Monday, 21 May 2012

Review - After the Snow

After the Snow by S D Crockett

After the Snow - SD Crockett
Suddenly, Willo’s family are gone.  He doesn't know why but he realises that he is all alone on the snowy rural mountains of Snowdonia to fend for himself. He’s alone – except for dog, the companion he keeps in his head. Willo heads off on a treacherous journey and quickly discovers that there are dangers all around him: the snowy harsh mountain terrain, the wolves, good dog, mad dog, stealers, stragglers, Mary, and a whole lot of children. And that is just a start!  Not to mention a whole lot of secrets too.

Willo is a wonderful teen narrator.  So, so brutally honest, imperfect and ordinary in his own way.  I think he surprises himself more than the reader by how much he discovers throughout the novel!

The novel is an exciting but also dark and very cold adventure. Set in the future after the temperatures had warmed to melt the snowcaps, the world has returned to a cold and barren ice age. It’s a time where everyone is battling to survive. Set in the Rhinog mountains and nearby surroundings in Wales, the novel was inspired by S D Crockett’s experiences in Russia right after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

While the different visions that people and governments have in dealing with the fallout from climate change is a central thread of the story, the main plot is Willo’s adventure. And really, it is Willo (and perhaps Mary) who makes this story come very much alive.  While the state of the world is important, what I really cared about most in this book was Willo.

After the Snow starts off slowly – if this is an issue for you, please bear with it – you will be rewarded. Also, Willo’s unusual use of tense was difficult to read for a good few pages but then I became accustomed to it.  There are some harsh and graphic scenes of violence and cruelty that might not be suitable for younger or sensitive readers.  I certainly skipped over the details in more than a couple of paragraphs.  But, this violence fits within the harsh reality and story that this book tells.

I was hoping to enjoy After the Snow but was surprised by how good I thought it was. It is a very haunting but beautiful read. And to top it off, I loved the ending.  A well-deserved and proper ending.

Publication details:
Macmillan, 2012, London, hardback

This copy: received for review from Macmillan Children’s Books


  1. I just got this book for review from the US publisher and haven't had time to read it yet, but now I will make it a point to. I had heard it was creepy, but really good. Thanks for the great review.

    1. Yes, there are parts that are creepy. But it is also a hopeful story.

  2. I need to get this book. sounds nice.

    P/S I'm your new follower =3
    When She Reads

    1. Hi Lisa, Yes, whether you have to beg, borrow or by, definitely get a copy of this. And thanks for following :)

  3. great review M I loved this one too, so bueatiful and yet so sad at the same time, I want everyone to read it!

    1. Yes, yes, everyone. It's a book that has longevity, I think.


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