The Resource Frozen, by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Frozen, by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

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Frozen
Title
Frozen
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by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
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eng
Summary
More than a century after a catastrophic disaster wiped out most of humanity and covered much of the Earth with ice, fifteen-year-old Cass yields to the voice in her head urging her to embark on a dangerous journey across a poisoned sea to the mythical land, Blue
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  • Grades 7-12 De la Cruz (Blue Bloods, 2013) and her husband, Johnston, begin a new dystopian-future series that focuses on environmental catastrophes—specifically, a new Ice Age. Their imaginative vision of the Remaining States of America (RSA) includes polluted oceans that have swallowed entire coasts, ruthless mercenaries, rigid class systems, and magic. It’s a world where potable water is a rare commodity only the rich can afford, and the population is young simply because no one lasts very long in such social and physical conditions. Nat is a 17-year-old blackjack dealer in New Vegas, where casinos and corruption reign. She seeks a mythical land called the Blue, a paradise where the sun still shines and magic is accepted, and she hires a dashing young mercenary, Ryan Wesson, to take her there. Ryan’s ragtag team guides Nat on a journey that is essentially one long chase scene filled with gangsters, unethical government officials, and danger from every possible source. Predictable romance and writing will not deter de la Cruz’s many fans or those hungry for yet another postapocalyptic future. The abrupt ending suggests there’s much more to come. -- Carton, Debbie (Reviewed 08-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 22, p77)
  • In this post-apocalyptic first book in the Heart of Dread series, the husband-and-wife team of de la Cruz and Johnston blur the lines between science fiction and fantasy. In a future in which much of the world is covered in ice—ice that has brought with it strange and powerful creatures—it’s business as usual in New Vegas for those with the funds and wherewithal to gamble. When 16-year-old blackjack dealer Nat Kestal gains possession of a map supposedly leading to the mythical, paradisiacal “Blue,” she looks for a way out of the totalitarian Remaining States of America. She gains passage with unpredictable Ryan “Wes” Wesson and his misfit band of mercenaries, only to develop feelings for him. With government troops on their heels, slavers on the prowl, and potential traitors in their crew, can Nat and Wes trust each other long enough to find the Blue, assuming it exists? Romance, magic, and excitement drive the pace of this genre-defying adventure, though some of the more fantastical elements can clash with the futuristic, dystopian atmosphere. Ages 12–up. Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed August 12, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 32, p)
  • A high-stakes chase through a dystopian future in search of a hidden land called "the Blue." Sixteen-year-old Nat Kestral works as a blackjack dealer and card counter in New Vegas, the frozen wasteland that's all that's left of the former Sin City after extreme climate change and pollution overtook the Earth. She's guarding her own secrets and powers. When she scores a necklace with a mysterious stone from her boss that could be a map that leads to the Blue, she enlists the help of handsome, golden-haired Wes and a team of mercenaries to take her there. Bullets fly alongside high-speed car chases and narrow escapes, and inevitable romantic sparks between Wes and Nat ensue. Add in Wes' wary, Lost-Boys–like crew and a host of zombielike creatures called Thrillers (named for the Michael Jackson song), and de la Cruz and Johnson score a hit. The story sputters at first as readers navigate parallel scenes between Wes and Nat that are often hard to follow as they try to simultaneously digest the dystopian environment and the action taking place. The plot quickly jells once the two come together, and the alternate narrating chapters focus on the same plot and the growing romance. The action soon accelerates, and readers will find themselves completely immersed in the authors' dangerous world. Lots of fun and tons better than the average dystopian romance. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2013)
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10224855
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DLC
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1971-
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De la Cruz, Melissa
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no index present
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HL770L
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UG
Literary form
fiction
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  • 7
  • 12
Reading level
5.1
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1973-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Johnston, Michael
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True
Series statement
Heart of dread
Series volume
0001
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Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Voyages and travels
  • Environmental degradation
  • Magic
  • Immortality
  • Science fiction
  • Voyages and travels
  • Environmental degradation
  • Magic
  • Immortality
Target audience
adolescent
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Frozen, by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
982109
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cm
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pages
Isbn
9780399257544
Lccn
2012034138
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780399257544
  • (OCoLC)809031340
Label
Frozen, by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
982109
Dimensions
cm
Extent
pages
Isbn
9780399257544
Lccn
2012034138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399257544
  • (OCoLC)809031340

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