Frost - Surreal or is it REAL in a REAL place? The Setting of Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky + Giveaway

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Title:  Frost
Author: M.P. Kozlowsky
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: October 11, 2016  
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Sci-Fi

16-year-old Frost understands why she's spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters. 
She understands why she's never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it's not her real father giving the orders . . . 

It's his memories.

Before he died, Frost's father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the only living creature she loves.

With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters. . .to talking to the first boy she's ever set eyes on. But can a girl who's only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own?

Today, we're focusing on the setting of Frost by M.P Kozlowsky.  Why, you might ask. I'll let the author tell you why.


Although it’s not specifically stated, FROST takes place in Manhattan. Naturally, then, even with a post-apocalyptic setting several decades into the future, much of it is taken from reality. For example, the building Frost lives in is very similar to the one I inhabited a few years ago when I still lived in the city. Like in the book, it was 32 stories tall and I occupied an apartment on the top floor, though my building was on the Upper West Side and Frost’s is on the east side and much farther uptown. There are very small details from down in the lobby, all the way up to her room that mesh with my experiences.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
When she finally leaves the building and ventures out into the city — stopping at a church I always passed myself — she eventually enters the Zone, which we know today as Central Park. In Frost’s world, however, without people, it has been severely neglected and run wild, evolving into something like a jungle. Many dangerous animals roam these grounds and much of it has grown out into the city itself, a slow takeover.

Inside the Zone, she finds the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which seems to have been swallowed up by the unrelenting force of nature. At one point, she also climbs atop the famous Alice In Wonderland statue, though none of this is mentioned by name. None of what we know from today is labeled in the book, everything from street names to popular culture; it is all referenced throughout but without specifics.

John Lord’s mansion is based on the old mid-town Manhattan mansions. The river running near it, as well as much of the destruction of the city, was influenced by Alex Weisman’s THE WORLD WITHOUT US, along with other research. Farther south, the wall separating John Lord Country from the Wasteland was inspired by the original wall that led to the name Wall Street in the mid 1600s. And, of course, today lower Manhattan is known as the Battery, but the Battery in the book, Frost believes, has now taken on a more specific form.

I still find Manhattan to be the center of the world and, destroying it brings me no joy. It is done, in this book and in many other places, because of the power behind such an idea and the far-reaching effects. The city is so loved, so iconic, so essential to everyone, that to see a world where it has been brought to its knees is indeed shocking. But, as devastating as it is, there will always be a light flickering within the city, a beacon that will always shine, telling us this isn’t the end. The city will not abandon you and the people will not abandon it. Have faith, and the city will return to its former glory. Always.

Just Commonly: M.P. Thank you! Yep, that's why I love this post - because it's technically set at my hometown. Though I'm no longer in NYC, it'll always have a special place in my heart.

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M.P. Kozlowsky lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of Juniper Berry and The Dyerville Tales, books for readers of all ages.

CONNECT WITH M.P.:  Website | Twitter | Goodreads

3 winners will receive a finished copy of FROST, US Only.

Week One:
10/3/2017- Twinning for Books- Interview
10/4/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
10/5/2017- Just CommonlyGuest Post
10/6/2017- Pretty Deadly ReviewsReview
10/7/2017- Books and LaddersExcerpt

Week Two:
10/10/2017- Emily Reads EverythingReview
10/11/2017- Curling Up With A Good BookGuest Post
10/12/2017- Betwixt the PagesReview
10/13/2017- The Cover ContessaInterview
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