The Country of Ice Cream Star

The Country of Ice Cream Star

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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.
Publisher: New York : ECCO, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062227096
Branch Call Number: FIC NEWMAN 2015
Characteristics: 581 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 25, 2019

I enjoyed Sandra Newman’s The Heavens, so was looking forward to reading Ice Cram Star. A chore to read, this book must have been an even bigger chore to write!! I gave it my best shot, but after 200 pages I was so tired of trying to get through her stilted made-up language, I realized I did not have the energy to get through another 400 pages of the same. Too much effort, not enough payback. There are so many good books out there, this was not worth my time.

Feb 07, 2016

I don't know about you, but I never tire of well-written future-dystopias. Newman creates a believable and moving world in which everyone over the age of 19 or 20 succumbs to an illness known only as WAKS.
Ice Cream Star, a fifteen-year-old whose 18-year-old brother has started showing signs of the plague, hears of a rumor that there could be a cure... Mostly set in the northeast US, this new world of religion and violence and adolescent feeling remains engaging from start to finish.

Jan 17, 2016

Dialect was off putting. Mark Twain, she's not.

Jan 09, 2016

A true linguistic and literary masterpiece. Best book I have read in a very long time! Sandra Newman uses her knowledge of human culture, history, sociology, sociolinguistics, war, religion and interpersonal relationships to bring us a very believable future world. I can't wait for the sequel.

Sep 28, 2015

I liked this book but struggles with the written format. I had to read many of the sentences more than once to get the meaning.

May 17, 2015

The dialect of this book didn't hinder my enjoyment of it (although it helps to know a little French), and the heroine is unforgettable. Well worth the effort.

lib_apart Mar 03, 2015

The cover pull-quote seemed to suggest that Ms. Newman is attempting to do something linguistically akin to David Mitchell in Cloud Atlas, however, the speaking style did not work for me. In this post-apocalyptic existence the primary casualty of the Posies seemed to be verb conjugation.


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