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Frozen: Heart of Dread, Book 1

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark series start an unusal mix of dystopian and fantasy.

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FROZEN kicks off a series, and the husband-and-wife co-authors lay on the details pretty thick in describing the inner workings of the chilling future world they've imagined. The book's unusual mix of dystopian and fantasy elements may be the right match for some, but others may find that details about marked people, dragons, and a zombie-like species feel out of sync with the other dark but more realistic details described along the way. (For example, trashbergs fill the ocean, people often speak in text language, and drinking water is a precious -- and expensive -- beverage.)

Even so, Nat and Wes are sympathetic, strong, and heroic characters, and readers are sure to stay engaged as these likable -- if familiar -- protagonists face constant peril to get to the Blue. And the authors certainly leave plenty unresolved to encourage readers to return for the next installment.

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