Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Time to Die Book Review

I just finished reading this awesome book today!  I thought I would review on it... to share it's awesomeness with you all.  Don't worry, no spoilers! xD  (I have never written a review before, so bare with me...)

About the Book:

How would you live if you knew the day you’d die? 

Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system. But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out.

My Review:

Overall - This book was a definite must read.  It involves dystopian government, Christianity, and finding your purpose through a supensful plot.  This story keeps you on your toes, and is very unpredictable.  I adore Nadine Brandes style, and she does a fantastic job at writing the main character from a first person perspective (which can be difficult).  Nadine's voice really does speak through this novel.

I have to say, Nadine, I am dying to read the second book, A Time to Speak.  Can it come soon enough???

Plot - Since I am being completely honest in this review, I have to say it was a little slow to start.  She got into the story pretty quick, but it didn't get really suspensful until about 50 pages in.  After getting to that point, it took me two days to finish it.  Enough said?

There were some plot twists throughout the story, which kept it very exciting.  The plot was also realistic.  When I say that, I mean it could really happen in that world.  So based on that world it was realistic.

There were also small subplots that had to do with the other characters.  But, they were connected to the main plot in some distinct way.

Nadine also left questions that weren't answered until the end.  This left me guessing, and wanting to keep reading to find out more.

Characters - YES! YES! YES!  The main character felt so real... so human.  She was a perfect example of human nature and their relationship with God.  The book was written in first person (as I have already mentioned), so you really need to have character development down.  You need to be able to know this character almost as well as you know yourself.  The author clearly knew this character like the palm of her hand.  

About the Author:

Nadine Brandes learned to write her alphabet with a fountain pen.
In Kindergarten.

Cool, right? She dealt with ink splotches before even knowing how to spell. She never decided to become a writer. Her brain simply classified it as a necessity to life -- like bathing, eating, and sleeping.

Nadine is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She writes stories about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination.

When she's not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, Nadine is out traveling, finding new music, and pursuing active life.

Her debut dystopian novel, A Time to Die, released Fall 2014 from Enclave Publishing.