A Strong and Sudden Thaw
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
This is a little based on the premise from the movie The Island or, further back, the Myth of the Cave by Plato. Good rulers who turn out to be not-so-good. Obsolete laws became valid again. Piety revives in times of chaos and desperation. Life is not a searching of happiness anymore, but of mere subsistence. Not a revival of the Stone Age, but a big step back nonetheless. Furthermore, there is a hint of I ...more
First: I HAVE TO tell you this is a freaking sad book. No, not just sad... it will break your heart, scatter the bits around the world, birds will eat each piece and shit it around, rain will fall and send more and more afar... ok, you get it no? yeah, it's VERY SAD!
No, I'm not talking about happy end or not, I'm talking about ALL the book, not the end. I will not talk about ...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
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
In the case of this book the catastrophe was a sudden ice-age which swept down from the north, engulfi ...more
I liked Callan quite a bit - he was funny at times and smart, but he has some of the worst luck I've encountered in a book recently and it was just no fun to read about at ...more
this is one of the sweetest stories i have ever read. It is the story about David, a farmers son in a post-apocalyptic ice age. people have reverted to farming and religion for their basic needs and David's grandma is the only one left who actually new the Before world.
David meets Callen, the healer and they fall in love...they have to overcome loads of problems: prejudice, political deceit and dragons to s ...more
Post-apocalyptic ice age, dragons, homophobes, government conspiracies: plenty of plotty drama in the setting alone, but the story shines through the eyes of David as he tries to make sense of the feelings he is developing for Callan and those he has for the people who have been his moral compass for his ...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 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
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
Young David Anderson is the seventeen-year-old son of a farmer whose only connection to the large ...more
This coming-of age story is told through a first person narrative of the MC, David. He is straight-forward, honest, and so thoroughly good I wish he were a real person. His love interest is Callan, an educated and kind young healer. Their love story is beautiful and tragic and wonderful all rolled up into one.
The author does not w ...more
[spoiler ahead]The only reason it doesn't get a 5 star rating from me is because I tend to like my book with a bit more explicit sexuality in it (while RW Day's writing made me think of a blushing high school girl). And because at times, I felt the storyline was moving a bit too slow. But other than that, it was a magnificent read. I ...more
When Callan is arrested for being wi ...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
I also had a lot of issues with the world building. One major issue the people in this postapocalyptic society had was the lack of books. That made no sense to me, bookbinding and paper making are crafts easily managed without factories or machinery. Man ha ...more