Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa De La Cruz, and Michael Johnston

Publication: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Publisher

From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

Imagine living in a frozen post apocalyptic land where you are hunted down like an animal because you are “marked.” That is pretty much what sixteen years old Natasha’s life is like. 

Hiding out in New Vegas as a dealer in casino, she is always thinking of surviving. She keeps hearing an inner voice telling her to travel to “The Blue”, which is a place that may or may not exist and if it does, the journey is extremely difficult.
This is where Wes enters the picture. Nat hires him and his crew to help her get there. There is a little romance between them. It doesn’t start immediately, but it is there.

There is a lot going on in Frozen. At times it felt like a little too much. This story doesn’t lack for entertainment though. The world building was pretty cool and all of the characters were interesting and I wanted to know more about them. I wasn’t sure what to really expect with this story, especially since I don’t read a lot of dystopian books that often, but this one was pretty fun. I am curious what will happen in book two, Stolen releases on November 18, 2014.

RATING: 3 out of 5.


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