I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman
Published by Amulet Books on 9/9/2014
Genres: Dystopian, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
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Emmeline knows she’s not supposed to explore the woods outside her settlement. The enemy that wiped out half her people lurks there, attacking at night and keeping them isolated in an unfamiliar land with merciless winters. Living with the shame of her grandmother’s insubordination, Emmeline has learned to keep her head down and her quick tongue silent.
When the settlement leader asks for her hand in marriage, it’s an opportunity for Emmeline to wash the family slate clean—even if she has eyes for another. But before she’s forced into an impossible decision, her dreams urge her into the woods, where she uncovers a path she can’t help but follow. The trail leads to a secret that someone in the village will kill to protect. Her grandmother followed the same path and paid the price. If Emmeline isn’t careful, she will be next.
Winterkill has a very The Village type of feel to it. This kept me turning the pages.
Emmeline is a character that doesn’t conform to the same rules in her village. She doesn’t take everything at face value, and wants to know what’s in the woods. I also liked the fact that she finds a few comrades in those that she lives with. People don’t always understand her, but they are willing to keep a few secrets.
There is of course romance in this book. It plays a big part in who Emmeline can trust. Not everyone has her best intentions at heart. I was worried that the romance would detract from the story, but it only fueled it. There are strange things that happen in the woods. There are also many secrets out there. Emmeline just wants to know what is going on, and why she has to walk around in shame for something she didn’t do.
Winterkill will have you trying to figure out what is actually going on, and who you can trust. It’s a great mystery with characters that grow throughout the book.