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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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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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This book is well written, full of drama, very complex and intriguing characters. The author knows how to build suspense, and leave you guessing. She knows how to provide the reader with just enough world-building knowledge to suffice, v. info dumping on the reader everything there is to know about the dystopian world that her characters live in. We don't learn about the history of the world until the characters talk about it. We only know and discover what the characters discover. Well done!
For me, I love any well done romantic arc, and I felt that the romantic arc throughout this story was superb. It was definitely that teenager "I really have no idea what's happening" type of romantic arc, which I found endearing :)
I loved Reid and I loved Solomon :) Lovvvee these boys they're such cool characters. Jude was cool, too.
I did not love Parvin. She was extremely whiny and annoying BUT I will say that kind of relates to many Young Adults. I know that's how I was when I was a kid ha!. I suppose since I am not a young adult anymore, I don't relate. I also did NOT like her family. Maybe that's the point?
A bit dark for a YA read. But then again I felt the EXACT same way reading the Hunger Games. So if you or your teen can handle the Hunger Games, you'll be just fine.
Why did I still give it 5 stars? because the negatives do not take away from the story at all, and Parvin is very deep and complex, and very well written, even if I don't agree or relate lol.
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.
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