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A Time to Die (Out of Time Book 1) Paperback – October 1, 2014
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"A Time to Die weaves a strong premise, interesting science fiction, a spiritual message, and a likeable heroine into a compelling, well-written novel. Brandes has a real gift for words and the imagination to back it up."
"Nadine Brandes has accomplished what many authors attempt, but few succeed. . . . refreshing in young adult fiction!"
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How would you live if you knew the day you'd die?
Three hundred sixty-four days, seven hours, and sixteen--no, fifteen--seconds left to live. Like everyone else on the east side of the Wall, Parvin Blackwater has a clock counting down the days until her death. At only seventeen, she has one year left. When the authorities find out she has been illegally sharing a clock with her twin brother, she is cast through the Wall - her people's death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about God, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. If she can get the word to them before her time runs out.
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The dystopian society Brandes created is enough for me enjoy the ride. Add Parvin, an eighteen-year-old with no direction and no accomplishments, nothing but a ticking clock. A clock that is about to run out. A clock that knows the time of her death.
Or does it?
Parvin has a twin brother. Perhaps the clock is his and he only has a year to live. We don’t know. And though it’s not Parvin or her brother’s fault there weren’t enough clocks available at their birth to set the time of their death, it’s unacceptable to live in their community without one. Now they’re secretly radicals, sharing the same clock.
But one of them only has a year left. Parvin can’t risk having lived all her life for nothing. Her life has to have meaning. This drives her to make a choice that will completely alter the last year of her life. A string of life-threatening events follows that moment, all the while growing her faith and dependence on God.
I’ve read many good books, but it’s been a long time since I picked one up and became instantly hooked. A Time to Die had me delaying dinner and annoying my family with my need to know what will happen next.
I highly recommend this book to any and all readers. There are moments that might be disturbing for someone who is in Jr High or below, but young adults to 100 plus, male or female…anyone who enjoys a good, clean adventure with God at the center…don’t miss A Time to Die.
A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes is one of the few books I consider to have rocked my world. The first time I read it, I was in a book coma for the rest of the day. Powerful, moving, and heartbreaking beyond words.
Parvin Brielle Blackwater is an inspiration. She is an amazing character who endured so much for what she felt was worth fighting for. Nadine Brandes does a stellar job of telling the story through Parvin's eyes-giving the reader the ability to truly live out the story in Parvin's place. First person narration is very popular in the YA market nowadays, and I can fairly say that I have yet to see an author who can carry it off as well as Brandes. Well done, Nadine.
One of the best aspects of the book is the amazing world it is set in. The author crafts the scenery expertly, leaving the reader immersed in a brave and terrible new world. Terrible, because of the brokenness and lack of hope that resides in the USE, but brave and beautiful as well, shown by the forward-thinking mindset and ingenuity of Ivanhoe. No, it's not an utopia by any means, but enough light shines through to give the reader hope for the future.
The plot is very interesting in itself as well. It's hard to get a reader to connect with an already-doomed character. After all, why bother to care about her if she's just going to die anyway? However, as we get to know Parvin and experience life through her eyes, we begin to start pulling for her to make that last year worthwhile. We want her to win, and as her clock steadily counts down, we already begin to grieve that she won't have more time with which to make a difference.
There's a lot of beauty in this book, but with that comes a lot of pain. Even the second time through, when I was bracing myself for the several heart-wrenching scenes, they still hurt. I won't go into detail so I don't spoil it for you, but it might be wise to keep the tissue box handy.
Overall, I rate A Time to Die with five glowing stars. It's inspiring and touching, balancing pain with whimsy. I highly recommend this book to readers 15 and up (due to a few disturbing moments and scenes of peril). I leave you all with a few reminders from Philippians that fit the tone of A Time to Die perfectly:
“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.”
“But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake."
Content guide (parenthesis may contain minor spoilers):
Violence/Graphic:10/10(attacks by wild animals, stitches, amputations, injuries, much mention of death and dying)
Sexual:2/10(brief kiss on cheek, thoughts about kissing, admiring a man's muscles, shirtless scenes-all kept in an innocent light)
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Genre: YA Dystopian/Spiritual
Recommended Age: 15+ (death, sudden limb removal, lots of blood and survival stuff)
Pages: 389...Read more
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