For as long as Emmeline can remember, she’s longed to leave the isolated world of the settlement and explore the wilderness that calls to her in her dreams. And now that the Council has fallen, she will finally, finally get that chance. With First Peoples guide Matisa at her side, Emmeline rallies a brave group to join her on her quest into the unknown, including her beloved Kane and his two younger brothers. But the journey soon proves far more dangerous than Emmeline anticipated—with warring clans, slavers, colonists, disease, and natural disasters seemingly at every turn. After putting so many lives in danger, she starts to doubt everything she once knew. Did she make the right choice to leave the settlement—and can her relationship with Kane survive the ordeal? Matisa insists that to set things right and to fight the evil that is bringing all this danger and turmoil to the forest, Emmeline must journey to Matisa’s people—even if that means leaving Kane behind. "A philosophical, ruminative adventure for fans of the CW network's The 100." Kirkus Reviews, review of Darkthaw
About the Author
Kate A. Boorman is the author of Winterkill. She was born in Nepal and grew up in the small Canadian town of Rimbey. Her pastimes include sitting under starry skies with friends and traveling to far-off lands with her husband and two children. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
DARKTHAW is equally as engaging as its predecessor (WINTERKILL). Kate Boorman delivers another compelling & incredibly suspenseful chapter in Em's quest for new life. The cast of characters are well-rounded and multi-layered. Watching each of them grow and undergo significant developments was thrilling. I am particularly impressed with the ways the author uses Em's dreams as a device for foreshadowing and driving the story forward. DARKTHAW is another skillfully written, page-turner. I look forward to reading the final installment later this year. *Hint, hint...* ;)
Dark Thaw is a medium-length, fictional novel by Kate A. Boorman. The second book in the Winterkill series, Dark Thaw recounts the tale of a young rebel named Emmeline. Since her birth, Em has lived in a secluded fortification, where the leader brainwashes his people into obeying him and never straying from the fort by planting false fear in their minds. However, just months ago, Em risked it all to uncover her leader’s scheme, freeing all of her people from fear of the outside. Finally free, Em decides to follow some outsiders to their home to start a new life, but in order to get there, she and her new friends must travel through the danger-ridden Forbidden Forest. Along their journey, Emmeline discovers the beautiful, merciless world that has been concealed from her all of her life. Forced to face numerous horrors and heartbreaking decisions, Em struggles as this new world begins to change her, leading her to question the person she has long considered herself to be. Dark Thaw is absolutely saturated with action. I sped read the entire novel, not blinking for fear of missing something. Every chapter was brimming with shocking revelations and plot-twisting events, but not until the end was I able to piece together the book’s many puzzle pieces. Boorman’s novel is extremely unique, particularly due to the mysterious setting. Although the author never explicitly writes that the book takes place in an unsettled America, the talk of “westward exploration”, “first peoples”, and “mapmakers” are reminiscent of the beginnings of the United States, when colonists disturbed the Native Americans by expanding to the west. This historical element makes Dark Thaw all the more interesting. Possibly the largest flaw of Dark Thaw was the author’s major failure at dialect. Boorman attempted to characterize Em and her people with improper English, but it seems that the dialect was forgotten at times, and Em and her people suddenly began to speak perfect English. Dark Thaw is a spectacular choice for any reader seeking a thrilling adventure. Nevertheless, the novel contains a number of gory, dark scenes that make it most appropriate for older children. Before diving into Dark Thaw, though, I would consider reading the first book in its series, Winterkill, as doing so would make Dark Thaw much easier to follow. I encourage you to venture into the riveting world of Dark Thaw, but I warn you that you likely will not be able to put the book down once you start! review by Isabella T., age 14, Memphis Mensa