Moon of the Crusted Snow
With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community loses communication. Days later, it goes dark. Cut off from the urban realm of the south, many of its people become passive and confused. They eventually descend into panic as the food supply dwindles, with few hunters left in the First Nation. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives from a city in the south to escape a crumbling society. Soon after, others follow. The community leadership is faced with the dilemma of allowing the urban refugees to live with them on their territory. 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 tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again, while they grapple with a grave decision.

Moon of the Crusted Snow Details

TitleMoon of the Crusted Snow
Author
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreFiction, Cultural, Canada

Moon of the Crusted Snow Review

  • Angela M
    January 1, 1970
    Once in a while I read a post apocalyptic novel, as a change from my usual fare of contemporary fiction and historical fictional and the occasional memoir. They are almost always thought provoking and this one was as well. This is not a complicated book to read. It’s short and the writing is sparse, but it is complex and haunting. On the Rez in this community of Anishinaabe in northern Canada, away from the cities, the people seem to manage to live their lives, feed their families and in some wa Once in a while I read a post apocalyptic novel, as a change from my usual fare of contemporary fiction and historical fictional and the occasional memoir. They are almost always thought provoking and this one was as well. This is not a complicated book to read. It’s short and the writing is sparse, but it is complex and haunting. On the Rez in this community of Anishinaabe in northern Canada, away from the cities, the people seem to manage to live their lives, feed their families and in some ways keep some of the things from the old ways, some of the language, some of the rituals surrounding hunting and looking out for the elderly. Things are not always perfect and they have had their share of tragedies, but life goes on here until the power goes out and cell phone service dies. All that is left is the emergency generator, but there is only so much gas to keep them going as winter is upon them. People are beginning to panic and the store shelves are pretty much empty. They hunt and tap into the food reserves and share with neighbors. With no means of communicating, they don’t have any idea of what has happened or why. The circumstances are dire and get worse as intruders from the south, come there to survive, seeking refuge, bringing their own desperation as they attempt the unthinkable means of survival. Even though the book is not long, there is quite a cast of characters, mainly focusing on Evan and Nicole and their family. Auntie Aileen, the oldest in the community was perhaps the wisest and my favorite with her knowledge and hope. “The world isn’t ending,” she went on. “Our world isn’t ending. It already ended. It ended when the Zhaagnaash came into our original home down south on that bay and took it from us. That was our world. When the Zhaagnaash cut down all the trees and fished all the fish and forced us out of there, that’s when our world ended. They made us come all the way up here. This is not our homeland! But we had to adapt and luckily we already knew how to hunt and live on the land. We learned to live here... But then they followed us up here and started taking our children away from us! That’s when our world ended again. And that wasn’t the last time. We’ve seen what this . . . what’s the word again?” “Apocalpyse.” “Yes, apocalypse. We’ve had that over and over. But we always survived. We’re still here. And we’ll still be here, even if the power and the radios don’t come back on and we never see any white people ever again.”After a time, Evan and Nicole make a decision on how to move forward. After reading the beautifully written, sad epilogue, I was left with perhaps a drop of hope, but still not knowing what their fate would be. A novel of perhaps warning, but also one that made me reflect on the past.I received an advanced copy of this book from ECW Press.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    "Evan grabbed his sunglasses that lay beside his useless cellphone on the table and perched them on top of his mesh fishing hat. He caught a glimpse of his reflection in the television on the wall across the room. It had been off for almost two days now. He thought of how much he had paid for both the phone and the TV on a trip to the city back in the spring, and he was annoyed that he currently could use neither.'Think it's the weather?' Evan had asked Isaiah while they worked on the moose.'Do "Evan grabbed his sunglasses that lay beside his useless cellphone on the table and perched them on top of his mesh fishing hat. He caught a glimpse of his reflection in the television on the wall across the room. It had been off for almost two days now. He thought of how much he had paid for both the phone and the TV on a trip to the city back in the spring, and he was annoyed that he currently could use neither.'Think it's the weather?' Evan had asked Isaiah while they worked on the moose.'Doubt it. Probably just bad receivers. We can never have nice things on the rez!'" Moon of the Crusted Snow is a fascinating look at what happens in a post-apocalyptic world for the people who are so isolated from everyone else that it takes them weeks to realize something has seriously gone wrong. Just as the first snow of the winter starts to fall, the small Anishinaabe community in the far north of Ontario is cut off from the rest of the world when their power lines go down and the communication lines stop transmitting. Used to power outages, dropped communication lines, and delayed food shipments, the community has some back up plans in place: an old generator that can power the community, wood furnaces to supplement the electric heat, and plenty of food stores that have been put up through hunting and fishing to prepare for the long winter. It's not until some family members manage to return home from the south that the community realizes something has gone terribly wrong in the outside world.This story is not the typical high-action-thriller that I've grown to expect from anything described as post-apocalyptic. Instead, it's more of an examination of a Native community struggling to figure out its identity in a modern world. Being cut off from the everyday conveniences most of us take for granted affects some of the people in the community more than others. There is some tension built when some outsiders make their way to the community, but for me it resolves in a kind of anticlimactic way. The true beauty of this story is in the quiet and unassuming way author Waubgeshig Rice portrays day-to-day life on the reserve, and how those who embrace a more traditional life still struggled, but seemed to be more at peace. I loved being introduced to Anishinaabe phrases and traditions, and I can imagine that this would be a powerful listen as an audiobook. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who'd like to have a glimpse into the lives of those living in the far north without having to wear a parka and toque. Thanks so much to NetGalley and ECW Press for providing me with a DRC of this book.
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  • Jessica Woodbury
    January 1, 1970
    Books about a present-day apocalypse are usually about the crumbling of societal structures and social orders, read a few and the beats start to feel familiar. But Rice approaches the apocalypse with a different kind of view, a stellar example of how a non-white point of view can expand and add to a genre. In Moon of the Crusted Snow the apocalypse comes on slowly and things fall apart differently because the Anishinaabe community it takes place among has been exiled from traditional society. As Books about a present-day apocalypse are usually about the crumbling of societal structures and social orders, read a few and the beats start to feel familiar. But Rice approaches the apocalypse with a different kind of view, a stellar example of how a non-white point of view can expand and add to a genre. In Moon of the Crusted Snow the apocalypse comes on slowly and things fall apart differently because the Anishinaabe community it takes place among has been exiled from traditional society. As an elder says late in the book, "Our world isn't ending. It already ended." They have already lost their home and their homeland, they have already had to learn to survive in the new world of the reservation, cut off from society. Here, losing power and phone service doesn't incite mass chaos because utilities to the reservation are so poor that outages are common, with services still a new thing not everyone is used to yet. The book follows Evan, a young man with a young family. When things start to go wrong he doesn't worry for his own family, he has been brought up in the community traditions, he still hunts to help provide for his family. His job in public works keeps him informed and involved with keeping the reservation running, but winter is starting and life much farther north than their homeland is very different than the life their ancestors had. For the first half of the book, we follow the community as they slowly learn their predicament and slowly adjust. But it doesn't stay as idyllic as it starts. With the rest of the world in chaos, it is inevitable that the same people who removed them from their land are now going to try to benefit from the ways of the First Nations people when their own ways have failed. And the community must decide whether they will take in outsiders or keep to themselves.The rhythms of this book will feel different than most thrillers, but some portions were incredibly tense and I sped through it in two sittings.
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  • Brandon
    January 1, 1970
    In a small northern First Nations community, all lines of communication, as well as the power, have been disconnected without explanation. Winter has arrived and panic has set in. Has something happened down south? Is help on the way? And who is this mysterious survivalist, Jason Scott, who has arrived in town?I thought Waubgeshig Rice did a great job showing how panic slowly made its way into the heads of the community leaders as well as townsfolk. Not allowing the reader to be aware of what ca In a small northern First Nations community, all lines of communication, as well as the power, have been disconnected without explanation. Winter has arrived and panic has set in. Has something happened down south? Is help on the way? And who is this mysterious survivalist, Jason Scott, who has arrived in town?I thought Waubgeshig Rice did a great job showing how panic slowly made its way into the heads of the community leaders as well as townsfolk. Not allowing the reader to be aware of what caused the communication and utility disruption down South helped put the audience in the same mindset as the characters, so you’re less likely to trust anyone who would arrive looking for food and shelter.As the novel progresses, it comes off as an allegory for colonialism, which I would be shocked if that wasn’t the author’s intention. I felt this was extremely effective as the novel itself seems to be about distrust, isolation and perseverance – all common themes that can easily be found in the early days of European arrival.The novel’s main protagonist, Evan Whitesky, is a very grounded and relatable character. He’s admirable in his attempt to keep the community’s situation from exploding, but also isn’t presented as its saviour either, although he has several dreams during the story that help to point him in the right direction. These were my favorite scenes. One in particular near the novel’s climax involving Jason spooked me!My only complaint is that I had wished the writing was a little stronger. A lot of the depictions of characters, clothing, locations were pretty bare bones with basic descriptors, being so noticeable, that they often took me out of the story.With Moon of the Crusted Snow, Waubgeshig Rice has written a novel laced with anxiety. He asks the question, “what would you do if the comforts of modern life were suddenly stripped away?”
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    He kicked up frozen shrapnel each time he raised a foot. A fine powder lay underneath. The conditions made him think of the specific time of year. There's a word for this, he thought, trying to remember with each high step across the hard snow. His knees raised as if to rev his mind into higher gear. He looked up to the lumpy clouds in the hope that the word would emerge like a ray of sunlight through overcast sky. “Onaabenii Giizis,” he proudly proclaimed out loud. “The moon of the crusted snow He kicked up frozen shrapnel each time he raised a foot. A fine powder lay underneath. The conditions made him think of the specific time of year. There's a word for this, he thought, trying to remember with each high step across the hard snow. His knees raised as if to rev his mind into higher gear. He looked up to the lumpy clouds in the hope that the word would emerge like a ray of sunlight through overcast sky. “Onaabenii Giizis,” he proudly proclaimed out loud. “The moon of the crusted snow.” His words fell flat on the white ground in front of him and he wondered which month that actually was.Moon of the Crusted Snow is the third book I've read in the past year that looks at the collapse of Western society from a First Nations' perspective (along with Future Home of the Living God and The Marrow Thieves), with the difference this time being that we're watching a remote northern community grapple with the immediate aftermath of the phones and power going out, with no information getting through about what might be happening elsewhere. Inured to infrastructure failures on their reserve, at first folks are more annoyed than worried; but as news – and refugees – find their way into the community, these people need to start making decisions about the future. Told in rather unadorned prose, author Waubgeshig Rice has crafted a story more interesting than literary, but it does pose an intriguing question: If the lights all went out tomorrow, who would be better prepared for survival than those who have preserved some traditional knowledge? The corollary to that is, of course: And if the white people all started starving, where would they go to demand resources? Nick and Kevin looked at each other. They were both nineteen years old, barely men. They had grown up in families that believed in teaching their kids how to live on the land and they knew how to hunt, fish, and trap. They knew the basics of winter survival. Those experiences had hardened their bodies and helped them mature, but they looked at each other now, fragile as small children. All that training could not have prepared them for what had happened. What I liked best about this view of post-apocalypse reserve life is that there's a believable range of personality types. The main character, Evan, is a young father who had long ago determined to learn traditional knowledge from his Anishinaabe elders and pass it on to his own children. By contrast, his younger brother, Cam, has been content to collect welfare and spend his days smoking dope and playing video games. When the crisis becomes known, there are wise tribal counselors and hotheads, caregivers and deadbeats; and when a white survivalist finds his way to the reserve with an arsenal of guns and a secret cache of booze, he is able to attract some followers with his promises of easy living. For a community that was long ago stripped of its soul – forced to move off their traditional lands and then compelled to assimilate their children in the deplorable Residential School system – the collapse of the settlers' society just might be an opportunity for the Anishinaabe to rediscover their own ways. Apocalypse. We’ve had that over and over. But we always survived. We’re still here. And we’ll still be here, even if the power and the radios don’t come back on and we never see any white people ever again. Moon of the Crusted Snow has the heft of a YA novel – and for that reason, I think it would make an excellent teaching resource – and I was intrigued enough by the concept to spend the few hours it took to read this slim book. Ultimately, I think that the questions that Rice raised are more interesting than how he answered them, but I don't regret the time I spent in his world.
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  • jo
    January 1, 1970
    i read this book in two sittings, which is not what i do, like, ever. it's a compelling post(-possible)-end-of-the-world (we never learn what happens, which reminded me a little of Station Eleven) story set in an indigenous community in northern canada, i.e. freezing coldland. it's paced well and suspenseful and always a bit ominous. the most powerful theme, treaded on intelligently and delicately, is that indigenous folks are not new to apocalypse. so, as the younger people go into understandab i read this book in two sittings, which is not what i do, like, ever. it's a compelling post(-possible)-end-of-the-world (we never learn what happens, which reminded me a little of Station Eleven) story set in an indigenous community in northern canada, i.e. freezing coldland. it's paced well and suspenseful and always a bit ominous. the most powerful theme, treaded on intelligently and delicately, is that indigenous folks are not new to apocalypse. so, as the younger people go into understandable freakout, the most elder serenely survive through yet another phase of their history of loss and expropriation. of course, those among the reserve people who have made a point of learning how to live off the land do well, and those who haven't do less well, but the author makes a point of reminding us that that land is not these people's native land. they were relocated here at gunpoints. and then their children were ripped from them and brought to residential schools. so, yeah, apocalypse schmapocalypse. all of this is gently buried in lovely storytelling, with lots of snow and ice and cold and wood cutting and moose hunting and all that roughing it up that is so pleasurable to read about when it's still the height of summer in miami and you are lying on your bed with the a/c cranked up and a tropical storm is raging outside.
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. As someone who has read many dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels, I enjoyed the change in pace with this one. Rather than taking place after society has crumbled, this one takes place as it is just beginning and focuses on an Anishinaabe community. It is a slow-burn, but from the very first page I could tell that there was something sinister lurking. I love that the author included snippets of the Ojibwe language and culture, and that he subtly included First Nations history and current 4.5 stars. As someone who has read many dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels, I enjoyed the change in pace with this one. Rather than taking place after society has crumbled, this one takes place as it is just beginning and focuses on an Anishinaabe community. It is a slow-burn, but from the very first page I could tell that there was something sinister lurking. I love that the author included snippets of the Ojibwe language and culture, and that he subtly included First Nations history and current wrongdoings against First Nations communities (such as the exorbitant prices of food in Northern communities). This is a story of family and community, a story of self-reliance and a connection to the land, and a story of racism and the outcomes of colonialism. “And when it became clear that they were never supposed to last in this situation on this land in the first place, they decided to take control of their own destiny. Their ancestors were displaced from their original homeland in the south and the white people who forced them here had never intended for them to survive. The collapse of the white man’s modern system further withered the Anishinaabeg here. But they refused to wither completely…” Thank you to NetGalley and ECW Press for a copy of Moon of the Crusted Snow in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsMoon of the Crusted Snow is an interesting take on the apocalypse. A remote Anishinaabe reservation in Northern Canada tries to survive its first winter of an apocalypse. The book is a slow burn but it kind of works with the bleak winter landscape that the story takes place. I like that the story takes place in a remote area and communication to the southern cities is difficult even when there is electricity. Although the reader is given enough information to understand the community dy 3.5 StarsMoon of the Crusted Snow is an interesting take on the apocalypse. A remote Anishinaabe reservation in Northern Canada tries to survive its first winter of an apocalypse. The book is a slow burn but it kind of works with the bleak winter landscape that the story takes place. I like that the story takes place in a remote area and communication to the southern cities is difficult even when there is electricity. Although the reader is given enough information to understand the community dynamics and diversity, I wish there was more interaction between characters and more character development. Overall, I think this is a good addition for fans and non fans of apocalypse fiction. I received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Laura Frey (Reading in Bed)
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in a day! It's juuuuust slightly too long to count as a novellas, but it reads like one. Short chapters and not much messing around. This was kind of like Station Eleven in that I loved reading it and read it really fast, but once I was done, I saw some issues, the main one being the amount of telling vs showing. This is tricky, because some (a lot?) of readers probably *do* need to be told about colonialism in Canada, and residential schools, and displacement, and so on. I just thin I read this in a day! It's juuuuust slightly too long to count as a novellas, but it reads like one. Short chapters and not much messing around. This was kind of like Station Eleven in that I loved reading it and read it really fast, but once I was done, I saw some issues, the main one being the amount of telling vs showing. This is tricky, because some (a lot?) of readers probably *do* need to be told about colonialism in Canada, and residential schools, and displacement, and so on. I just think there are more elegant ways to do it than randomly placed paragraphs that read like excerpts from a textbook (again - irony being that most adults in Canada did *not* learn this in school). This was very disruptive to my reading in the early chapters but the plot took over and I was able to look past it towards the end. I'm also not a fan of the drawn out suspense of "is this character dead or not", especially when it doesn't fit with the previous 200 pages of straightforward narration. All that said, this is probably the most realistic and non-sensational post-apocalyptic story I've ever read and I appreciate that.
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  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    If you look on the back cover, you'll see what I had to say about this novel in part. But I'm gonna put the whole quote I sent to ECW here, in its entirety:Moon of the Crusted Snow is a harrowing, vital novel of survival and fortitude. Akin to Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves or Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, this book speculates a catastrophic, changing world while telling a riveting story that is as potent as anything in modern fiction. Like those books, the story reads like historical fictio If you look on the back cover, you'll see what I had to say about this novel in part. But I'm gonna put the whole quote I sent to ECW here, in its entirety:Moon of the Crusted Snow is a harrowing, vital novel of survival and fortitude. Akin to Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves or Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, this book speculates a catastrophic, changing world while telling a riveting story that is as potent as anything in modern fiction. Like those books, the story reads like historical fiction, because events like these have happened before, and before that, and this grounds the novel in something elemental and profound. Using spare prose and careful detail, Rice does his part here to rewrite a section of popular literature that underrepresents or flat-out ignores rural, northern, and Indigenous people, and their stories. He gives us fully-lived in, authentic characters that demand our attention and empathy. Because of that, there is hope in this long and bleak winter, and a surging power at the heart of this book that cannot be smothered.
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  • Naomi
    January 1, 1970
    4.5
  • Maxine
    January 1, 1970
    Moon of the Crusted Snow, an apocalyptic tale by author Waubgeshig Rice, is divided into three sections based on seasons:Autumn - the beginning as a northern Anishinaabe reserve in Canada loses all communication with the outside worldWinter - band struggles to survive as it becomes clear there will be no new supplies and what foodstuffs they have are dwindling - some members become passive while others including Evan Whitesley do their best to keep the community together and safe - a stranger ar Moon of the Crusted Snow, an apocalyptic tale by author Waubgeshig Rice, is divided into three sections based on seasons:Autumn - the beginning as a northern Anishinaabe reserve in Canada loses all communication with the outside worldWinter - band struggles to survive as it becomes clear there will be no new supplies and what foodstuffs they have are dwindling - some members become passive while others including Evan Whitesley do their best to keep the community together and safe - a stranger arrives and quickly unsettles and divides the band - deaths begin to mountSpring - the remaining members of the band make plans to leave the reserve and seek a new safe home hopefully far away from whatever urban civilization if any still survives Moon of the Crusted Snow is as much an allegory for colonization as it is an apocalyptic tale. As one elder of the band who still knows their history and keeps their culture alive says when the issue of apocalypse is raised:Our world isn't ending. It already ended. It ended when the Zhaagnaash* came into our original home...and took it from us...[A]pocalypse. We've had that over and over. But we always survived. We're still here. And we'll still be here, even if the power and the radios don't come back on and we never see any white people againThis is a well-written story full of action, suspense, and tragedy. It also gives a different perspective on what apocalypse means to people who have experienced colonization and, as such, it ends on a surprisingly hopeful note. A definite high recommendation from me. *white peopleThanks to Edelweiss+ and ECW Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review
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  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    I am always fascinated and interested in reading about Canada’s First Nations communities. I read so many books when in the country and visited as many places as i could to find about their way of life,culture and to learn from them. This book does that and more by blending a really tense story, with great characters and a text peppered with Ashinaabe words. It all makes for one interesting tapestry of a story and I was enthralled throughout.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The book has a chilling ominous feeling from about chapter 3 onward. The story moves fast and doesn't get bogged down. The sense of dread gets heavier with each chapter. The ambiguous outcome for a character in the end only heightens the darkness of the book.The writing was smooth and did not drag. It's a short book but the story does not suffer for the lack of extra pages.
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  • Hilary Carter
    January 1, 1970
    I love reading about an apocalyptic event in a unique setting. These are self-reliant people that are used to getting by and using the land. That being said, many had become complacent with the influx of modern society. When the modern world isn’t available anymore, how do people react? This is the story that is laid out here, the characters are relatable and interesting and the story moves at steady pace. The conclusion was satisfying for the type of situation they are forced to live with. All I love reading about an apocalyptic event in a unique setting. These are self-reliant people that are used to getting by and using the land. That being said, many had become complacent with the influx of modern society. When the modern world isn’t available anymore, how do people react? This is the story that is laid out here, the characters are relatable and interesting and the story moves at steady pace. The conclusion was satisfying for the type of situation they are forced to live with. All in all a good apocalyptic read.Thank you Netgalley for this early release copy.
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  • Joy Clark
    January 1, 1970
    This is a unique story about a remote Canadian First Nation tribe that finds itself suddently without power, water, internet, or telephones. With this backdrop, the author subtly explores the themes of self-sufficiency, family, friendship, community, survival, and racism. I loved the inclusion of the Ojibwe language and native traditions, and there a few reminders that the Americas are not that far removed from some pretty harrowing atrocities toward native tribes. It's a great, quick read that This is a unique story about a remote Canadian First Nation tribe that finds itself suddently without power, water, internet, or telephones. With this backdrop, the author subtly explores the themes of self-sufficiency, family, friendship, community, survival, and racism. I loved the inclusion of the Ojibwe language and native traditions, and there a few reminders that the Americas are not that far removed from some pretty harrowing atrocities toward native tribes. It's a great, quick read that goes far beyond the normal dystopia and brings light to a culture that is often forgotten. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • StarlightBook Reviewsxo
    January 1, 1970
    Hello, what's poppin' my reader family? Starlight Books here ready to tell you about my current adventures with a book I've had the pleasure of reviewing called "Moon of the Crusted Snow" by Waubgeshig Rice. Let's dig into this juicy review, shall we? In this novel Rice paints a terrifying picture of possible repercussions due to over-dependence on technology and collapsing of societies to later begin anew. I say "over-dependence of technology"when main character Evan Whitesky loses cell phone s Hello, what's poppin' my reader family? Starlight Books here ready to tell you about my current adventures with a book I've had the pleasure of reviewing called "Moon of the Crusted Snow" by Waubgeshig Rice. Let's dig into this juicy review, shall we? In this novel Rice paints a terrifying picture of possible repercussions due to over-dependence on technology and collapsing of societies to later begin anew. I say "over-dependence of technology"when main character Evan Whitesky loses cell phone signal along with the rest of the town following suit. That's not actually too uncommon since the Anishinaabe community is used to flimsy reception every now and again as they're cut off from civilization. What starts out as something trivial, spirals into absolute mayhem when the political structure deteriorates for good. "With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community loses communication. Days later, it goes dark. Cut off from the urban realm of the south, many of its people become passive and confused. They eventually descend into panic as the food supply dwindles, with few hunters left in the First Nation. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives from a city in the south to escape a crumbling society. Soon after, others follow. The community leadership is faced with the dilemma of allowing the urban refugees to live with them on their territory. 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 tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again, while they grapple with a grave decision."Obviously we've all read, or at least heard, of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and other apocalyptic literature, but what I think sets this apart from those stories is the slow moving pace of the novel. It chronicles the demise of this community step by step so readers get an in-depth account of the character's struggle through the horrific nightmare. Something I really liked is Rice using way less violence to prove a powerful point, as opposed to the aforementioned novels, however, that's not to say violent moments don't happen. There are times where the story gets its hands dirty, but I don't think Rice needs to add grotesque war to push the plot forward. "Moon of the Crusted Snow" gets straight to the point with minimal fluff but still adds enough detail so you feel like you're apart of the roller coaster nosediving into hell. There's a part in "Crusted Snow" that reminds me of "Lord of the Flies" and that's when citizens from the southern half of Anishinaabe invade the community to escape the already diminished civility; one of them goes as far as establishing their own social order. I found some commonality between these two novels with certain characters going rogue in having their own ideas about how to better control the situation.I think this book is appropriate for the current political climate in the world right now. We can all learn a thing or two about how a droplet of power can corrupt even the most incapacitated and how weak we are with technology as a crutch. I give this novel a 4 out of 5 stars and would absolutely recommend you add it to your TBR's when it comes out October 2nd, 2018.Thanks to ECW Press for allowing me to review another one of their great books! (https://starlightbooksxo.blogspot.com...).
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  • Josee Sigouin
    January 1, 1970
    Actually, 4.5 starsList of Ingredients• An isolated Anishinaabe community• Proud, industrious people• Disenchanted people• Winter coming• Rug pulled from under them• Agent provocateurIt takes more than the right ingredients to make a story rich and deep, and this is exactly what author Waubgeshig Rice accomplishes with Moon of the Crusted Snow. The situations feel imminently plausible while the main protagonist, Evan Whitesky, stands for the ordinary Jo who tries to do his best for his loved one Actually, 4.5 starsList of Ingredients• An isolated Anishinaabe community• Proud, industrious people• Disenchanted people• Winter coming• Rug pulled from under them• Agent provocateurIt takes more than the right ingredients to make a story rich and deep, and this is exactly what author Waubgeshig Rice accomplishes with Moon of the Crusted Snow. The situations feel imminently plausible while the main protagonist, Evan Whitesky, stands for the ordinary Jo who tries to do his best for his loved ones even when faced with the most trying of circumstances.The narrative proceeds in chronological order, making the novel accessible to as large an audience as possible. The author uses a light touch in eliciting white-person’s guilt. His message about how my forebears mistreated his forebears saddens me, deeply, yet leaves the door open for my understanding, my empathy and, I hope, our reconciliation.I was given an advance reading copy of Moon of the Crusted Snow by publisher ECW Press in exchange for posting an honest review online. In summary: A fantastic addition to Canadian literature and possibly a new high school reading list classic! Here’s cheering you on, Waubgeshig Rice!
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  • Joy
    January 1, 1970
    Rice is definitely a storyteller, and the book is quite captivating. I found myself thinking about it and looking for moments in my day to sneak in a page or two. In it, we see a different perspective on an apocalyptic event and are confronted with our lack of preparedness. How far we’ve strayed from living close to the natural cycle of the earth. Would we band together to survive or turn on one another? Moon of the Crusted Snow explores the possibilities of each.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    This book is wonderful. It tells the story of a First Nations community in Canada and what happens when it loses it's connection to the outside world. One of the most beautiful, terrifying apocalyptic stories I've read. The amazing thing was that it didn't feel apocalyptic. It's a story about family, history, culture, and perseverance. They must survive through Winter and must survive each other, especially when outside forces begin to make their way into the community. Waubgeshig Rice's voice i This book is wonderful. It tells the story of a First Nations community in Canada and what happens when it loses it's connection to the outside world. One of the most beautiful, terrifying apocalyptic stories I've read. The amazing thing was that it didn't feel apocalyptic. It's a story about family, history, culture, and perseverance. They must survive through Winter and must survive each other, especially when outside forces begin to make their way into the community. Waubgeshig Rice's voice is so honest and endearing that I need to go out immediately and read everything he has written.
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  • Tfalcone
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. Post-apocalyptic tale from a different perspective. In the Anishanaabe community, losing electricity and satellite service is not all that unusual in winter and at first it is blamed on a coming storm. Not until two of their own return from the southern parts of the land, do the leaders realize that it is a much bigger problem and they try to organize food and heat to survive the winter.
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  • Rachel Stansel
    January 1, 1970
    A story about a small, northern First nation community and what happens when they suddenly find themselves cut off. Some event knocks out cell service, power, and deliveries and they must find a way to survive and assist each other through the coming winter. They find many challenges within as well as those brought by several white people who come in from the south. A good read with an I interesting perspective and look into the lives of these First Nation communities. Full disclosure - I receiv A story about a small, northern First nation community and what happens when they suddenly find themselves cut off. Some event knocks out cell service, power, and deliveries and they must find a way to survive and assist each other through the coming winter. They find many challenges within as well as those brought by several white people who come in from the south. A good read with an I interesting perspective and look into the lives of these First Nation communities. Full disclosure - I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Alexandria Fanjoy
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best books I’ve read all year. This marvelous post-apocalyptic book takes place in a Northern Ontario reserve, when, one day as winter approaches, the cell service and tv service goes dead. Three days later, the power is out too. No one knows what’s going on and waits for servicemen from the cities hundreds of kilometers to the South to restore service to the reservation, but the only white men who come to the town are those bearing news of chaos and a lack of power. The reservation s One of the best books I’ve read all year. This marvelous post-apocalyptic book takes place in a Northern Ontario reserve, when, one day as winter approaches, the cell service and tv service goes dead. Three days later, the power is out too. No one knows what’s going on and waits for servicemen from the cities hundreds of kilometers to the South to restore service to the reservation, but the only white men who come to the town are those bearing news of chaos and a lack of power. The reservation struggles to make challenging choices, about how to survive the winter on their reservation near the Arctic Circle. A beautiful book about the only people with a chance of survival, those who have an ability (albeit a withered one) to live off the land. I also think one of the intentions behind it is a demonstration of the reversal of fortunes - how, when all the ease and luxury of Western life disappears, the same people who attempted to suppress indigenous culture now are forced to depend on it for their own survival. The only reason I gave it 4.5 stars and not 5 is because I was deeply curious about the reason for the apocalypse, which was never given at all. I think perhaps it wasn’t because of the very fact that when you are hundreds of miles to the North in winter and the road is compressed snow and you are totally reliant on cell phones (that no longer work) for news from the outside world ... how would you know? I think the not knowing reinforced the isolation present in the book that you were meant to feel. But, curiosity is a powerful thing, and I wanted to know. Other than that, well worth picking up. I read it in 2 hours without being able to put down, always the sign of a good book.
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  • Jc
    January 1, 1970
    Evan Whitesky must take leadership when his community is thrown into chaos and jeopardy. The loss of electricity results in a cascade of events which push friends and neighbours deeper into uncertainty. And as outsiders venture into the community making broad but empty promises, the turmoil deepens further, especially as food supplies dwindle.Moon of the Crusted Snow is an allegory which addresses some of the issues that face the young people of Indigenous communities. One cannot help but consid Evan Whitesky must take leadership when his community is thrown into chaos and jeopardy. The loss of electricity results in a cascade of events which push friends and neighbours deeper into uncertainty. And as outsiders venture into the community making broad but empty promises, the turmoil deepens further, especially as food supplies dwindle.Moon of the Crusted Snow is an allegory which addresses some of the issues that face the young people of Indigenous communities. One cannot help but consider how the pull of outside communities with influences that have a detrimental impact on younger generations. Food security issues in this fictitious community drive people apart and ratchet up the level of desperation that pushes characters to make morally complicated decisions.I'm not a big fan of speculative fiction. It is not my preferred genre. Having said that, I wanted to read this book for professional purposes. As an educator, one of the challenges is finding books that appeal to teenage boys and there are certainly lots of elements in Moon of the Crusted Snow that my students will appreciate! This is a book for those reluctant readers, students who want a good story and one where there is risk and danger that need to be addressed.
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  • Steven Buechler
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisherThe book brilliantly opens with the protagonist Evan Whitesky hunting a moose. The winter season is almost upon him and his northern Anishinaabe community and food stocks from the south are expensive. He is grateful that his culture has taught him how to respectfully hunt and appreciate the wilderness around him. As he hurries to finish slaughtering the moose he has captured, he notes that his cell phone has no service. He finds t I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisherThe book brilliantly opens with the protagonist Evan Whitesky hunting a moose. The winter season is almost upon him and his northern Anishinaabe community and food stocks from the south are expensive. He is grateful that his culture has taught him how to respectfully hunt and appreciate the wilderness around him. As he hurries to finish slaughtering the moose he has captured, he notes that his cell phone has no service. He finds that fact odd but doesn’t give it a second thought. Little does he realize that the outside world has changed, and he, his family and his community are about to be challenged for their survival.Rice has written a great book about trust, family and survival here but his book gives insight into Anishnaab society and culture. He shows the pride of ways of the people and their beliefs. Rice has written book here covering some important elements of the human condition, that should be considered and pondered upon among serious readers of literature no matter what their background or origins may be.https://pacifictranquility.wordpress....
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating and thoughtful- as well as unique- take on the post apocalyptic novel. This well written look at how First Nations people deal with the loss of technology and the invasion, once again, of outsiders seeking food etc. was compelling. How much does the loss of cell phone service mean to those who only recently acquired it? What difference would it make if people maintain their traditions and, say, stock food for winter? Evan, who finds himself in the unenviable position of leading his A fascinating and thoughtful- as well as unique- take on the post apocalyptic novel. This well written look at how First Nations people deal with the loss of technology and the invasion, once again, of outsiders seeking food etc. was compelling. How much does the loss of cell phone service mean to those who only recently acquired it? What difference would it make if people maintain their traditions and, say, stock food for winter? Evan, who finds himself in the unenviable position of leading his community, is a hero to some and a goat to others but he's always thinking of how best to keep things going. Auntie Eileen's thoughts, well, they'll make you reflect on how we live today. I liked that the precipitating event is kept unclear as the community deals with the crisis. Thanks to the publisher for the ArC.
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    These days, most of us live lives almost completely divorced from the hard, unpredictable work of keeping ourselves warm and fed. Most of us get our food from grocery stores and restaurants. We flip a switch to turn on the lights or fiddle with a knob to turn on the heat or the cool to adjust the temperature of our living spaces. But on the Canadian reservation where Evan Whitesky lives, in Waubgeshig Rice’s Moon of the Crusted Snow, he and his relatives and band members live closer to the land. These days, most of us live lives almost completely divorced from the hard, unpredictable work of keeping ourselves warm and fed. Most of us get our food from grocery stores and restaurants. We flip a switch to turn on the lights or fiddle with a knob to turn on the heat or the cool to adjust the temperature of our living spaces. But on the Canadian reservation where Evan Whitesky lives, in Waubgeshig Rice’s Moon of the Crusted Snow, he and his relatives and band members live closer to the land. And when the power inexplicably goes out—seemingly forever—life on the Anishinaabe reserve is about to get even closer to the bone...Read the rest of the review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, for review consideration.
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  • Rick
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Moon of the Crusted Snow. The general concept of it was fascinating: civilization collapses and a northern Canadian Anishinaabeg reserve is isolated enough to avoid most of the chaos that ensues down south. They of course face a food crisis and some troublesome visitors from the South, during that very rough first winter. I liked the author's illustrations of how disconnecting electronically actually had many beneficial effects. In addition, recent efforts to revive the old ways I really enjoyed Moon of the Crusted Snow. The general concept of it was fascinating: civilization collapses and a northern Canadian Anishinaabeg reserve is isolated enough to avoid most of the chaos that ensues down south. They of course face a food crisis and some troublesome visitors from the South, during that very rough first winter. I liked the author's illustrations of how disconnecting electronically actually had many beneficial effects. In addition, recent efforts to revive the old ways on the Reserve were clearly now crucial to the band's survival. The characters in the book were also well done. I was sorry when the book ended and I hope the author, Waub Rice, considers doing a sequel
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  • Barbara McEwen
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in one evening. I really look forward to seeing more of this author in the future. I love the first nations take on an apocalyptic novel. They become increasingly isolated from the world to the south and the tension and fear builds. It is a story about community and how first nations people have survived and will continue to survive in some way, regardless of what colonizers or the world throws at them. It is not a flashy action-packed type apocalyptic novel though so I wouldn't go i I read this in one evening. I really look forward to seeing more of this author in the future. I love the first nations take on an apocalyptic novel. They become increasingly isolated from the world to the south and the tension and fear builds. It is a story about community and how first nations people have survived and will continue to survive in some way, regardless of what colonizers or the world throws at them. It is not a flashy action-packed type apocalyptic novel though so I wouldn't go into it with that expectation.
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  • Anneke Alnatour
    January 1, 1970
    So I am not really one for end of the world stories. But I rather enjoyed this one. Sometimes it read a bit stiff, but the characters were so likeable, and the author definitely loved them so much, that I hardly noticed. It was an easy read. A compelling read, and even though the reader gets told a lot, it felt like there was an important message about indigenous strength and resilience there.
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