[Epub] ➞ The Girl and the Stars ➣ Mark Lawrence – Vejega.info

[Epub] ➞ The Girl and the Stars ➣ Mark  Lawrence – Vejega.info I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Girl and the Stars I would like to thank Mark Lawrence and Harper Voyager for the opportunity.This tale is set in the same world as The Book of the Ancestor, yet in a completely different environment We follow Yaz, a sixteen year old member of the ice tribe the Ithca To progress from being a child and ascending to adulthood the younger members of all the tribes have to be judged by regulator Kazik All the clans converse at the Pit of the Missing wh I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Girl and the Stars I would like to thank Mark Lawrence and Harper Voyager for the opportunity.This tale is set in the same world as The Book of the Ancestor, yet in a completely different environment We follow Yaz, a sixteen year old member of the ice tribe the Ithca To progress from being a child and ascending to adulthood the younger members of all the tribes have to be judged by regulator Kazik All the clans converse at the Pit of the Missing where the judgement will take place Any individuals who show weakness, strangeness or unaccustomed qualities are deemed to be unable to survive on the ice They are the Broken In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown Our protagonist Yaz fears the worst She truly believes she is destined for the harrowing darkness and the unknown horrors of the pit If she survives the fall Yaz suffers from fatigue on long treks far faster than her comrades She can keep up with them as every few days she can touch The River which is essentially The Path which readers of the previous trilogy will be familiar with This helps her gain extra strength, resistance and power The regulator can supposedly see into individuals hearts and souls so will surely see Yaz s secret and she will be eternally banished Yaz ends up in the pit as does her twelve year old brother Zeen They don t fall together and most of the narrative is the protagonist trying to rescue her brother Initially she is alone in the penetrating darkness it is claustrophobic and builds up extreme tension as she tries to survive and navigate this alien environment This constructed atmosphere underground was reminiscent of segments featured in Graham Austin King s Faithless, Jules Vernes Journey to the Centre of the Earth It also hads elements that are similar to those showcased in The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild especially with some of the monstrosities that lurk in the darkness known as Hunters Fortunately, Yaz doesn t spend her whole time walking around alone in the gloom When a demon infested flesh eating gerant giant attacks her she is saved by other members of the Broken It transpires that there are many such as her who have had to brave the drop and there is actually a sort of civilisation beneath all that she has ever known on the surface.In similar fashion to Lawrence s work that I have read so far, we only follow one point of view perspective Yaz is excellent lead character She is extremely powerful but doesn t really know how, why or if she should use these talents In addition, the ensemble of supporting players feature some of the finest that Lawrence has ever crafted Examples include the former demon tainted Thurin, the thousand year old mysterious but insightful and insanely strong Erris, and the seemingly shy but capable shadow weaving assassin Maya This novel, as previously mentioned, is set in Abeth, the same world as Book of the Ancestor Apart from the excellent writing, unique magics, and that the characters are crafted brilliantly, what is presented here is quite different You can read this without knowledge from the previous trilogy, however I believe your enjoyment will be heightened by at least 20 per cent if you had As far as I can acknowledge, none of the characters crossover here This led me to ask Mark when this was set in relation to the former trilogy He replied essentially saying I d have to carry on with the series to find out which makes it intently exciting to find out Will Nona meet Yaz like Jalan met Jorg Exciting times are ahead in this series for sure Luckily Mark is one of the most proactive top tier fantasy authors currently writing so hopefully, I will not have to wait that long to find out The finale has an intense and shocking cliffhanger too and I can t wait to see how the narrative continues in Book of the Ice s next instalment Lawrence had already constructed a unique and astonishing world with Abeth In The Girl and the Stars, we are introduced to new Gods, terminology, factions, and emotions It features but is not limited to monsters, twists, darkness, civil war, betrayal, possessions, true friendships, and sibling love are just a few of the themes presented here.This is a exceptional, haunting, claustrophobic take on fantasy that presents some of Lawrence s finest storytelling It s an incredible and emotional adventure I have no idea what comes next and I can t wait to find out Lawrence goes from strength to strength with every release OMG this is obviously being added to my never ending TBR I see it.I like it.I want it.I internally scream because it hasn t been released yet Also, this is Mark Lawrence so you know you re in for a RIDE There are stars in every darknessDAMN that ending This was a wonderful and chilly fantasy world to fall into Yaz is from the Ithca tribe, one of many tribes who send their children to be judged by the regulator Kazik on their abilities if they find them too weak or even sometimes too strong they throw them down the pit of the missing which is essentially a hole of ice where everyone assumes they die on impact When Yaz s brother Zeen is thrown down the pit she doesn t hesitate andThere are stars in every darknessDAMN that ending This was a wonderful and chilly fantasy world to fall into Yaz is from the Ithca tribe, one of many tribes who send their children to be judged by the regulator Kazik on their abilities if they find them too weak or even sometimes too strong they throw them down the pit of the missing which is essentially a hole of ice where everyone assumes they die on impact When Yaz s brother Zeen is thrown down the pit she doesn t hesitate and dives straight in after him What she discovers is an entire world built under the ice A world full of dangers at every turn It turns out there are survivors from the fall, there are people who have survived under the ice for years, they call themselves the broken There are demon fuelled villains and terrifying monsters in this world and every day brings new challenges Yaz is desperate to find her brother and in turn find out what really makes this underworld work, how has no one known they are down there What is their purpose if any I loved meeting all the different characters and Yaz is a great protagonist 4 stars and I can t wait for book 2 Thank you so much to Mark Lawrence for providing me with a free copy of The Girl and the Stars turns out we live in the same city Signed and everything I am so excited to start reading this weekend This ARC was provided by the publisher HarperVoyager in exchange for an honest review.4.5 starsA scintillating start to this new seriesOmens are difficult and open to interpretation but if the oracle that touches your newborn dies moments later, frothing at the mouth, it is hard even with a mother s love to think it is a good sign In such cases a second opinion is often sought If the old adage that you re only as good as your last book holds true for authors, then it s hardly a surprise This ARC was provided by the publisher HarperVoyager in exchange for an honest review.4.5 starsA scintillating start to this new seriesOmens are difficult and open to interpretation but if the oracle that touches your newborn dies moments later, frothing at the mouth, it is hard even with a mother s love to think it is a good sign In such cases a second opinion is often sought If the old adage that you re only as good as your last book holds true for authors, then it s hardly a surprise that one of my most highly anticipated book releases of the year was The Girl and the Stars Full disclosure, that s a complete understatement Mark Lawrence delivered an emphatically stunning and satisfying conclusion with Holy Sister, finishing off his The Book of the Ancestor TBOTA series in some style and simultaneously pushing my hype levels for his next project through the roof although I am still not over some of the heartaches he caused me I did not think I could beexcited That was until I heard that his new book was set in the same world as that previous series It s safe to say that if I had access to a Delorean, I d have read this quite a while ago For those who have not yet read TBOTA series, you are welcome to read The Girl and the Stars first You won t be missing out on anything that will take away any understanding or enjoyment from this read.Abeth is a cruel frozen wasteland, and the tribes that live on the ice are as hard as it gets They know that a child born broken will die on the ice as their bodies do not have what it takes to survive Growing up, the weakness in these children will grow too and become a burden on the tribe and themselves Whether it presents a lack of stamina or resilience, whichever form it takes, it only results in the inevitable Death Thus the tribes gather every four years so that the regulator, Kazik, may pass his pale eyes over the children of the clans and give his judgement, weeding out those he finds wanting When you walk on the ice you are either pure or you are dead Like a frostbitten appendage, these chosen children are cut from society, thrown down a hole in the ice never to be seen again The tribes call this hole the Pit of the Missing There is no place for the weak on AbethIt s a dangerous game to rid yourself of weakness You never know what else you might be losing in the deal When we meet Yaz, she is journeying with her tribe, the Ichta, towards the Black Rock The time for the testing has arrived again She is on the brink of being declared an adult and won t have to endure the regulator s scrutiny after that, but she knows deep down that her chances of evading the long dark fall towards death are slim At the age of ten, she started seeing a river in her dreams, and eventually, she started glimpsing it in the waking world too A river of the mind that runs through all things Unexplained magic at the tips of her fingers It was at the same age that everything that made the Ichta legendary started deserting her Her strength, endurance, resilience against the cold Yaz is different, and out on the ice being different is too dangerousThe thousands stood without sound Even the wind stilled its tongue Still, no one spoke And then a single high keening broke the silence A mother s cry from somewhere far up near the crater s rim As with previous books by Mark Lawrence, the characters are brought to life through his remarkable talent, never failing to make strong impressions through every individual put on page, but noneso than the compelling Yaz, who seems to be of the same mould as Nona from TBOTA I don t want to say muchabout Yaz though, as her development throughout is part and parcel of the plot of this character driven narrative, but where the other characters shone like stars, Yaz shone like a sun and I can t wait to readabout herShe would not surrender, not go gentle into her fate The planet of Abeth is as fascinating a place as ever Ice tribes in a frozen world, people with exciting magical skills, a missing civilization, sentient cities, mysterious technology, monsters and mysteries galore Life is never dull in a Mark Lawrence novel Fully established in TBOTA, this world at the end of its life provides a plethora of unanswered questions and I have a feeling many will remain so, but hopefully, others will have their answers dragged into the light I for one can still not figure out where on the timeline The Girl and the Stars takes place, although I have seen other people stating confident and completely opposite answers from one another some claiming it is after TBOTA and others saying it takes place before that series I found nothing that answers it for me unless I missed it, so I will wait and see Glimpses of a shared universe present themselves occasionally, as a certain character shows up in this who is present in all of the author s series As for Abeth, the world is still suffering its last throes in concert with the dying red sun that orbits it The planet is known to be completely sheathed in iced from the lack of heat, but the rumour persists that a sliver of a corridor, green and warm, remains around the equator Whether this is true or used to be true is up in the air for now And where other stories on Abeth take mostly place above ground, Lawrence has dropped us beneath the miles deep ice for this setting This inspired choice adds a dark, foreboding quality to the tale that easily lurks in every sentence thanks to the claustrophobic tunnels that seem alive with menace, the ever present weight of hundreds of millions of tons of frozen water pressing down on every side and the never ending drip, drip, drip of water Luckily there are cannibals and monsters and worse to keep our characters minds away from these things, all part of the gripping story and bookended with some rather dramatic moments If you have not yet read one of his books, the author has some skill at putting together sentences too, and it s a joy to readEven so, it held a beauty and a peace black rock, ice in every shade of pearl between white and clarity, the marbled seams of stardust glowing in all the colours that can be broken from the light Beneath the many tongued voice of falling water lay a distant glacial groaning, as timeless in its way as that of the wind Stacked with highly quotable sentences, sharp insights, and various themes friendship, finding yourself and found family are prevalent throughout , the writing in The Girl and the Stars exhibits that certain unputdownable quality that great authors seem to imbue their stories with, keeping us reading when we really should be doing that other thing we were supposed to do hours ago Don t judge me pyjamas can be worn ALL day I tell you I had a wonderful time reading this, and can confidently say that the sequel will most definitely occupy my most anticipated list, just like it s predecessor An easy recommendation to anyone who loves SFF or is looking to give it a try The quotes in this review were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.You can order the book fromUKUS Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and other reviews of mine at Novel Notions THE GIRL AND THE STARS IS PUBLISHED IN THE UK TODAY My review of this masterpiece is on BookNest The Girl and the Stars BookNestAnd you check out two other reviews on BookNest which are also 5 star ratings I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from Mark Lawrence that included a signed copy of The Girl and the Stars So, thank so much again Mark Lawrence and That Thorn Guy.When it comes to Mark Lawrence, it s not a question of whether I will enjoy it or not It s , how much am I go THE GIRL AND THE STARS IS PUBLISHED IN THE UK TODAY My review of this masterpiece is on BookNest The Girl and the Stars BookNestAnd you check out two other reviews on BookNest which are also 5 star ratings I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from Mark Lawrence that included a signed copy of The Girl and the Stars So, thank so much again Mark Lawrence and That Thorn Guy.When it comes to Mark Lawrence, it s not a question of whether I will enjoy it or not It s , how much am I going to love this And I m glad to say, though not surprised, that The Girl and the Stars is no different.I cannot praise any of this enough Every element, from plot, to characters, to prose All brilliant In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown The Girl and the Stars is set in the same world as The Book of the Ancestor trilogy, but you do not to read the previous series in order to fully appreciate this I loved the subtle hints to the previous series, now in a time long gone, but new readers will not lose out, as this is set in an entirely separate environment, with a whole new set of trials and tribulations.Once again, Lawrence has formed in these pages another set of memorable characters that are already cemented in my mind as brilliant You quickly learn to either love them, or hate them, or both There are not many writers who can inspire this variation of emotions within me, but Lawrence is an exception, and he repeatedly does it with ease.Our main protagonist is the teenager Yaz, a young woman who is ascending into adulthood She lives in the harsh frozen land of the ice, with the tribe of the Ictha A dangerous place, where all must live together in a life of hardship in order so somehow survive But, before she is fully accepted as an adult, all must face a test with a man named, the regulator Those who fail are pushed into a black hole, and are renamed, The Broken No one knows what happens to these, but Yaz believes that she is soon to find out Only when it s darkest you can see the stars Now onto the prose Just, wow That s all that need be said really Lawrence does not waste a word, but somehow manages to incite a fast pace, along with plenty of time for interesting character development and world building He has truly mastered how to combine all these aspects into his writing, allowing the reader to finish with a mesmerising experience So, Mark Lawrence has shown me again why he is one of my favourite authors of all time, Every book I have read of his has been a 5 star rating, and this is no exception I LOVED this, and will find it a very difficult time as I await news for the sequel, which Lawrence has already written and is now being edited Everyone, you need to read this, and if you can, read The Book of the Ancestor trilogy, which is in my top five series of all time.5 5 STARS My experience with this book summarizedThis is cool Can t wait to know what happens nextWow interestingWhat what s happeningHey why are you doing that I m so bored, do I still have many pages to readOf course Still tedious.Last page well isn t that unexpected, I wonder what next then the books ends It saddens me to say that The Girl and the Stars that started so promising and exciting, ended up being so disappointing and boring And not because of lack of action, from chapter on My experience with this book summarizedThis is cool Can t wait to know what happens nextWow interestingWhat what s happeningHey why are you doing that I m so bored, do I still have many pages to readOf course Still tedious.Last page well isn t that unexpected, I wonder what next then the books ends It saddens me to say that The Girl and the Stars that started so promising and exciting, ended up being so disappointing and boring And not because of lack of action, from chapter one, the story consumes you and you want to knowBut we ll discuss all that later A few things you might want to know before starting this book The Girl and the Stars isn t another Red Sister, which was a total badass and awesome book Yaz isn t another Nona Grey, she instead becomes one of those YA heroines we dislike at least I did I do not recommend this book if you haven t read the original trilogy,Book of the Ancestor I wouldn t even recommend reading it if you have only read the first book because it has spoilers on specific matters But nothing that ruins the book, of course You can still read this book separately but it is a spin off and you ll inevitably find yourself confused from time to time If you re a solid Mark Lawrence fan, you ll probably like this book But then again, maybe not It s very different from his other novels since this one leans too much on the YA genre I read this book without reading the description which was vague when I read it later and that is for the best, the action started from chapter one so it is better to know little about the plot before diving in I think Goodreads description is perfect in that regard I will provide however a small hidden summary in the minor spoilers This review will be broken into two parts one free of spoilers and the other with minor ones because I can only be so vague on some of the issues I had with this book of course there will be a warning The main reason why I wanted to read this book is because of Zole, she s from the ice tribes and the world she lived in as well as her abilities were very interesting Doubtless, since Yaz is from one of the ice tribes as well, we learnabout them but at the same time, so muchabout the world that we didn t know in Book of the Ancestor trilogy Honestly, what is frustrating is that the novel could ve been pretty good solid world building, likable characters at first , action packed, and a promising story But the turns it later took and the paths it chose to reach the end were disappointing and questionable The book relied too heavily on the pace, it is not a character driven book Using philosophical lines now and then and monologues don t make it so I really like Mark Lawrence and respect the man a great deal, he has undoubtedly made himself a name among talented fantasy authors Although, I did not like Prince of Thorns I couldn t stand that horrible MC , I very much enjoyed Red Sister and its sequels I wouldn t consider Book of the Ancestor trilogy YA even if Nona was a teenager, not only because of the gore but not every book with a young main character can be labeled YAPrince of Thorns, of course, isn t even though the MC is 14 My point is YA books have a certain feel to them that make them identifiable based on elements unrelated to the MC s age I have no idea if authors determine the genre of their books, but in my humble opinion and as someone who has read many YA, this book undoubtedly can be categorized as Young Adult It certainly deals with darker themes than the usual, case in point, the tainted But the fact remains that the Girl and the Stars, other than the title itself, features many YA tropes, such as Most of the characters are under 18, not mature, and well teens And behaved like ones Not to say this is bad but Nona Red Sister was always mature beyond her years Yaz is special A love square Yep, and each guy is jealous of the other Even if they only knew her for a few days The heck Yaz taking up leadership Yaz wanting to risk everyone for her mission and not making a proper plan We don t kill killers mantra.And so on and so forth.Now I know these can be found in any book but they are the most prominent in YA Sometimes, the MC being special doesn t turn out bad but in this case, it kinda did Those who share Yaz s powers in Red Sister needed to train a lot to master them Yet, here, although her power is rawer and not poised, she was able to use them too well for a newbie Conclusion do not expect an adult book this is mostly what this book is shelved under at the time of writing this review and be ready for YA vibes The characters I quite liked Yaz At first She was courageous, determined, and not the complaining type But after a while, she wore me out She was deadly focused on her goal to the point that she was ready to risk everyone and act without planning ahead I hate when characters do this this is again popular in YA I mean hold on a bit this is another issue that I ll get to later, I think it sbecause of the pace if anything The other characters were one dimensional I couldn t care about any of them in particular Maybe Therin But the rest were meh until they surprise us with a oh no, I didn t see that coming It gets boring Not that it made me like them any better They were so many and none was given the needed amount of time for us to develop any feelings towards her him.Conclusion the characters weren t interesting nor relatable The world building This is where Lawrence excels at in this book It was well developed and thank God, no info dump though I did not like the gods story parts I quite love the world Mr Mark weaved, it s intriguing, creative, full of mysteries, and possibilities Even if I already read the original trilogy, this book offered new revelations to the table and exactly what I wanted We learnabout the missing, the black ice, the tainted, and so muchIf only the story took a different turn to reach the end The writing Undeniably, Mark Lawrence s writing is rich and superb Yet, the descriptions were often too long and imagine how someone who haven t seen much because of their living conditions trying to describe things they ve never seen before It was also confusing occasionally, at some points, I had to read the dialogue paragraph several times to make sense of it and sometimes I didn t I don t know if it s my copy ebook but some commas were missing thereby creating run on sentences The pace The first 50% was addicting I couldn t stop reading After the 60% mark, I was pushing myself to finish the book I had lost all interest by then Too much stuff going on and yet I was bored I think the main problem with this book is the pacing or lack thereof It was certainly an action packed book Characters barely stop to take a break But I think it was exactly what we needed a break for us and the characters to absorb things I ll get into thisin the minor spoilers part The book somehow redeemed itself in a small way that made me consider reading the sequel, not by the last 80% which should be unputdownable in any fantasy book and make you unable to stop reading because they bored me but by the very last scene because this book ends with a cliffhanger Those who hate waiting for sequels when there s a cliffhanger, you might want to know that beforehand Okay now to the minor spoilers part which includes bits about the plot andcharacters names.Starting with theprecise summary of the events first few chapters view spoiler In the Ice, they have a tradition They throw the broken children in a pit because they won t be able to survive the hard weather Some might be too fast, others too big and need to eat , or simply suffer from a physical deformity.Every 4 years, a priest examines the children from all the ice tribes and throw the broken into the pit.Yaz always worried that this would be her fate, she tired too fast for an Ictha Yet, on the examination day, she was spared only to have her brother Zeen considered unworthy Not bearing to leave him to die, she jumps after him While she doesn t find her brother, she meets a whole new community of people living underground These broken mostly didn t die Some, however, were taken by the tainted, those who have devils under their skins for contacting the black ice.While discovering a new ability to be able to connect to the stars , she is determined to rescue her brother at all costs hide spoiler So Yaz meets a whole bunch of new people Yet, without knowing them even for a few days, she expects them to join her to accomplish her VERY dangerous mission She didn t even lay out a reasonable plan That is very selfish and rash, people have been killed before on a similar mission and they were fighters who know a lotthan she does about the place which is basically not much, one can only learn so much in 2 days And the thing is, the plot works from time to time for her benefit regardless of her skills action Her time with the Broken was too short She barely learned about them when everything starts to happen all at once At the very least, in my opinion, she should ve spent a week with them before all the action started We don t even need to learn everything there is to know this week But this is an unfamiliar place, therefore it would have made snese if she had time to unravelabout it She needs allies Contrary to popular belief, people who just found themselves miraculously alive, won t be in a hurry to risk their lives for a stranger view spoiler which they did anyway hide spoiler , it simply doesn t make sense Yaz should ve been smart enough to realize that Erris was simply too convenient I honestly can t get over how she made a very stupid decision only for things to work out anyway regarding that decision view spoiler I hate what became of some characters because they wanted to help her She didn t just risk her life but theirs as well And it didn t end well at all for some yet she showed little remorse hide spoiler I absolutely can t stand it when characters decide not to kill because oh they re too noble or whatever Alright, look, we live in a very different reality, I m also against capital punishment But in books, we rarely have easy access to prisons aka filing a suit, prosecution, etc , or a fair justice system at least in most countries when it comes to serial killers , they cannot simply rot in prison No, they d escape Or they won t get imprisoned in the first place Someone who has killed dozens at least, if you don t kill them, even if they were at one point human, they will kill again They won t care So yes, better to kill them Sometimes it does serve the plot like the save the hero somehow or become a better person or something Other times, which is the most recurrent, they laugh and are ready to stab the hero again I don t think a cannibal has any hope for redemption I couldn t stand Yaz s no don t kill them Dude, they will kill people next time they meet one, you even witnessed it with your own eyes This is simply foolish We also had a reference from the bible and another of a poem from our world personal theory based on these 2 things view spoiler does this mean Abeth is future earth and the Missing are us Especially since we had words like electricity thrown I do not think the people living there are us because they say the marjals, gerants, hunska, etc, came in ships to this world Unless they mean spaceships, I don t know how it can work so Lawrence better give us an explanation in the next book hide spoiler This is it for now, I might addto it later In sum, I m angry at this book for its wasted potential, some of you won t mind the turns Mark took and will enjoy it regardless Sadly, I didn t I don t know if I will be reading the sequel, there s a considerable chance that I might, however, there willlove triangle rectangle whatever going on, and I do not think I want to read about that I m not even rooting for any of the candidates 2 1 2 stars The Girl and the Stars is a kind of spin off series of The Book of the Ancestor trilogy, set in the same universe but years later and with a new cast of characters You do not necessarily have to have read Red Sister to enjoy it, but it would make some parts of this world and story easier to understand.I thought the world building in this book was incredible The fierce, icy landscape, the history and culture of the ice tribes, the tainted, and the world beneath the ice I was ver 2 1 2 stars The Girl and the Stars is a kind of spin off series of The Book of the Ancestor trilogy, set in the same universe but years later and with a new cast of characters You do not necessarily have to have read Red Sister to enjoy it, but it would make some parts of this world and story easier to understand.I thought the world building in this book was incredible The fierce, icy landscape, the history and culture of the ice tribes, the tainted, and the world beneath the ice I was very into this I also liked how the book dived into the action and plot right away, unveiling background info alongside the fast paced bloodshed and fight for survival No lengthy infodumps to bore us right away.Yaz interested me in the beginning, too The book opens with the characters travelling to a ceremony where they will be viewed by a priest who will choose certain members of their tribe the Ictha who are deemed unworthy to push down an icy drop Never to be seen again Yaz is certain she will be picked, but when the time comes, it is her younger brother Zeen who is shoved into the Pit of the Missing In a moment of panic, she throws herself after him.There is something very YA like about this book, which I wasn t expecting The young characters, the action based plot, the motivations, moralizing, and tone of the novel, all feel like a book for teens This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I did feel like I was always wanting something deepercharacter driven The characters felt a little stock and underdeveloped Yaz seemed to fit too neatly into a badass YA heroine mold And no other character was developed or interesting.For this reason my lack of connection to the characters the second half became a bit of a slog for me The action and world building kept me turning pages in the first 50% or so, but when I made it halfway without really becoming invested in Yaz s story and getting a bit annoyed with her, to be honest , no amount of action or fast pacing could pull me back in.I did make it to the end, though, and there is a cliffhanger for those who care about that Maybe if I had adjusted my expectations some I might have enjoyed thisI had settled in for some detailed, possibly dense, adult fantasy, and got an action and thrills YA instead But I still think I would have needed better characters to fully love it.Facebook Instagram In The Ice, East Of The Black Rock, There Is A Hole Into Which Broken Children Are ThrownOn Abeth The Vastness Of The Ice Holds No Room For Individuals Survival Together Is Barely Possible No One Survives AloneTo Resist The Cold, To Endure The Months Of Night When Even The Air Itself Begins To Freeze, Requires A Special Breed Variation Is Dangerous, Difference Is Fatal And Yaz Is Not The SameYaz Is Torn From The Only Life She S Ever Known, Away From Her Family, From The Boy She Thought She Would Spend Her Days With, And Has To Carve Out A New Path For Herself In A World Whose Existence She Never Suspected A World Full Of Difference And Mystery And DangerYaz Learns That Abeth Is Older And Stranger Than She Had Ever Imagined She Learns That Her Weaknesses Are Another Kind Of Strength And She Learns To Challenge The Cruel Arithmetic Of Survival That Has Always Governed Her PeopleOnly When It S Darkest You Can See The Stars What the hell I want a print arc of this damn book Mel What the hell I want a print arc of this damn book Mel

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