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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,181 ratings  ·  189 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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by cbt (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
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tran Hiep
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Câu chuyện có gì đó nguy hiểm cho những kẻ tương tự như Hội Phalange - độc ác, dã man và đam mê quyền lực. Sự nổi dậy của những đứa trẻ là phát súng khơi mào cho cuộc Kháng chiến giành lại tự do và hạnh phúc. Câu chuyện kết thúc với nhiều mất mát nhưng điều đó rất thực.
Dù có nhưng chi tiết khiến mình không chịu được vì sự vô lý nhưng câu chuyện đã mang đến rất nhiều cảm xúc khác nhau trên suốt những chặn đường rông ruổi của những con người khao khát tự do và tình yêu.
Audrey Bohne
This book was really weird and I didn’t enjoy reading it that much but it’s an easy read. The characters are unique but they don’t change throughout the story. It’s kind of a boring book with interesting concepts and I wouldn’t recommend it because it doesn’t keep the reader interested.
Matt Fernandes
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it although i thought the ending wasn’t needed. But i did like that it wasn’t a happy ever after ending.
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Thoa KÒi
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
La Femme Readers
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2014 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
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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 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.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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En toute honnêteté, j'ai bien aimé ce livre. J'aime bien cet auteur en général: les univers qu'il invente sont toujours riches et intelligents, l'écriture est belle, les histoires sont bien pensés, leur atmosphère plus qu'agréable. Le lire est un plaisir à l'état pur. Et ce bouquin ne fait pas exception.
La seule chose qui m'a dérangée, cependant, ce sont les personnages: ils sont trop manichéens.
Les parents des protagonistes principaux étaient beaux, courageux, héroïques (et avaient une voix mer
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai lu il y a moins d'un mois La Rivière à l'envers de Jean-Claude Mourlevat, qui m'avait beaucoup touchée par sa douceur et sa poésie et dont les éléments merveilleux et choupis n'éclipsent pas quelques sujets tristes et forts. J'ai trouvé génial, c'est donc dans cet état d'esprit que j'ai commencé Le Combat d'hiver.

Trêve de suspense, je l'ai trouvé tout aussi bien, j'ai ressenti plus ou moins les mêmes sentiments, quoique les éléments merveilleux n'ont pas cours dans ce monde plus proche du n
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Men? More like barbarians," - Helen (pg. 302) Winter's End is about four teenagers who escape their prison-like school in order to bring justice to their parents. They flee across icy mountains, while being chased by dog men, they're determined to get out of there and find out more about their odd society. While on the run only three of them will make it safely to their destination, will they be able to save the other person, will their attempts be enough to stop this corrupt society from hurti ...more
Se trata de una distopía adolescente, pero esta vez en un futuro más realista que menos.
La Falange domina el país, y los rebeldes llevan dormidos mucho tiempo. Pero la fuga de los cuatro protagonistas de un internado autoritario desencadena unos hechos para combatir a la opresión.

El mundo es bastante realista, te crees que es un pais opresor. El narrador cambia según el protagonista del momento, y pese a que la historia en general me ha gustado me ha dejado un poco fría que el final sea tan ráp
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For one of the random novels I picked up second-hand for just a few bucks, I was pleasantly surprised. The book was a lot shorter than I hoped, but the world was rich and the characters were memorable and very likeable. This definitely fits into the "young adult" section in terms of literary complexity and general progression of the relationships--and Mourlevat is touted as being a children's book author, with this being his first YA--but for an adult it's still a very enjoyable and moving read. ...more
Geoff Battle
Winter Song is an attempt at an fantasy epic, discarding the high fantasy setting, and using an original scenario. The thought process is not at fault, it's the style of writing employed to deliver the story which lets Winter Song down. Creativity is subdued by disengaging narrative and emotionally charged scenes fall flat. The action scenes are well described though, and although there are very few, they carry the book. The endgame is rather piecemeal too, almost rushed, which is odd since the ...more
This was a random find from a box of donated books to my library. This is a decent book, but could have been better. Maybe, because it's translated from French (I think!) it loses some of its punch. It's a story of orphans who discover they are much more important than any regular orphan. The backstory as to how they became orphans and why felt weak to me. The ending was a little too neat as well. But, an interesting read, nonetheless. Recommended for 6th grade and up. Don't really recommend for ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My main problem with this book is not one that can't be faulted to anyone or anything: it simply read very clunkily, and I think this might be because it was translated. (Translating is never a smooth process). Other than that, it was relatively enjoyable. Straightforward plot with enough turmoil of the mind and heart to keep you attached. Still, a little lack luster for my taste hence the lower rating.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Love the premise where the characters fight against a corrupt totalitarian state. The characters are unique, although near the end; the plot becomes not as believable as in the beginning. The chemistry between the characters is questionable, since they do not know each other very well, but I still love it.
Amber Scaife
Dystopian YA in which the children of the leaders of the past revolution are kept in prison-like boarding schools. Some escape and aid in the overthrow of the evil regime.
Meh. It's not bad, but it also doesn't add much to the genre, and the story could have been fleshed out a bunch more.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nádherná kniha o kamarátstve, láske a o sile vzoprieť sa spoločnosti. Má všetko. Humor, napätie aj dojáky. A navyše krásne ilustrácie.
Amy Webster-Bo
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a awesome book loved the characters, sad ending
Léa Marichez
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lu quand j’étais au collège ( y’a une dizaine d’année ) il a longtemps été mon livre préféré et si aujourd’hui mes souvenirs sont flous je me souviens toujours de ce titre !
Jennifer Neher
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a really weird book.....but I couldn't put it down.
Helena Mašátová
la fin, c'était vraiment émuant ♥ j'adorais "la riviere a l'envers" c'est pourquoi c'est pour moi difficile d'exprimer mes émotions sur ce livre -> 4/5
Cảm giác các tình tiết chưa đưa được đến cao trào, khi đọc không thấy khơi gợi và cảm hứng. Mình thích phần đầu truyện hơn, còn cách giải quyết vấn đề thì thật là chưng hửng.
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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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