Expected Publication: April 30th
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 384
Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.
However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface.
Jordana Frankel’s ambitious debut novel and the first in a two-book series, The Ward is arresting, cinematic, and thrilling—perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld or Ann Aguirre.
*An advance copy from the Publisher was provided for me to review*
Ren is not the average bad ass female protagonist. She was strong, loved wholly, and determined--more so than any other character I've encountered in my reading. Ren had such a unique voice and--while I got a bit confused every now and then--I enjoyed the narrative. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with her character and her story. Her character throughout the entire story stayed consistent, which can be a trouble for some debuts, but not this one. And the best part is that she didn't need a man to go on in life, and she proved that to not only herself, but also to a certain *coughs* male figure. I loved that about her. The love for her sister--that bond--was much stronger than the need to find a guy.
Frankel's depiction of this waterlogged New York City was frighteningly surreal and original. Surreal because: what if that happened? And original because: when do you get a futuristic New York with these water-skipping, roof-jumping cars and a scant amount of fresh water? Such a crazy-great idea for a book! I loved the story and I wanted so much more. It's just too unfortunate that I'll have to wait about a year to read the second and final book. *sighs*
The Ward was a gritty and epic read about how far a person would go in the name of love. It was the fight for survival and the macabre dance with Death. Ren played such a unique and relatable character and was a delight to be inside the head of. Fans of dystopia, an evil government, and a strong, bad ass protagonist may possibly enjoy this book.