Friday, February 11, 2011
WINTER'S END by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
Guest TEEN BOOK REVIEWER NYIA is in the houuussseeee!
We just finished reading Winter's End and she's here to share her 2cents about it. It's a French book and she read the translated version.
In a dystopian world, an oppressive revolutionary group has taken over. Four teenagers escape the "boarding school" where they have been held since their parents were murdered 15 years earlier for being part of the Resistance. Milena and Bartolomeo become romantically involved and run away together, as do Helen and Milos, separate from the other two. Ultimately, Helen, Milena, and Bartolomeo are reunited in the capital city where they find work at a restaurant doubling as a front for the Resistance movement. However, Milos is imprisoned and sent to a training camp from which he will be forced to compete in one-on-one, barbaric arena fights to the death. As a translation from the French, this book is successful, with only occasional minor awkward moments that do not detract from the story's compelling setting, mood, and tone. Most characters are adequately drawn but some disappear and never return.
I didn't know that I loved dystopian books so much. This book showed me that. I really liked Milos and all of the characters. I got attached to them. There was not many boring parts, because each character was in first person in some parts. Also, there were some parts that changed to 3rd person. It had me worried for each one of them and I really wanted them to get away from that terrible place. The only thing I wasn't prepared for was the ending. I even cried when I got to the end. I give it 3 out of 4 stars only because I wish it would have ended differently.