Monday, March 17, 2014

Frozen: Heart of dread

Heart of dread
Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston
Published: September 17th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Source: The library
Genre: YA Dystopian
Summary: 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.

Every time I go into Barnes and Noble right where I come in are the “bestselling YA/YA new releases". This book was on that shelf for months (and still is as far as I know)! I ordered it from the library and read it on the ride home from San Francisco. Overall this book was fairly good. It had a different post-apocalypse then many dystopian books I’ve read. However the POV was slightly off. At the beginning the chapters switched from Nat and Wes’s POV every other chapter but once they met and were together the rest of the book it just switched randomly. I never really got a feel for each character because of this, we didn’t hear all of Nat’s thoughts were heard segments/incomplete parts; same with Wes’s This REALLY bugged me. Another part about the book that bugged me Nat and Wes’s relationship. I get that they were the two main characters and I’ve read and loved plenty of book where the two main characters get together but there were all these other characters that never really got a face just a name in between them. Over all I feel like the only two characters that were really described and given depth were Nat and Wes. All the supporting characters were just named no depth, look, personality, and personal characteristic. A further thing that bugged me was that there is no clear enemy or government. We never learned if there was a president/king/dictator/etc., other cities outside of New Vegas, etc. Further more there was no clear enemy it was kind of like okay all these people that aren’t given a name or face or goal or motive or anything are evil.

Nat: Character Obsessions: Her powers, not being trapped again okay I have no clue what to write for any of these characters, we learned so little about them that I have nothing to put her. Zilch, zero, nada.
Wes: Character Obsessions: his fabled sister, his crew Wes there was a little bit more about but not by much. We learn he’s looking for his sister who disappeared.


One star :(
The book had the potential to be really good but it was just too mashed up and badly written

1 comment:

  1. I love hearing your thoughts on books. Keep it up. Excellent blogging?


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