Thursday, July 30, 2015

#Review - Frozen by Erin Bowman (Young Adult/Dystopia)

Series: Taken # 2
Format: Hardcover, 359 pages
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction

The Heists were only the beginning.

Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.

Now Gray has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in a world built on lies, Gray must constantly question whether any ally—or enemy—is truly what they seem

Frozen is the second installment in the Taken trilogy by author Erin Bowman. 18-year old Gray Weathersby's journey has only begun. After escaping from the Franconian Order, he joined with a group of rebels at Crevice Valley. Now, the rebels, which includes Bree, Emma, Sammy, Owen, Xavier, Bo, September and Clipper, have decided to head west on a treacherous journey. They have decided that their best course of action against the Franconian Order is to join up with Frank's opposition, AmWest, and the Ex-Pats, and find the survivors of Test Group A.

Bowman's world was created by massive Continental Quakes, a Second Civil War between the East and West, Coasts falling into the ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico cutting a path through the middle of the country. Add in a lethal virus that left survivors living in a doomed city, a controlling leader in Dmitri Frank who is building an army of forgeries to fight against the West, and you have a rock'em sock-em action packed story.

For me, this was a hard review to write. Why? The whole love triangle shenanigans took up too much time while the unawareness that Frank's forgeries could be anyone at any time, hung in the background. This is a story where even though new alliances may be formed, the alliances have a long way to go before they can even match Frank's manipulations and army of forgeries. There is still plenty of room for shocking betrayals, gut wrenching and devastating losses, and Gray trying to come to terms with being a leader of a rag-tag bunch of rebels. 

Gray is also a bit of a blarking jerk, to be honest. He has feelings for both Bree and Emma but is hung up by indecision. I can see Emma since they were close from the time they were kids. There is something about Emma that makes me think she's the girl next door that you can't touch because of her parents dislike for you. Bree is a clever girl who can be just as badass as anyone else, but she's also a bit coo coo for cocoa puffs. I don't blame Bree's actions or the fact that she's being asked to be patient. She's sick and tired of being led around, only to find out that Gray is hung up on his past. But, for Gray not to make a final decision about which one he should be, is just blarking lame.

Fair warning: There is a shocking twist and a cliffhanger ending just waiting for you to get to the end of this story. I dare you not to scream or throw your book when you are finished reading this book.

Key Characters: Gray, Blaine, and Owen Weathersby. Gray - protagonist, Blaine, twin brother, Owen, Rebel Captain and Father. 

Dimitri Octavius Frank: Fascist dictator of AmEast and the Franconian Order. Responsible for Project Laicos.

Ryder Phoenix: Rebel Leader from Claysoot.

Clayton "Clipper" Jones - 12 year old gifted technology geek.

Brianna Nox - 17-year old from Saltwater, now a rebel seeking to take down Frank.

Emma Link - Medic from Claysoot who followed Gray over the Wall. Status currently unknown.

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