Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman

21527233How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Historical Fiction inspired Dystopian
I’m inventing genres now 😉

Synopsis: Where Emmeline lives, you cannot love and you cannot leave…

The Council’s rules are strict, but they’re for the good of the settlement in which Emmeline lives. Everyone knows there is nothing but danger the other side of the Wall, and the community must prepare for the freezing winterkill that comes every year.

But Emmeline struggles to be obedient under the Council’s suffocating embrace – especially when she discovers that a Council leader intends to snatch her hand in marriage.

Then Emmeline begins to hear the call of the trees beyond the Wall…

200words (or less) review: This is a beautifully written book. I am thoroughly impressed with Kate A. Boorman because I was enthralled with Winterkill.

Emmeline struggles within her community, she feels judged by those around her because of her grandmothers stain. Emmeline’s mother died when she was young so it’s only her father and her. Accepting Brother Stockham would mean acceptance but Emmeline doesn’t love him.

I was never sure where Kate A. Boorman was going to take the story and the characters (not just Emmeline) are fully development. I was particularly fond of Tom. The relationship between Brother Stockham and Emmeline is really interesting, just like Emmeline my opinion of him kept changing.

Emmeline’s narration is unique. I don’t know any French but Kate A. Boorman weaves explanation/translations into the story so well that you never feel like you don’t know what’s going on.

Winterkill is a book that rewards you with each page. The writing draws you into a picturesque wintery world full of secrets.
Follow the wayward path…

Recommend it?


Expected publication:
September 30th 2014 by Faber & Faber

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