Set in a futuristic New York City after a catastrophic flood called the Wash Out, The Ward is the story of 16-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 home to the poor and the vagrant, little is being done to help the sick.
But when the Blight somehow spreads to the affluent Upper Islets, the government recruits Ren for a secret mission: To search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure. She is the only girl in the Ward to master helming a mobile - a car that can defy gravity and drive up the walls of a skyscraper, or transform into a high-speed boat at the push of a few buttons.
However, when Ren accepts this job - and the big paycheck that comes with it - she never expects that it will lead her to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist, a web of deceit and lies, and a confounding mystery that's lurking deep beneath the water's rippling surface.
Cinematic and thrilling, The Ward is Jordana Frankel's debut novel.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I felt from the beginning I was thrown in not really understanding several things. It was like the author created a word but forgot to describe the things in it properly
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
I welcomed it? I usually dread an ending because it means the end of a good book. This one I was ready for it to be over. I guess I never felt overly connected with the characters.
What three words best describe Merritt Hicks’s voice?
Fitting for the story
Any additional comments?
The twist didnt feel very surprising, the characters werent engaging. It was compared to Divergent in another review which is why I picked it. I didnt see any simulations. Its not worth an audible credit. Maybe if you can get it for a few bucks on kindle.