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The road to winter, Mark Smith

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The road to winter
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The road to winter
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Mark Smith
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eng
Summary
Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and most of his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his loyal dog Rowdy for company. He has stayed alive for two winters-hunting and fishing and trading food, and keeping out of sight of the Wilders, an armed and dangerous gang that controls the north, led by a ruthless man named Ramage. But Finn's isolation is shattered when a girl runs onto the beach. Rose is a Siley-an asylum seeker-and she has escaped from Ramage, who had enslaved her and her younger sister, Kas. Rose is desperate, sick, and needs Finn's help. Kas is still missing somewhere out in the bush. And Ramage wants the girls back-at any cost
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  • Gr 9 Up—Finn has learned to survive in an unforgiving new world. A virus has spread rapidly and killed most of the population. Using his resourcefulness, Finn has managed to keep himself and his dog Rowdy alive. When a young girl crosses their path, Finn and Rowdy's world is rocked, and they must decide if the secrets she carries are too much to bear. This narrative touches on many issues while still remaining a postapocalyptic story at its heart. Smith ventures into refugee, slave trade, and gender issues in threads interwoven throughout. At times, these plotlines can overshadow any sci-fi aspects. Teens graduating from adventure novels, such as Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, will be drawn into the main characters' everyday lives and survival strategies. Smith has crafted an exciting, heartfelt tale that will leave readers wanting more. Those who enjoyed Virginia Bergin's H2O will also appreciate this title. VERDICT A solid choice for dystopian and science fiction collections.—Elizabeth Pelayo, St. Charles East High School, IL --Elizabeth Pelayo (Reviewed 04/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 04, p158)
  • Several years after a devastating virus caused the collapse of civilization, 15-year-old Finn survives on his own by living off the land and relying on the supplies his father stockpiled before his death. When Finn’s solitary existence is upset by the arrival of Rose, a wounded young woman fleeing a ruthless gang of marauders and slavers, Finn has to decide how much he wants to get involved. Eventually, he agrees to venture out and find Rose’s younger sister, Kas, who was separated from her in their escape attempt. As Finn encounters other survivors, both peaceful and dangerous, he discovers his true place in his altered world and learns what’s worth fighting for. The setting and worldbuilding are fairly standard for this subset of the postapocalyptic genre, but complex and sympathetic characters help compensate for the more generic elements, and there’s a measure of hope in Finn’s story that isn’t always present in similar tales. First in a planned series, it’s a solid debut for Australian author Smith, and future installments may yet find ways to further establish its identity. Ages 12–up. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 05/01/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 18, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A deadly virus has devastated the population of Australia, leaving pockets of humanity to survive as best as they can.Fifteen-year-old Finn has been surviving on his own for two years. With only his dog, Rowdy, for company, the white boy seeks relief from the effort of survival by surfing on the ocean. But when brown-skinned Rose arrives, chased by a dangerous band of Wilders, Finn must choose between survival and risking everything to help the mysterious girl. The situation is complicated as Rose is a Siley, one of the enslaved asylum-seekers kept in offshore detention centers. Rose is desperate to reunite with her missing sister, but when she becomes ill, it falls to Finn to find Kas. Smith's debut, opening a series, is a riveting story of survival that questions the prices of freedom and safety as well as the value of an individual life. While Rose and her sister are strong and fierce, their Afghani heritage marks them as worthless. Finn is similarly hobbled by difficulty speaking. But in a world turned upside down, maybe the least can become the greatest by relying on their wits, their kindness, and their integrity. A breakout new series full of romance, danger, and a surprisingly engaging world. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 14-adult)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2017)
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10518259
Cataloging source
ANL
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1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Mark
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
14+ years
Literary form
novels
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  • 9
  • 12
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True
Series statement
Winter (Mark Smith)
Series volume
0001
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  • Epidemics
  • Australian fiction
  • Solitude
  • Gangs
  • Dystopias
  • Solitude
  • Gangs
  • Australian fiction
  • Young adult fiction
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The road to winter, Mark Smith
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
000057307511
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
233 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781925355123
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)948177912
Label
The road to winter, Mark Smith
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057307511
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
233 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781925355123
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)948177912

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