Nuclear Winter: Vol. 1

illus. by Cab. 96p. Boom! Box. May 2018. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781684151639.
Gr 8 Up-A nuclear accident has plunged Montreal into perpetual winter, but people are adjusting to the constant blanket of snow as well as the mutations that are affecting the environment, wildlife, and human population. Flavie is a snowmobile courier, delivering groceries to homes in and out of town. In addition to navigating the winter weather, she is also learning how to deal with different social situations. This brief, humorous story features strong world-building and character development, especially Flavie, who's likable and well rounded. Cool colors are used for the wintry outside world, while warmer hues provide a contrast for interior scenes. This is the first installment in a new slice-of-life series, and hopefully future volumes will include more information on other characters as well as the events leading up to the nuclear winter. As all characters are adults, this tale will likely appeal to older teens, although the content is acceptable for younger readers as well.
VERDICT Give to fans of Scott Westerfeld's Spill Zone or Noelle Stevenson's Nimona.-Jenni Frencham, formerly at Columbus Public Library, WI

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