Review: Road Out of Winter

Road Out of Winter


In an endless winter, she carries seeds of hope

Wylodine comes from a world of paranoia and poverty—her family grows marijuana illegally, and life has always been a battle. Now she’s been left behind to tend the crop alone. Then spring doesn’t return for the second year in a row, bringing unprecedented extreme winter.

With grow lights stashed in her truck and a pouch of precious seeds, she begins a journey, determined to start over away from Appalachian Ohio. But the icy roads and strangers hidden in the hills are treacherous. After a harrowing encounter with a violent cult, Wylodine and her small group of exiles become a target for its volatile leader. Because she has the most valuable skill in the climate chaos: she can make things grow.

Urgent and poignant, Road Out of Winter is a glimpse of an all-too-possible near future, with a chosen family forged in the face of dystopian collapse. With the gripping suspense of The Road and the lyricism of Station Eleven, Stine’s vision is of a changing world where an unexpected hero searches for a place hope might take root. 

Rating: 4-stars


Road Out of Winter by Alison Stine is a great dystopian read. It showed how a young woman used her past to survive her future. Danger is everywhere and she is determined to fight it. Intriguing plotline and good characters made this a good tale. The characters could have been crafted a bit better but it was still entertaining and easy to follow along. Themes of survival was the strongest in here. That and the theme of loyalty.

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