Synopsis (from Goodreads):
In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, compassion might get a person killed, and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After the monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. But when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest, a young man from beyond the Frost named Gabe, Lia 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. Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent-and handsome. And she might even be falling for him. But time is running out. The monsters in the forest are growing bold and restless. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Is compassion-and love-worth the risk? Finally, when a startling discovery challenges everything she thought was true about her life, Lia realizes exactly what she must do.
I received this book from a book giveaway hosted on Librarything.
Wow. That was my first thought when I finished reading this book… and let me tell you, it didn’t take me long to finish the book, I couldn’t put it down. I loved every single minute of it and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series, I really want to know what is going to happen to Lia, Gabe, Jonn, Ivy, Abel, and Adam.
The mood of the book was set within the first few pages. Lia running through the forest to get to the village was kind of creepy- a branch snaps (twice!) and she starts to remember her parents death. This creepy mood is kept throughout the book- as Lia tries to sleep, when she tries to take care of the farm, etc.
I thought the author did an interesting thing by giving the characters last names that reflected their position and their job within society- Lia Weaver, family spins yarn; Ann Mayor, father is the mayor of the town; Everiss Dyer, family dyes fabrics; and Adam Brewer, family brews alcohol, are just some of the examples. The other thing I thought was very interesting was the juxtaposition between the Farther society and the Frost society. It seemed to be a comparison between life before the Industrial Revolution when factories became “the thing” and life after it. In the Frost, each family was responsible for a certain quota depending on their job (as reflected by their last name, mentioned above. “The weekly assembly was necessary so each household would know the quota and supply levels, which fluctuated with the needs of the village. We were all cogs in the machine, doing out parts with our individuals quota output to keep the village production at its peak. Order, production, discipline, rules…without them, we would starve in the harsh winters and bleak summers”. This is different than the Farther society where there were factories and families went to work in the factories.
Overall I thought the book was really well written. I liked the fact that some historical things were thrown in without it being overly in your face. The concept of the entire book was awesome and I really enjoyed the entire book. I am definitely looking forward reading the rest of the series.
In conclusion, “May you have clear skies home”.
“Love is a perilous dance too, you see. And if we stop dancing, we’ll die. Don’t ever stop dancing”