At the end of the world, all a man can do is survive. At least that’s how it feels to Finn. He and his sister have been on their own for several years, living day to day and depending on one another to get through it. But now Siobhan is ill and Finn is desperate to save her life. This drives him to search an abandoned hospital for medicine, despite the inherent danger in doing so. When a vicious gang finds him, Finn is sure he’ll be killed. But a stranger, who seems like a guardian angel, saves him instead.
Spencer has been on his own since his cousin’s death and he’s used to getting by. He hasn’t lost his humanity though and when he sees a defenseless Finn getting beaten, he has to step in. A simple rescue mission evolves into something more when Spencer offers to help Finn and his sister. With an uncertain future, there shouldn’t be room for love, but Spencer and Finn might just find their fair share of happiness.
Frost is a quick little story that packs a fair amount of punch despite its small size. The themes aren’t particularly new, i.e. life after the end of everything, but the author has done a good job with the world building. The struggle for survival feels genuine and the realities of living in moldy, cold, dilapidated buildings are depicted in a believable way. Aside from the romance, which I’ll discuss in a moment, the characters have some honest depth and despite the fast pace, they seem well rounded. There’s enough of a connection between them to feel plausible. Also I enjoyed the fact Frost was set in Indianapolis. I grew up near there and it’s always nice to see one’s home state represented, especially since the Midwest isn’t often seen as a romantic backdrop.
The romance is really the only hindrance to Frost. It just evolves far too fast. I appreciate that when you’ve survived the apocalypse, time isn’t going to mean as much, but a relationship still requires a bit of time to evolve. There was just too much of an insta-love factor between Finn and Spencer to feel very legitimate. It seems like they know one another about a week when they’re already rushing to declare their love. So while their interactions are sweet, there just doesn’t seem to be much substance.
Frost was enjoyable overall and there’s a lot to like in this little story. Over the course of a few pages the author does an excellent job setting the stage of a world where survival is as much a matter of luck as it is skill. Finn, Spencer, and Siobhan feel vibrant and defined and while the romance moves far too fast, I think most fans of the end of the world genre will enjoy this one.