Since earlier this week Heidi talked a bit about choosing your destination carefully, and how weather can play an important part in a novel, I thought I’d bring up some of my favorite novels that deal well with weather. So grab a hot chocolate, and here it goes:
First Book: Icefall
A long long time ago, in a blog that used to be updated quite regularly, Heidi wrote a fiction Friday post on Icefall, by Matthew J. Kirby. Recently I read the book and I absolutely loved it! While it’s definitely an upper MG, you never find out the character’s ages. Also, this is one of the few mysteries that kept me guessing till the cold, bitter end who the killer was. Seriously, this winter, if you’re looking for a fun quick read with lots of snow and a bit of Nordic mythology, this is a keeper.
Second Book: Star Crossed
I don’t think I ever talked about Star Crossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce here, but this is a book that I absolutely loved. For one thing, don’t let the title fool you, this is one of those rare YA books where the romance takes the backseat. Seriously, the love interest is introduced, then is gone for the rest of the book. So pretty much this book relies on Digger, it’s butt-kicking thief main character, some awesome world building (a world with multiple moons!), and a pretty exciting plot. Not only that, but snow, lots and lots of snow. Unfortunately, this is the first book in the series, and so far, there’s no sign of when the third book will be coming out. Still, don’t let that stop you, if you’re looking for a good YA this winter, I recommend this one.
Third Book: Life as We Knew it
Life as we Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer is another YA that deals well with snow and weather. In fact, the tagline on the cover is: The weather finally broke…for good. This one is told from Miranda’s perspective through her journals. When an asteroid crashes into the moon, it hits it out of orbit and closer to Earth causing a whole chain of natural disasters. This book is the story of one family trying to survive one disaster after another. One of these days, we really should do a Fiction Friday just on this book, but if you want to read a little more about what we think about it, Heidi and I mention it in a joint blog post about family love here.
So, that wraps up the three books that came to mind when I found out Heidi was going to be off running through the snow. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them if you have?