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Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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?

Goodreads Summary

I loved this book.  It definitely gave me that Walking Dead feel.  Frost is a girl who has little to no contact with the outside world besides her robot, Bunt.  Bunt is a robot that her father uploaded his conscious into with limited results.  Sometimes, Frost can talk to her father and sometimes she is talking only to Bunt.  She has a pet Broot who most people would fear and avoid, but she has tamed with kindness and humanity.  Humanity is an aspect that is lacking for most people besides Frost and Flynn.  Frost loves her pet and he provides love and affection.  Bunt cannot easily provide these things.  When Frost leaves her safe abandoned apartment building to find the Battery-a safe haven.  She runs into trouble and beasts-both of the human and eater variety-that she never expects and is unprepared for.

Frost's character was well-developed and one of the only characters the reader even reads about for quite a while.  She is brave and intelligent and not quite what she looks like.  She learns that she is multi-faceted and has different aspects of herself that she did not know she possessed.  Her father hid a few things from her.  Flynn and Frost entertain a budding though doomed romance.  Flynn was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise contaminated and corrupt world.  I loved the world-building and the feeling of despair that permeated the novel.  Frost was forever hopeful, but most of humanity had either given up or wanted to become robots.  The Eaters were downright scary.  Eating of their own tongues and eventually their arms if they can't find humans or animals to consume... It was the stuff of nightmares.  This book is highly recommended to young adult/adult readers.

5 Stars

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