3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A very frustrating novel,
This review is from: The Snow (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
I have a great love of disaster movies and books and so I thought I was pretty safe with this one. The set-up itself is fairly intriguing: what if it snowed and never stopped. Great drama to be had from that. However, Mr Roberts doesn't take advantage of this potential. The first third of the book is great and follows our protagonist as she tries to survive the snow. But then, it turns into a story of how life continues after. Okay so far, although more about the actual survival stories would have been good - the book is nowhere near epic enough considering the fact that the entire Earth is affected.
Then, after that, conspiracy theories and... good gracious... alien invasions take over and you're pulled from the book you thought you were in into another one entirely. It turns into very bad science fiction. The concept of different points of view telling bits of the story is good, but it comes across as a mid-1940s novel where war secrets were kept, when it should be an adventure.
Avoid if you like disaster stories, okay if you like sci-fi.