by Kate A. Boorman


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Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman

Emmeline knows she’s not supposed to explore the woods outside her settlement. The enemy that wiped out half her people lurks there, attacking at night and keeping them isolated in an unfamiliar land with merciless winters. Living with the shame of her grandmother’s insubordination, Emmeline has learned to keep her head down and her quick tongue silent.
When the settlement leader asks for her hand in marriage, it’s an opportunity for Emmeline to wash the family slate clean—even if she has eyes for another. But before she’s forced into an impossible decision, her dreams urge her into the woods, where she uncovers a path she can’t help but follow. The trail leads to a secret that someone in the village will kill to protect. Her grandmother followed the same path and paid the price. If Emmeline isn’t careful, she will be next.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419716737
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Series: Winterkill , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 677,296
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Boorman is an artist and writer living in Edmonton, Alberta. She was born in Nepal and grew up in the small town of Rimbey, Canada. Her pastimes include sitting under starry skies with friends and traveling to far-off lands with her husband and two children.

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Winterkill 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
HeIIoJennyReviews More than 1 year ago
Winterkill is one of those books where no matter how long I make my review I still wont be able to get my entire point across. There aren't enough words in the English language to represent how much I enjoyed this book. I have been sitting on this review for almost a week and I am still at a loss for words but I am going to try to form the review this book deserves. I ADORED Emmaline's character. She was so strong and brave. Her grandma'am has put a stain over their family but Em was hell bent on trying to make her Pa's and her life better. She wasn't Wayward. She was CURIOUS. You cannot contain people in a small village and not expect them to be come curious. I was actually shocked that more people didn't question everything. But then again, they were safe, fed(barely) and in a community of loved ones so I guess most of them didn't feel like anything should be questioned. Some people don't want MORE. Some people are fine with just living. Brother Stockham kind of creeped me out. He seemed nice and kind at first but after a few scenes with him trying to get close to Emmaline he became too obsessive and I could just tell there was something wrong with him. He ended up freaking out on Emmaline and proved that there was definitely a few screws loose.  Tom was so cute. He had a HUGE secret that could get him send to the gibbets but he keeps his secret and so does Em. It sucks that he can't live life how he wants to but then again it's 2015 and people still can't live how they want. Kane! Oh, Almighty, Kane. He was so swoon-worthy. He put his life at risk just to watch over Em. I was soooo rooting for him the entire book. Him and Em kept ending up in this impossible situations and I just thought it was so funny. They were always thrown together and I think that helped them get feelings for each other The entire book just had me on edge all the time. I never knew when someone was going to die because of Wayward acts or if Em was about to get caught exploring the woods. But after Em found the truth out about her Grandma'am I was sitting here telling Em to do bad things! The book was definitely very interactive for me. I was talking to characters so much. The Lost People was such a cool concept. Obviously other people had to exist, right? The fortification couldn't hold the last of the human race, right? Well, most of the people thought they were the last. It is so sad how easily people will follow the leader. In the end I found Winterkill to be a breath-taking book. There were so many ups and downs. So many shocks and draw dropping moments. I found myself hoping for certain things to happen and then something else entirely happened. But I am glad it ended the way it did. I was rooting for Kane so much, as I previously said. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book! Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
I found the book “Winterkill”, by Kate A. Boorman, a success. From when I was just starting to read to when I was nearing the climax, I was changing my perspective of the overall setting. Thanks to the book's amazing abilities to hide some details, I still have no sure idea when this book is taking place: I literally cannot tell if it takes place in the past, present or future, and that's making me hungry for the sequel. The book, which appears to start in some sort of small, isolated post -apocalypse society, drops in tittle details bit by bit, which may continuously change your view of the entire story. The event the main character, Emmeline, will find it difficult to know what is really true. And yet, you can see something bigger and bigger and bigger on, in the background. I personally found my favorite moments in the story to be when it grew in terms of what is learned, such as the important structure that is found, as Emmeline gets into even deeper secrets, while "La Prise" looms even closer. You'll see. review by Jose C, age 13, San Francisco Regional Mensa
COBauer More than 1 year ago
Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Winterkill" is a suspenseful, well-written YA Fantasy story that will appeal to both adults and teens, alike. Loved Kate Boorman's writing style: the world she built and the language she used fit perfectly. Em is a tough, smart, adventurous, and caring protagonist. You can't help but root for her. I thought the romance was well developed and definitely swoon-worthy. The buildup was fantastic. I particularly loved the struggles Em felt between doing what was right, following her heart and protecting her people. Nicely paced read--will keep you engaged until the very last page and leaving you wanting more. Can't wait for the next book in the series!
DanaAlisonLevy More than 1 year ago
Where do I start with this book? Well, first of all, I should probably clarify that it is NOT a dystopian novel, but rather an alternate history set in the wild and isolated Canadian Prairies. There, Em lives with the shadow of her family's reputation and the pain of her disabled leg, dreaming of a world outside the walls, despite dangers from the brutal land and the faceless terror that decimated the community. Her growing feelings toward a settlement boy, her disturbing and compelling dreams about what might be in the woods, and the unwanted but highly coveted attentions of the community leader all create tensions that the reader will be desperate to resolve. I don't want to spoil the plot, which develops slowly and beautifully through the novel, but I will say that Em is faced with incredibly hard choices that lead to both external drama and internal growth. The book is beautifully and hauntingly written, and Boorman takes her time to create a world where Em's decisions are both painful and inevitable. While this is a Young Adult book (complete with a pretty swoon-worthy budding romance!), I think the sophistication of language and setting make it great for adult readers as well. I am so glad this is the first book in a trilogy, and cannot wait to see where Em's story goes next.