The Ward by Jordana Frankel

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Title: The ward

Author: Jordana Frankel

The Ward by Jordana Frankel

Recommended to fans of: Hunger games, Divergent, The arcana chronicles series, Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Series)

Series: The ward (book #1)

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication date: 30th April 2013

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Science Fiction- Dystopian, YA

Pages: 465

Rating: 2/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

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.

(Review)(This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book)

  • The book starts off quite mundane, until the part where Ren accepts a deal to investigate a part of the ward. She discovers clean water.
  • The set up of the world was quite lacking
  • I felt that if her sister was dying, why didn’t she just bring her outside so that she’s not entirely cooped up where they think its ‘safe’ (If I’m not wrong, Ren brings her sister from one of the sickhouses in the residential quadrant or they stay in an apartment there) But there is no indication in the book that this city has strict rules on a curfew or anything (Just my personal opinion) Well, it does mention that the virus could spread, but if Ren treasured her sister that much, would it have bothered her that her sister would spread the virus? Or would she be bothered by her sister being unhappy?
  • Ren’s character seems to be built up in a strong and dark heroine kind of way, the type of refuses someone’s help because she knows that nothing is free in the world, but in a lot of scenes, I question her choices based on the characteristics portrayed in the book
  • They do mention later on that you could get arrested, but if she just lets her sister out for a little while and quickly comes back i think its worth the risk?
  • The plot twist in the book was interesting, but i think that the conflict it brought could have been more strongly escalated in the further chapters
  • The romance in the book is very minimal
  • I think that the racers trusted her way too easily, but in that situation, its a risk to take as well
  • I think that Ren having a bad vibe about Kitaneh gave away that she would be one of the villains in the story
  • I kept thinking that the word ‘Brack’ which is used often in the story was a person’s name at first, then about halfway in the book then i realised that it was a curse word
  • The revolution at the end was not bad, the final scene of the coins was quite heartwarming
  • To be honest, I felt that this book was dragged out too much

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