A Strong and Sudden Thaw (A Strong and Sudden Thaw #1)
The Ice fell upon the world nearly a hundred years ago, and if civilization didn't rightly collapse, it surely staggered and fell ill a while. In the small town of Moline, Virginia, folks struggle to survive, relying on hybrid seed sent by the faraway Departmet of Reintroduction and Agriculture and their own faith in God and hard work. But when a mated pair of dragons star...more
Part way through this book I didn't think I'd make it. I had heard of people honoring a death by staying to see it done but never quite got it. I understand it now. Out of respect, I kept reading, not wanting to be a coward and turn away from the dark. I'm glad I did and was rewarded handsomely.
This was an amazing read. I've never read anything like it. A commentary on society, on the human heart, and a coming-of-age story. All those terms fit, but this...more
The mysterious sudden climate change called the Ice descended about eighty years prior to the beginning of this book. 16-year-old David's 100-year-old grandmother barely remembers what things were like before; the government is still hanging on and handing out precious seed wheat; the culture is reminiscent of the Old West but the social mores are reminiscent of the 1950s, due to a resurgence in religious and social conserv...more
This wasn't an easy read. There are struggles and hardship followed by tragedy...Nevertheless, hope and love spring eternal.
The telling of this story is through Davids POV, and it shouldn't be any other way! I felt everything David did and his strong voice, while not eloquent, was distinct and powerful throughout the story.
David is 16 at the start of the book, but all the things one must do just to survive and thrive in small...more
In the case of this book the catastrophe was a sudden ice-age which swept down from the north, engulfi...more
Maybe my expectations for gay romance novels are set so incredibly low by the unbelievably bad examples I've come across lately, but I was more than willing to forgive the slightly ridiculous and completely unexplained premise in favor of likable characters and a wonderfully romantic, slow-building relationship.
A new Ice Age plus ravening dragons that instantly revert everyone into pioneers? Whatever. Callan and David are adorable. I'll take it. Someone w...more
While the dragons are in the story, they are not the central focus. Ins...more
Honestly, I liked this book, it was plenty different then the flash-fuck novels that nearly all SCIFI/Fantasy LGBT books seem to have. There was more build up and the plot was very interesting buuuuuut the plot seems to hit a plateau. It stops being about the whole dragon thing (and all that came with it) and the...more
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.
- Sweet, heartbreaking, romantic, selfless, beautiful relationship between David and Callan. It’s left me a bit speechless, to tell the truth. And yet this isn’t solely a romance (see cons below). It’s also a coming-of-age story in which love plays a large part in moulding the main character into the man he’s meant to be. The sex scenes are su...more
R.W. Day tries to do a lot with this story, but fails in most aspects. She sets up a post-apocalyptic world in which a teenager falls in love with an adult, who has been prosecuted before, for his homosexuality. On top of this forbidden love, the little town, where both of them live, is in danger, with dragons killing the livestock and even small children. This second part of the story slowly turns out to b...more
When Callan is arrested for being wi...more
Young David Anderson is the seventeen-year-old son of a farmer whose only connection to the large...more
Anyways, Day's debut novel isn't really what I'd call a sci-fi/fantasy tale. It has elements of it, true, but the pace is much slower and more meandering. The characters look inwards rather than outwards, and it reads more like a coming-of-age tale...more
This kind of book is the reason I am reading so much crap, because you never know, among all the stories with wooden characters and horrible sex scenes you might finally find a gem like this:...more
R.W. Day's beautiful prose, characterization, the post-apocalyptic fantasy world she created and the young adult, coming-of-age story in A Strong and Sudden Thaw caught both my attention and imagination from page one and I couldn't put the book down until it was done.
Approximately one hundred years after the Ice nearly ended civilization, the people of Moline, Virginia are still recovering from the catastrophe. The cold and snow still plague the north, but Virginia is a place where peopl...more
When I realized we were going to go from budding romance to persecution, I was a little bummed, but it worked out okay, which is a...more
The Ice came and turned the world into a frozen desert. David is a farmer's son, lives in a small town and is a hunter. He meets Callan, the new doctor in town, and from the first moment feels drawn to him although he doesn't really know why.
When I started reading it, I thought the narrator was a seven year old boy, by the way he talked. It turned out he was seventeen. David as a character seemed a little slow, that is to say...more
In a not so far away future, the world, choked by the Ice, turned back to the ways of a past longer back, returning to the ways of living of a nineteenth century that never quite was, for there is an addition unheard of by mankind: there are dragons. Maybe not everywhere but surely in the remote town of Moline, where David Anderson grew up the son of a hunter and farmer. At sixteen,...more
First, these young men were believable to me. They didn't read like adolescent girls.
Second, this is the way I feel dialect should be done--not with constant misspellings, but with choice words, spelled correctly. I won't lie--the misuse of lay/lie still bothered me, but it probably will for the rest of my life, even after everyone has collectively banished the intransitive from the language. But that was the only thing that bothered me...more
If it were possible to give zero stars that is what I would give this book. Since it is not possible then I give it 1.
If one gives a book 5 stars they should be able to support the reasons for giving it such praise. Since I am giving this book 1 star I will offer up my reasoning for the very low rating.
I will start with the biggest is...more