After the Snow

After the Snow (Volume 1)

S. D. Crockett

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The oceans stopped working before Willo was born, so the world of ice and snow is all he’s ever known. He lives with his family deep in the wilderness, far from the government’s controlling grasp. Willo’s survival skills are put to the test when he arrives home one day to find his family gone. It could be the government; it could be scavengers—all Willo knows is he has to find refuge and his family. It is a journey that will take him into the city he’s always avoided, with a girl who needs his help more than he knows.

S.D. Crockett on narrative voice and an especially cold winter:

What was your inspiration for After the Snow?
Well, apart from the unbelievably cold winter during which I was writing—in an unheated house, chopping logs, and digging my car out of the snow; I think much of the inspiration for the settings in After the Snow came from my various travels.

In my twenties I worked as a timber buyer in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia, and that work led to travels in Eastern Europe and Armenia. As soon as I step off the plane in those places it smells like home.

It may sound strange to say when After the Snow is set in Wales, but really the practical dilemmas in the book come directly from places I’ve been, people I’ve lived with, and the hardships I’ve seen endured with grace and capability. I was in Russia not long after the Soviet Union collapsed and I’ve seen society in freefall. Without realizing it at the time, I think those experiences led me to dive into After the Snow with real passion.

What would western civilization look like with a few tumbles under its belt? What would happen if the things we took for granted disappeared? I wanted to write a gripping story about that scenario, but hardly felt that I was straying into fantasy in the detail.

What do you want readers to most remember about After the Snow?
We all have the capacity to survive, but in what manner? What do we turn to in those times of trouble? Those are the questions I would like people to contemplate after reading After the Snow.

How did Willo’s unique voice come to you?
Willo’s voice appeared in those crucial first few paragraphs. After that it just grew along with his world and the terrible situations that arise. I think his voice is in all of us. We don’t understand, we try to make good—maybe we find ourselves.

How did you stay warm while writing this novel?
I banked up the fire—and was warmed by hopes of spring.

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After the Snow
PART ISNOWDONIA
In the black season of deep winter a storm of waves In the black season of deep winter a storm of waves is roused along the expanse of the world. Sad are the birds of every meadow plain, except the ravens that feed on the crimson blood, at the clamour of harsh winter; rough, black, dark, smoky. Dogs are vicious in cracking bones; the iron pot is put on the fire after the dark black day.--Irish, author unknown, eleventh century
1I'm gonna sit here in my place on the hill behind the house. Waiting. And watching.

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“Willo tells this dark story in a heavy, coarse, broken, but often beautiful dialect: ‘People always looking to find the runt in you and needle it out if they can.’ It’s hard not to wonder at first whether Willo is perhaps a little slow or unbalanced. If so, he’s also gifted—not only in snaring wild game (‘Gonna want to show him something clever you done, like catching a big hare’), but also in his keen observation—and he is a deeply lovable character. Crockett has created a voice that gets inside you, a voice that, though limited in vocabulary and perspective, achieves remarkable emotional range. And Willo proves the perfect narrator for this harrowing tale about the dangerous new world of Crockett’s invention. . . . After the Snow is a coming-of-age novel, first and foremost—a brutal, tough and sometimes truly transcendent one.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Suspenseful and powerful.” —VOYA

“In this powerful first novel, global warming has killed the North Atlantic Current, sending the U.K. and much of the U.S. into a new ice age.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A sentimental tale of hardships, resilience and first-time experiences that illustrates a universal truism: Hope springs eternal in the young.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Marks Crockett as a writer to watch.” —Booklist

“What elevates Snow is the voice Crockett uses to tell the tale.” —School Library Journal, starred review

 

 

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‘After the Snow,’ by S. D. Crockett - NYTimes.com
In S. D. Crockett’s dystopian novel, a teenager navigates frozen terrain in search of his family.
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AFTER THE SNOW by S. D. Crockett | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of AFTER THE SNOW . Debut author Crockett's poetic first-person narrative depicts an adolescent's coming of age amid wartime havoc and an unforgiving, possibly post-apocalyptic winter.
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S. D. Crockett

After the extremely hard winter of 2009, S. D. Crockett asked herself, "What if winter never ended?" and from that thought, her debut novel, After the Snow, was born. Crockett lives in the United Kingdom.

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Square Fish
September 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250016768
ISBN10: 1250016762
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$9.99

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Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends
March 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312641696
ISBN10: 0312641699
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$16.99

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e-Book Agency
Feiwel & Friends
March 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466816053
ISBN10: 1466816058
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
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