Wow, this was such an emotional journey! The children’s blizzard of 1888 is an event that I was aware of, but reading about it has brought on an entirely new view of the horrors and devastation brought on by this snowstorm.
This was a story that was based in fact on the blizzard alone. The characters and events that transpired are completely fictional, but the author used real events to inspire her story. It is a character-rich story and takes a bit to get to know each person and how they fit into the story.
I really liked that the author broke the book into two portions. There is the blizzard section and then the aftermath. The blizzard portion follows each character’s decisions on how to survive the storm. With so many characters, one thing that I really liked was that there were a variety of situations to read about. People that were in the safety of buildings had to leave to find family, children, animals, etc. Schools that were supposed to be safe had windows blown in, requiring everyone to leave. Some people were outside, completely caught off-guard.
Each character’s story really brought the situation to life. I was cold reading this book. Like, I literally needed extra blankets. The author does an amazing job of making the reader understand how these characters feel in this weather. It was done wonderfully.
The second portion of the book follows the aftermath of the storm. I was so pleased that this was part of the story. Following the characters once the storm was over really solidified the life-long effects of the blizzard.
Overall, I really loved this story. I got the chance to get to know so many characters and really understand so much about them.
Child abuse, child neglect, child death.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend