Authors: Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Series: Heart of Dread
Date Originally Read: November 30, 2013
Date Originally Finished: December 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover from my local library
Back in 2013, before Disney made the name Frozen so freaking popular, there was a book by two authors. But this story wasn’t about an ice queen, her sister and an adorable snowman; this tale was about a girl who was different from most of the population and her struggle to get back to where she was originally from.
In the future, the world is covered in ice. The ozone is gone and most of the countries aren’t what we know anymore. The United States of America is now the Remaining States of America. Las Vegas is now New Vegas – because if there is a city to survive the end of the world why not let it be the city of sin? And Natasha is a blackjack dealer at the casino, but she’s more than just that. There is a voice in her head, a mark of flame on her breast, and her green eyes are now no longer the norm but something to be feared. She is different and she needs to get out of New Vegas before it’s too late. But she doesn’t know how. It’s too expensive to go through normal means and the last time she tried to hop the fence, she was caught and put into a government facility. She barely escaped with her life.
But a new opportunity presents herself when a runner named Wes shows up at her table and tries to run a con on her with his team. Instead of getting the platinum credits like he wanted, the credits disappear and he’s thrown out of the casino. However, Wes and Nat aren’t done yet, not when she hires him to get her out of New Vegas and to the coast of New Crete where the legendary land of the Blue is. There are dangers out there though and this sort of journey is not for the faint of heart.
So on my first read through of this book two years ago, I didn’t find it all that amazing. My original rating was three out of five stars, but I think I have to re-evaluate. This second read, I was more entertained and wasn’t as confused with the ending as I was the last time. Nat is a good strong character that makes friends easily and Wes is really trusting considering he’s a con man. Put the two of them together and you’ve got one awesome couple, even if they do try to fight it for a good portion of the book.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Bumping up my old review by one star, because it was a rather good read. It’s a different take on science fiction and the dystopian genre with a touch of romance. Thankfully another YA series where there isn’t a love triangle and I’m curious to know what book 2 has in store.
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