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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  1,769 ratings  ·  240 reviews
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 cu ...more
Hardcover, 465 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emily May
Mar 02, 2013 Emily May rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of "Legend" and "Divergent"

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
Another one to bite the dust.

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
Lindsay Cummings
got this in the mail as a surprise...and it's GOOD!!!
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

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.

The Review:

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

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
Reading Teen (Andye)
At a Glance:

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.

The Audiobook:

This was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in awhile. The reader Merritt Hick
4.5 stars

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
Wow, NYC under water? Awesome! How did that happen? We don't know. Are there other cities/states that are underwater? We don't know. They have a fresh water shortage. That sucks! 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...? No. So, you w ...more
Ariana d.
First book?
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
I really didn't expect much when I started reading this novel. I just saw some positive reviews around the blogosphere and wanted to read it soon. But hey, I liked it a lot! The Ward is an amazing piece of Young Adult Dystopian literature and I'd recommend it to everyone who's into this genre.

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
WHY WHY WHY WHY IS THIS COMING OUT IN APRIL?!!!!!! I hate these late review dates. NO. NO.

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.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

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
Posted on Dark Faerie Tales.

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
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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 fo
For this review and more, visit my blog: Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

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
the golden witch.
While not perfect, "The Ward" is full of badassery. You want some magical reality with that dystopian book? You got it. You want drag racing ON ROOFTOPS? You got it. You want plagues and a post-America and a crazy new Earth? You got it. You want all of the feels of a sisterly relationship? You got that, too. I'm pretty sure "The Ward" is going to have something that appeals to everyone - dystopian fans, magical reality/paranormal fans, and action fans all alike. At first I thought this one was g ...more
3.5 stars

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
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

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
Lily (Lily Pond Reads)
I got this book from Katherine Tegen Books through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

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
Christianna Marks
You can read this and many other reviews on my YA book blog The White Unicorn!

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
I am a firm believer that 99% I can tell whether I’ll like a book from how the very first page reads. Maybe it’s a curse. Maybe it’s a gift. Maybe that just makes me stupid for buying books that I don’t read the first page of first. Regardless, 99% of the time I guarantee I’ll know whether I’ll like a book based on the first page. The first page of this book reads as such:

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
Riveting, breathtaking, suspenseful, and unexpected. Jordana did an outstanding job in creating an imaginable world that you could only hope never happens.

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
Based on the cover and the synopsis, I'd expected it to be one of the best. Talking about a letdown! I didn't feel the connection with the characters. Heck I didn't even know anything about Ren, expect that she loved Aven like a sister and liked to race.

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
HBNC floods the town with sick people, and an Orphan named Renata must set out to find a cure for her sister's growing tumor. Set in a decaying Manhattan, Renata must find the cure or lose everything...

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
If you're like me at all and feel compelled to finish a book once you've started it, don't start this one! As I sit here trying to decide what word best describes this story and writing, sloppy is what I come up with. I get what she was trying to do, but it just fell flat. There was something about the main character, Ren, that was annoying and you never really got to know any of the other characters that well. I felt compelled to finish this even though I was not enjoying it and then found myse ...more
I was intrigued by this story, and then I got annoyed by Ren... I still finished story, but she kept "grinding my gears"

Not a fan of Derek... (view spoiler) I
Apr 22, 2013 Nick rated it 2 of 5 stars
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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
The Ward features a spunky, tough main character in Ren and her best friend/pseudo sister Aven who is dying. The world is ours but set approximately 100 years in the future where water has overtaken everything. Manhattan as we know it is officially under the sea but how it came to be that way I have no idea. I have no idea because the worldbuilding in this book is really sub-par. I have no idea why everything (is it everywhere?!) is flooded. Global warming would be my guess as it is possible but ...more
Paula  from Reading Lark
SO good- such a page turner. If you like Uglies and/or Divergent, pre-order ASAP.
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I've seen a few reviews out there that, to be frank, picked this book apart. I won't be doing that here, for one very simple reason: I couldn't put the book down. Nearly 400 pages, and I had to fight to take breaks for things that demanded my attention.

I love this setting. a flooded NYC affords the reader enough familiarity that it's not hard
This review was really hard to write because this book was high on my TBR pile and I was really looking forward to reading it. The concept, I thought, was amazingly original (with a whole city underwater) and I thought that the inclusion of drag racing was an interesting factor. But unfortunately I felt that the story as well as the characters fell flat.

Like I said earlier, an underwater city felt like a great plot line, but I think the issue I had was the world building itself. Although I mostl
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Jordana Frankel is a Jersey native.

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
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“Saving Aven was like saving a part of you. The part that you loved the most. The part I wanted to get to know.” 1 likes
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