White Frost has only known the darkness.
Luckier than most, White’s cousin provides her with what seem to many as little more than scraps of paper, but they hold deep secrets. The papers he provides are cryptic collections that hint at a world beyond dusty hallways and candlelight. These words give White hope that she can be one of the great people in her colony. A Chosen One. A member of a group of the strongest people who are allowed to escape the darkness and venture out into the Unknown. At eighteen years old, White is too young to become a Chosen and decides to take her cousin’s advice and wait patiently. But when a tragedy upends her life, White realizes that if she wants to truly understand what the mysterious words on paper mean, she’ll have to go beyond every boundary set by her society – including ones set by her own cousin.
When White finally decides to seek the truth, what she finds is more astonishing than anything her cousin could have prepared her for.
Colors beyond black and gray.
A world where tears fall from the skies.
And an incredible being who may or may not be the Creator of it all.
Everything she’s ever wanted is right in front of her, but this information comes at a price White is not sure she can pay. She has always suspected that her hunger for knowledge is simultaneously her greatest strength and weakness, and now she must ask herself if the answers she sought are worth endangering not only her life, but the lives of everyone she’s ever known.
The plot and concept behind this book are both really interesting. The plot was similar to other things that I’ve read, but contained a lot of originality at the same time. I thought the pacing of the story was perfect. There was, of course, a period of world-building and introducing characters, etc. but it was the perfect length, providing just enough background to set up the story without being too long or boring. To avoid spoilers, I’ll just say that the underlying concept of different types of people is definitely captivating. And I’m always a sucker for a protagonist, or really any character, with a thirst for knowledge. I really enjoyed seeing White as she discovers all this new information about the world and becomes more and more enthralled by it.
I also really enjoyed the world that Wilson created here. I’m a big fan of dystopian stories, so this very strict and limiting society with harsh punishments for rule-breakers was really interesting to me. I didn’t feel that the dystopian society was really the main focus of the story, but it certainly added to it.
Something that was really different was the genre, which I’m still not 100% sure of if I’m being honest. The first section definitely focuses on the dystopian society – how limiting it is and how dangerous it is to break rules, etc. However, it does switch to a more sci-fi/fantasy genre about a third of the way through. I appreciated how unique it felt.
There was one thing that I found really weird and wished hadn’t been included. Again, to avoid spoilers, I’ll leave it at: I really felt it was odd for White to have a crush on the person she does. It just didn’t feel “right,” I guess. I would have been much happier if that friendship just remained platonic.
Wilson’s writing isn’t perfect, but by no means is it bad or hard to follow. I found some bits that she wrote really wonderful and quite beautiful, but a few times it did seem a bit disconnected (for a lack of a better word). However, the at-times-imperfect prose didn’t take away from the story or make things hard to understand and are outweighed by great writing.
I can’t close out this review before saying that the ending is a huge cliffhanger that will leave you wanting the next book immediately.
Overall, I liked this book and will definitely be keeping an eye out for the release of the second. If you enjoy YA sci-fi, fantasy, or dystopian, you should give this book a shot.
I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.