Moon of the Crusted Snow
Books | Fiction / Literary
2023 Canada Reads Longlist SelectionNational BestsellerWinner of the 2019 OLA Forest of Reading Evergreen AwardShortlisted for the 2019 John W. Campbell Memorial AwardShortlisted for the 2019/20 First Nation Communities READ Indigenous Literature Award2020 Burlington Library Selection; 2020 Hamilton Reads One Book One Community Selection; 2020 Region of Waterloo One Book One Community Selection; 2019 Ontario Library Association Ontario Together We Read Program Selection; 2019 Women’s National Book Association’s Great Group Reads; 2019 Amnesty International Book Club PickJanuary 2020 Reddit r/bookclub pick of the month“This slow-burning thriller is also a powerful story of survival and will leave readers breathless.” — Publishers Weekly“Rice seamlessly injects Anishinaabe language into the dialogue and creates a beautiful rendering of the natural world … This title will appeal to fans of literary science-fiction akin to Cormac McCarthy as well as to readers looking for a fresh voice in indigenous fiction.” — BooklistA daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voiceWith winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow.The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.
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"The constant feeling of suspense in this book is masterful, I truly am not sure I’ve ever felt so on edge through an entire book like I have here. This was a really great indigenous vs colonist take on an apocalyptic scenario, modernizing history in an incredibly pointed way. Phenomenal."
"Relationships between characters are incredibly shallow. It’s written like a book you would find on wattpad, with nothing more than basic details and actions that have no meaning. The ending was horribly rushed, leaving no payoff for the slog that the rest of the book was to get through. I can’t believe I had to read a book written like this for a twelfth grade English University class. "
"This was a really interesting read for me. It was a little simply written, which made it a fast read, but it really does well at describing the way of life that the disaster leads them back to, and the relationships between Evan and the various other characters. Despite kind of knowing how things are going to end, the dread of it was really well handled."
"My COVID coping strategy has been all horror, all the time. So this book was a fantastic choice. The ending came along INCREDIBLY abruptly for me, though—perhaps because I’m up too late reading during a pandemic? Also, there were some details I completely missed that I learned about in the acknowledgements. So I could see how a few tweaks could have tightened things a bit more. But if you like things more subtle, you’ll be all set. It didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book in a major way—a longer climax and resolution would just have been my preference. The characters were great and the world was well drawn."
"Incredible read. Every page kept me suspended and wanting more."
"I enjoyed the tone of this near future post apocalyptic story taking place in a northern indigenous community. Really instructive for a white reader to see how easily the indigenous culture and power get taken over by colonizers. #dystopian #indigenous #indigenous_fiction #postapocalyptic "