Frozen (Heart of Dread Series #1)

Frozen (Heart of Dread Series #1)

by Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston

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“As fearless as a futuristic Game of Thrones.”— MARGARET STOHL, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures trilogy

From Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston, the New York Times bestselling authors of the Blue Bloods and Witches of East End series.

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 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. This is a remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101607879
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Series: Heart of Dread Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 155,240
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Publisher's Weekly internationally best­selling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including Isle of the Lost, a Disney Decendants novel. Her Blue Bloods series has sold over three million copies and the Witches of East End series is now an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network. Visit her online at
Michael Johnston is Melissa’s husband and heretofore “si­lent partner.” He is co-creator of the Blue Bloods and Witches of East End series. Melissa and Michael live with their daughter in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California.

Read an Excerpt

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
—Robert Frost, “Fire and Ice”


It’s time to begin.
—Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”




They were coming for her. She could hear their heavy footsteps echoing in the concrete hallway. In a way, the sound was a relief. For days upon days she had been left in the room, alone, in total silence, with little food and water, the weight of solitude becoming ever more oppressive, the silence a heaviness that she could not shake, punishment for refusing to do as she was told, punishment for being what she was.

She had forgotten how many days, how many months, she had been left here, alone with only her thoughts for company.


But not quite alone.


I warned you about waiting, rumbled the voice in her head. The voice that she heard in her dreams, whose words echoed like thunder, thunder and ash, smoke and flame. When it spoke, she saw a beast through the inferno, carrying her aloft on black wings through dark skies as it rained fire upon its enemies. The fire that raged within her. The fire that destroyed and consumed. The fire that would destroy and consume her if she let it.


Her destiny. A destiny of rage and ruin.


Fire and pain.


The voice in her head was the reason her eyes were not brown or gray. Her clear tiger eyes—hazel-green with golden pupils—told the world she carried a mark on her skin, one that she kept hidden, one that was shaped like a flame and hurt like a burn, right above her heart. The reason she was imprisoned, the reason they wanted her to do as she was told.


The girl did not want to be different. She did not want to be marked. She did not want to be what the voice said she was. What the commander and the doctors believed she was. A freak. A monster.


Let me go—she had implored the first time she had been brought to this place—I’m not what you think I am. She had insisted they were wrong about her from the beginning of her captivity.


What is your talent? they had demanded. Show us.


I have none, she had told them. I have no ability. I can do nothing. Let me go. You’re wrong. Let me go.


She never told them about the voice in her head.


But they found ways to use her anyway.


Now they were coming, their heavy footsteps plodding against the stone. They would make her do what they wanted, and she would not be able to refuse. It was always this way. She resisted at first, they punished her for it, and finally she gave in.


Unless . . .


Unless she listened to the voice.


When it spoke to her, it always said the same thing: I have been searching for you, but now it is you who must find me. The time has come for us to be one. The map has been found. Leave this place. Journey to the Blue.


Like others she had heard the legends of a secret doorway in the middle of the ruined Pacific that led to a place where the air was warm and the water was turquoise. But the way was impossible—the dark oceans treacherous, and many had perished attempting to find it.


But perhaps there was hope. Perhaps she would find a way to do what it sought.


Out there.


In New Vegas.


Outside her window, far away, she could see the glittering lights of the city shining through the gray. Before the ice, night skies were supposedly black and infinite, dotted with stars that shone as sharp as diamonds against velvet. Looking up into that dark expanse you could imagine traveling to distant lands, experiencing the vastness of the universe, and understanding your own small part in it. But now the sky was glassy and opaque at night, a reflection of the bright white snow that covered the ground and swirled in the atmo­sphere. Even the brightest of stars appeared only as faint, distant glimmers in the blurry firmament.


There were no more stars. There was only New Vegas, glowing, a beacon in the darkness.


The city lights stopped abruptly at a long arcing line just a few miles out. Beyond the line, beyond the border, everything was black, Garbage Country, a place where light had disappeared—a no-man’s-land of terrors—and past that, the toxic sea. And some­where, hidden in that ocean, if she believed what the voice said, she would find a way to another world.


They were closer and closer.


* * *

She could hear their voices outside, arguing.


The guards were opening the door.


She didn’t have much time . . .


Panic rose in her throat.


What would they ask her to do now . . . what did they want . . . the children most likely . . . always the children . . .


They were here.


The window! the voice bellowed. Now!


Glass smashed, broken, sharp icicles falling to the floor. The door burst open, but the girl was already on the ledge, the cold air whipping against her cheeks. She shivered in her thin pajamas, the arctic winds blowing sharp as daggers as she dangled on the knife-edge, two hundred stories in the air.




I will hold you.


Her mark was burning like a hot ember against her skin. It had awakened, as a rush of power, electric as the sparks that lit up the sky, snaked through her limbs, and she was warm, so warm, as if she was bathed in fire. She was burning, burning, the mark above her heart pressing on her like a brand, scorching her with its heat.


Let us be one.


You are mine.


No, never! She shook her head, but they were inside now, the commander and his men, raising their guns, training their sights on her.


“STOP!” The commander stared her down. “REMAIN WHERE YOU ARE!”




She was dead either way. Fire and pain. Rage and ruin.


She turned from the room and toward the city lights, toward New Vegas, frozen city of impossible delights, a world where every­thing and anything could be bought and sold, the pulsing, deca­dent, greedy heart of the new republic. New Vegas: a place where she could hide, a place where she could find passage, out to the water, into the Blue.


The commander was screaming. He aimed and pressed the trigger.


She held her breath. There was only one way to go.


Out and down.


Up and away.


Fly! roared the monster in her head.


The girl jumped from the ledge and into the void.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Praise for FROZEN:
From MARGARET STOHL, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures trilogy:
 “De la Cruz and Johnston’s FROZEN is as fearless as a futuristic Game of Thrones for YA readers – and equally addictive. This epic new take on classic sci-fi and fantasy is equal parts wild and wildly romantic. More dragons please!”
From ALYSON NOEL, New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals and Soul Seekers series:
“Like Lord of the Rings in reverse, with a dash of Ridley Scott's hard-boiled military fun, this swoon-worthy adventure is an original and thrilling escape that will break your heart and make it soar at the same time.”
From JAMES DASHNER, New York Times bestselling author of Maze Runner:
“FROZEN is the perfect mixture of everything I love in a book. It's hard to find the right words to describe how unique, and how fun, it was to read it. Humor, suspense, twists, and above all, originality. I was lost in the fascinating world of Nat and Wes. Highly recommended.”
“De la Cruz and Johnston score a hit. The action soon accelerates and readers will find themselves completely immersed in the authors’ dangerous world. Lots of fun.”
“Their imaginative vision of the Remaining States of America (RSA) includes polluted oceans that have swallowed entire coasts, ruthless mercenaries, rigid class systems and magic. A dashing young mercenary guides Nat on a journey filled with gangsters, unethical government officials, and danger from every possible source. (For) the writers' many fans or those hungry for yet another post-apocalyptic future.”
“A one-sitting read. The world-building in Frozen is absolutely addictive. You'll really feel like you're traveling through this frozen, post-apocalyptic country (with) the setting, the realistic characters and the fast pace.”

“Romance, magic, and excitement drive the pace of this genre-defying adventure."

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Frozen 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was not what I was expecting at all. I couldn't put it down. The characters were likable, strong, smart & interesting. Best book I've read in awhile!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and leaves you waiting for the next book in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus book was so good I could not put it doen I finshed it in lesse than three hours
Silverclaw More than 1 year ago
Like most of her books, 'Frozen' was wonderfully unique in its plot line. The characters are fun and their adventures together are page turners. I was glued to the book, I couldn't put it down. Lots of adventure and humor. If you are looking for something different this is the book you want!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a lot of questions. Does nikki move schools permanantely? Do her and brandon become official? Do nikki and mackenzie become friends? What happens to chloe and zoey? And feel free to just tell me about the whole book if you dont mine. Thank you :)
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bookharpy More than 1 year ago
A very new edgy story on a not so new concept. The world is a wasteland after decades of pollution and corruption to the Earth, and the weather is always arctic cold with subzero temperatures. In this world exist species of human-like people such as drau, marked and sylphs who have different abilities such as telekinesis, mind reading, pyrotechnic powers and so on. The story however focuses on Natasha Kestal, a marked girl with hazy memories of her past. She hears a voice in her head that tells her what she should do and she finally decides to listen and let it lead her to the Blue, a portal like entrance to a world that is lush and healthy. With the help of Wes and his team, Nat makes her was across the toxic, chemical laden ocean to find the blue. But along the way, they will face danger, betrayal and unexpected allies they never expected. I really enjoyed this book. Not exactly stellar or my favorite of the year so far, but a great fantastical twist on what the future could hold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to like this book. Great premise but just not executed well. The book spends most of the time trying to build up this fight but then it goes "bam I am all powerful and you stuck" In six pages. Very Mery sue. You really never care about the characters and the interactions are forced. It started out great but them felt like I was talking to my six year old niece. Constantly berated with information and no explanation.
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Kaylexanna More than 1 year ago
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.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frozen by Melissa De LA Cruze is a great book. It takes place in new vegas after it has been in a frozen lockdown for several years. Natasha one of the main characters is working as a black jack dealer at a rowdy casino in New vegas. Nat is part of the marked group. The marked group is often feared because of their special forceful power The government of the united states put all the “marked group”in an institution where they are being kept, but nat being the tough girl she is breaks out and that is why she is in New vegas now. She is always afraid of being Caught and cant stand being on her toes all the time so she makes a decision to go to what is called blue paradise where she doesn’t have to worry about being caught. To get to the blue paradise is one of the hardest things she has ever incountered it is thousands of miles away. So tohelp her get there she hires ryan wes but they call  him wes. He is also traveling with a group of pirates  so nat is sure that she will get there. The blue paradise is a whole ocean away witch would be no problem accept for the ocean is ahalf frozen so half way across it she is forced to abandon her ship and endure the harsh weather. During this time her and wes make a connection that neither one of them wants to admit but in time there connection grows to strong to deny and they finale realize it right whenever they make it to the blue paradise
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry it took so long look at the next res.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Inexplicably Entertaining I would like to thank Orchard Books and NetGalley for granting me a copy of this e-book to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Goodreads Blurb: "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." A heady mixture of action, fantasy, and a realistic dystopian future, all combined with the sweet thrill of emotional confusion, this story seems to have something for everyone. Nat is one of those people who is far more than she appears to be on the surface; yet even she doesn't know who, or what, she truly is. In a land of martial control, freezing temperatures, and the complete loss of new technological advances, there are essentially two types of people - those that are prey and those that are predators. Yet somehow in this dystopian world lives a third type of person, known as 'the marked.' These people all have two things that make them stand out from the rest - they have a physical mark of some sort, and they don't have the traditional brown eyes. Nat is one of the marked. After escaping a terrible childhood Nat has been listening to her inner voice, a voice that helped her make her escape relatively unscathed. But she's afraid of her inner voice, because it doesn't sound at all like her. So whose voice is she hearing? Her desperation to find the mythical land known as 'the Blue,' a land like theirs used to be - where the yellow sun shines, and plants and animals grow everywhere, where grass grows on the ground (all things she's only ever heard of, or read about in the ancient books) - all this has Nat taking the largest risk of her life. She is going to become a jumper, a pilgrim. And for that she needs to hire a runner and pray that she gets an honest one. This is basically where Wes, Shakes, and team enter in force. Every member of Wes' team is a unique character, and all well crafted, demonstrating their quirks, as well as their personality flaws and strengths. While Wes and Shakes are the dominant figures amongst the crew of runners, all of the other crew members are three-dimensional. As with the action, the characters show who they are, making me feel as if I was right there with them instead of sitting somewhere reading about them - a true testament to the abilities of both authors. In the beginning the relationship between Nat and Wes is rocky at best. Yet they both feel drawn toward each other for an unknown reason. A feeling they both do their best to resist, though for different reasons. Watching their relationship unfold is like finding a flower growing in the middle of a concrete parking lot, beautiful, stubborn, and inexplicable. Pay attention to their relationship, for something happens during the climb to the story's peak that could be very important for the future development of this story overall. It certainly surprised me, and I've been wondering about it ever since. As the characters' personalities became more familiar to me, the pacing of the action also increases. The development of the story is well tied together, with characters and arc of the story dependent upon one another. True to form for an action-packed story, the peak is reached at the end, leaving us with a cliffhanger ending. Though violent, nevertheless the ending left me primed and ready for the next book in the series!
bookbingerlady More than 1 year ago
In the book, Frozen (Heart of Dread#1), the United States has suffered a massive environmental catastrophe. Massive floods have transformed the landscape. Trash has turned the ocean toxic and filled it with giant islands of trash. Now, the U.S. is called the Remaining States of America (RSA) and is ruled like an iron curtain country. The population has changed as well. Cancer has killed anyone over the age of 50. Most people can't read or operate old technology. In addition, there is a new type of human called the “marked”. The marked have magical abilities and some can be identified by their unique eye color. The military hunts and imprisons the marked to use them as weapons. The two main characters, Natasha Kestral and Ryan Wesson, live in New Vegas, which has transformed into the arctic. Sixteen year old Nat is marked and is hiding in Vegas, working as a dealer in a casino. A voice in her head insists she travel to the Blue, a land lush and green and filled with wildlife. To do this, she will need a runner to smuggle her outside of the city and then get her across the polluted ocean. Sixteen year old Wes, also lives in Vegas, and makes money any way he can to support his crew, whether as a soldier, con artist, or runner. Wes and his team agree to take Nat to the Blue for the money and so they all embark on a dangerous long journey where they are hunted by soldiers, pirates, and slave traders. Pros Of the two main characters, Wes appeals to me the most. He reminds me of Hans Solo from Star Wars, charming but with a pirate’s heart. He has learned to harden his heart to others in need because his people come first. However, you see he has a caring nature. He worries about the welfare of his team, supplying them with food and money. Some of the soldiers view this as a weakness and call him soft. The romance between Wes and Nat builds slowly, which is believable given their circumstances. Wes demonstrates how much he cares for Nat by constantly putting himself in danger to protect her making him a swoon-worthy hero. It will be interesting to see what happens between them in the next book. Cons Unlike Wes, it was difficult for me to get to know Nat’s character because the story didn't provide you with much information. I would have liked to see more of her personality come through so that I could have connected to her. In addition, I would have liked to know what triggered the environmental catastrophe. This was never really explained. Conclusion The detailed world building and fast-paced story sets the stage for the series. This book should appeal to sci-fi and paranormal fans.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
When I began “Heart of Dread: Frozen”, I thought I was going to be reading a somewhat typical dystopian novel.  Boy, was I ever wrong.  It is impossible to place it in one, or even two, categories.  Finally, I decided to go with dystopian, apocalyptic, and fantasy.  There is an even amount of all of them. This novel is a wild ride right from the start, alternating between third person points of view focusing on two flawed, mysterious, and very different individuals. We have Wes, the mercenary, and Nat, the girl with a secret.  Their backstories are revealed very slowly, and combined with the action, it makes it difficult to put down. If I describe any of the plot that is not already included in the synopsis above, I run the risk of spoiling a surprise, and that would take away from the fun. And if nothing else, this is one fun book.  Anything that could possibly be included in it is, and the ending was a cliffhanger that has me upset that I need to wait a few months for the next. I normally try to avoid fandom-speak in my reviews, but my thoughts can be summed up by this:  “I didn’t mean to ship it this hard.” This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by Hatchette Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review.
Thoughts_and_Pens More than 1 year ago
What kind of ritual did the authors do to get this awful book published? Actual rating: ZERO stars I should have listened to Queen Elsa’s Let It Go when I was reading this dreadful book because as I went deeper, the story just got crazier (in the most negative way possible). I should have let it go when I was still at 30% because it was the most terrible book I’ve read after Journey to Rainbow Island. The only redeeming quality that Frozen has is that it was so ridiculous I could not stop myself from laughing every time I turn a page. What ever happened to the saying that two heads are better than one? Apparently, that is not usually the case as clearly demonstrated by this book. Two authors and what? A hogwash story set in a nonsensical and full-of-inconsistencies world. Where should I begin with this review? Okay, let me consult my Goodreads reading status updates and my mobile phone because I swear, this book made me so industrious in writing a lot of notes which I normally don’t do whenever I am reading. First things first, let me make a brief summary of this book. In Frozen, the world is in ruins because of the Great Wars, Black Floods, and The Big Freeze. Obviously, after the occurrence of the latter, everything got covered in ice. And then, due to some unexplained miracle, magical creatures started appearing from the ice as if they are the goddess Venus (who was born from sea foam) themselves. But despite the said catastrophes, Las Vegas was still able to survive but not without its costs. Now, the mentioned magical creatures are actually being hunted by the government because uhm, well, the book forgot to explain it clearly. Anyway, just roll with it. So our heroine, Nat/Natasha, is a magical creature pretending to be a blackjack dealer but all the while plotting to go to the Blue. To the majority, the Blue is a fabled land believed to be pristine and the salvation of those who wanted to experience the world before the catastrophes. One of the first questions that popped up in my mind was this: When is Frozen’s story set? In 2020? In 2100? In year 3000? Apparently, the authors forgot to mention that very unimportant detail. So what does a reader should do? Take things at face value? Or make a hypothesis through deduction? I did the latter and so my quest started. I took down notes of possible evidences that will clue me in as to when the story happened. So the quest started. In Frozen, the citizens are still using Hummers, Porsches, and Bentleys as a means of transport. The story explained that the citizens were innovative enough to salvage some of the machineries from the world before and make it work. And yay, they still have drag races and casinos despite all what happened! But the surprising thing is that they really don’t have an idea as to how the world worked before the catastrophes happened and their little knowledge of the world-before was acquired from the videos that the existing citizens managed to save and pass them from generation to generation. So what does this mean? Since Nat and all the characters of this book still know how to drive Hummers, Porsches, Bentleys and gamble, they couldn’t be so far off from the last generation that experienced the world-before. So one can say that Frozen happened during the 2050s to 2200s. But then, that couldn’t be right because later into the book, it was revealed that Chernobyl in Ukraine is already thriving with life. What nonsense is this? “When she (Nat) was still in school, she’d learned about a town in Ukraine called Chernobyl, where a nuclear reactor had exploded. The place was so radioactive that it wouldn’t be fit for humans for hundreds of years (are you sure?) and it was still off-limits now. The whole area was declared an exclusion zone, an evacuated land where no one was allowed to live. In reality, though, the Chernobyl exclusion zone TEEMED WITH LIFE.” ARC p.116  Authors, I don’t mean any disrespect but here’s a fact: The isotopes that were released from that nuclear explosion will remain radioactive for THOUSANDS of years and not just hundreds. To be specific, these isotopes are from uranium and plutonium that have half lives of thousands of years. The director of the Chernobyl power plant, Ihor Gramotkin even said that it will take ~20,000 years for the place to become habitable again. If we consider that figure to estimate when the story of Frozen took place, we are looking at year 22, 000 and beyond. Will there still be Hummers, Bentleys, and Porsches, and casinos during that time after such devastating catastrophes? And in between those periods, I am pretty sure that there will be other batches of calamities that will struck the world that will either render humanity to evolve or fully eliminated. But you haven’t seen it all yet. I am greatly astounded with the authors’ devotion to this story. Aside from the expensive vehicles, the world of Frozen is also experiencing extreme shortage of resources. The value of salt increased to the point that it’s as important as fuel. One crystal of salt is enough to buy a ship. Really? Should I go now and hoard sacks of salt because apparently, it will save my ass when the apocalypse comes. And oh, did you know that water also became an extremely rare resource? Extremely rare like only the filthy rich can afford it. And thus, the majority of the ultra-stupid population were forced to drink this substance called Nutri. “Clean water was precious but synthetics were cheap and sanitary, so like most solid citizens, her only choice was to drink Nutri, a supposedly vitamin-and-nutrient-rich, sweet tasting concoction that was spiked with faint traces of mood stabilizers, just the thing to keep the population obedient. The chemicals gave her a headache, and more than anything, she just wanted a taste of pure, clear water. Once a week, she saved up enough for a glass, savoring every drop.” ARC p.46  Question, the community has enough resources to create Nutri and load it with vitamins and mood stabilizers, why not allocate such resources to melt, purify and sanitize ice (the world is covered in ice, remember?)? For sure, the process of melting, purifying and sanitizing ice is cheaper compared to creating Nutri and does not take a lot of brain powers, isn’t it? Even a 10 year old can figure such a thing. Just when I thought that the book is already done with making a fool out of me, it introduced me to this language called “textlish.” Because of what happened, the people have found no valid reason to learn to read anymore. Formal language was replaced with textlish which can be described as a high form of Jejemon. If you are a Filipino, you already have an idea what textlish is. Here’s an example of English words and phrases converted to textlish: Love =<3 LOL= Lulz I miss you= iMiszqcKyuH You= yuHh If you want to be a master of textlish, just keep on practicing by txtng ur fwendz ucng ol dos oful nd phakng shrtctz. I could go on and on pointing out all the stupid things about this book but I don’t think I still have the strength to continue with this review. There’s absolutely no redeeming quality about this drivel. The main characters and all the other fools are brimming with contradictions that I can’t help but hope that they all die from the cold. Don’t even ask me about the magical creatures because of thrillers (zombies inspired from Michael Jackson's Thriller). OMG! Are the authors trying to make a hybrid between George Martin’s Whitewalkers and Michael Jackson’s thriller zombies? And that’s when I lose it. The plot is also saturated with various plot devices including the dreaded deus ex machina. O stars because not even the laughs can save this book from getting a permanent spot on my hated-books list.
Carnival_Lights More than 1 year ago
Frozen, written by husband and wife Michael Johnston and Melissa De La Cruz, is a dystopian novel that takes place after the Earth is frozen over. Somehow people are still finding ways to not only survive, but thrive. Those who are slave traders possess great power. Natasha Kestal, or "Nat", has found a way to survive by becoming a blackjack dealer in New Vegas, or what used to be Las Vegas. However, Nat is looking for a way out. She harbors a secret that will inevitably be the cause of her demise. There is supposedly a mythical land called "the Blue" where nothing is frozen and everything is like it was before the big freeze. Ryan Wesson, or "Wes" is a runner and leader of a team of untrained mercenaries. He and his gang agree to lead Nat to the Blue for the huge amount of money that she stole from work. Together the group must fight their way across the ocean and battle slave traders, with an unexpected obstacle. Wes and Nat both feel a spark that connects them together. They have to either contain it, or use it to their advantage. This novel is without a doubt worth reading. Two sixteen year olds meet, but they are the opposite of typical. The story has the effect that literature always has when written in third person, with just the right amount of secrecy, betrayal, magic, and romance. I would recommend it to anyone and would definitely read it again.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this book would be warning to people who ACTUALLY care that our world might someday become the world in this book and water could be SO rare for us too. Think about a purpose of this book that is important to Earth....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WaterWorld meets Avatar meets Hunger Games. Nice book. Enjoyable. Looking forward to the next on the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok ok no need to badmouth