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Frozen: Heart of Dread, Book One

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13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Wow.  I could stop right there... but I won't.  This is a FANTAS

Wow.  I could stop right there... but I won't.  This is a FANTASTIC read!  I haven't yet read any of de la Cruz's other work, the author of the Blue Bloods series among others.  I am not sure what I was waiting for?!  This is co-authored by her husband, who has, unknown...
Wow.  I could stop right there... but I won't.  This is a FANTASTIC read!  I haven't yet read any of de la Cruz's other work, the author of the Blue Bloods series among others.  I am not sure what I was waiting for?!  This is co-authored by her husband, who has, unknown to the world, collaborated on previous works with his wife.

The world as we know it has ended, covering the Earth with ice and changing society right along with it.  The world building in this book was amazing, almost but not quite unrecognizable from our own.  Most of the book takes place in New Vegas, the post-apocalyptic Las Vegas.  California and New York have been wiped off the map, as has much of the RSA... the Remaining States of America.  Everything has changed, from society to agriculture to the military to everyday life.  Along with all the changes are the emergence of new forms of humanoid life.  And we all know that human beings do not always react well to that which is different.

This book was thoroughly engrossing, from being drawn into the world and drawn to the characters.  Nat is mysterious, but strong, brave, and intelligent.  Wes is tough, loyal, and smart... the perfect foil for Nat.  Each of the members of Wes' team, although generally supporting characters, had a story of their own and illicited feeling, whether affectionate or not.  It was hard sometimes to remember that this is a YA novel.  For example, Wes is only 16 and already a veteran of the army and a man responsible for his team, some of whom are as young as 13 or 14.  One of his enemies is only 19, but there is a mental image of a man much younger than that.  They are all cast into adult roles far earlier than they would be in our own society, with the new world having a much shorter life span than our own.  It is in those moments that you are reminded of their ages that the stark reality of the world of Frozen is really driven home.

The world in this book is reflective our own, a world that has been smashed, abused, and changed by the government, the military, religion, humanity, and science to create a new world and society, with ambivalent results.  There are messages in this book.  Messages on the state and values of society, on the capacity for human cruelty in the face of adversity, and messages, too, on the capacity for kindness in the face of adversity.  There was a part that I loved, one that clearly delineated the difference between our society and that of the post-apocalyptic Frozen world:

"While they ate, Nat told them that back before the floods, fat was a sign of poverty, and the rich flashed their status by going on extreme diets - juice "cleanses" and spa vacations where they paid for the privilege of not eating.  None of them believed her."

Things to love about Frozen...

   --The characters.  Whether you loved them, hated them, felt sorry for them, or were annoyed by them, they were each fascinating people with their own histories and stories.
   --The world.  There isn't much to love about this world in reality, but it was so well written that you lived there, too, and were a part of the story.

Things I wanted more of...

   --Shakes.  I loved him, his loyalty, his courage.
   --The Slaine brothers.  They seemed so different from each other and I wanted to know more about them.

My recommendation:  A fantastic read that you should plan for... you will need a block of time because you won't be able to put it down!

posted by KikiD870 on September 17, 2013

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Frozen was a really, really weird book. It has really (intention

Frozen was a really, really weird book. It has really (intentionally) odd punctuation, and capitalization, and in the end, I just couldn't really get past that. I loved the idea of the world and I wanted to know a lot more about it, but I couldn't get into the character...
Frozen was a really, really weird book. It has really (intentionally) odd punctuation, and capitalization, and in the end, I just couldn't really get past that. I loved the idea of the world and I wanted to know a lot more about it, but I couldn't get into the characters.

I really tried to get past the capitalization and stuff, but I had a REALLY hard time with it. It really annoyed me that I couldn't seem to find a pattern or reason to it, and that kind of preoccupied me for a lot of the book. So while I tried not to let it affect my rating, it did in the end. I found it so distracting that I had a hard time focusing on the story.

I did enjoy the story (what I could focus on), and the world, as I mentioned before, but didn't care for the characters much, and I'm a person who generally needs to care about characters to enjoy the story, so that was a pretty major problem for me, but I did enjoy what was there enough to want to continue the series in the future. Overall, I enjoyed where the story took me, though I was MAJORLY disappointed about one thing toward the end, something I thought could have been a really interesting twist, but then I was let down... a lot. :(

Another issue I had was that I kept forgetting the book was intended for a YA audience, not because of the writing or anything like that, but because I kept forgetting that the characters are supposed to be 15-17 years old, for the most part. I... did not buy that, at all. They act like teenagers at times, but most of the time, I didn't feel like the characters were teens at all. Maybe that's part of the point, that the world being the way it is forced them to grow up, but every time that was brought up I was kind of thrown for a loop. Definitely could have done without that, lol.

I wanted a bit more background on Nat and Wes, and how the world came to be the way it is in the book, but hopefully we'll get more of that in future installments in the series.

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

posted by Kaylexanna on October 31, 2014

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  • Posted September 3, 2014

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    Frozen is based in an incredibly dark dystopian world. The descr

    Frozen is based in an incredibly dark dystopian world. The descriptions of this world makes it just come alive in the storyline. 




    Action intense, with lots of highly unorthodox plot twists and turns, the characters face zombies, pirates, military forces, betrayal and dangers from deep below the dark ocean waters.




    That being said, the story fell flat for me. I could enjoy the idea of the story but didn't feel any character connections and felt some of the plot directions, well they just seems way out there. I did however totally love the world that was created and the entire premises behind this world.




    Frozen is a story of magic, monsters and mayhem and is sure to delight many dystopian fans.

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