The Ward (The Ward #1)
3 1/2 stars
Ever since I was about eight years old, I've had the same recurring nightmare that can be pretty much summed up by this picture:
Needless to say, over the years I have developed a rather intense fear of deep water, waves, the ocean in general and drowning. I know this latter fear is probably shared by all remotely sane human beings but I'm talking about an irrational fear of it. Basically, I tend to avoid watery situations altogether. Now, let's ask: what is good dystopian fiction? Is ...more
I haven't had the best of luck with dystopians lately. It may just be that I'm burnt out from them in general, though I'm likely just tired of the same formula in every single one. Sure this one had a slightly original premise with the world being in water etc, but it's unfortunate that this wasn't used in a more appealing way; except for a few words here and there about the world going to hell and high water, we don't get any explanation at all on how this world ca ...more
We don't know.
Are there other cities/states that are underwater?
We don't know.
They have a fresh water shortage. Can't the federal government help, or is there still a federal government?
We don't know.
Why wasn't this unlivable/flooded city evacuated?
We don't know.
Okay, well can you at least give us more details on this disease, like when it began, whether it is a problem world-wide, how it is transmitted, etc...?
So, you want us to forget that ...more
Quick & Dirty: A fantastic dystopian similar to Mad Max. On the search for fresh water, the main character discovers much more than the truth.
Opening Sentence: This is no ordinary flea-bitten day — not for me, it ain’t.
When The Ward by Jordana Frankel was first brought to my attention, they told me it was about a dystopian society searching for freshwater. If you have read the synopsis, you might get the same message out of it. But let me tell ...more
Jordana Frankel’s thrilling and imaginative YA dystopian novel The Ward is set in a near-future New York City. A catastrophic flood has washed out Manhattan, leaving the rivers polluted, and entire neighborhoods underwater. Some areas are quarantined because of an outbreak of a deadly disease.
The illness, known as the Blight, is killing sixteen-year-old Ren’s sister. Desperate to save her sister’s life, Ren agrees to lead a secret mission from the government to search for a cure. But her ...more
The Ward was a high adrenaline story that had all the elements that make you feel things in books. There were car races and chases, government conspiracies, cities covered in undrinkable water, loves that rival any I've read about, and huge surprise that completely changes what you thought this book was going to be. Though bits were confusing, overall I really enjoyed this book a lot.
This was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in awhile. The reader Merritt Hick ...more
First off, thank you to the Firstreads giveaways for sending me this advance copy.
So, like many Goodreads frequenters, I always seem to come across those people who have received around seventy or so ARCs of books, and I have found myself becoming very jealous of them for getting to read books early. I now see that, upon receiving my first ARC, jealousy was a very reasonable response. This book was AMAZING.
Jordana Frankel's novel is a dystopia about a flooded Manhattan featuring Ren (ak ...more
Pretty damn good for a first book!!
I was sooo excited when i found this book! An awesome female lead who's st rong, daring, and who's smart. And funny!
" Ten seconds. She says it so kindly. ladylike. Classy. Makes me think I'm headed for a ball, not a brick wall."
I love Aven, I love all the characters. And I love how it all feels so REAL. Nothing makes me think that these are stupid characters with only one personality. Everyone... everyone is a PERSON, complete with feelings and chan ...more
The novel is set somewhere around 2110. New York has been destroyed by the Wash Out. A meteor who collided with the Earth caused a global rise in sea level. Now, about 60 years afterwards, people still try ...more
This was hard to star. I couldn't decide between 3 stars or 4 stars. Normally when I give a half star to a book, I would round up. But I just didn't feel like The Ward deserved the 4 stars, even though it was actually receiving 3.5. But I came down to giving it 4. I wanted to stick to my rules of rating.
So the The Ward was actually really good. Ren was the hero of the book, saving the world from a deadly disease, yet along the way, she has her heart shattered and mended quiet a few time ...more
look at the cover you guys! It'S NEW YORK FREAKING NEW YORK.
Seriously? Get me an ARC and I will be your best friend forEVER.
3.5 out of 5
The Ward was a fun read. It was a breath of fresh air in the post-apoc/dystopia genre that seems to retread and reuse the same ideas and themes over and over again. Catastrophes hitting the US with dire consequences are not uncommon, but the "Wash Out" event that left New York and Jersey underwater is. This is a fun, fast-paced, fresh and creative; Jordana Frankel has hit the ground running with her debut novel. Full of adventure, intrig ...more
When The Ward by Jordana Frankel was first brought to my attention, they told me it was about a dystopian society searching for freshwater. If you have read the synopsis, you might get the same message out of it. But let me tell you, it is so much more than that. I was excited to read The Ward, only for the promise of infinite possibilities where Frankel could have taken me. She not only exceeded my expectations, but she managed to make a lasting impression. Now let m ...more
Overall, I thought The Ward was a really interesting and intriguing story. In some ways, it surprised me. The Ward has more of a fantasy spin than I originally anticipated. I think I expected a lot more realistic science; and while The Ward does have science in it, it's more rooted in fantasy (in my opinion). They do try to pass of the fantastical elements as science, but I didn't quite buy it. But whatever. It was still a good read!
This story is very much ...more
This book was very good and enjoyable but I had some major issues with it that I just can't ignore.
Well... Let's start with the good things. First of all, I think that Ren was a fantastic main character. She was exactly how I like female main characters to be - strong and kick-ass. She didn't need anyone to save her. The opposite - she saved everybody eventually...
Ren didn't have any friends who are girls. She was surrounded b ...more
It has been far too long since I put on my old review shoes but it’s time to catch up! This epic catch up starts with The Ward! I have very mixed feelings with this book, which is yet another example of post-apocalyptic dystopia that left me wanting more. With that being said I still think there are a lot of good things about this one in particular as well!
The Ward is basically about Ren a mobile racer who races to support herself and her sister Aven. The world is based off the idea ...more
As a mobile racer, Ren puts her life on the line each time she gets into her craft. But racing is the only way she has to make money she needs to take care of her dying sister. The seawater covered Manhatten, known as the Ward, isn't exactly the most forgiving place. Fresh water is more precious than gold as they are completely dependent on rainwater for drinking. So when the government caught her doing something she shouldn't have, she quic ...more
I have to admit, its been a while since I read a Dystopia book so I was really excited about this one. The cover gives you a glimpse of what the book is about, and I found it pretty (yup love my covers)
The story takes places in a futuristic New York City, after the Wash Out happened. It revolves around Ren, a female Mobil racer who becomes a sell out to the government after her sister (not biological) g ...more
I have so many feelings about this book. I honestly didn't know what it was about going into it. I had heard a few good things floating around about it and the cover grabbed my attention, but I still had almost no clue when I opened the book about what I was going to read. But I loved what I got.
Jordana Frankel has created a new and interesting world for her dystopian novel. Taking a place that many people know (New Y ...more
This is no ordinary flea-bitten day--not for me, it ain’t.
See, it didn’t even need the first page this time. I got it all fro ...more
After reading the summary of this, I was sure I knew what I was getting into. Wrong. The turn of events provided excitement and moments that make you catch your breadth. What you think is going to happen doesn't, but something better is always on the next page.
Ren, Aven, Derek, and the doctor were amazing. Their own bit of history, glimpses ...more
Besides, there should have been more descriptions on the world. There was next to nothing when it came to the detail given on what happened to the country.
The story moved too fast. Normally I would appropriate a fast-paced book, but this one was ...more
This Novel was brilliantly written! I normally find something to pick on within the novels I read but I couldn't with this one! The pace was well set, the incorrect grammar put you in the mind of the character, -and it's not hard to get into at all. With Blood Red Road you have horrific grammar mi ...more
Not a fan of Derek... (view spoiler)[Mostly his insta-love for Ren, at least Ren had a crush on him for 3 years. This guy just fell for her out of nowhere. It was like "Oh, you almost died from a car accident, which turns out I caused cause messed with your car before the race? I'm sorry... *blink* Oh I just love everything about you Ren." Who is he kidding?!? (hide spoiler)] I ...more
Synopsis taken from inside cover flap: Set in a futuristic New York City after a catastrophic flood called the Wash Out, The Ward is the story of sixteen-year-old Renata Dane, a daredevil champion racer who will risk everything she has to take care of her sick foster sister, Aven.Ren's sister is suffering from the Blight, an incurable, deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution. The disease is ripping through the Ward-formerly known as downtown Manhattan-and since the region is ho...more
I don't know what it is with me and review books lately, but we're just not getting along. I haven't read one review title that blew me away. The Ward is yet another example of a stunning cover with a premise that has huge potential, but unfortunately the execution fails to impress.
As far as the characters go, I didn't have a huge issue with them. The main character Ren is actually quite likable. She was headstrong, fearless and wasn't afraid to endanger her own life in order to protect those th ...more
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She's been a camp counselor, a salesperson of diamonds, a hostess at a southwestern grill, an archivist of rare books, a yoga instructor, and a reading teacher, but her shining moment was when she got to hang out in Walmart for 12 hours a day as the AXE girl.
She received her B.A. in English from Goucher College, graduated and then went to live in Italy for a year ...more