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Frozen (Taken Series #2)

Frozen (Taken Series #2)

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by Erin Bowman

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The second book in Erin Bowman's gripping Taken trilogy, Frozen, will thrill fans of dystopian sci-fi series like Michael Grant's Gone and James Dashner's The Maze Runner.

Gray Weathersby has escaped Claysoot and uncovered the truth behind the Laicos Project and the Order's twisted plans. Determined to fight back, his small group of rebels


The second book in Erin Bowman's gripping Taken trilogy, Frozen, will thrill fans of dystopian sci-fi series like Michael Grant's Gone and James Dashner's The Maze Runner.

Gray Weathersby has escaped Claysoot and uncovered the truth behind the Laicos Project and the Order's twisted plans. Determined to fight back, his small group of rebels is on the hunt for more answers and more allies—a search that will take them on a harrowing journey across a frozen wasteland, and even deeper into a world built on the Order's lies.

In Frozen, discover more of the nonstop action and riveting plot twists that made Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy, call Taken "an action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end."

Editorial Reviews

“An action-packed, emotionally charged, plot-twisting adventure.”
ALA Booklist
“Plenty of action and suspense.”
Marie Lu
Praise for TAKEN: “An action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end. I devoured this in one sitting and might have gnawed a nail or two off from all the excitement. More, please!”
Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Jane Gov
Now that Gray Weathersby has learned the truth about the Heist and the Laicos Project, he and the rebels must search for allies to arm themselves against the Franconian Order. Set almost immediately after the conclusion of Taken (HarperTeen 2013), the rebels set their sights on territories rumored to house other rebels. The team ventures into deserted fields, frozen wastelands, and ghostlike cities on what seems like an endless journey with a flimsy reward. Even if survivors are found, the rebels must still convince them to fight together. Meanwhile, the Franconian Order is hot on their tail. With an army of Forgeries (advanced replicas of Frank’s prisoners), the rebels are under constant threat of betrayal. The newer Forgery models are ruthless, trained in battle, and perfect physical copies of their human counterpart; they are the perfect soldiers: dispensable and undetectable. Gray is even more at odds with his own instincts. Anyone could be a Forgery—those closest to him, or even himself. The strengths of this series are in the dystopian world and survival aspects. With the existence of Forgeries, issues of humanity and mortality are woven strongly into the plot. Character development and romance take a secondary role. Unlike the common nice guy protagonist, Gray offers a complex love/hate vibe that could deter some readers from siding with him. Despite this, and the very cliché love triangle, Frozen is stronger than its prequel and will attract most readers of science fiction—especially those looking for a male lead. Reviewer: Jane Gov; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This title suffers from "second book syndrome." The dystopian novel, which continues protagonist Gray's story set in a war-torn United States separated into two distinct territories—AmWest and AmEast—is broken up into four parts and starts slowly as the members of a rebel group journey across land and sea, looking for allies and a secondary base. The action picks up in the third section when the characters finally reach the walled-in compound where they hope to find new supporters in their fight against the dictator Frank and his cloned soldiers of The Order. Many of the standard genre elements are present including a barren future landscape where water is a rare and valuable commodity, a power-hungry leader, and the requisite love triangle. What is lacking in this volume are thoughtful questions that give the narrative a deeper meaning. While Frozen may not garner the series any new fans, those who enjoyed the first title will appreciate the continuation of Gray's adventures and the novel's plot twists. Buy where the author is popular or readers' appetites for dystopian is insatiable.—Carrie Shaurette, Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Fans of dystopian-adventure tale Taken (2013) can follow protagonist and narrator Gray on his dangerous mission to find potential allies in Group A, inhabitants of a distant experimental village/prison. He's joined on his long, wintry journey by his newly discovered father, both of his love interests—childhood friend Emma and daredevil rebel Bree—and several others. Along the way, they encounter Gray's twin, who has captured Jackson, one of the replicated warriors that the evil leader of AmEast has been crafting. Jackson undergoes an unexpected transformation, perhaps showing signs of overcoming the programming that makes Forgeries so dangerous. But not all is what it seems among the travelers, although only the most canny of readers will pick up on this developing peril. Their destination provides no refuge—just further complication and pain. Blood abounds. While Bowman doesn't revel in the gory details, few characters are safe from grievous, albeit survivable, injury or death. Gray often—annoyingly—agonizes over his divided heart—a conflict that, like many others, remains unresolved, setting up the next in the series. A surfeit of enemies and a constant sense of danger heighten the suspense; it's an almost grueling read. (Dystopian adventure. 12-18)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Erin Bowman's Taken Series , #2
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5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Erin Bowman used to tell stories visually as a web designer. Now a full-time writer, she relies solely on words. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, and when not writing she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. She is also the author of Taken and Frozen.

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Frozen 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Frozen by Erin Bowman Book Two of the Taken series Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: April 15, 2014 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC borrowed from a friend (thank you, Jessica!) Summary (from Goodreads): The Heists were only the beginning. Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back. Now Gray has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in a world built on lies, Gray must constantly question whether any ally—or enemy—is truly what they seem… What I Liked: YES THERE WILL BE SOME SPOILERS FOR BOOK ONE. YOU ARE WARNED. I want to say that I liked this book overall. I mean, I'm giving it three stars, and three stars is generally seen as positive, so I suppose I did? I read it a few hours ago, and I'm still not one hundred percent sure how I feel about this book. I wouldn't go as far as saying that it is a sequel slump novel, but I definitely was a little bit disappointed. The covers are amazing though - not that that's something for which the author was responsible, of course. Gray and the team are headed to the Group A sector, to find survivors of the sector, and convince them to join them in the fight against Frank and the Order. Sounds happy snappy, right? Everyone is just going to march to Group A, and the survivors are going to be all kumbaya, yes? Not entirely. That's not what happens, so don't worry about me spoiling things. I would never spoil the entire book for you like that. One of the things that really stuck out to me was how much more "stuff" happens. I think in my review of the first book, Taken, I mentioned that once the truth about the heists is known, things go kind of downhill from there, in terms of the plot. Well, I found the plot to be slightly less predictable (slightly), and more things happen. Yay! What do I mean by more things? Like, I feel like Gray and the team actually go to places. Granted, yes, the entire book feels like they are walking and walking and walking and going nowhere. But things shake up when they go on a boat, and also when people start dying, and also when the Forgery/Forgeries become a huge deal (which is actually in multiple places in the book). The Forgeries were also a cool aspect of the book. They definitely brought an interesting twist to things - and it was weird and awesome how many Bowman introduced. If you don't know/remember what a Forgery is, fear not. I didn't either. But trust me, you'll know very quickly (assuming you plan on reading this book/series). I liked the continuance of featuring Gray's first-person perspective (versus adding another, or switching it up, or something). Gray goes through some pretty trying and traumatic times in this book, but I like the character he is becoming. Except when it comes to the romance (see below). For the most part, this book was okay. I'm definitely glad I got to read it - I'm so grateful for knowing someone as fabulous as Jessica, and for her lending me her copy! What I Did Not Like: Let's start with the romance. The romance was a huge thorn in my flesh. In the first book, two girls are introduced - Emma and Bree. Emma is the childhood friend whom Gray has always loved, and Bree is the new firecracker girl that has captured Gray's attention. I liked Bree in the first book, because she was spunky and snarky and totally in-your-face-with-an-attitude. So I didn't really care about the potential love triangle aspect. In this book, the love triangle basically becomes fully fledged, which is so annoying. It's like Gray can't make up his mind. One moment, he is ALL ABOUT Bree, the fiery spirited girl. The next moment, he is wondering about Emma, the softhearted angel of girl that he has always loved. I don't like the wishy-washy attitude. What makes things worse is the way Bowman brings about this finicky thinking - it's SO FORCED. Like, she'll just insert this one random passage about how Gray is confused about his role with Bree. Or, insert paragraph here about how he misses Emma. Insert paragraph here, about how he totally wants to be with Bree, and argue with her and be pushed by her and not be boring with Emma. It's just SO RANDOM. In my opinion, it comes out of nowhere. There are like, four incidences of this random insertion of thought about his love life, and they felt really out of place. Also, I really did NOT like Bree in this book. I feel like she was very whiny about her feelings for Gray, like she didn't want them. Or did she want them? I don't know, because she herself could NOT make up her mind. She seems very wishy-washy about things as well. And look, I know she's a girl, but in this book, she acts like a GIRL, a girly girl. I feel like she lost her edge in this book (one of the things I really liked about her in the first book), and Bowman kept trying to FORCE her edge into the pages, but it came across as forced and fake. Witty banter and threatening violence does NOT make you spunky or tough, especially after you just got down being all emo and depressed about Gray. Enough about the romance. The beginning. I felt like this book took a while to get into. Honestly, that shouldn't be the case with sequels. Sequels should reintroduce parts of book one, and go straight into the book. But most of the first part was just walking aimlessly, really. I had to refrain from rolling my eyes and skipping to the next part. I bet if I had skipped to the next part, I wouldn't have missed any action, and would have been able to understand things very well. Because the beginning was slow. The rest of the book may have picked up, especially in the third and fourth parts, but the first part was slow. Also, the last part - the last 60 pages or so - are a bit fast. Like, things happen REALLY QUICKLY, and I feel like I missed something (or some things). The ending was a blur, and I caught most of it, but things needed to slow down. Or be explained better. Like, I couldn't tell if Gray had injuries or he didn't or if he just blacked out for a second or WHAT HAPPENED, I DON'T GET IT?! For this one specific part. Don't worry, that wasn't a spoiler. Or don't take it as one. And for the most part, this book can be summarized in like, a sentence. It's a destination/goal type of book, and honestly, it's a tad bit on the predictable side. YES, more "things"/events/action occurs in this book. But overall? It's a very simple plot. I feel like there were no layers to the plot, making the book seem a little flat, or without depth. I'm not saying have like, ten plots going on simultaneously. But this one plot seemed very tunnel-vision-like. I know I'm forgetting something, but I'll stop there. I'll still read the third book, but my standards just dropped. A lot. A lot more than when they did after I read the first book. Would I Recommend It: Ehhh, this is tricky. If you were kind of so-so about the first one, then I wouldn't bother. I gave the first book three stars, but still resolved to read the second book. If I hadn't had that resolve (and if Jessica hadn't offered to let me borrow her ARC), then I probably wouldn't have gone to any lengths to read this book. There are no early e-copies available on Edelweiss, and printed review copies were limited. So I probably would have gotten it from the library. I haven't gone to the library in a longgggggg time. Basically, if you didn't LOVE or really like or mostly like the first book, then you might not really like this one either. To each their own, of course, but this series isn't OH-MY-GOSH-SO-AMAZING or the next bestselling hit series or whatever. If you've got something better to read, then that's probably the better option.  And as I look over this same section in my review of book one, I realize that I said basically the same thing about book one - in terms of it's not a pressing book to read. So, yeah. Rating: 3 stars. I'm happy that this book had more of an action-based, interesting plot, but I'm still disappointed in several aspects of the books. I think I will read the final book in the series (I mean, I've come this far), but my expectations are officially... super low.
WriterGlo More than 1 year ago
I highly reccommend this book/ series! As addictive as the Hunger Games and Divergent series! gray is right up there with Peeta, Gale, and tobias (Four) Eaton!!! I love it!!! Read in 12 hours!!!
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Awesome! Keep going please!
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Grrrr! If i had known that the third book to this wasn't out yet then i would have waited to read the series. I HATE waiting!
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