Thursday, April 21, 2016

A frozen future? Iced (Chronicles of White World Book 1) by M. Terry Green #amreading #mondayblogs

I don't generally judge a book by it's cover, which is a good thing because I hate this one.

Iced is a dystopian novel - the first in a triology - about a woman named Thirteen. It's not her real name - but she can't remember her real name. In Green's version of the future, the oceans are frozen over and the world is covered in ice. Slavery is real again, and only the elite are free. 

Thirteeen has somehow escaped from slavery (her past is not explained in this book) and spends her life sailing the ice searching for her sister, who has not. But Thirteen isn't just any ordinary woman. She's different. She has two sets of eyelids, and her hair has no color. It is completely clear, but reflects light giviing it the illusion of the color of her surroundings. She also doesn't feel the cold the way everyone else does.

While searching for her sister she comes across a man who has survived his ice ship being wrecked, but his young daughter has been captured by slavers and he's desperate to rescue her. Thirteen has only two goals. Stay alive and find her sister. Their goals conflict, this the plot of the story begins.

Green hints at many intriguing things in this book and perhaps she intends to explore them further in the next two books in the series. Thirteen's past and what she really is are the main things you really want to know, and they aren't divulged in this first book. 

I really enjoyed it and it was a quick read for me. So much so that when it ended I was shocked, and okay, I'll admit a bit disappointed. At first I thought to myself that this was another case of an author not doing a series right, but when I reflected on it I decided I was wrong.

Green actually does have a minor plot for this book which is resolved within the book, while leaving the major plot to cross into the other books in the series. She did do it right. I'm not sure why I initially felt the ending of this one wasn't quite satisfying enough for me. It just felt like an odd place to end it for some reason, but really that might be some fault of my own somehow. I can't quite tell you how though.

Anyway, if you're feeling the heat of summer where you are, curling up with this icy cold book on the beach should cool you off. And if it's cold where you are, well grab a hot drink and a blanket and don't deny yourself just because of the cold setting.

If you'd like to check out Iced for yourself, you can find it on Amazon by clicking here.

What is your favorite dystopian setting to date? Please tell me about it in the comments.

Book Blurb:
Though she doesn’t know her real name, Thirteen is sure of two things: survival and finding her sister. Nothing stands in her way—not the great Pacifica Ice Sheet nor the slavers she escaped—until her deadly hunt takes a maddening turn.

The first and only clue in her search is held by the survivor of a wrecked ice ship. But he’s not sharing. He has a daughter to rescue, and he needs Thirteen’s help.

In the unforgiving subzero, a wary alliance is formed. Although she’d do anything to find her sister and finally know her own name, Thirteen never forgets the first rule of the ice. You only get one mistake—your last.

Please Note: ICED is Book 1 in a dystopian and post-apocalyptic science fiction trilogy. Books 2 and 3 will be out in 2015.

About the author:
Personally: My husband and I live in Los Angeles and we’ve both lived in California all our lives. The only way I can summarize my personal life succinctly is to tell you that we stopped being two separate people decades ago. Our natural and usual state is happy, upbeat, and quiet.

Professionally: I write full-time and have for the last several years. My non-fiction, under a different name to dispel confusion, has been published by Simon & Schuster and Penguin and my articles have appeared in the NY Times and Cosmopolitan, among others. I have a Ph.D. in archaeology but a B.S. in physics.

Sardonically: Writing about yourself in the third person would be a great way to create an exemplary bio, but that’s not why I’m here. Although I’m healthy, the number of days that I have left to live is finite (real mortality estimate). With that in mind, I’m considering how best to use those days–and I am writing.


  1. I do enjoy a good dystopian and I always seem to be drawn to frozen worlds. Makes the struggles to survive that much more of a challenge. Love that cover too!

    1. Thanks for your comment Laura. Frozen does seem to be the way the world is going sometimes. As for the cover, different strokes for different folks. :)

    2. I think I was drawn to the graphic look. LOL

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