About the Book
Author: M.P. Kozlowsky
Pub. Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
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Cinder meets The Walking Dead in a chilling futuristic fairy tale that will reboot everything you thought about family, love, and what it means to be human.
Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters.
She understands why she’s never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it’s not her real father giving the orders . . .
It’s his memories.
Before he died, Frost’s father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the only living creature she loves.
With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters . . . to talking to the first boy she’s ever set eyes on. But can a girl who’s only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own?
If you pitch a book to me as “The Walking Dead meets Cinder” then you can count me in. That is my jam! I could not wait to start this book. The opening was a little shaky because there was not a lot of explanation. The reader is left wondering what happened to society and what caused the world to fall to ruins. No real answer is given so I was forced to make up my own or just accept the fact that robots are evil and people are becoming Eaters. The world building was a bit lacking. There was never a question of what state Frost is living in, yet there was no explanations of why it happened. Also, the reader is never told how a healthy human turns into an Eater (a zombie).
Aside from the few issues in the very beginning, I became more and more invested in this story as it continued. Frost was introduced at the very beginning of the story, surviving on scraps in a destroyed apartment with her beloved pet, Rhomes. Rhomes was slowly dying and all Frost wanted to do was save him. My heart stayed with Frost and Rhomes throughout the entire story. I know how strong the bond can be between an owner and their pet so that storyline stood out to me. Every time Rhomes was mentioned, my heart broke a little more. Frost’s desire to save her pet no matter the cost was beautiful to read. However, I felt that took away from the overall plot a little too much. It felt less focused on the crumbling world around them and the impending world takeover of the robots. Where was the government? What happened to society? Was this happening everywhere or just in Frost’s city? That part of the plot is never talked about.
I feel Frost’s character was well developed, though she felt incredibly naive. She was a sixteen year old girl that was too willing to trust in everyone and everything. That got her in to so much trouble and caused her a lot of pain. The rest of the characters, especially Flynn, felt a little flat. Flynn was the sudden love interest for Frost because he was the first boy she has ever come into contact with. That’s fine but he didn’t need to be a love interest. That did not need to be part of the story. Flynn’s dad was a horrible human being and her Dad/Brunt was underdeveloped. That storyline/character could have been so much more.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked this story. Better yet, I liked the idea of this story but since this book is super short (at least it felt short?) there isn’t enough time to really expand areas that needed it. This could have been pushed into two books. That would have given the author time to develop and world build. The ending felt rushed and a confusing. What did all of that mean?! *hangs head in defeat* I guess I’ll never know.
M.P. Kozlowsky lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of Juniper Berry and The Dyerville Tales, books for readers of all ages.
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