Saturday, September 1, 2012
Review: After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
Willo lives in a world that is dominated by snow and ice. A hard world ruled by a company that controls all the power resources. He and his family eek out a life in the mountains by trapping animals and farming their own food. Then one day his father, stepmother, and siblings are snatched by the company. Willo is left behind. He decides that he will try to find his family and bring them home but he has no idea what adventures and misadventures await him once he moves out into the harsh world. Along the way he discovers information about his family that puts him in extreme danger.
As I closed the final pages I thought this book deserved a spot on my Mock Printz list for 2013. It is a unique, well-plotted book that will resonate with teens who like to read the dystopian genre. Now that a few days have passed I still think it is a strong contender but the story has faded a bit in my mind. Unlike Hunger Games its prototype YA novel, After the Snow ends on a less hopeful note. I am not sure how teen readers will respond. Hopefully it is not a commentary on what we should expect in the future concerning out climate and access to resources. I prefer to think of a more hopeful future.