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"The world was irretrievably broken, filled with refuse, from Garbage Country to the poisoned oceans, and the rest was an uninhabitable frozen nether land; what kind of place was this to grow up in? What kind of world had they been born into?"
Do you like atmospheric reads? I do! I've been waiting two years to begin reading the Heart of Dread series by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. I was never home when it was snowing, or I was in the middle of something, or I was on a blog tour deadline or....SOMETHING. There was always SOMETHING. I've been a fan of atmospheric reads ever since accidentally reading THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab on an extremely windy day, and it added to my experience. When I was snowed in this past weekend during Winter Storm Jonas, Heart of Dread was my series of choice. I finished FROZEN with in a day, and am currently a good chunk of the way into the sequel, STOLEN. I'm excited that the final book in the trilogy, GOLDEN, comes out in April, so I don't have long to wait for a conclusion!
FROZEN is set in a chilly future where life as we know it has been destroyed and re-built as the RSA (Remaining States of America). There is nothing but snow and ice. Deserts and warmth are things of imagination. Genuine salt, natural water, and real meat cost a fortune. Nat lives in New Vegas, hiding from the government that captured her due to her dangerous abilities. Ever since the world changed, creatures such as humans with strange marks and mystical abilities--like Nat. Creatures such as sylth, smallmen, drau, thrillers...dangerous, deadly, beautiful, mythical creatures. There is a rumor that a place exists called the Blue, and that if you find this nirvana, you'll find green lands, warm days, and fresh water. Nat finds a stone containing a map to the Blue and hires a runner named Wes to sneak her out of the borders and across the sea. Wes, on the other hand, knows that Nat has the map and that if he can steal it and sell it to the highest bidder, he'll be set for life and his team will never go hungry again. Both Nat and Wes go into their deal planning to double-cross and manipulate one another, but find that they'll need to work together if they want to survive the dangerous journey lying ahead of them.
I've never read Melissa de la Cruz's well-known series Blue Bloods or Witches of East End, but I have read her historical fantasy THE RING AND THE CROWN and her Disney Descendants runaway middle-grade bestseller ISLE OF THE LOST. So far, the Heart of Dread series is my favorite read by her. I love the fast pace, the action, the romance, the intrigue, the FANTASY. I can't tell you how this series correlates to her other books, but I went into this with no expectations and it was enjoyable to me! I really liked the dark future that the series is building, as well as the hint to change. I like the grittiness and the feeling that nowhere is safe. I liked discovering the fantasy creatures that have been given life with the world as we currently know it ending. Melissa de la Cruz takes the sometimes overdone post apocalyptic world sub-genre and twists it in new ways that always feel interesting. The series does take a while to get going, but once it does, it's hard to put down, and I immediately wanted to dive into the sequel and see what was up with our characters! I'm also excited to see what new mythology she'll bring into the series!