Winter's End

Winter's End

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Winter's End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat

In a gripping dystopian novel, four teenagers risk impossible odds to fight against tyranny in a world of dangerous choices — and reemerging hope.

Escape. Milena, Bartolomeo, Helen, and Milos have left their prison-like boarding schools far behind, but their futures remain in peril. Fleeing across icy mountains from a terrifying pack of dog-men sent to hunt them down, they are determined to take up the fight against the despotic government that murdered their parents years before. Only three will make it safely to the secret headquarters of the resistance movement. The fourth is captured and forced to participate in a barbaric game for the amusement of the masses — further proof of the government’s horrible brutality. Will the power of one voice be enough to rouse a people against a generation of cruelty? Translated from the French, this suspenseful story of courage, individualism, and freedom has resonated with young readers across the globe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763644505
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 11/10/2009
Pages: 415
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Jean-Claude Mourlevat once wrote and directed burlesque shows for adults and children, which were performed for more than ten years in France and abroad. The author of several children’s books, he lives in a house overhanging the River Loire, near Saint-Etienne, France.

Anthea Bell is an award-winning translator of French and German fi ction, including the Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke. She lives near Cambridge, England.

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Winter's End 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
LeroyMcDoogle More than 1 year ago
Reading the book Winter's End was about as disappointing as watching a Chicago Cubs baseball season. In the beginning you are hopeful and things look promising, then as it progress things begin to slide downhill. Finally, all hope is lost as it reaches the miserable conclusion. The book started off promising enough, an interesting plot, dynamic characters, and an intruding setting made it seem like it had the makings of a best- seller. The sinister government and the bleak landscape set up a perfect scene for a revolution, but when the key parts of the story came it just fell short. The rising action was very good, I myself was drawn in as the gladiator fights began, but the climax happened so fast, and the book ended so quickly that I assumed the author must have suffered from terrible accident that impaired his ability to finish the book. But no, Jean- Claude Mourlevat is fine; he simply lacks the skills to write a strong conclusion. It is a shame because the book was building up so nicely too. One moment I'm reading about Milos fighting for his life, but a moment later the good guys have broken in, defeated the bad, and ended the story. Overall the plot wasn't bad and the characters were downright good, but such a poor conclusion ruined the overall effect and thus the story.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Several years ago there was a political coup and the Phalangist took over. A group of children were sent off to incredibly strict boarding school so the government could keep an eye on them. Four of these children have managed to escape their boarding schools and are making a run to join the new revolution to overthrow the Phalange. These four children each have their own role to play as they find out more of their past, their parents, and why they have been locked up at school for so long. A very interesting look at the world, but the characters were a little stagnant. They did adapt and learn new things, but it always seemed to be with the same attitude. 3/5
Christalina_Stuart More than 1 year ago
Winter's end was a good read and it had its good moments. It wasn't the most interesting book i have ever read but it was still an okay read. I suggest it for just a quick read on the bus or waiting for something or some one. I thought that the characters were pretty good. I liked how the ending came about, how it wasn't a horrible disasterous ending. I think it was nice and quick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author wrote about such an interesting world, yet I felt like the book went too fast. It was as if more needed to be written or the writer needed to make this book into a series. I also thought that the author could have written more about certain events and what was going on in more detail. The ending was quick and failed my expectations. I thought the climax of the novel would be better than it was. However I loved the characters and the interesting world that the author wrote about. All together it's a good read.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Four students - Helen, Milena, Milos, and Bart - have run away from their respective prison-like boarding schools. Each of the four have something in common; their parents were all murdered fifteen years ago, which is why they are in these schools to begin with. But only three of the teens make it to Jahn's restaurant, the headquarters of the Phalange resistance movement. The fourth is captured and forced into playing a barbaric game. If he doesn't play, he'll die. Can one voice stir a change of the brutal ways of the government? This novel was brilliant. I loved every moment of it. There was never a dull moment. This book was fast-paced and kept me wanting more until there was no more left to read. My only disappointment was the Epilogue, but only because it didn't explain much about Helen, so I was somewhat confused after reading it. Various parts of the novel seemed awful. Not bad awful, just awful. I couldn't believe how adults could be so rude to teens, just because of their parents! All in all, I enjoyed this book a lot. It wasn't the type of story I normally read, but I was pleasantly surprised by it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it is easily one of my favorite books ! I was so excited to read it every time i picked it up !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The end is really depressing, though, but as long as its strong. I reccomend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING! I'm not sure why it isn't that popular...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I have already recomended it to lots of friends and they all LOVED it
ac-bookish More than 1 year ago
I never even get to the middle of the book before I set it right back down. The characters are hardly introduced and there isn't any build up to the first main event. She author throws you in to the middle of a story tells you some names and then keeps things moving with predictable and dull 'surprises'. The story had a lot of potential as far as the plot goes but unfortunately her switching back and fourth from different character views were confusing and hurried. I wouldn't recommend it.