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Posted August 15, 2012
Snow Burn is a novel about two teen boys who decide to go on a winter adventure without their parents' knowledge and end up getting into way more trouble than they could have ever imagined. The main characters, Tommy and Vince, end up going on a winter campout when their parents are away. What seems like a harmless adventure turns into a nightmare when the boys find a half-frozen man and decide to help him and things end up taking a scary turn, forcing the boys to see how far they will go to save their lives. Told from a high-school boy's perspective, the story telling is very true to life and the characters are well developed. The conversations in the book reminded me of all the guy talk I overheard in the halls in my high school. From the first page, the author had my attention. The characters were likable, very believable and the story unique and entertaining. In a world full of novels directed at teen girls and bookshelves that seem to be full of fantasy and science fiction for teen boys, to have such a believable, unique story and well-written book aimed at mid-teen boys is very refreshing. I have read a few other books by this same author and have always found his writing to be exceptional and have never been disappointed. Snow Burn is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone, especially for the teen boy looking for something original, entertaining and fast-paced; you will not be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2011
I haven't read that many suspense novels, but it is a genre that I enjoy. Snow Burn was a rather quick read that evoked a surprising amount of emotion and internal debate.
Both of the main characters (Tommy and Vince) are surprisingly well developed for a 70+ page story. True, they sometimes seem one-dimensional, but honestly, you cannot expect perfect characterization here. Like I said before, this is an extremely quick read and it is suppose to be a suspense novel. It simply would not work if the author was to drone on about the characters for pages at a time, it would mess up entire feel of the story.
The character of Tommy easy to relate to, I was the kid in high school that never really did anything. I wasn't as extreme of a case as Tommy, but I definitely followed the rules. Tommy has lived an incredibly sheltered life and always does what he is told. He worries about everything and wants to spend his weekend of freedom in the safety of Vince's house. He wants to stay up all night, watch old scary movies and drink tons of pop. I would have been right there next to Tommy watching a horror movie marathon. No house parties in sight, no crazy shenanigans, nothing that could get me in a lot of trouble.That being said, I much preferred the character of Vince; Tommys best friend and partner in crime. He certainly isn't perfect, in fact he is always the one to get the boys in trouble, but he is undeniably interesting. There were plenty of times I wanted to smack him upside the head, but I was always waiting to see what he would do, or say next.
As far as the dialogue goes - it seemed realistic enough to me. It is what I always pictured teenage boys sounding like, right down to the hot mom comments.
There were a few elements of Snow Burn that I wasn't crazy about. First of all, I wish Tommy would have shown a little bit of backbone. I do not know if teenage boys usually do things this - camping out in the dead of winter in a closed state park, but red flags were immediately going up for me. Tommy knew Vince's plan was insane, but Vince easily talked him into it. I am sorry, nothing and no one would ever make me do something like that. Sure, I can see my seventeen year-old self being talked into a lot of things, but never something like that. If teenage boys are really that stupid, I really, truly fear for their safety and sanity.
Also, the suspense was rather slow to build.The story isn't that long and the portion of it that really deals with the heavy stuff is rather short; the majority of the plot is build-up. Granted, I wouldn't say that the pacing was slow, I just would have preferred to have more action.
Snow Burn is a story that makes you think. It makes you consider some extremely difficult questions about yourself. Nobody really knows how they would react in a situation like this - you can pretend you would always do the right thing, but you can't really be sure.
Posted March 31, 2011
Join Vince and Tommy as they mix their life styles together. Vince, the stupid jock, who is always up for adventure, and Tommy, the brainic, who would rather be laying in bed reading a book or watching a movie. Vince decides that he needs to break Tommy out of his secure bubble by taking him camping.... in the middle of winter. The night did not start out to bad, that is until the blizzard hit and they had an unexpected guest.
But these two boys, could doing the opposite of what many people would do, make it impossible for these two to make it through the night?
Posted March 17, 2011
Snow Burn is a suspense novel, and suspense the novel does deliver! My only complaint is I wish the suspense started sooner. But, as soon as the boys found themselves in one sticky situation after another, I wasn't able to click the next button on my Nook fast enough. There were several points in the storyline where I thought, "Okay! This is it! All heck is about to break loose!" But then the situation of diffuse only to build back up again. It was like a roller coaster (that was totally a cliché simile, but it's true)!
This novel instilled in me a sense of nostalgia, especially at the beginning when Tommy, the narrator and member of a high school drumline, is talking about the Friday night football game. Everything in this scene was vividly described (as all scenes were throughout the book), and being apart of marching band (I was in color guard), I understood everything the narrator was talking about. Ah, the good ol' days.
The dialogue in Snow Burn brought me back to high school too, but this was a little more hit and miss for me. I thought the dialogue between the teenage boys was realistic, so I imagine adolescent girls will exercise the occasional eye roll, and under their breaths they will sign and mutter, "Boys.". This book is definitely geared towards teenage boys.
The characterization was good. I'm still going back and forth in my mind about my feelings toward Tommy. Part of me thinks he's too bland; he's a couch potato, he plays it safe, he's a geek. But the other part of me realizes the ending wouldn't have made the same impact if he were any other way. Vince, Tommy's friend, and Quinn, the convict, evoked a greater emotion out of me though. Vince's story is much more interesting; he's a first generation Cambodian-American, he's a star football player with a "handicap". And even though Vince is such a likable guy, there were times when I wanted to punch him as badly as the narrator did. As for Quinn.well, he made me cringe; he's no Professor Umbridge, but he is up there with the Motor City Hammer and Charlie Pinkeye (who if you remember, I wanted to tie to trees and feed to the zoms).
What I appreciated above all though was how thought-provoking the book was. Snow Burn book poses a number of questions about humanity. If facing a situation where either decision has a potential negative outcome, how does one make the right decision? If an individual is a threat to society and is in danger, is it possible for another to look past that fact to lend a helping hand? While the novel is written in first person, the narrator, Tommy, occasionally addresses the reader-"What would you do if.". 2nd person narration is tricky, but I think the author executes it well, and it is relevant to the storyline. All of the questions posed tie into the ending, which I have to say, was totally unexpected!
Posted February 9, 2011
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Posted August 10, 2011
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