Moon of the Crusted Snow

Moon of the Crusted Snow

A daring post-apocalyptic thriller from a powerful rising literary voice

With 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.

Title:Moon of the Crusted Snow
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781770414006
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    Moon of the Crusted Snow Reviews

  • Lala BooksandLala

    Slow and ominous, haunting and powerful. Fans of The Marrow Thieves- make this your next read....

  • Angela M

    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...

  • Richard Derus

    Real Rating: 3.25* of fiveCOVID-19 UPDATE this weirdly prophetic tale of collapse is getting a sequel; and Waub Rice offers reading ideas on CBC with some old Canadian lady called Atwood (?) and a doc...

  • Jenna

    I'm sad to say I enjoyed this one much less than I thought I would. The plot was decent enough -- a crisis that shuts down power supplies, electric grids, etc has people fleeing to a Native American r...

  • Beverly

    Lovely, brief glimpse into the life of Canadian Indians, Moon of the Crusted Snow shows a people who have been pushed to the frozen North by the white man in their not so distant past. In the modern w...

  • Jane

    "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 ...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    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 ...

  • Maxwell

    What a suspenseful, atmospheric story. This is not a thriller in the traditional sense, but it's certainly thrilling. It's a slow burn as you feel the tensions rise and the stakes get higher. But it n...

  • Justine

    4.5 starsI thought this was excellent. It is suspenseful and atmospheric; the ordinariness of the characters making it feel all the more real and true. This is an apocalypse story in the same vein as ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    It feels weird to say I enjoyed a novel about apocalypse and disaster, but I really did! I'd been circling this one for a while and didn't get to it in my year of focusing on Canada, so it got back bu...