Underwater Cities and Mobile Racing: A Review of THE WARD by Jordana Frankel

The Ward 
Jordana Frankel
480 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: June 5th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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.

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    Nikki R

    May 3, 2013

    Yay!! I am so excited to read such a positive review for this. I was super excited about The Ward, but have seen some really disappointing reviews lately. THANK YOU for getting me excited again. And congrats on reading your first dystopian!? That's awesome, lol. :D

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    Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom)

    May 3, 2013

    I can't wait to read this. Thought it was already on my TBR list and it wasn't so YAY for the reminder!!! And girl you need to get more dystopians in your hands! ;)

    Thanks as always for sharing your thoughts!


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    May 3, 2013

    I really want to read this one. I agree about the cover, it just makes you want to pick up the book right away. I love dystopian so I'm hoping I'll love this book. I'm glad your first dystopian wasn't a disappointment, thanks for the review :)

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    May 3, 2013

    I'm glad you liked it. Unfortunately, I did not. I just found it really unbelievable that the salt water couldn't be fixed. But I can see where some people would like this book. I just needed more from it.

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    Brooke DelVecchio

    May 3, 2013

    I really liked this book. Especially the main character. I love the cover, as well!

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    Christianna Marks

    May 4, 2013

    I loved this one too! I gave it 5 unicorns! I mean, I think you put your review and the things that are so awesome about this book into words! Ren and the whole cast of characters were so much fun to watch! This was an awesome review!

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    Jessica R

    May 4, 2013

    Wow, I was a little nervous about this one but you've helped ease some of my fears and I'm back to excited again! I can't wait to pick it up!

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    Jaime Lester

    May 5, 2013

    I have had too much experience with Dystopian I think and that has made reading them lately a rough experience because they all start bleeding together. So I have lowered my expectations of them, and I am VERY picky about which I will read. The Ward seems like it may just be one that I can enjoy. Thanks for the review!

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    Alicia Batista

    May 9, 2013

    AMAZING review! I bought the Hardback Copy, but haven't read it yet because of so many bad reviews. But your review makes me rethink reading it sooner then I thought! :)