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Frozen: Heart of Dread, Book One Hardcover – September 17, 2013
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Gr 9 Up-Natasha Kestral is a blackjack dealer in New Vegas. She is also one of the "Marked," a group of oft-feared power wielders. They are sometimes telekinetic, self-healing, or telepathic, but always discernible by their brightly colored eyes. With the United States almost destroyed and the world engulfed in a new ice age, most people have lost all hope. Having escaped from the institution in which she was being held against her will, Nat has reinvented herself with a new identity. But a voice in her head is forcing her to go to a rumored paradise called The Blue. To get there, she hires Ryan Wesson and his band of ragtag underage pirates to book a passage over the frozen ocean. Upon meeting, Wes feels an instant connection with Nat. As the two teens begin to trust each other, Nat begins to understand her true destiny. Can she reach The Blue in time? While some plot elements are a little hard to swallow, such as Wes being a military veteran at only 16 years old, there is a concentrated effort to build a glacially complex dystopian setting that is unrecognizable from the world we know. The romance seems a little forced, but the well-developed supporting characters among the crew help to provide a well-rounded ensemble. The plot flows steadily while providing glimpses into familiar science-fiction concepts that the story uses as its foundation. Fans of The Hunger Games will no doubt enjoy sinking their teeth into this exciting book.-Ryan P. Donovan, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
De la Cruz (Blue Bloods, 2013) and her husband, Johnston, begin a new dystopian-future series that focuses on environmental catastrophes—specifically, a new Ice Age. Their imaginative vision of the Remaining States of America (RSA) includes polluted oceans that have swallowed entire coasts, ruthless mercenaries, rigid class systems, and magic. It’s a world where potable water is a rare commodity only the rich can afford, and the population is young simply because no one lasts very long in such social and physical conditions. Nat is a 17-year-old blackjack dealer in New Vegas, where casinos and corruption reign. She seeks a mythical land called the Blue, a paradise where the sun still shines and magic is accepted, and she hires a dashing young mercenary, Ryan Wesson, to take her there. Ryan’s ragtag team guides Nat on a journey that is essentially one long chase scene filled with gangsters, unethical government officials, and danger from every possible source. Predictable romance and writing will not deter de la Cruz’s many fans or those hungry for yet another postapocalyptic future. The abrupt ending suggests there’s much more to come. Grades 7-12. --Debbie Carton
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Nat escaped. She got away, but now she must hide in plain sight. As a dealer in New Vegas, it is easy to blend right into the woodwork while still standing in a busy casino day after day. In a world covered with ice, everything will do almost anything for heat credits to stay alive. But Nat has more to hide. She wears lenses to cover her eyes and never reveals her Mark because people aren't comfortable around the Marked and their powers. But when a guy comes to her table and clearly tries to run a con, she takes advantage of the situation and snags the life-changing heat credits off the table he was trying to scam. Now she has the opportunity to use the map she "acquired" not long ago. This map could lead her to the Blue, a place untouched by the pollution and chemicals that surround them all in this disgusting, frozen world. Now all she needs is someone to get her there.
Wes had his chance. He almost had those credits, but the dealer had him captivated and he lost his chance. When he looked back, the credits were gone. Now he had to go back to his hungry crew empty handed and face the angry kids he was responsible for. He is getting desperate, but when a big job comes through to take some girl into the poisoned, polluted ocean, he agrees to take the job. Now he just has to get his boat back. What he doesn't expect is to see the dealer in front of him ready for her ride. There is something mysterious about this girl, something dangerous, but he doesn't scare easily, and he doesn't have much of a choice. His crew needs to eat. So they all head off into the ocean full of Trashbergs and dead of any life filled with water that will kill you on a mission that seems impossible. In a world full of magical folks, however, nothing is impossible.
This book easily could have been "too much," easily, but somehow, by the end, the myriad of different elements seemed to work quite well. In the beginning I struggled a little to make sense of Cruz and Johnston's world, but once I understood where all the different pieces fit together, it was quite an enjoyable story. For instance, this is a world that suffered environmental catastrophe, is covered with polluted ice, has no means to support itself through agriculture, and survives off synthetic food. That is enough for one whole book on its own. Then you add the magical folk who came out of the ice as it took hold of the world. First people were suspicious of the Sylph or the Smallmen, but then they realized the benefits of using these magical people. Quickly, however, paranoia grabbed hold and they began to imprison or do away with anyone magical, including the Marked, people born with a Mark and a gift. Then you add this magical place that has somehow avoided the environmental disaster that took down the rest of the world. And there is more, but I don't want to give it all away. Clown car? Yeah. Clown car that eventually worked? Yep!
I did struggle with this book at first, because it is so hard to figure out where all the wildly different pieces fit together. After I got about 100 pages into the book, it started to all pull together and then I got hooked. I have to admit I read the Blue Bloods series and loved it at first, but by the end I wanted to scream "enough already!" and that was directly tied to the path de la Cruz took that led her so far away from the original premise of the book. She does tend to overcomplicate her plots and then they lose their way quickly (can't have a story about witches- gotta through some Norse Mythology in there!). It has always been her downfall for me. Perhaps this series will be more successful because the 1001 elements are already out there and won't muddy the story later on, but I fear she is going to think, "Book 2? We need something new... how about evil, murderous pagan gods! Book 3? Where do we go with this one... I've got it! Animals who can walk and talk. Book 4? The Knights Templar!" and before you know it, you've got one big ole hot mess like the Blue Bloods. So, my biggest hope for this series is she knows how to edit properly and doesn't get carried away with trying to make it "exciting" by stuffing in entire kitchen pantry. This is a decent adventure series for both young adults and high-skilled middle readers. If they can figure out the complex beginning, they will really enjoy the adventure at the end. But remember, Melissa and Michael! Less is More!
The writing was very nice, stylistically.
However, the ebb and flow of the plot was uncomfortable. Crisis and resolution happened too often and too quickly for me to form any kind of emotional sympathy for the situation. The result felt shallow and rushed - at least to me.
For the record, I'm not a professional critic or a young adult but I do enjoy this genre very much. And I enjoyed this book enough to check out the next one.
The world building. WOW! Talk about a world that unlike the one we live in now days. Nat's world is in ruins, literally FROZEN, and well I'd say desolate, along with dangerous. This world is one that's is dark, dangerous, and full of secrets. Nat lives in a time when humans aren't the only ones who inhabit the frozen earth, and those who aren't human do their best to remain in secret or face death. Thought this story starts out in frozen Las Vegas, the heart of the story is out on the seas, where danger lurks around every heap of trash that's floating in.
The characters. I loved the characters. Nat was fabulous! She's one of those butt kicking girls who can not only take care of herself, she can handle anything that comes her way. She has a good reason to put up a fight to. If anyone found out her secret, she'd be killed or sent back to the horrid place she escaped from. Nat's on a mission to get to "the Blue." A place that is calling to her, and I mean that literally. I love the twist that awaits readers with Nat and her ability. She's strong, smart, fierce, and when it comes down to it, she has what it takes to survive in a world as dangerous as hers. I also liked that she doesn't put it all out there. She keeps herself guarded and when it's right, she slowly but surely opens herself up to Wes, but only when she trusts herself to do so. I admired that in her.
Oh Wes (Ryan Wesson), he's just as intriguing and exciting to read about as Nat is. Wes is also a very smart character, and he's also someone who knows how to survive in the dangerous world that brings he and Nat together. But Wes is a character with secrets, and a dark past. While I knew he was dangerous, I couldn't help fallen in love with his character. There was something about him that Nat made me see.
The romance. I loved the way the romance was developed in Frozen. Despite the fact that Nat and Wes started out having a complicated relationship, the two of them had plenty of sparks flying as well as snark. They definitely complimented each other well. They were perfect for each other. I loved watching how their relationship grew through their journey together. During this time they both realize they have more in common than they both thought. Having been on the run and being stuck in close quarters on a boat in dangerous waters, searching for a place that may not even exist would definitely bring two people together. I loved watching the two of them learn to trust each other, even when it didn't make sense to, and watching their game of out smarting each other turn into something much more.
The writing. Seriously, this writing was perfect! I'm really curious to find out who wrote what parts, because I couldn't decipher between Melissa or Michael's writing. It was fabulous and some of the best writing I've read this year. Seriously, I hope they write many more books together, because FROZEN in my opinion awesome. Frozen has now been placed on my all time favorite reads shelf (okay book case).
In conclusion. Go Get This Book! Frozen is an epic fantasy ripe with romance, suspense, and plenty of danger. I loved everything about this book! FROZEN was an addicting read that I'm still thinking about. I didn't want to put it down even when I was done reading it. I wanted to sit and re-read it again. I love that when an author, or in this case, the authors, create a story that has it all. I HIGHLY recommend picking this one TODAY! You'll find this one at the top of 2013 Favorite Reads list at the end of the year!