Moon of the Crusted Snow

Waubgeshig Rice
A daring post-apocalyptic novel 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.


Reviewed: 2019-12-15

Waubgeshig Rice (Anishinaabe) writes about what an apocalypse can mean to an Anishinaabe nation. His writing brings together traditional ways and modern dependencies, showing readers some of the effects of colonization and the efforts that have had to be taken to reclaim what was essentially beaten out of Indigenous Nations in North America. This book shows the importance of learning our traditional ways, not only as ways to survive an apocalypse, but because they help to make us whole. I feel newly encouraged to study my own native language and traditions after reading this book. I highly recommend this book for young adult and older readers who are into post-apocalyptic stories and want something new. With its fully fleshed characters and attention grabbing plot, readers will become instantly engrossed. I listened to the audiobook read by Billy Merasy (Metis/Cree). Merasy's reading was wonderfully done. His ability as a storyteller helped brings Rice's words to life for me. While listening, it seemed as if this was a story written to be told aloud and I loved it.

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