Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: June 5th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
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.
Set in an earth-shattering dystopian world, THE WARD is a novel that will leave you breathless.
Ren is a mobile racer, who will risk her life just to make her sister healthier. Aven suffers from the Blight, a deadly illness supposedly cause by pollution. When the government offers her a secret mission to find a freshwater spring, Ren accepts with the possibility of finding a cure for the Blight or at least earning the money. But secrets are being kept and Ren finds herself in the middle of something bigger than she imagined.
I am ashamed to say, I had low expectations for THE WARD, very, very low. I thought it would be boring and in the beginning the writing was kind of annoying – it was full of slang. But once you get used to it, you’ll love it. The plot was intense, the setting was amazing, and the description was beautiful.
I’m 99% sure that this is the first dytopian novel I’ve read. So not having much experience in that genre, THE WARD was amazing to me. Ren, our main character, takes a little getting used to, and at times she can be bitter, but usually she was pretty versatile.
THE WARD has everything that should be getting you excited: mobile racing, underwater cities, and a tangled web of lies. Once you get used to the writing, it takes on a steady rhythm and blends in with the story. My favorite parts were when Ren went underwater – I guess I found the underwater world just as enchanting as her.
The main reason I picked up this book was because of it’s cover, I mean how could you not fall for a book with a cover as breathtaking as that? The ending surprised me, and although Jordana Frankel tied the story up, I can’t wait to read the second book. All in all, THE WARD is an amazing debut – I ended up loving every bit of it.