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Only the chosen shall breed.

In a new world isolated by a rising, toxic sea, a single bridge connects Askala to the Outlands. Those who remain will need to pass a Proving to determine if they have the intelligence and heart to champion the future of their broken Earth.

Those who succeed will become Bound, the ones chosen to breed.

Those who fail, are Unbound. Free of respo
Kindle Edition, 135 pages
Published November 13th 2019 by Sequel House
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Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 burning stars

An exciting prequel to a new series that promises to be in the same league with The Hunger Games.
If this introductory story is an indicator, After the Thaw could be one of those series to appease all fans of great dystopian fantasy.

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The Earth is broken. Humanity broke it with overuse of plastic and pollution. And what's left of it struggles to survive.

Askala is a small heaven that survived.
Once known as Alaska, this land was home to frigid winters
Nov 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think it possible for another story to rival the likes of the Hunger Games and Divergent, but if Burning is an indicator, After The Thaw is going to be THE series to slake dystopian fans' thirst.

After the Thaw's premise is fascinating because it is frighteningly possible: a society ravaged by the consequences of unchecked global warming where only those with the innate empathy and intelligence to keep the planet and the race going are allowed to breed. Add characters you can't help fall
Jessica Landberg
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is how the world could end up within a near future if we don't do something about our way of life - and it's a chilling image. Alaska is now called Askala, and instead of snow and cold it's more like a gigantic greenhouse, where everything grows so rapidly that there's almost no nutrition in the food. The ocean has risen and become acidic and toxic, killing almost every living thing in it.

We follow four teenagers in this dystopian world: Callix, Magnus, Amity and Mercy. The first two are b
Isabella May
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A riveting prequel to this superb -looking series, whose covers alone cannot fail to draw you in. And once inside those pages, what a treat! After The Thaw is a raw and hostile world in its profile, yet brimming with characters you will be rooting for versus curious as to their future development as the trilogy moves on. I'm not the biggest fan of present tense fiction BUT the way this story is so beautifully written, that thought dissolved immediately - and you would never know this book i
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Burning is the prequel to After the Thaw, a new series from Tamar Sloan and Heidi Catherine. I had the opportunity to read an advance copy, and I would like to read the entire series RIGHT NOW.

Burning takes place in Askala, what used to be Alaska, before catastrophe struck on a global scale. Icecaps have thawed and the sea is now toxic. Askala is home to a small population of survivors, connected to what they call the Outlands by one bridge. It's not an easy life, and for those who are selected
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exciting prequel to an interesting new series from two amazing authors that introduces you to this thrilling new world they have created. Set in a world ravaged by global warming, where the ocean has turned acidic and waters rose to cover most of the world, survivors have created a haven on a little piece of what was once known as Alaska and live in a beached cruise ship. They call their home Askala, and see it as their duty to protect the Earth and those in their care. Their society is divid ...more
Jan farnworth
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the tantalizing prequel to what i sure is going to be an amazing series called After The Thaw. In a world where everything has been decimated a society has designed a system called the proving. If you pass the proving you to become bound and have the huge responsibility of protecting what left of the world. You also have a duty to provided children for the next generation to protect this world. If your unbound then you loose the privilege to have children but are well taken care of.
This ...more
Shannon (Twilight Sleep)
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got this novella shortly before the holidays and it took me forever to finally find the time to read it but once I This is the first story I’ve read in probably two years or more that had me actually trying to stay awake at 2am so I could keep reading. It’s an incredibly intriguing introduction to the series and I absolutely cannot wait to read more. If you’re a fan of YA, particularly dystopian, then this is for you. There is a bit of insta-love as mentioned in another review I rea ...more
Shannon Garvey
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great new series

The biggest problem I have, is that now I have to WAIT for the next one. I don’t like writing spoilers, so I won’t. If you are a fan of YA and dystopian genres, this is an excellent choice. The characters are nicely rounded, complex in some ways, simple in others. It makes this an easy and fast read, without losing quality or dragging on for hours setting up a scene.

Best bet is just to read it. Pretty sure you’ll be hooked as quick as I was.
Megan Mayfair
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written, gripping journey ideal for anyone who loves The Hunger Games. The characters are fascinating the world-building is second to none. Emotive, engaging and exhilarating, this prequel sets up an amazing series that I can't wait to jump into! ...more
Dec 19, 2019 added it
Wow. Unbelievable. I wasn’t a fan of the Hunger Games, but I’m definitely hooked on this book and more to come I hope. Characters and action work well together.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Okay then

I liked the characters. Callix was my favorite. The way his brother treated him not so mych. A confusing world...
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it what. A great prequel and now I can’t wait for the rest of the series this was the perfect first taste into a great new world.
What is going to happen with food so short, can the bound keep everyone alive, safe and happy.
There are some great characters in this series that I can’t wait to read more of their development.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, 2019
I saw the cover first and felt immediately drawn to find out more. Upon reading the blurb I knew I didn’t just “want” to read it, I had to read it! I love the dystopian & post-apocalyptic genres so this series instantaneously had me adding it to my “must read” list!

The cover, is bright and attractive and when reading the book, you learn about the bird and its relevance to the characters and their survival. The title fits the book perfectly. Its significance is revealed in the latter part of the
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
I didn't love this as much as I was hoping to. I saw quite a few people give this really high praise, and it caught my attention. I thought for sure it would blow my mind. I'm super sad that it didn't.

It's been a while since I read a dystopian. They all started to feel the same after a while, and this one didn't really stand out much, either. It was interesting, but not particularly unique. Some parts of the world building felt a little vague and I would have liked to see a bit more backstory, b
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Burning - After the Thaw” is the first book in a new YA dystopian fiction series by Tamar Sloan & Heidi Catharine. The book is in fact a prequel to the upcoming Burning Series Trilogy to be release January 2020 to April 2020.

The story is fresh and captivating, setting in destroyed world which has become nearly inhabitable due to climate change, it follows the life of the last survivors, who seek refuge in Askala (the Alaska of the future) after the rising oceans devoured the land and the waters
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Only the chosen shall breed.
In a new world isolated by a rising, toxic sea, a single bridge connects Askala to the Outlands. Those who remain will need to pass a Proving to determine if they have the intelligence and heart to champion the future of their broken Earth.
Those who succeed will become Bound, the ones chosen to breed.
Those who fail, are Unbound. Free of responsibility, but robbed of their ability to bear children.
Four young lives are born into this world. Magnus and Callix, two bro
Samantha Corkin
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a novella for a trilogy from what I believe, I received this book for an honest review.

This book series is about people who are bound and unbound. They are based in a place called Askala which I believe is either a misspelling of Alaska or the new dystopian version.

So either way this little village/town is trying to save the population and the existing animals in a way. So the bound have a higher ground they can have all medical treatment to extend their life, but there is one conditio
K Elise
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well... I’m hooked. I can honestly say that I didn’t want to be hooked because this has intense drama written all over it, the soap opera kind, and it’s not really where I run for my entertainment reading. BUT... this was fascinating and over too soon. These characters are complex, and feel very real. They are experiencing emotions that we’ve all felt, making hard decisions that year them up, like we all do (though not usually on that scale).

The world that has been built for this story is entir
Holly Ryanne
Super short prequel that leaves you wanting to know more about the world. I loved the idea of this being a world where our abuse of the planet has given us insane outcomes. There is no more snow in Alaska, there is no more wide variety of animals, and worst of all? The oceans are acidic. The opening to this book is intense and gives you an idea of the desperation at this point in time.

There are only two things that hindered me from enjoying this book more than I could have, the insta love and th
Blaire Hammond
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Burning by Tamar Sloan and Heidi Catherine Spoiler Free Review.

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review.*

The authors of this prequel story to the After The Thaw series were kind enough to send me a copy of this to read, and I was very excited to pick it up! Within only a few moments of reading it, I was hooked. The world was full to the brim with intriguing descriptions and intense world building. I love a good dystopian type story and this book fell straight into
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alaska is the place that is left behind after a catastrophic happening that has ruined Earth. There are more places but this is the settled area kept alive with nurturing . Anyone who lives or is born here must pass a Proving when of age to determine abilities and purity. Those who are succsessful will become Bound, the ones chosen to breed. For those who do not succeed in the proving they are Released from any responsibilities in the running and protecting of Alakala but they can never have chi ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow. Just WOW!

This is an AMAZING prequel!

We follow four characters in this prequel: Amity, Magnus, Callix, and Mercy. The setting is a post-apocalyptic world that has gone toxic, and hard choices must be made for them to survive. They are what are known as Bound, they are the chosen that may bear children to repopulate and save the world. There are others known as Unbound, that are incapable of having children.

The choice of writing style took a little while to get used to, but that just adds t
Mrs LIR Linda
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read the full Burning and the epilogue. The story is intriguing as it has survival at its base and if food and shelter are scarse how do you decide who gets what and if they can afford to breed......................
The society is a benevelent dictatorship that tests their youth and these tests will determine what life they shall have.
This book follows 2 brothers in love with the same gifted girl and their path - it also tells the story of a girl that should not be part of the elite but ha
Jenay Sherman
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great dystopian series starter!

Wow. I read this and the extra bonus chapters in a flash. These authors have created an interesting world with very complex and vivid characters. This first book sets up so much drama and anticipation for the future of the series that I really want to read through to the end to see what happens. I’ve seen it compared to Divergent but I really enjoyed it much more because I liked the characters so much more. Magnus is so good—yet I can see how good intentions and po
Tonya Bryant Gillon
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Life on earth as we know it is gone, destroyed by our own actions. A group has survived. They have their own world on an own ship, choosing who can have children by tests to prove they are worthy of being bound or unbound and unable to reproduce but life a life fed and housed. Their main source of nutrients are pterapods. When something happens them life has become unsure for the people.

The people of this group are so interesting you will want to read and be unable to put down this book! I
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is stellar! I really like the YA dystopian genre and this is a stand out book among the ones I’ve read. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! In Askala, the Proving selects the Bound and Unbound. The Bound have a responsibility to bear children and protect the human race in the hostile environment that they live in. The Unbound don’t have this responsibility, but they are forced to lose the ability to bear children. This was a book I devoured very quickly and I highly recommend ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
An exciting story for a prequel.
We discover four characters.
In a post-apocalyptic world just the choices of one perso has the biggest consequences.
This prequel present the world we will follow during the series.
The actions of one of the character sets off chain action.

What I had found very interesting in this prequel is the fact that the four characters access power practically immediately, they are the power and make the decisions ( who could be good as well as bad) instead of suffering from th
NanaShauna Joesten
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a fantastic prequel. A whole new world that takes you into a whole new way of life. I love how these to Authors have brought another fantastic read to fruition. The scenes are written so well that you can picture this world in your minds eye. And the Characters feel so real in the scenes. This is definitely way up there with the hunger games and divergent. I look forward to see where this series goes.
Definitely recommend.
Shauna Joesten
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