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In the aftermath of a devastating plague, a fearless young heroine embarks on a dangerous and surprising journey to save her world in this brilliantly inventive dystopian thriller, told in bold and...
In the aftermath of a devastating plague, a fearless young heroine embarks on a dangerous and surprising journey to save her world in this brilliantly inventive dystopian thriller, told in bold and...
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  • In the aftermath of a devastating plague, a fearless young heroine embarks on a dangerous and surprising journey to save her world in this brilliantly inventive dystopian thriller, told in bold and fierce language, from a remarkable literary talent.

    My name be Ice Cream Fifteen Star and this be the tale of how I bring the cure to all the Nighted States . . .

    In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her nomadic tribe live off of the detritus of a crumbled civilization. Theirs is a world of children; before reaching the age of twenty, they all die of a mysterious disease they call Posies—a plague that has killed for generations. There is no medicine, no treatment; only the mysterious rumor of a cure.

    When her brother begins showing signs of the disease, Ice Cream Star sets off on a bold journey to find this cure. Led by a stranger, a captured prisoner named Pasha who becomes her devoted protector and friend, Ice Cream Star plunges into the unknown, risking her freedom and ultimately her life. Traveling hundreds of miles across treacherous, unfamiliar territory, she will experience love, heartbreak, cruelty, terror, and betrayal, fighting with her whole heart and soul to protect the only world she has ever known.

    Guardian First Book Award finalist Sandra Newman delivers an extraordinary post-apocalyptic literary epic as imaginative as The Passage and as linguistically ambitious as Cloud Atlas. Like Hushpuppy in The Beasts of the Southern Wild grown to adolescence in a landscape as dangerously unpredictable as that of Ready Player One, The Country of Ice Cream Star is a breathtaking work from a writer of rare and unconventional talent.

About the Author-

  • Sandra Newman is the author of The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. She is also the author of the novel Cake; the memoir Changeling; How Not to Write a Novel, an irreverent how-to guide (with Howard Mittelmark); and The Western Lit Survival Kit. She lives in New York.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from December 22, 2014
    Newman’s latest depicts a dystopian future in which America has been decimated by “Posies,” a powerful plague that leaves few living beyond 20 years of age. Ice Cream Star, the novel’s 15-year-old narrator, is a member of the Sengles tribe of the Massa Woods, which was once Massachusetts. Ice Cream’s brother, Driver, the 18-year-old leader of the Sengles, has just begun coughing—the first telltale sign of the plague. During a standard raid of an abandoned neighborhood for left-behind supplies, Ice Cream and her fellow raiders capture Pasha, a stranger to Massa, who is a shocking 30 years old and knows a rumor about a Posies cure. Ice Cream begins her harrowing adventure to find it and save her brother—and maybe the rest of the country in the process. Written entirely in the broken English of these short-lived children, now generations removed from the plague’s onset, Newman’s novel is ambitious, taking on race, sex, class, religion, politics, and war all at once. What sets the work apart is its unapologetic narrator, whose fantastically unbridled, wholly teenage point of view renders each page a pleasure to read.

  • Library Journal

    September 15, 2014

    In a postapocalyptic America, where for generations everyone has died before 20 of a dread disease called Posies, 15-year-old Ice Cream Star sets out to find a rumored cure when her brother shows signs of ailing. Touted as good YA crossover, with references being made (obviously) to Suzanne Collins's lodestar "The Hunger Games" trilogy, though the comparison made to Uzodinma Iweala's Beasts of No Nation is more telling.

    Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kate Atkinson, author of Life After Life "What an astonishing achievement... I can't remember when I last read something so original or sophisticated or emotionally engaging or so breathtakingly ambitious."
  • Booklist (starred review) "A richly detailed dystopian epic... This suspenseful, provocative tale is The Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies and The Walking Dead, only much, much better."
  • Library Journal "This literary dystopia inhabits a fully imagined, remarkably inventive universe with its own bizarre rituals and language."
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) Newman's novel is ambitious, taking on race, sex, class, religion, politics, and war all at once. What sets the work apart is its unapologetic narrator, whose fantastically unbridled, wholly teenage point of view renders each page a pleasure to read."
  • Library Journal "This literary dystopia inhabits a fully imagined, remarkably inventive universe with its own bizarre rituals and language... the patient reader will be intrigued by the poetic prose and captivated by the exploits of Ice Cream Star."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Newman's story is inventive, her characters memorable... Praiseworthy for its solid efforts at worldbuilding..."
  • Daily Telegraph (London) "A treat, full of supple metaphors and rhythmic lyricism... This is an obvious candidate for Hunger Games-hungry Hollywood to pluck out the linguistic heart that makes it special. Take a look before that happens."
  • The Independent on Sunday "Stylish and accomplished"
  • The Guardian "What sets [this book] apart from its rivals is the extraordinary, blistering insistence of its language...As the momentum builds... raw, addictive lyricism develops...By the last page I was emotionally battered but euphoric: the book had held me so effectively hostage that I felt I had Stockholm syndrome."
  • Independent "As inventive as it is captivating"
  • The Times (London) "Entertains with its relentless energy and wild inventiveness"
  • The Observer "A brave new/old world that delivers on multiple levels, especially Ice Cream Star's alluring language"
  • O, the Oprah Magazine, Ten Titles to Pick Up Now "Eighty years in the future, a plague kills everyone 20 and older. Now the world is run by children who must do the impossible: find a cure, stay alive, and (as far as we're concerned) reanimate the dystopia genre."
  • Speakeasy, Wall Street Journal "Newman's story is inventive, her characters memorable... Praiseworthy for its solid efforts at worldbuilding..."
  • Buzzfeed, 27 Of The Most Exciting New Books Of 2015 "A dystopian thriller set in the aftermath of a plague that kills those over the age of 20. When 15-year-old Ice Cream Star's brother begins to show symptoms of the disease, she embarks on a dangerous journey for the rumored cure."
  • Wall Street Journal, Speakeasy "Sandra Newman's novel The Country of Ice Cream Starmakes the Hunger Games seem wimpy."
  • Washington Post "[W]hat makes the novel so fascinating - and, yes, so challenging - is the language Newman has created for Ice Cream and the way we see this disease-ravaged world through her eyes."
  • The Onion, A.V. Club "It's a remarkable creation, an approximation of an English whose evolution failed to be nurtured past adolescence and then ossified with new rules and structure in place."
  • VanityFair.com "[H]aunting and heartbreaking...this is an epic about love and hope that will inspire—and probably be screening at a movie theater near you in the next few years."
  • Shelf Awareness "A bold, linguistically adventurous dystopia... historically and politically compelling in its view of a future haunted by disease and death. Yet Newman manages to imbue her heroine with a hope and resiliency that will surpass the ravages of a woebegone time.

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