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Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-Fi/Christian
Recommended Age: 14+ (violence, slight gore)
Synopsis: Parvin Blackwater is dead.
At least that's what the Council and the world thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.
Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world?
I did it! I finished a series! This is like one out of a handful so this is a moment to be celebrated. And for the most part I felt this was a pretty good series. In this book Parvin’s story continues from the last book and the character development, as in the other books, excels for our main characters and the world building was a bit better in this book. I also felt the ending was a very solid ending and it satisfied me as a reader.
However, I felt that the pacing was too fast for this book and the book heavily relied on plot devices to get the story to the ending. I also felt that Parvin was slightly off from the first two books. The book left a lot of loose ends and had some continuity errors.
Verdict: Solid dystopian for a Christian audience, but that can be enjoyed by all.
I've had to mull this book over for a few days before writing my review. I was a bit overwhelmed with all sorts of emotions at the end.
From the moment Parvin realizes that she isn't dead at the beginning of the book until the last page, I was as captivated by this world as much as I was in the previous two novels. This was not just a novel that you had to slog through to find out the ending. It is a strong novel all by itself.
The changes in Parvin are remarkable but so believable. She makes strong choices and some poor choices just like any other person all the while pursuing Shalom. Willow, Solomon, Skelley Chase and new characters aren't two dimensional cardboard cut outs. They are fleshed out characters with many surprising yet realistic actions. After all, this is a first person novel. We only know Parvin well, and can only make educated guesses at the motivations of others.
Parvin's world expands further as she follows clues left by Jude concerning the invention of the clocks and seeks to end the Wall once and for all. But, of course, The Council is not in favor of ending their iron control of the people. Will Parvin end the Wall? What about Willow? Will they be able to get her back? What has the council been doing with her at the orphanage? Will Parvin and Solomon be reunited? And really, who is Skelley Chase? Is Parvin's mom ok? All of these questions will be answered and more.
I was completely surprised by the ending which is a very unusual experience for me. I never would have expected what happened at any point in the three novels. You will be utterly shocked!
So, if you are on the fence about reading A Time to Rise get it! This is not a cookie cutter novel. If you've been holding out since you think a trilogy is a big commitment and endings are usually a let down, you won't be disappointed. Read all three novels right now. :)
Now, this is Christian fiction. If belief in an interactive God who cares about you is offensive skip this trilogy.
I did receive this novel as a gift with no pressure to leave a positive review. In fact, the author would be totally fine with a negative review as well. I honestly can't believe that anyone would leave one for this novel but the enjoyment of a novel has as much to do with the reader as with the author/novel.
P.S. I bought a paper copy of this book, too, as it is a keep forever series.
1. Parvin's character development is goals.
Legitimately. She's changed soooooo much since A Time to Die, and she's still changing in A Time to Rise. Still reacting. Still learning.
2. Wilbur's suits
Guys this idea is so good and I love it so much. In the third book in the trilogy the suits come into play much more frequently, which is something I really really liked. NEEDLESS TO SAY, I WANT A BRAWN SUIT NOW. Start the petition guys, let's make this a thing.
3. Skelley Chase
Skelley is easily one of my all time favorite villains of ever. He's full of depth, and he's always got a surprise up his sleeve. (Plus, HE SMELLS LIKE LEMONS.) He's definitely NOT your cliche 'miles-beyond-redemption' villain, and I really really really really liked what the author did with him in this book.
4. The Hawke family name
(mild SPOILERS for the first two books found here so if you haven't read those two then SHOO)
We get to see a lot into the Hawke family, and I especially liked how Nadine made Solomon struggle with whether or not he's 'truly a Hawke' type of thing. (not exactly that but that type of idea). I thought that was really neat. Plus, we get a lot of insight into Jude which was awesome.
(kay SPOILERS OVER anyone who skipped over can start reading here)
5. It's filled with great themes
There were so many little gold nuggets scattered throughout this book, and they were all great. There's a lot about dependence on God laced in, as well as trusting Him enough to rise up in faith and make a difference. Also a bunch about being kind to your enemies which was great because we don't really see that a lot in Christian fiction. (at least I don't) Overall, it's an extremely encouraging and hope-filled book.
There was some violence and such, so probably 14-15+. Overall though, this was one of my favorite books of the year and I'm actually kinda proud I could sum it up coherently without flailing. (Not an easy task, just ask the other reviewers. :P)
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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