From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.
Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.
At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.
But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.
I get that this is a work of fiction. A total product of the author’s imagination. But couldn’t the author be consistent with her work and line everything up in perfect symmetry?
This book was riddled with so many inconsistencies I don’t even know where to start. It’d probably take all day to list them down, and since I can’t afford to take away that much time from my busy schedule, I’ll just name the few that would be comical if they just weren’t annoying.
1. Lack of water
The world supposedly became this one huge expanse of ice and the people always feel the cold. FOR REASONS ENTIRELY BEYOND MY COMPREHENSION THOUGH, THE PEOPLE AREN’T ABLE TO DRINK FRESH, PURE WATER AND INSTEAD DRINK SOME VITAMIN-ENRICHED THING CALLED NUTRI.
Okay, so this detail of the book is actually funny. I don’t know why the people never figured out how to MELT the ice and then DRINK it. Heh, must be the lack of scientists. Oh, look I just started on number two!
2. Lack of scientists
Maybe the author didn’t pay much attention to her history lessons but in my (limited) knowledge of it, there was always one dude or another running experiments and making hypotheses and coming up with new stuff. I never read about an era that had no scientists running around. BECAUSE THERE ALWAYS WILL BE SCIENTISTS, YOU KNOW? Curiosity will always be a part of our nature. (And I’m also assuming SOMEONE invented those new gadgets Nat and Wess were using…)
Ugh, speaking of Nat and Wess, those two were as dry as cardboard. I couldn’t get into the story because their narrations were in a constant monotone. Sparks didn’t fly whenever they were together, too. It didn’t feel like “true love”; it felt like they were being FORCED together.
But then again, most of the elements in the story were forced. The author threw in some fantastical hocus-pocus along with some funky thrillers (zombies) and weird characters into her frozen dystopian setting in an attempt to make the story more unique and exciting. It didn’t work. It was just a MESS. (Much like the grammar in the book… don’t even make me go into detail about it, it was just horrible.)
Never picking this book up again.
(An ARC was given to me for free by Netgalley and Hachette Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review.)