From birth to death, The War is all the citizens of Dystance know. As children it is drilled into their heads that war is the purpose behind all existence.
Winter doesn't agree. She's stumbled across remnants of life the way it was before The War began and now she longs to be as free as her ancestors.
With help from her best friend, Cedar, and the boy she is forbidden to love, Tallow, she believes she can do it. Winter can see a life beyond the Pickets, beyond the constant hunger and the threat of death, beyond the war machine.
Can one teenage girl and her dream of a better life really change the whole world?
©2014 Mark Tufo (P)2014 Mark Tufo
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Dystance: Winter’s Rising at first may appear to be a Hunger Games or Divergent type tale however, that would be a gross misconception! The world has become smaller, divided into clans … each clan must send their 18 year-old males to war and their 18 year-old females to the bio-barn to breed more soldiers for the never ending war. There is no escape as they are all enclosed within an area protected by pickets which will kill any resident who passes over, through or around them. Technology survives into this world.
Winter chooses to go to war with her friends.
Each clan has a purpose in the war – unfortunately, the residents of Dystance are never a threat. This is a well kept secret as very few if any return from war. That is until Winter enters the war by choice – bio barn is NOT for her! Along with her friends, Tallow and Seder, Winter trains with a common enemy/friend to ensure their survival but only after they discover a deeply hidden secret of what the world used to be.
Winter quickly establishes her role as leader of Dystance recruits and forms an alliance through talks and showing her soft caring side with strong strategic intelligence. She never loses the razor sharpness of her warrior side. Death and deception follows her. Can she save her clan from being fodder for the other clans? Can she escape into the world outside the pickets and find her father Richael Talbot, a descendant of Michael Talbot? Can she live the life her mother, Hope, wanted for her? Will she lose her true love?
The book is written in journal style which Mark Tufo has mastered into the art of storytelling. His character development is complete and engaging. The plot is very well developed placing the reader directly into the story seeing everything though the eyes of the journal writer.
Mark Tufo has a way with words. His choice of words and details enriches the story leaving the reader no doubt what is going on or what has happened. He is the master storyteller of this style of writing.
The narrator did an excellent job of becoming Winter. Tufo has a knack for selecting the right narrator and he did an excellent job in selecting Julie Whelan.
The production was flawless and clear.
The book was excellent. I have to say, Tufo has done it again! Being a longtime fan of Mark Tufo and his Zombie series, I found myself just as caught up in this book as all his others. Tufo has a keen sense of what story to tell and how to tell it. I cannot wait for the next installment of Dystance and Winter’s story. I am positive it will be just as thrilling and engrossing as this one!
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I would have to put it as a 5 but I listen to alot of books so that doesn't say much. Majority are all books by Tufo so it's a win for him
My favorite character would have to be cedar, because she is developing a tendency to stalk and listen in on Winter. Like a little guardian angel. Who also reads tons of romances.
I would say Cedar because she's younger so she has to hit higher tones while speaking as her. She squeaks to since Cedar is 16 and is undoubtedly going through some changes.
Yes, after the story was over I was extremely overjoyed to hear from Trip once more. Interested in how Tufo will swing that.
Needless to say Winter's Rising was new and to get in used to without Sean and the original Talbot clan but the characters as always grow on you. Tufo has extreme talent when creating his characters so they make you grow fond of them.
I already have plans to!! In case I missed anything. I'll listen again before the next book comes out too.
In my realm of books it's unique. In a good way! It's dystopian. Another book genre I'm not fond of so I haven't read many. I love the gritty movies or tv shows but no ones done it good enough for me until now!
Cedar - nuff said!
It made me laugh a few times. Again, in a good way.
I haven't been a YA in awhile so I didn't expect to like this book add to that ... Sean wasn't reading it so I was definitely reluctant. But I trust the author so I pre-ordered it. I was hooked by the end of the second chapter & it was basically a marathon listen after that. Good strong female characters!! Great believable interaction. I need to know what will happen next!! I'm already planning on buying a couple treeware books for actual YAs that I know. I'm certain they'll love it as much as I did! Can't wait for the next book! The reader did a fantastic job! I'm not a fan of female readers but she really did a great job. For the fans of ZFO ... Trip ... Ponch ... LOL
I love audio books. I always get the audio version.
i sort of felt it was kind of like Hunger Games but Winter is smarter then Catness and we are not sure why the war is happening but it is obviously for someones entertainment or experiment instead of a punishment like in hunger games. and Mark Tufo has a way of making me laugh so it was funnier then hunger games.
I thought she did a great job. you could tell who was speaking by her voice and she did a great job voicing each characters personality not just the characters sound.
Some parts made me laugh. very few made me cry. i was very entertained!!!!!!!
I know this book is targeted towards teens and young adults but i enjoyed it as much as i have enjoyed Zombie Fallout, Indian Hill, Lycan Fallout, Timothy and The Book of Riley. Calis Rose and Spirit Clearing were good but not as funny.
Mark Tufo has come out with a wonderful YA series that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Set in a futuristic world that is harsh, unyielding and merciless for the inhabitants of Dystance where they are educated only enough to teach them of their duties and of an enemy they have never seen but must one day face. To harden them all children reaching their 8th birthday are thrust from the relative safety and comfort of a bio building into a world that is unforgiving and merciless. If they survive the hunger, starvation, harsh winters and roaming packs of dogs and other animals as well as the brutality of the overseers, upon reaching their 18th birthday they are sent to war. Winter has a choice; as a female she can become a breeder and stay in the relative safety of the village or go fight the war with the rest of the young men. But Winter having found a repository of books has learned to question everything she has been taught. She soon finds an ally in the head overseer, Brody who teaches her the art of sword fighting, along with her best friend Cedar and Talon, a young man who she might love if given the time. Brody believes Winter is the key to unlocking the mystery of why the war and clans have been fighting with no end in sight. After a year of training, Winter, Cedar and Talon and all other eighteen year olds are sent to a place where they will await their fate. To survive Winter must rally her fellow Distancians, make a truce with an enemy she cannot trust but must if she and her people are to survive. Treachery only a swords length away, Winter, Cedar and Talon fight for the future, for the survival of their clan and for the right to live free but only if Winter can unravel the mystery that surrounds the feuding clans and a war with no end. Mark Tufo, the author of the Zombie Fallout series has shown his mastery for spinning tales in different genres and leaving the reader and in this case, the listener wanting more. Having read the book first, I thoroughly enjoyed it but listening to it was like knowing the story for the first time. Julia Whelan does an excellent job in narrating the story of a young girl, lost in the only world she has ever known and discovers her past could very well be the answer to her future and the reason she alone can free her people and possibly stop a war that has raged for centuries. While the book is a little intense, Tufo fan's will be happy to know he has not left his trademark wit and sarcasm out of this story but allows it to shine in Cedar who comes into her own while falling in love with every male character in her romance novels, tossing out tidbits of wisdom gleamed from the pages of her beloved books. I look forward to not only reading the next in the series but listening to it as well.
First time I've listened to her but she was great.
Miss Whelan did a great job in the narration, hopefully she will continue to do so in this series and I will look to see what else she has narrated.
All most all of my "reading" is now done on audio books. However, in the books I have read AND listened to, I can say that I have always liked the audio version better. I can lean back, close my eyes, and "see" the story as it unfolds.
I won't say because it would be a major spoiler for any that have not had the chance to listen to this great book.
This is the first book that I have listened to that Julia has read. I hope she gets the chance read the next book in this series.
If there were any way possible, I would have listened non-stop.
I have everything that Audible has available from Mark Tufo. I plan on being able to truthfully continue to say that for as long as Mr. Tufo continues to put his wonderful books on Audible.com.
Courageous. Vulnerable. Seeker.
Second book not available yet...Noooooooooo!
Love Mark Tufo's characters. They never fail to entertain.
I always enjoy listening to Tufo's characters come to life.
All three of the main ones.
No. But she is now in my list to enjoy.
Highly recommended. It was a nice change on the young adult post apocalyptic story. It keeps you wanting to listen to the next chapter to find out what happens next. The characters are quite relatable and makes you wish you were there alongside them. Looking forward the to next one and the spin off from it as well.
just a great story, the Talbot legacy carries on
has to be Cedar. shes a sneaky little thing
another great book by Tufo! story line is very interesting, keeps your attention from start to finnish. read in in 2 days, just couldn't stop reading. ready for the next in the series!!
"Hunger Games & Divergent But With Extras"
Yes, when i started i must admit i thought not another Divergent book, but no it goes way bigger!
Not sure liked quite a few think Cedar due to the sence of humour :)
The whole book was good but the end twists and turns and emotional roller coaster will grab you.
I am a Mark Tufo fan, so i got this of course, after the first hour i was a bit nervous as i was thinking another divergent/hunger games but after 2 hours in i was really starting to enjoy the book, the story was getting stronger than similar ones at this stage, even if you don't get the associated references in this book to Mark's other books you will really enjoy this book, the story gets better and better and bigger and bigger. The twists an turns are very engrossing. shame only just over 10 hours as the book was done in a day, most enjoyable looking forward to the next one!
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I have loved all of Mark Tufos books so far and also Sean the narrator (so much that I have listened twice to all of them - something I don't usually do) .
This story - although it has regular names thrown in from previous books, just doesn't have the same 'link' or 'feel' as the others had, mainly because it seems more like a teens book. None of the characters were particularly likeable (really wished they'd all died an hour into the book then it would have been over quicker) and I found the narrator so irritating I could only listen to small portions at a time (usually have head phones on for hours while doing mundane chores).
The best bit was the epilogue, better narrator, more up beat, and probably means a second book, which I will not buy because of this one.
Get rid of that narrator - she was terrible.
"Cant wait for the next one"
I enjoyed the whole book. I got to know the characters quite quickly
The fight at the end
The training parts
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