  893 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Candlewick Press (first published 2006)
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Oct 12, 2010 Cara rated it liked it
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
Sep 11, 2016 Joseph rated it liked it
Every story must have a beginning, a middle and an end and this bit of tautological wisdom may be why trilogies are so popular. Following this trend, celebrated french children's author Jean-Claude Mourlevat wrote a trilogy as his debut into young adult fiction. 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 a boarding-school drama where the student dream of small freedoms. The second spins an act
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
Mar 24, 2010 J.Elle rated it did not like it
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
Thoa KÒi
Jan 23, 2015 Thoa KÒi rated it liked it
Trận đấu mùa đông.
Cầm cuốn sách trên tay, biết được tác phẩm đã đạt một vài giải thưởng, nghĩ rằng nó chắc là ổn đây. Và sau khi đọc xong thì thấy rằng nó ... ổn thật. Tức là đây là 1 tác phẩm ổn, nhưng không Hay. :)

4 cô cậu bé của chúng ta, học trong trường nội trú. Ở đó, họ nghĩ rằng tất cả chỉ đều là những đứa trẻ mồ côi, thứ tình cảm duy nhất đối với chúng là những bà mẹ tinh thần, những người phụ nữ yêu thương và quan tâm đến chúng hết mực.
Trường nội trú có những luật lệ khắc khe, những giá
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
Oct 20, 2009 Eleni ( La Femme Readers ) rated it really liked it
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
Jan 06, 2010 Carllee rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
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
Apr 25, 2014 Kirsti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Irwin Winaris
May 18, 2016 Irwin Winaris rated it liked it
The premise of the book was very promising. The start showed the two protagonists, reined in by the boarding school's dictator-like rules. Afterwards, a series of events led to an uprising.

Sounds good? Well, it could've been, but a few flaws prevented me from fully enjoying the book.

-Book felt rushed. And this ticks me off a lot. I hate the feeling if reading a book, getting to an important scene, getting hyped......
and its over a few paragraphs later. GAH.
Plus, if I feel that the book feels ru
Aug 21, 2015 So92 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-before-2015
Visto che non ricordo proprio niente di questo romanzo se non che non mi era dispiaciuto, riporto la recensione di un certo SteamBoy, utente di ibs, datata 22-07-2014:
“Uno di quei libri che raramente capitano per le mani e che ti riconciliano con la lettura. Ha tutto quello che serve: è scritto bene, personaggi con storie da raccontare, con pensieri e riflessioni da condividere, una storia densa e significativa, con tante idee originali (uomini cane? Uomini cavallo?), ambientazioni che stimolano
Jun 29, 2015 Blackbird rated it really liked it
Me leí este libro hace mucho mucho tiempo y ahora lo he vuelto a leer. Mi opinión sobre él sigue siendo la misma y eso, quieras que no, dice mucho de un libro. Todos sabemos que conforme uno crece va adquiriendo gustos nuevos y dejando atrás los anteriores. Con los libros es muy frecuente que al releer alguno, te des cuenta de que no es tanto como habías creído. Es por eso que tiendo a no hacerlo con los que más me gustan, pero desde hace unas semanas me acostaba pensando en Combata de Invierno ...more
Sara Fortman
Nov 16, 2014 Sara Fortman rated it really liked it
Helen, Milos, Milena, and Bartolomeo have all ran away from their boarding schools which are controlled by the government, proving that the government has been controlling all of the children whose parents they have killed. The book was very action packed, each chapter the author, Mourlevat kept wanting me to read more. I liked how the characters personalities were coming out more as the story went on, and how much more emotional they became with each other as their relationships progressed. I l ...more
Sarah Richards
May 07, 2014 Sarah Richards rated it it was ok
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-
Nhi Nguyễn
Dec 13, 2014 Nhi Nguyễn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know that this book doesn't receive much of readers' affection because some readers cannot stand its unrealistic dialogues and details. I noticed these kinds of things, but in my opinions, this book is still a decent book in its own way, and I'll tell you why.

First, I freaking love dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction, and I always try to read as many books in this genre as I can. This book may not be the kind of dystopian novels I've read and freaking enjoyed, like "The Hunger Games" or "Diverg
Nov 03, 2015 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Four teenagers- Milena, Helen, Milos, and Bartolemeo- are in a fight against the tyrannical government that ended their perents' lives. Now, they want to escape and see if they can fix things. Two of the teenagers run off, while the other two are trying to figure out what happened to them. Later on, one of those teens are put into this ancient game that they government holds just for their amusement. Now, they all have to figure out what to do in their own paths to save themselves and their lost ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Éowyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc
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.
Apr 24, 2014 Anja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 16, 2014 Drea rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2014 Afreen rated it liked it
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
Rebecca (BookBacon)
Dec 25, 2013 Rebecca (BookBacon) rated it liked it
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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
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A 1001 Children's Book. That's Winter's End. It's translated from the French. In view of my upcoming trip, I've decided to focus on reading those 1001 CBs that have French authors. And, though this book was set in a mysterious alternative universe following a dictatorial takeover, the book had a decidedly French feel, placing its trust in art to save the world. Very dark for a children's book, but with a hopeful ending. I worried the book would be first in a trilogy, but, no, it was complete in ...more
Jul 14, 2016 E.S. rated it really liked it
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Gavin Banks
Sep 15, 2016 Gavin Banks rated it did not like it
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
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
Mar 14, 2014 Dylan Hall rated it liked it
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
Sep 14, 2011 Ebster Davis rated it liked it
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
Nov 15, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Diane Ferbrache
Mar 04, 2010 Diane Ferbrache rated it really liked it
Shelves: washyarg
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
Feb 03, 2010 Rachael rated it liked it
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
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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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