Authors: Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Narrators: Phoebe Strole and Dan Bittner
Series: Heart of Dread #1
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Length: 7hrs and 51mins
This is my very first audio book! I might be a little hooked. I will never give up reading but there is more merit in listening to an audio book than I ever thought there was. It’s like Bluetooth, you really don’t know how much easier it makes your life until you get one. Then you are like, dude this rocks!! I got to do my crafts, laundry, or even just lay down when my head hurt and still get some “reading” done. Plus I have found that I really enjoy listening the way the narrators portray different characters. They are acting really, doing their best to be every character in the book and capture everyone’s emotions just through the tone of their voice. That takes some serious skill!
Speaking of narration, I really loved both of the narrators of this book. They were able to capture the tone of each character, even with the duel points of view. The male narrator’s female voice was a little weird but that didn’t take away from the story, it just made me giggle a little whenever he spoke as the female MC.
Since Frozen is told from the point of view of both Nate and Ryan, you really get to know both characters very well. I really enjoyed seeing how they each reacted to each obstacle in their strenuous journey and how that brought them closer together as time went on.
When our story begins Nat and Ryan associate with each other at all. They are both just trying to live and survive in the harsh world of New Vegas. They world is polluted and frozen with harsh government restrictions ruling the citizens life unless you have the money the pay for basic necessities such as real food and pure water. Both Nat and Ryan do what they can to stay alive in this cruel world. Nat works in a casino and has a secret that can get her killed, Ryan heads a hodgepodge group of ex- military boys who are counting on him to get them work so they can make enough money to eat.
When Nat suddenly finds a map to “The Blue”, a mystical island where the sun still shines and natural resources are still alive, she hires Ryan and his crew to get her there. She keeps the fact that she has the map to herself afraid to trust the rag tag crew or its captain with her secrets for fear they might dump her and take the map for themselves, even if she feels a strange connection to Ryan.
Ryan is an ex-soldier with a heart. He takes his role as captain very seriously and tries to do right by his crew and their passenger, Nat. No matter what he feels towards her, his first priority is his men and he has to choose how far to take this mysterious girl before he can no longer risk the safety of his crew.
The more obstacles they come across the closer Nat and Ryan become, no matter how hard they fight it, they start to get to know each other and want to help each other. And boy do they face a ton of obstacles! At every turn it seems like things can’t get any more difficult for the group but then things do.
That was one of my favorite things about this story, you really cannot predict what is going to happen next. It’s wonderfully excited and really draws you into the adventure and doesn’t let you go!
Every character plays their own important part in this journey and each challenge the group faces gives you a little more information about the world, the characters and this epic adventure they find themselves on.
I really one have two criticisms about the book. Nat is entirely to self-deprecating and a lot of times I found that her negative thoughts didn’t go with her heroic actions. Sometimes I could follow the train of thought to how she changed her mind and decided to stand up and fight for what she wanted. Other times I had no clue when she’d gone from “I totally suck” to “I totally got this”, it was a little confusing. The only other thing that made it sort of hard to get through this book what how long it took to get to the good stuff vs. how long the book was. Things start of slow, as series do, in order to give you the back story needed to paint a picture of the world your characters are in. Then they kind of trot along, sort of dragging but still moving at a decent clip. Then the last part of the story is like this huge cataclysm of events with a little draggy part in the middle. I guess I just felt like it could have been edited down a bit to keep up the pacing.
All in all I really enjoyed Frozen! The ending left me with my mouth hanging open and wanting to continue the journey with these wonderful characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian adventure with a little romance thrown in!