Saturday, May 10, 2014

Frozen

Frozen by Erin Bowman
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 368
Keywords: dystopia, rebellion, apocalypse
Format Read: ARC won from A Good Addiction (thanks!)
Other Books Read by Author: Taken
Get It: Book Depository
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.
I'm going to start with the covers and how I got to reading these. Last year, I had seen a ton of hype for Taken, and the cover was absolutely gorgeous, and I knew I had to get my hands on it. I did, and I liked it enough. It held my interest enough, and I defended Gray because apparently he wasn't a likeable main character, but I thought that was dumb, and I enjoyed him.

So when I saw the cover for Frozen I was still reasonably excited to read it. And then I started. This book put me in a pretty bad reading slump. And I feel like I'm the only one. I'm glad a lot of people liked it, there's nothing I hate more than not liking a book, but I will always be honest. This one didn't do it for me. It took me forever to read it because I found myself not wanting to read it, and the plot seemed all disjointed and confusing, in addition to the characters behaving strangely.

In the last one, there was the whole love triangle situation, which I'm not a big fan of anyway, but this one just seemed to get worse. I didn't like either of the girls and couldn't pick a team to root for, and ended up just being mad at Gray for liking either of them when they both treated him like shit.

There was a lot of info-dumping for the world-building parts, and I got bored and confused with it and feel like I missed a lot. But I wasn't interested enough to really go back and try to figure it out. Because why would I? And even moving further into the book, there was the BIG THING that happens that's supposed to be shocking, and yes, I was surprised, but not emotionally invested or like, truly deep-down shocked. I kind of shrugged and thought, "At least I'm closer to the end." Which is not how I want to feel about a book at all.

Sadly, I will not be on the lookout for the third installment. Just not my taste.

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