Series: Heart of Dread #1
Publication date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
The world has given us the cold shoulder, nothing grows in the wild anymore unless garbage suddenly found a way to multiply itself, yes you can find it in the ocean, in the waste fields but it doesn’t stop there, it got so bad it is said there is a continent made of garbage.
If the world going subzero wasn’t enough our government hunts those who are different, those that can do things others can. You see, if your eyes aren’t gray or brown not even running for the hills will save you.
Me? I am one of the lucky ones, I escaped the government once but my chances to elude them are growing thinner by the day and the voice that helped me escape is getting restless, I have to move, I have to find the Blue the only place that is rumored fruit still grows and nature runs wild and alive. They only problem is, can I find the right people to trust? Or will I end up being sold as a slave, abandoned half way or worst handed back to the government.
There were two points that made my experience with Frozen hard to read and why it ended up being a DNF. First of all I would like to say that I liked the characters and if it wasn’t for those two things that didn’t let me experience the story as I wanted, I might have liked it.
First point that made this story hard to read, the characters age, you want me to believe that a person that wasn’t even eighteen served the army, was discharges, and fought a war? It makes it kind of hard, it felt like they were forcing this book to be Young Adult when it could have been a New Adult or Adult book and it would have still been an interesting read. If you are going to pull off something like that I think it needs a good justification, yet this book didn’t provide me with a satisfactory one.
Point number two was the one that really really killed it for me, you see books in one way or another depict human nature and if we know one thing about humans is that we will keep trying to survive but we will try to find new ways we will not get rooted, especially in times when our lives are at risk.
This book said humanity stopped trying and started keeping the technology it had barely alive by just fixing it, I am sorry but if you can fix it you have a starting point to know how things work and the possibility of making it better.
The main characters where likeable and I wanted to know their secrets, the story by itself was interesting, most of the world Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston present us is the right type of messed up that makes you want to know how the characters will survive, but almost ever chapter I was reminded of the age and the lack of motivation in humanity that it won and made me put this book down.
I hope that if you read this book your experience is better than mine.