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Green’s White World trilogy, which starts with Iced, has a truly kick-butt and take-names heroine. Thirteen is an ex-slave who can dish it out when it comes to hand-to-hand combat, acrobatics, tenacity, surviving ice-age cold, and ice sailing. People skills, not so much. Her life aboard an ice-sailing boat is immersive, and the details build the world more completely without overpowering the story.
Thirteen survives on this Pacific ice sheet, killing off slavers and freeing captives. Known as the Ghost, she is determined to find and free her sister. Along the way, she rescues up a young girl and her father and becomes embroiled in schemes that reach further than she could imagine.
I really enjoyed this trilogy, and Iced was a fantastic start. The editing was great, the storyline flowed, and there was a lot of action. The science behind the book was seamless and real, and in fact, much of the science is explained in the bonus materials for this omnibus.
I read these books having first encountered Green's Techno-Shaman series, which I enjoyed immensely, especially its originality. I think she does one better here. I’m looking forward to more from this author.
Note: This is also a review for the White World Series trilogy and omnibus: White World Series (Books 1-3): A Dystopian Science Fiction Thriller
Iced is a dystopian novel - the first in a triology - about a woman named Thirteen. It's not her real name - but she can't remember her real name. In Green's version of the future, the oceans are frozen over and the world is covered in ice. Slavery is real again, and only the elite are free.
Thirteeen has somehow escaped from slavery (her past is not explained in this book) and spends her life sailing the ice searching for her sister, who has not. But Thirteen isn't just any ordinary woman. She's different. She has two sets of eyelids, and her hair has no color. It is completely clear, but reflects light giviing it the illusion of the color of her surroundings. She also doesn't feel the cold the way everyone else does.
While searching for her sister she comes across a man who has survived his ice ship being wrecked, but his young daughter has been captured by slavers and he's desperate to rescue her. Thirteen has only two goals. Stay alive and find her sister. Their goals conflict, this the plot of the story begins.
Green hints at many intriguing things in this book and perhaps she intends to explore them further in the next two books in the series. Thirteen's past and what she really is are the main things you really want to know, and they aren't divulged in this first book.
I really enjoyed it and it was a quick read for me. So much so that when it ended I was shocked, and okay, I'll admit a bit disappointed. At first I thought to myself that this was another case of an author not doing a series right, but when I reflected on it I decided I was wrong.
Green actually does have a minor plot for this book which is resolved within the book, while leaving the major plot to cross into the other books in the series. She did do it right. I'm not sure why I initially felt the ending of this one wasn't quite satisfying enough for me. It just felt like an odd place to end it for some reason, but really that might be some fault of my own somehow. I can't quite tell you how though.
Anyway, if you're feeling the heat of summer where you are, curling up with this icy cold book on the beach should cool you off. And if it's cold where you are, well grab a hot drink and a blanket and don't deny yourself just because of the cold setting.
Much of the story is about the finesse of sailing and controlling the ship on the ice. I've never sailed before so this part of the story was not interesting to me. However, what kept my attention from beginning to end is the character of Thirteen. She is a complicated young woman and Ms. Green does a great job of teasing out details of Thirteen's life. The more we learned about her, the more you wanted to know. Her relationship with Chord is a balancing act. She's not used to depending on anyone else and she fights the connection all the way. My only slight criticism is that the book ends too soon with a lot of questions left unanswered. I'll definitely read book 2 to find out more. Recommended.
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