Mad Max: Fury Road meets Frozen in this striking YA fantasy about a rig driver’s journey to save her friend.
Twice-orphaned Sylvi has chipped out a niche for herself on Layce, an island cursed by eternal winter. Alone in her truck, she takes comfort in two things: the solitude of the roads and the favor of Winter, an icy spirit who has protected her since she was a child.
Sylvi likes the road, where no one asks who her parents were or what she thinks of the rebels in the north. But when her best friend, Lenore, runs off with the rebels, Sylvi must make a haul too late in the season for a smuggler she wouldn’t normally work with, the infamous Mars Dresden. Alongside his team—Hyla, a giant warrior woman and Kyn, a boy with skin like stone—Sylvi will do whatever it takes to save her friend.
But when the time comes, she’ll have to choose: safety, anonymity, and the favor of Winter—or the future of the island that she calls home.
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Winter, White and Wicked thrusts you into a world that is somewhat familiar, but vastly different than our own. Dittemore’s descriptions of the environment and the inhabitants of Layce helps you to envision the fantastical and deadly world that she has created and how unforgiving it can be. This, paired with the original and descriptive religion of the island, does a great job of preparing you for the epic story that the author is telling. I loved Sylvi and how independent she was. She just wanted to have a set life for herself and Lenore and I could definitely relate to her situation. There was also never a dull moment in this book. The action paired with the suspenseful moments made taking a break from reading this story nearly impossible. I had to know the answers to all of the questions that Dittemore poses with Winter. The friendships formed within this story will also warm your heart. Sylvi is not the warmest person, and given her background this is understandable. But, being able to see Sylvi develop and grow in this story added to the depth of this wonderful world that we have delved into. The author doesn’t put a perfectly neat bow on the end of this story, but it creates a nice segue into there being a second book. All in all, I really enjoyed this story and the originality that came with it and would definitely recommend it being read during the winter, snowy months.
“Winter’s always talking.”
“She dreamed aloud of boarding a ship and sailing away from Layce to a land where the skies were always blue and the unveiled sun turned faces warm and brown.”
“My dear girl, I’m not entirely sure she was ever here.”
Meet the Author
Shannon Dittemore is a young adult author, conference speaker, and mentor. Her books include the Angel Eyes novels (Thomas Nelson Fiction) and the forthcoming Winter, White and Wicked, to be published by Abrams Books in the fall of 2020. Since 2013, Shannon has taught mentoring tracks at a local school where she provides junior high and high school students with an introduction to writing and the publishing industry. She writes weekly for Go Teen Writers, a blog recognized by Writer’s Digest three years running as a “101 Best Websites for Writers” selection. Shannon’s stories often feature strong female leads grappling with fear and faith as they venture into the wilds of the unknown. In many ways, she’s writing her own life story.