Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Publisher: Putnam (Penguin)
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Dystopian)
Length: Full Length (325 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rated: 5 stars
Reviewed by Lupine
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.
For fans of dystopian novels, Frozen fits the bill.
Natasha “Nat” Kestal is just another young blackjack dealer in New Vegas, once known for its lights and glamor. She’s one of many suffering through the harsh, freezing weather like everyone else…but she’s different; marked, as they call it. Every day she fears being executed, or even worse…thrust out into the cold, to starve and die, to become a “Thriller”.
Nat dreams of something new, a healed land, known as the Blue. It’s paradise, where there’s real food, clean water, and sparkling blue skies. She won’t be threatened or hurt anymore, but the only way to get there is treacherous and demanding. She has to rely on an annoying smuggler named Ryan Wesson, better known as “Wes”.
Her only chance to live freely lie on a path covered in death, despair, and tragedy. She has to cheat and lie her way through, even if she is falling for that cocky smuggler. Who can she trust…and who wants her dead? This tale sends the reader spinning into an icy land where true love might win all.
Frozen is really the best dystopian book I’ve read in quite a while. It had my attention from beginning to end; never slowing or moving too quickly. The pace was just right for the plot points. I completely enjoyed the premise, though it was so close to real — I could see it coming to be — that I was just a bit frightened.
I’d recommend it to anyone of any age. It has all sorts of things: romance, suspense, a tad bit of horror and a pinch of magic all mixed together in a really good tale.