Winter Damage

Winter Damage On a frozen Cornish moor a fifteen year old girl lives in a trailer with her dad and little brother Ennor s mother left years ago when things started to go wrong and gradually their world has fallen

  • Title: Winter Damage
  • Author: Natasha Carthew
  • ISBN: 9781408835838
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On a frozen Cornish moor, a fifteen year old girl lives in a trailer with her dad and little brother Ennor s mother left years ago, when things started to go wrong and gradually their world has fallen apart Now her father s gravely ill, school has closed, and Ennor knows they re going to take her brother away if things don t pick up soon So three days before ChristmasOn a frozen Cornish moor, a fifteen year old girl lives in a trailer with her dad and little brother Ennor s mother left years ago, when things started to go wrong and gradually their world has fallen apart Now her father s gravely ill, school has closed, and Ennor knows they re going to take her brother away if things don t pick up soon So three days before Christmas, when the wind is cold and her dad s health takes a turn for the worse, Ennor packs a blanket, a map, a saucepan and a gun into her rucksack, and sets off to find her mum and bring her home Ennor thinks she knows where she s going But this journey will change her life for ever it becomes a battle for survival, a heartbreaking story of love and friendship, and a fable about not finding what you were looking for, but finding something important instead .

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    1. See more reviews at YA Midnight ReadsMini review:2.5 starsThank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.There isn't anything particularly wrong with Winter Damage. However that doesn't go to say that this was downright fabulous. Told in a fairytale-like narrative, Natasha Carthew unravels the story about a 15 year old girl living in a trailer with her father and younger brother in the ice cold winter. In act of desperation, Ennor [...]

    2. Winter Damage is set in a dystopian Cornwall, ravaged by foot-and-mouth disease and the effects of environmental degradation. It is a bleak place, a modern day dark age where people just manage to survive.Ennor, a fourteen year old girl, and her autistic brother, Trip, journey through a wintry wildness looking for their mother who abandoned them years before. The journey and its mission are a desperate one and full of hardships, but it is the friendships that are made on the way that gives the b [...]

    3. Actual rating: 1.5 stars.There's nothing really wrong with the writing. It just felt like a whole lot of effort for not much in the end.

    4. Weird little 80s-style post-apocalyptic British thing. The kind of thing English teachers in the early 90s would have really liked.

    5. This book is a fruitcake of metaphors and similes. Jam-packed. Actually, like many of those in this book, a fruitcake is an inadequate, inaccurate and just plain odd comparison. It's more like a lemon drizzle cake gone badly wrong -- ie instead of a pleasant lemon sharpness permeating the cake, you are actually chewing on chunks of lemon rind with every bite. I will try to persevere, but I'm not even half way through and my interest is fading away like the last rays of light as the sun sets behi [...]

    6. DNFI'm a little meh on this, just overall.The prose, while occasionally absolutely beautiful, is too intense and elaborate. It feels like purple prose even when it's not, because there are too many metaphorical rocks and snows and cairns shoved into a compact space.The main character, Ennor, as much as I loved her for the first two chapters, becomes a bit of a wet blanket when doing all the exciting adventures. When she's at home, she is competent and awesome. She is a 14 year old carer for her [...]

    7. "We gotta make the best of it, don't we? Whatever we got, one way or other." See reviews first on my blogSince her mother left them, Ennor has taken on the responsibility of helping her father with the farm and with her younger brother trip. But her father has problems as well and is now very unwell, leaving Ennor with all of the responsibilities from taking care of the few cattle they have that survived foot and mouth disease, to making sure that Trip is cared for. (Trip also has what appears t [...]

    8. Review also found on Looking for the PanaceaTo be quite honest, it's hard to put a finger on what exactly I liked about this book. I mean, obviously I liked it, seeing as though I gave it a 4 star rating, but for some reason, it's really quite difficult for me to articulate why. Partially this may be because while the book was an enjoyable read overall, there was no one thing that particularly stood out for me. The characters were well developed, but not amazing. The plot was pretty average. Alt [...]

    9. Elizabeth Manthos reviewed this book; for more reviews by Liz, seeElizabeth Manthos on Dark Matter Zine. To see all reviews on Dark Matter Zine, go toDark Matter Zine's reviews.Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5 starsWinter Damage, a debut novel from British author Natasha Carthew, delves into the world of fifteen-year-old Ennor. Ennor lives in a trailer on a frozen Cornish moor with her father and little brother. Years ago, her mother left them and since then her family’s world has fallen into disarray.W [...]

    10. OMG I loved this book! It was heart-breaking and beautifully written, almost like poetry. Totally recommend!

    11. Ennor’s father has never been the same since foot and mouth disease took away his prized Simmental cattle. Left with a few Friesians and living in a caravan, he is now sick and struggling to pay the bills. Ennor spends her time looking after him, what is left of their farm and her autistic little brother Trip. When the school informs her that social services are going to put Trip into an institution, she knows the only person that can help is her estranged mother. Leaving Trip with her only fr [...]

    12. Taken from my Review blog. To read more reviews: readtheplanet/ “The moor in winter is no place for a girl to be travelling alone…”Somewhere, hidden amongst layers of snow and ice is an old beaten down trailer where 15 year old Ennor, lives with her dying Dad and younger brother. Since her Mother left some years back, our main character Ennor has been impoverished and burdened by responsibility unfit for her age. The schools close, her Dad weakens, and the threat of Social Services scares [...]

    13. I just loved this book .The character of Ennor is so innocently filled with hope that we all do in later life even. She knew she had to change her and brothers situations quickly. living in a ramshackle caravan ,dad ill in bed . she sets off into cold cold whiteness of snow covered moors. Natasha held me trapped in this coldness her innocence of character ennor who thinks finding her mum will be the end to all her problems. This book is about friendship,trust and dark moments that both that enno [...]

    14. I'm always a sucker for post-apocalyptic novels; although this one only just fits into that category as we are given no details of the events or their cause. This is a young adult novel but I really enjoyed it. It is all a bit unlikely; a girl setting off to walk across Dartmoor in deep winter to find her mother, but the writing and the characters gradually drew me in. Well worth the reading time involved and I will look forward to more by this author.

    15. Wanted to like Ennor, Butch and Trip but couldn't quite manage it. The moment that Sunshine walked on to the pages, the story became something quite different. Here was the girl that would have filled the best-friend shaped hole in my 15 year-old life; the one that still exists fifty years later. I felt that I was sat on caravan steps, fishing on the ice, and sheltering from storms with her. Moving and magical n the end.

    16. The backstory confused me. The supposedly Autistic brother didn't seem to display many traits to me, the story was very rambling with not much happening for pages at a time and the ending was very abrupt. There was no conclusion, it just ended. I did like Ennor as a character though, she was very sparky and determined. Sonny was an interesting character too, very brash and full of life. Butch in contrast seemed under-developed and flat.

    17. It's the end of the world and the beginning of a new world. An adventure of travel in a world turned upside down and inside out, where everything is not as it used to be. Ennor begins a journey in search of a mother who abandoned her and her little brother long ago; and along the way learns about survival, life, love, and true friendship. This is an engrossing story for any reader, young or old.

    18. This is a story about an unlikely friendship between a young girl and a gypsy girl. Enor sets out alone on a journey to find her mother as her dad is gravely ill. Along the way she encounters Sonny, a girl from a gypsy camp. Sonny helps her survive and together they learn the power of friendship.

    19. This book reminded me a lot of Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now, with a strong female protagonist struggling to survive in a brutal not-so-distant future. The story was well written, and I was drawn into her journey, despite there being no real pay-off, plot wise.

    20. A good story of a teenage girl who sets off in a snowstorm to find a long-lost mother amidst the chaos of a disintegrating British society. Well told with some really interesting use of language. ANON

    21. I couldn't finish it. There was nothing wrong with it really, the writing was decent. The story just did not draw me in at all. I didn't care about the characters and I was forcing myself to read on. It dragged and felt draining.

    22. Interesting. Well written with good shades of Cornish. Characters rounded and well described. But I wanted to know more about the global crisis that ran behind the main story line, and the ending did not ring true. Can't say more for fear of spoiling!

    23. Some beautiful imagery and fairly engaging and diverse characters. Sometimes the plot was a little lacking but would definitely recommend.

    24. I read the first three chapters of this book and just couldnt finish it. The story didnt pull me in and I didnt like the style of writing!

    25. I found that the adventure fizzled out and I was expecting something more to happen a little disappointing.

    26. Couldn't hold my attention at all. Didn't think it was particularly well-written either. I don't like abandoning books but this one was a clunker.

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