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Publisher's Summary

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. 

©2018 Waubgeshig Rice (P)2018 ECW Press

Critic Reviews

“Perfect for those who read Iain Reid’s Foe this summer and are looking for something in the same vein.” (The Globe and Mail)

“The creeping tension and vividly drawn landscapes make Waubgeshig Rice’s characters’ choices all the more real.” (Toronto Star

Moon of the Crusted Snow asks how do we live in a good way during the collapse of the infrastructure that supports modern life? For Evan Whitesky, the answer lies in rekindling Ojibwe, the old ways, language and culture. For other characters, when the food runs out, all options are on the table, no matter how gruesome. As the tensions between those surviving the end of modern civilization build to a harrowing conclusion, Rice deftly weaves tender family moments with his brutal survival scenes in the unforgiving northern Ontario winter. Chilling in the best way possible." (Eden Robinson, award-winning author of Monkey Beach and Son of a Trickster)

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Really great book!!!

I heard about this book while listening to CBC. Radio, and wanted to read it as soon as I noticed it was on Audible. I don’t read a lot of post-apocalypse books but I knew I wanted to read this one because it was about Northern Ontario where I used to live. The narrator is excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope that many others will want to read it and learn more about the Anishinaabe people, and what it is like to live in North Western Ontario Canada.

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Not for me

If it weren't for the swearing, I would have thought this was a children's book.

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excellent

This was a hopeful story with superb naration. I really enjoyed the journey and the detail.

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exquisite writing

it is a story that wraps around you, beautiful characters and packs so much meanimg into 6 word sentences. I loved it.

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Good read

I enjoyed this book because it wove Anishinaabe traditions into a story built on colonialist themes.

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Excellent - couldn’t stop listening

While, occasionally, the narration sounded not quite English/French Canadian and not quite indigenous - for the most part it was quite good. What kept me listening from beginning to end without stopping was the lyrical descriptions of the environment of the reserve and surroundings; the historic facts delivered through endearing elders with believable pain and honesty and strength.
The themes of Trickster, Wendigo, and selfishness vs selflessness are timely.

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A modern twist on old tales.

Very creative imagining of life in a far north reservation community following disconnection from “the grid”. Well written and well read.

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Loved it!

This book is very different from many dystopian that I've read. It takes the slow, calm pace of winter, and the story doesn't hinge on explosive moments like so many in the genre. It's more of a study of humans, and very much on the relationship between Indigenous Canada and settler culture. I feel like the more you understand about the Indigenous peoples and their history with white settlers, the more you'll get out of this book. (If you're looking for a primer, trying UAlberta's free course called Indigenous Canadians). Overall, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but was a fantastic listen. The audiobook is also well narrated, delivered with a sense of authenticity and care.

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Helllofagood book

Every step of the way this story delivers. One of the best books I’ve read! Worth purchasing. The narration was perfect. Highly recommended!1

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great story!

great story! it was very hard to take any breaks, I wanted to find out what happened next!

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  • 04-17-20

Incredible story. Highly recommend

This is an incredible story. Can not recommend highly enough. Beautiful story, really made me feel like I was watching the events unfold in real time, feeling the cold on my face. One of the beat stories I’ve listened to.

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  • 05-06-21

Indigenous Apocalyptic Story - excellent concept and execution!

A genre I didn’t know I wanted to explore until now. Giving an indigenous perspective (and a northern indigenous perspective) on an often over done genre has worked really well in this novel.

Touching on the issues First Nations Peoples face in Canada, but not overbearing the story with it was a great balance. It lets the listener focus on the story.

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  • A. Schneider
  • 08-16-20

Mildly interesting premise but...

I started listening to this book without knowing anything about it. The setting was interesting, but I never felt I was truly immersed in it, nor did I get to know any of the characters intimately. At the halfway point, I still did not know what the book was about - a temporary emergency or something else? And the problem is: I hadn't been given a reason to care.

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  • D. D. Pianta
  • 05-25-19

great story!

I loved the way it is written. It's a different story. it made me shiver at points. I also loved the narrator's voice. Mr Rice I'll be waiting for more!