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  • Title: The Road to Winter
  • Author: Mark Smith
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  • Page: 266
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  • Alternate cover edition for 9781925355123Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and most of his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his loyal dog Rowdy for company.He has stayed alive for two winters hunting and fishing and trading food, and keeping out of sight of the Wilders, an armed and dangerous gang that coAlternate cover edition for 9781925355123Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and most of his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his loyal dog Rowdy for company.He has stayed alive for two winters hunting and fishing and trading food, and keeping out of sight of the Wilders, an armed and dangerous gang that controls the north, led by a ruthless man named Ramage.But Finn s isolation is shattered when a girl runs onto the beach Rose is a Siley an asylum seeker and she has escaped from Ramage, who had enslaved her and her younger sister, Kas Rose is desperate, sick, and needs Finn s help Kas is still missing somewhere out in the bush.And Ramage wants the girls back at any cost.
    The Road to Winter Alternate cover edition for Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and most of his community Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his loy

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    1. Set sometime in future Australia, climate change has caused the weather to become wilder and the seas to rise and asylum seekers are doled out to farmers to work as slaves When a virus wipes out a large proportion of humanity, a boy called Finn finds himself alone, after the death of his parents and the rest of his small Victorian coastal town, with only his dog for company He has survived largely through catching seafood and rabbits, growing a few vegies and through rationing the dwindling stac [...]

    2. It had been around two years as far as he could work out, since Finn had been on his own with just his dog Rowdy for company He and Rowdy made a good team, and Finn s ability to trap rabbits and catch abalone and crayfish meant they ate reasonably well But the danger of the Wilders finding them was always there Since the virus had killed almost everyone in his little town, including his parents, Finn knew he was better off alone The one thing which kept him sane was the occasional surf in the ne [...]

    3. A simple storyline told in cleanly written prose The freshness here came from the very interesting characters young adults who are mature enough to understand their world, but still retain a certain youthful hopefulness.There wasn t anything particularly new about this story, but I loved the way it was told The main characters are very real and filled with life I loved that even with the expected unkindnesses of a post apocalyptic world, there were so many characters who still retained their goo [...]

    4. The Road To Winter is the first book in the Winter series by Australian teacher and author, Mark Smith Finn Morrison is fairly certain he is sixteen Apart from his dog, Rowdy, he has been on his own since his mum succumbed to the virus about two years ago His dad, Tom died earlier from injuries sustained while helping to defend the supermarket from looters Finn is the only one left in the coastal town of Angowrie, and he survives on the rabbits he traps, the seafood he catches, the vegetables he [...]

    5. Set in the small coastal town of Angowrie, The Road to Winter chronicles Finn s experience surviving after a deadly virus which has wiped out most of the population His trusty dog is his only companion, as he hunts, cooks and fishes for survival I dislike blurbs that compare books with others , because it was nothing like Tomorrow When the War Began It s of a survival story where Finn stumbles an Afghani refugee called Rose which leads him to a mission to find her sister Through his mission, he [...]

    6. 3.5 Stars.The Road To Winter was a wonderful read that lured me in with it s premise and left me wanting Finn is a remarkable young man Having lost his mother two years ago to the virus spreading across the country, his father passing as a result of a violent outbreak in town, Finn s only company is his canine companion Rowdy and the sound of the waves which beckon him He s self sufficient, hunting, fishing and trading his fresh catches with a local farmer in exchange for fruit and vegetables I [...]

    7. The Road To Winter was so much incredible than I though it was going to be I see now why the publisher has a money back guarantee on this I loved it A terrible virus has swept through Australia, affecting mainly women Creepy Finn has survived on his own for the past two years, hiding out with his dog and a secret stash of food and fuel He catches rabbits and surfs to past the time, just surviving And then a girl comes along, needing Finn s help The Wilders, a gang of men who terrorize anyone an [...]

    8. Part dystopian future novel and part survival story, this is a fast moving and enthralling page turner for young adults, set on the Victorian coast I could not put it down Bev Jacobsen, Library Co ordinator, Campion Education Perth A read in one session novel The recognisable coastal setting, a world catastrophically changed by a virus, asylum seekers used as slave labour, and the dangerous Wilders give rise to interesting issues for student discussion Jan May, Teacher Education Consultant Had m [...]

    9. What an intense page turner Even the quiet moments are infused with a sense of menace because the threat of the Wilders is never far away.There are strong echoes of Cormac McCarthy s The Road, although this book is unmistakably Australian right down to the speculation around where our nation s attitude to asylum seeks may lead us It s not as bleak as The Road a book I greatly admire , and there s no cannibalism so far , but Mark Smith reminds us how easily our veneer of society might slip away i [...]

    10. Post viral apocalypse survivor Finn has been living off the land for 2 years, alone with his dog avoiding the marauding Wilders When a girl running from captivity stumbles across his path everything about his lonely yet orderly existence is thrown into chaos A fast, page turning, adrenaline ride tapping into all your lizard brain fears and instinct for survival The stakes are sky high, the odds are dreadful, and the characters are immediately believable, relatable and engaging The social comment [...]

    11. Taut, tense, tight and textured More post apocalyptic, than dystopian Finn is a quality character to follow His instinct for survival honed over two years of solitary, careful existence is safe but oh so lonely.Rose changes everything.Very much incomplete, with books to follow.

    12. Brilliant Australian young adult fiction at its best 5 well deserved stars.I won the 2nd book Wilder Country in a Giveaway and just had to rush out and borrow The Road to Winter, the first in the Winter series from my local library as I do not read a series out of chronological order Mark Smith s debut novel The Road to Winter is a stark tale of country Australia set in the future where most of its population has been wiped out by a mysterious virus The story follows Finn, a boy of 16 who is lef [...]

    13. Finn is on his own It s been that way since a mysterious virus wiped out huge numbers of the population and the survivors left town He s learnt to be careful in order to survive and to avoid the Wilders, violent scavenger gangs who roam around But then he meets a girl called Rose who is trying to escape from the Wilders and Finn has to figure out if his own survival is important than helping someone else.I love dystopian fiction As a bonus, this one is set in Australia I love Australian fiction [...]

    14. The Road To Winter is set in Australia in the near future where a virus has wiped out most of the population This action packed story follows 15 year old Finn, an orphan, and his fight for survival I won Mark Smith s book though Giveaways I m looking forward to reading the second book in the series when it is released later this year.

    15. Great book, really well written It reminded me a lot of the Ashfall series by Mike Mullin, so if you enjoyed this one, you should try that series or vice versa Can t wait to read book 2 but I guess I ll have to, won t I

    16. I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review This wasn t an awful read, but unfortunately, it struggled to keep my interest There were parts of this that dragged because of it, and I spent a lot of it feeling quite bored It just wasn t one that gripped me, which was a shame.Overall, Not awful, but not one I loved.

    17. This book took me by surprise I was expecting another tired,formulaic dystopian novel and what I got was a well written, thoughtful and genuinely engaging story populated with vivid and interesting characters Finn is a boy living on the edge After his family, most of his coastal town and indeed it seems Australia, has fallen to a devastating disease, he survives A loner before the pestilence, Finn has adjusted to his new life with his dog, Rowdy, killing his own food, growing some, and trading w [...]

    18. I dithered between four and five stars for this and landed on 5, yes I would read this again, pretty sure I d enjoy it just as much next time too I ll even read the next one when it comes out, that is something, I m bad at series reading.In a grim future Australia, where the seas have risen and then a virus has swept through, killed millions and pretty much wiped out the population especially the women, life is very tough and lonely for 16 year old Finn His family are all gone but left him well [...]

    19. Although The Road to Winter has been compared to Tomorrow When the War Began I must sayis book is in its own league It s a fast read with a range of diverse characters and give you a new look at a broken world It s set in Australia woohoo on the coast where a young boy lives with his dog THE DOG IS OKAY GUYS He surfs, he catches fish, he s living the dream well the dream for a country that was wiped out by a pandemic leaving groups of wilders and outlaws to roam the country taking whatever they [...]

    20. This book is pitched as Tomorrow, When the War Began for a new generation but unlike the Tomorrow series, this book just fell kind of flat for me It was written well but it just didn t grip me For me it felt like it didn t have enough explanation as to why things were they way they were And I m assuming there will be books so that could obviously be fixed up as it often is in series Oh and I have to say the at the start I got some Maze Runner and 5th Wave vibes which is probably why it didn t r [...]

    21. This book gave me serious vibes of Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden and The Road by Cormac McCarthy I found this to be a very quick read even though some of the chapters were a bit long Over all I enjoyed it, though I didn t realise until about 10 pages till finishing there was no way it could wrap up nicely yupp its another series that I am not 100% sure I want to commit to I probably will try the next book though Check out my full review here youtube watch v G_paY

    22. Terrific read in the spirit of Aussie master of the genre of teen survivalists, Ivan Southall, and later John Marsden Finn has learned to survive on his own after a virus claims the life of his parents and township, until a mysterious runaway, Rose, seeks shelter with him Smith keeps up a pacey read that will keep his 12 readers engaged and hanging for this next instalment.

    23. 2.5 stars This book really fell short for me I was so excited about this I found that the book wasn t all that well developed I wanted to know about the virus that had killed so many And the antagonist I found extremely lame There was no big twist or scary antagonist or really much of a fast passed engrossing read It was just an alright read for me Not a huge fan

    24. Smith carefully builds a slightly different world, with some thought provoking commentary on refugees that is both insightful and heartbreaking These are small, deft touches that make a difference to the way the book comes across, and work very well.Read the rest of my review at READING TIME.

    25. A really exciting book set in a dystopian Australia where a virus has killed off most of the population and gangs of thuggish Wilders roam enslaving and killing Sixteen year old Finn has to survive on his own This book is going to be very popular with teens.

    26. The Road to Winter Text Publishing 2016 , the debut novel by Mark Smith, Author, is a great YA story that ticks all the right boxes for that age group, but will nevertheless appeal to adult readers also Set in Australia after an apocalyptic event a virus has wiped out a large chunk of the population we meet 15 year old Finn who has been living alone for two years on an outback property, fending for himself after the death of his parents With only his dog, Rowdy, for company, Finn traps rabbits a [...]

    27. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review For the first few chapters I really did not think I was going to enjoy this at all I think it was just the style of writing that put me off but the book as a whole ended up being quite good.The book starts off telling us about the virus that hit the world and wiped out most of the population, and how the main character, Finn, survived after losing his parents One day whilst surfi [...]

    28. 16 year old Finn has lived alone with his dog for the last two years, living on seafood, snared rabbits, and veggies swapped with an old farmer who lives outside town He knows there s a dangerous gang the Wilders off to the north, but so far has managed to steer clear of them That all changes when Rose stumbles across his path, injured and on the run from the gang Finn has to make a quick decision about whether or not to help, potentially risking the life he has managed to carve out in his deser [...]

    29. You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5 This was a quick book, and an entertaining read, though I don t think the plot was particularly groundbreaking I loved the Australian setting and the sense of adventure It was a super fast moving book and a quick read, and while I didn t completely feel connected to the characters, I liked them enough to be invested in the story and the outcome for the characters This book follows th [...]

    30. This dystopian YA novel feels very close to reality It is reminiscent of both Cormac McCarthy s The Road , and also Peter Heller s The Dog Stars both if which I loved This is a similar story, written for young adults.The action appears to be set in SW Victoria, Australia, and evokes clearly the somewhat desolate but altogether amazing beauty of the area Our protagonist Finn is likeable and solid, and the characters around him all too believable I m SO pleased to see that this book is marked Wint [...]

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