Saturday, January 30, 2010

Book Review--Winter's End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat (mini-review)

This is a dystopian YA book. It is a tale of a suppressed society where the children of a resistance movement have been kept in boarding schools that are not much better than prisons after their parents are dispatched. At the heart of the story is the suppression of arts and freedom. It takes the daughter and son of the resistance movement's most beloved figures to start the movement in motion once again.  The scenario in this book is something that could happen in any nation where censorship is allowed to flourish because censorship of the arts is ultimately at the heart of this story.  Anyone who enjoys reading  books about a suppressive society being overcome by freedom fighters would enjoy this book.  An exciting read containing inspiration and the triumph of the human spirit.

About the Book:

One voice is the weapon against tyranny in this powerful hymn to courage and freedom. Four teenagers escape from their prison-like boarding schools to take up the fight against the tyrannical government that murdered their parents fifteen years earlier. Fleeing across icy mountains from a pack of terrifying dog-men sent to hunt them down, only three of the friends make it safely to Jahn's Restaurant, the headquarters of a secret resistance movement. It is here they learn about courage, freedom and love, and discover the astonishing power of one voice as the battle begins - to free a depressed and terrified nation from a generation of cruelty, and to save their captured friend, forced to fight to the death in a barbaric ancient game.

Read for the following challenges:

ARC Reading Challenge 2010
Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge 2010
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge
100+ Reading Challenge

Pages Read Challenge--415 pages (Total to date: 743 pages)

FTC Disclaimer:  I received this ARC from Libary Thing as an early reviewer.  I did not receive any monetary compensation for reading and reviewing this book.


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  1. Sounds like a interesting book and I loved the cover

  2. Maybe I will read this one also for YA challenge. It sounds good, thanks for the review

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