The Country of Ice Cream Star

The Country of Ice Cream Star

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A post-apocalyptic literary epic in the tradition of The Handmaid's Tale , Divergent and Cloud Atlas , and a breakout book in North America for a writer of rare and unconventional talent.
From Guardian First Book Award finalist Sandra Newman comes an ambitious and extraordinary novel of a future in which bands of children and teens survive on the detritus--physical and cultural--of a collapsed America. When her brother is struck down by Posies--a contagion that has killed everyone by their late teens for generations--fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star pursues the rumour of a cure and sets out on a quest to save him, her tribe and what's left of their future. Along the way she faces broken hearts and family tragedy, mortal danger and all-out war--and much growing up for the girl who may have led herself and everyone she loves to their doom.
Publisher: New York :, Knopf Canada
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780345807458
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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eferry Feb 07, 2016

I don't know about you, but I never tire of well-written future-dystopias. Newman creates a believable and moving world in which everyone over the age of 19 or 20 succumbs to an illness known only as WAKS.
Ice Cream Star, a fifteen-year-old whose 18-year-old brother has started showing signs of the plague, hears of a rumor that there could be a cure... Mostly set in the northeast US, this new world of religion and violence and adolescent feeling remains engaging from start to finish.

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claireswazey
Jan 17, 2016

Dialect was off putting. Mark Twain, she's not.

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TamaraPittman
Jan 09, 2016

A true linguistic and literary masterpiece. Best book I have read in a very long time! Sandra Newman uses her knowledge of human culture, history, sociology, sociolinguistics, war, religion and interpersonal relationships to bring us a very believable future world. I can't wait for the sequel.

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mawall
Sep 28, 2015

I liked this book but struggles with the written format. I had to read many of the sentences more than once to get the meaning.

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GummiGirl
May 17, 2015

The dialect of this book didn't hinder my enjoyment of it (although it helps to know a little French), and the heroine is unforgettable. Well worth the effort.

lib_apart Mar 03, 2015

The cover pull-quote seemed to suggest that Ms. Newman is attempting to do something linguistically akin to David Mitchell in Cloud Atlas, however, the speaking style did not work for me. In this post-apocalyptic existence the primary casualty of the Posies seemed to be verb conjugation.

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