Early Review : Frozen by Erin Bowman

Monday, March 31, 2014

Title : Frozen
Author : Erin Bowman
Genre : Dystopian
Published Date : 
April 15th 2014
Publisher : HarperTeen
Pages : 368
Source : Publisher, in exchange for a fair and honest review

From Goodreads :
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…


After those many dystopian novel popping every here and there, it takes more than just a pretty cover and catchy title to convince me. But this series, apparently, have it all. From the title to its pretty cover and an even more intriguing blurb, this series promise me something more than your usual dystopian.
And while the first book was not spectacular of something, the second was thankfully better

"We used to be easy. But I don't want easy anymore, because I want all of her."

When the first book had focused more on life behind the Wall and being captured, Frozen had much more than that. It focused on running and unveiling secrets after secrets, laced with a lot of action scene and surprising twist, and flowed at a quick and interesting pace.
The world building was also more vivid and more structured compared to the first.

Gray Weathersby, in this book, actually showed a real nice side of him. He was actually not this kind of badass guy or something equally admirable. But what made me love him was the fact that he made a mistake and he's just flawed, and he apparently got the balls to admit it openly, and made up for it. It just made things believable, and not turning him into this boring character whose actions are always damn right.
Bree, on the other hand, feels like this weird character to me. Her personality is just kinda unclear, and it feels like she's always slipping whenever I tried to understand what she's like.
And Emma, it's just like ohmygod, how I loathe her endlessly and wish that I could mutilate her right there and now. I know there's this kind of oh-so-kindly character who does nothing but loving and caring and all. But God, just how fake and BS does she sounds? I literally groan whenever she said something or anything at all.

The other supporting character also, was a little bit generic and just a mere name with no real distinctive something to mark them.
But what I found more interesting than the others were the little technician Clipper, and the clone Jackson. They were both has their own personality even though it's not so deep and layered. But it's enough to set them apart from the crowd, and I think that makes them way more enjoyable to be read.

But while the pacing and the story had clearly improved a lot here, that's not the case with the romance. Simply put : It was irritating.
Especially in that moment when Gray suddenly forgive Emma, who had clearly betrayed him (and it's all because they were faced with a moment of not-so-dying, horray!) thus begin the so-called super-freakin-annoying love triangle.
And to make the matter worse is that Gray knew exactly that his right choice was Bree. He know, we know, everybody else know. So why in the freakin hell did he still consider Emma this and Emma that? Hm, hm?

Overall, I think that this book had improved a lot from its predecessor in the pacing and plotting and tension aspect. But while the romance and the characterizing still fell in the same hole, I think this series was quite promising, and I would recommended it you're looking for a not-so-common dystopian that has a vivid world-building and well-flawed main character, as well as action-packed with an unpredictable delicious twist.

Cheers, x

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  1. LOVE the bullshit gif xD Twists are always fun, and although Emma sounds extremely frustrating I do like the sound of Gray. I haven't read the first book but it's good to know this one improves upon it a little bit, especially if I plan on continuing the series!

    1. Yep, it's always nice to have something to look forward to when you're reading, knowing the second book will get a lot better :D
      Thank you Alise!

  2. ack! I am sorry that you found the romance irritation. It sounds like the rest of the book made up for it though!

    1. Definitely is! It's was better than the first. And the one that irritates me most was actually Emma, but yeah, it's still good though :D


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