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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!"
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. --Nathan Beauchamp, professional reviewer for Readers' Favorite
Nadine Brandes has accomplished what many authors attempt, but few succeed. . . . refreshing in young adult fiction! --Ellen Mandeville, reviewer for BreakPoint
From the Inside Flap
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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Parvin Blackwater feels as though she has wasted her life- At the age of 17 she has only one year left to live according the clock. But something is different- She isn’t certain if the clock is belongs to her, or her twin brother. So she does the only thing she knows to do- Stands up for radicals. Only things don’t quite as planned and Parvin finds herself cast over the wall.
This book makes me think about my own life. It challenges you to explore who you are and why you choose to live. I was carried away by Parvin’s story as the stakes grew on her journey. I was swept away into this world and found myself identifying with Parvin as she embraced her failure.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves YA fiction. It is well worth the time.
Series: Out of Time
Genre: science fiction, dystopian, adventure, fantasy, speculative, young adult, Christian
Publisher: Enclave Publishing
Publication date: September 23, 2014
Number of pages: 398
Category: Junior High +
Content Rating: PG-13, some violence and survival scenes
Book Rating: 5 stars
Other books in the series:
2-A Time to Speak
3-A Time to Rise (coming October 14, 2016)
A review copy of this novel was provided by Nadine’s Ninjas—Official Street Team of Nadine Brandes.
At first I felt a little distant from the main character, Parvin...but as the story continued I began to identify with her so deeply that as I visualized the story in my mind, I visualized *myself* as Parvin. I have never had that happen before. What she goes through in places is gut-wrenching, sometimes leaving ME exhausted, feeling battered and hurt, and wondering why she didn't lay down and die, because I imagined that's what I would do in her place. It is very clear that the Lord is the One who gives Parvin the strength to go on - a beautiful testament to the power of our Living God. Any time Parvin is brought to the end of herself, He gives her what she needs to survive, not in a pat or predictable way, but in the very real way He gives each of us what we need to accomplish His work, even when it is the hardest thing we have ever done in our lives.
Nadine Brandes is the master of surprise. Just when I'd start to think the story was slowing down, or that I knew what was going to happen next - BAM! - Parvin was slammed with something completely unexpected. This was a roller-coaster to read. And the author is not afraid to make the worst happen...sometimes shockingly so. This is not a predictable story. It's fresh, startling, and vivid.
The worldbuilding was good too, with several different cultures and places shown...all fresh and memorable. I am very eager to return to the word of "A Time To Die" again when the next book comes out, so I can learn more about the different people and societies Nadine Brandes introduced us to here. I LOVED the creative futuristic technology, too. I want an emotigraph! And a tune-chip!
I had very few complaints about the book. I do wish there had been a more comprehensive view of the gospel shown, especially of sin and our need for grace. I appreciate the way Parvin makes mistakes, and is far from perfect - it made her very real - but as far as I recall she never acknowledges to herself, "I am a sinner," though she acknowledges she needs God. Grace is presented, the cross is mentioned, and the concept of shalom (peace with God and one another, the way things should be) is a major theme of the book. But the brokenness of the world is never attributed to sin - instead, wrongdoing seems to be rooted in the brokenness, rather than the other way around - and I don't believe the word "sin" was ever spoken. I wish Parvin had wrestled a little more with her unworthy nature as a sinner, her tendency to do things wrong when left to herself, her utter lostness without God. I feel like it would have made her faith a little more three-dimensional. The fact that sin is not mentioned in the book and that it bothers me a little might be a result of a theological difference between the author and myself, or it could be that future books will delve into this aspect of salvation more. Either way, it didn't ruin the book for me, although it's something I would like to see developed further.
"A Time to Die" is a wonderful read for teens - but really, it would be a wonderful read for anyone! I highly recommend it.
-- Bethany Jennings
P.S. I received a free ARC in exchange for my honest review. (But I had already been planning to buy the book!)
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