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Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice

katiekay915's review

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emotional hopeful tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75

maryrobinson's review

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3.0

Realistic, everyday kind of imagining of the ways a small town that is already cut-off geographically would be affected by being cut off further when the power goes out with winter coming. It’s an Anishinaabe community in Northern Canada – and it is the old ways of the tribe – hunting and pulling together among them – that bring hope as the town runs out of supplies and faces outside threats.

goblingirlreads's review against another edition

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dark slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

A really solid premise for a book with some great characterization and exploration but it wasn't paced as well as I hoped or get as detailed or dark as I had hoped.

xkay_readsx's review against another edition

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3.0

Post-apocalyptic lite...

Evan Whitesky is hunting for winter as the fall hunting season is coming to an end. He has enough meat and fish for his small family and the moose he just shot, which he'll share with the Anishinaabe community. It's their way.

Anishinaabe reservation is located in the Northern Ontario region.

First, the satellite tv is out, then the power. Next, two kids who go to college in the city return with news that after the blackout there is chaos. People are violent and start looting, there's no food and no update from Toronto. Reservation’s chief, Terry does his best holding meetings and telling his people to preserve energy until the power comes back on. The following day, a large white man name Justin Scott arrives citing the same story in his city. The chief reluctantly let him stay.

Moon of the Crusted Snow is a very subtle post-apocalyptic novel. I'm fine not knowing the cause and that it's left a mystery. If you're okay with no action and enjoy learning about the culture and customs of the First Nation people then this is for you. I enjoy the spiritual aspect and their relationship to the land. I wish there was a bit more tension and more character development.

meaghan's review

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.5

enikolaus's review

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dark reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

What would you do if everything shut off all at once? Your power, cell service, landline phone service, everything. It's a question no privileged person ever even thinks about, but it's the question Rice answers in this chilling apocalyptic thriller.

I really enjoyed the continuously uneasy feeling all the way through the book juxtaposed with sweet family moments and Anishinaabe stories and lessons interspersed throughout. There were a few moments that reminded me a bit of "Leave the World Behind" by Rumaan Alam where the narration dragged on a bit too long with seemingly innocuous moments, but overall, the writing was great. I highly recommend this to anyone, especially atmospheric readers as this is the perfect winter read!

jbats's review

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adventurous dark emotional sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

cadamson's review

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dark reflective tense fast-paced

5.0

alicecider's review

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dark inspiring sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

begglebites's review against another edition

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.5