Summary from Goodreads:
Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.
At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.
But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.
I was not thrilled about this book, I had read a sample of it (deceivingly short) before I bought the book, thinking it had potential. I was sadly let down. And to my surprise it has about a 4 star rating on Goodreads. I just had so many issues with this book: the writing, the cliche romance, the vagueness of everything, and the feeling that I had read the story before.
I started this after I finished Never Fade, so a lot of the same powers existed in this story, and “the Blue” reminded me of Under the Never Sky. I did like the world building, I thought the whole idea that there was another ice age because of exploiting natural resources was interesting, but then we brought in Atlantis, and magic people, and some disease that turned the magic people into zombie things. I just didn’t get it. There were too many little tangents that were not explained enough for me to really get into it. And the two main characters, Nat and Wes, ugh.
They had such a cheesy romance – both “drawn” to each other instantly, but not wanting to let the other know, relentless flirting and then pulling away, then a declaration of love, and then they both died and came back to life because they loved each other so much – what!? Both of them were pretty one-note too, I liked Wes better than Nat – who needed a boy to tell her to accept herself. And then we find out she’s like half a dragon or something, by this point in the story I really didn’t care anymore and was just trying to finish for the sake of finishing. Basically, I will not be continuing this series, and my overall feeling about it was . . .