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Publisher's Note:

16-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.…


by M.P. Kozlowsky

Overall Book Review:

Heralded as a crossover between The Lunar Chronicles and The Walking Dead, author M.P. Kozlowsky definitely delivers in the dystopian/fantasy mash-up that the masses seem to be gravitating towards at the moment, in his latest work, Frost.

Aptly titled after the protagonist herself, Frost is a 16-year old girl who lives in near isolation in a desolate and dangerous city with just her robot and dog. Oh, and as it just so happens that robot has her Dad’s consciousness uploaded to his hard drive, and her dog is a 6-foot tall genetically engineered killing brute, who is surprisingly domesticated. When circumstances become dire, Frost decides it’s time to leave the only home she’s ever known in search of medication, and most longingly, human companionship.

Third person narrative charters grim, illustrious world-building that evokes a post-apocalyptic existence that is ravenously hazardous and void of the one thing that Frost remarkably still seems to have – hope.

This undertaking that Frost finds herself on at times becomes a laborious venture as the relationships Frost begins to have are given a glance over, especially in the romance department. With action coming at the reader time and time again, the story’s progression becomes lost in all the combat. And even though it’s entertaining, readers are never given a complete overview of what actually happened to make Frost’s world the way it is and there seem to be more questions than answers, begging the question – why didn’t the author include some sort of backstory?

Readers with wondering minds have reason to be optimistic that these mysteries will will be quelled as the story leaves us with an open-ended finale that teases at an upcoming series.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 10 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory names; 1 anatomical term.

Violence/Gore: (About ¼ page) extended scene description of destroyed city; about 4 brief threats of violence; character sees old blood and severed finger; extended scene (about 1 page) character hears a violent altercation, sees brief aftermath; character charges and grabs character tightly; in a rage character throws and destroys an object; disturbing (about 1 page) description of zombie-like creatures who eat flesh; extended page (about 1 page) fight and death; implication of family’s suicide; report wife being violent with husband; characters are shot at and chased; (about ½ page) dream of destruction; (about ¼ page) zombie-like creature attacks individual; report about how violent and dangerous an animal can be; (about 1 page) animal attack, somewhat gory; report of a child kept as a slave and abused; report of humans being caged and enslaved; character shoots at zombie-like creature (about 1 page), blood and gore; implication of murder; extended scene (about 2 pages) characters attack one another; memory of violence; extended scene (about 2 pages) characters are chased while being shot at; extended scene (about 1 page) character are violently taken captive; report of character tortured while being held captive; animals treated roughly; character administers care to injury; implication of character’s past abuse; reports of past violence character hand to endure; character is grabbed violently and threatened; in anger characters kick at machine; character chokes and threatens another character; extended scene (about 4 pages) physical acts of violence, gun violence, blood, death, injury; characters are threatened and taken against their will; character is slapped and jabbed; extended scene (about 1 page) city streets erupts in violence; character witnesses violent acts, including beatings and enslavement; description of a bloody butcher factory/cruel animal treatment; character is whipped; mention of character’s injuries (about 2x); extended scene (about 1 page) destruction of property and angry mobs with weapons; teen is repeatedly slapped into submission; extended page (about 3 pages) violent gory acts; extended (about 2 pages) intense violence; extended scene (about 1 page) chaotic violence in city streets; extended scene (about ½ page) report of character’s violent acts against a character who was a child at the time; intense violence; few reports and threats of violence; destruction of property (about 2x) extended scene (about 2 pages) characters are shot at and pursued by attackers; report of animals injuries (about 2x); extended scene (about 1 page) heavy objects are hurled at characters; gory description of zombie-like creature.

Sex/Nudity:  2 instances characters hold hands; characters embrace; characters kiss; character sees a nude statue; mention of zombie-like creature being half-naked.

Mature Subject Matter:

Post-apocalypse, artificial intelligence take-over, death of parent(s), civil upraising/unrest, death/destruction, slavery/abuse, survival tactics, tyranny.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A few mentions of alcohol and cigarettes.

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I appreciate books of all genres, but my main squeeze is fiction. Depending on my mood it could be romance or suspense; lately I’ve been courting fantasy. When I don’t have my nose in a book, I am locating tasty paleo recipes, writing in-coherent poetry, and crafting with paper.