Frost by Kate Avery Ellison
Publication Date: April 18, 2012
Age Group: YA
Source: Author for blog tour
Series: The Frost Chronicles #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge,Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, ABC challenge, YA/MG fantasy challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon
In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.
She saves his life.
Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.
But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.
Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?
This book completely captivated me. That is the only way I can think to describe it. It was haunting and so, so great. I am dying to read the next book already! I honestly have no idea what is even going to happen in it and I am super intrigued.
It was really interesting to see a girl have to be head of the family. A lot of weight fell on her shoulders. She had to provide for her sister and twin brother that was permanently hurt from an accident. Her parents are gone and she lives in a very harsh climate place, which is putting it mildly. The setting kind of reminded me of the movie The Village or Red Riding Hood. Both creepy isolated villages and both with creatures that came out at night. But that is really where the similarities end.
I thought the juxtaposition between the two worlds was really cool. One was basically on a government controlled barter system. Each family had their own quotas and one specific job that they did to contribute and then everyone pools their contributions and gives out the rations to the families. From what I understand, no money was exchanged. It was very old school, but not in a good way. The mayor has complete control over everything and there are harsh penalties for those that do not meet quotas. On the other hand, the Farthers town has big cities and lavish parities and is industrialized in a futuristic way. We never went into this town in the story so I am just going on its descriptions. But the funny part was both towns hated the people from the other town thinking they were barbaric or tyrants.
Throw a lost Farther into the village, some creepy monsters that come out at night and a mystery and you have the making of an excellent story! I gobbled Frost right up and was anxious for more. I will say that I was really torn with the ending of the story. On one hand I thought it was satisfying and climactic, but on the other hand, my heart broke a little. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the next book, who knows if we will see more of the farther or not, and I have a feeling that Adam, who didn’t play too big of a roll in this book, will have some secrets up his sleeve. This is such an awesome start to a series and it has favorite series potential written all over it!
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