Monday 5 February 2018

Frost - M.P. Kozlowsky

Frost Series Book 1
M.P. Kozlowsky
ISBN 9780545831918
eISBN 9780545833264

I picked up this book because a friends daughter was reading it. The cover caught my attention, and she seemed to not be able to put it down. I was intrigued by the cover art, and when I read the back I was hooked! I could not put this book down once I started reading it; I read the electronic copy over three days. I couldn't wait for my friends daughter to finish it, so we could discuss her interpretation of the ending. And I recommended my friend read it knowing other books and series she has loved.

 It was hard to put this book down for a number of reasons. First the world that Kozlowsky has created is very well crafter. Second the characters, especially Frost and Flynn. In some ways the world reminds me of James Axler's Deathlands, I read a number of the novels in that series when I was much younger, and this world has the same sort of feel. Now most of the intended audience for this book would not be familiar with that series, but I believe readers who are will really appreciate this book!

This book is part apocalyptic dystopian, part warning, and at times more than a little creepy. The overall feel of the story is very dark or noir. Frost is a 16 year old girl who has lived her whole life in a few rooms, towards the top of a rundown building. She has been watched over and protected by Bunt, Bunk is a robot of sorts that has her father's consciousness. But neither has full control of the body, or when they change. When Bunt is in control he is efficient, determined, dedicated, and if need be lethal. When her father is present, the machine barely functions, but he can connect with Frost in a way Bunt cannot. And then there is Romes, a wild dog like creature that Frost has raise since it was young. Normal his kind are feral killing machines but he has been her only living companion for years. Now he is sick and Frost is determined to get him help, her plan is to journey across the city to the rumoured utopia, The Battery. Strange lights that come and go towards the tip of the city. But what does a 16 year old girl who has never been out of the house know about survival? About hope? She has never even met anyone other than her mother and father.

But that is all Frost has, faith, and hope and love for her animal. And many who come across her see something in her that the world has not seen since the lights went out. Her name may be frost, but she exudes hope. And her determination is something to behold.

This book was an addictive read. And the ending can be interpreted a number of ways. Now finding out there is a second book coming, it does narrow it down a bit but not completely. This is an excellent read and I believe it will garner a wide audience. So pick it up and give it a chance, you might just find Frost warming your heart!

Books by M.P. Kozlowsky:
Juniper Berry (2011)
The Dyerville Tales (2014)

Frost Series:
Frost (2016)
Book 2 (???)

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