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12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
Wow. I could stop right there... but I won't. This is a FANTAS
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!
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posted by Anonymous on November 16, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2013
I have to be honest and say that I was very hesitant in starting
I have to be honest and say that I was very hesitant in starting Frozen for two reasons. The first is that I have read two previous works by Melissa De La Cruz (Au Pairs and Blue Blood series) and really disliked both. The second reason is that some of my trusted blogger friends ended up disliking this book. I take pride in never getting influenced by other people's opinions and ratings when it comes to books but I already had history with this author. Nevertheless, I picked up Frozen and tried to remove any biases I had. Surprisingly, I ended up liking this novel much more than I thought I would. Granted, Frozen is not without any issues and problems, but it was an enjoyable read. The idea behind Frozen was fantastic. I thought a world that has frozen and a time where pirates and slaverers controlled everything outside of the little compound you are supposed to live in is new and intriguing. Of course I'm not for slavery or piratism, but this seemed like new territory when it comes to post apocalyptic/sci-fi novels. Also, the whole phenomena of pollution taking over the world and cities called Garbage Country and trashbergs (equivalent of icebergs but made up of trash) because of the overflow of garbage seemed different. However I do believe, while the concept was brilliant, the execution and progression of the plot had something lacking. Problems were solved too easily. Whenever they are put in a tight situation, the main protagonist and the people with her would easily get out of it scot free. Also, the plot seemed segmented and choppy at times. Especially the ending when a big revelation happened, I personally didn't see it coming because the authors did not give us proper background information or history on the world and the fantasy part of it (the marked and their abilities, the thrillers and their cause, as well as the sylphs). Towards the end when they reach their destination, I wanted a bit more emotions put into it. I mean, they've just reached the Blue.. that mythical place no one believed existed but all I got were descriptions of the nature I see everyday outside my room window. I think that is another issue I had with the book and that is the lack of emotions between all the characters. The romance was sweet, if not a tiny bit insta-loveish but I did like the friendship between some of the crew that helped the main protagonist, Nat, get to the Blue. I do know I seem to have had a ton of issues with this book but I have to point out again that I did enjoy it. It is one of those books that even with all its faults, you still end up really enjoying it. Definitely recommend it to fans of Melissa De La Cruz as well as adventure novel fans.
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Posted December 10, 2013
Frozen is a new look at what our world may come to if human cons
Frozen is a new look at what our world may come to if human consumption and trash get out of control. With the sun blocked from the sky, the land has become a frozen wasteland. Heat and real food are lucury commodities, and strange traits have begun to show up in people. Nat is one of these people, with a strange voice in her head she is capable of destroying things, but she can't really control it. She longs to escape the city and head for the Blue. A legendary place where the sun shines, its warm, and food is actually grown.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
She books a trip with a runner named Ryan and off the go in search of a place most think doesn't exist. They run into amazing and dangerous things along the way, including slavers, pirates, and magical and strange beings. It was an exciting ride from page one. While mostly an adventure style story, there's a bit of romance thrown in here and there that threads the the story helping to hold the characters together and make them very real personalities. With a very surprise ending that leaves you wishing book two was already in your hands, I think Melissa de la Cruz has another hit series on her hands.
Posted December 1, 2013
Some things are considered classic: 1969 Mustangs, little black
Some things are considered classic: 1969 Mustangs, little black dresses, and chocolate-dipped frozen bananas sold at county fairs. This chick finds it hard to mess with that formula, but De La Cruz and Johnston’s foray into the exploding dystopian market sure comes close to meeting that mark of fabulous. I swear from the start of this read I was c-o-l-d, as in frozen to my seat so I could find out what happened next in the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The female protagonist, Nat, has secrets from the outset even from the reader. She has an inner voice speaking to her, directing her towards her destiny; however, it’s unclear if that fate is for good or evil. Ryan Wesson, or “Wes”, is her counterpart, the typical version of hot: as hell, under the collar, and as a pistol. Together, these two characters instantly combust, especially once the action moves to the boat Wes captains—The Albatross. (Yes! The authors incorporate wonderful, beautiful, and spot-on references to the classics of old.) Even though I enjoyed the description and plot at the beginning of the story set in New Vegas, the tale picked up tremendously once the renegades hit the open seas.
The flavor I savored the most, however, was when I bit into the rich layers De La Cruz and Johnston cooked up for a new twist on the dystopian franchise by adding a wonderful swirl of magic and fantasy by revealing Nat’s calling as a dragon rider. The only time things became stilted was when the authors tried to stuff too much explanation and background into the chocolaty shell of the banana, causing it to fall off the stick every now and again. But make no mistake; I’m buying a ticket to next year’s fair for my opportunity to taste the sequel.
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