Tick Tock: A Review of ‘A Time to Die’ by Nadine Brandes

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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

About Nadine Brandes:

Nadine 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. You can find out more about Nadine and A Time to Die on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

My Review*:

I give A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes 4 out of 5 stars.

The story opens at the beginning of Parvin Blackwater’s last year in a dystopian universe and follows her as she struggles to do something meaningful with her life.  As Parvin comes to understand that things in her world are not the way they were intended to be, she begins to rely less on herself and her instincts and more on God.

Unlike many dystopian novels, A Time to Die is decidedly optimistic: although things are not how they are supposed to be, there is still time for a meaningful life,  and unapologetically points to where purpose can truly be found.  Parvin’s story is completely relatable, and it reminds me of my own transition into college as I hopped around from major to major without much purpose.  For that reason, I would highly recommend A Time To Die for high school students and even young college students, as well as fans of Atlas Shrugged, Divergent, and The Hunger Games.

Brandes must not only be commended for a great story,  but for impeccable world-building skills as well.  I can easily imagine the settings in A Time to Die.  It would be very interesting to see this book come alive on the big screen, which I can also easily imagine.

There was a small stretch of a couple chapters (negligible, really, but must be mentioned for honesty’s sake) where I felt not much happened in terms of plot and character development, and that is the only reason A Time to Die receives 4, and not 5, stars from me.

On the whole, I really enjoyed reading A Time to Die, and look forward to what Brandes does with the rest of the Out of Time series.  (This is the first book!)

A Time to Die will be released on September 23rd, 2014 from Enclave Publishing (formerly Marcher Lord Press).  You will also be able to order it from Amazon.  You do NOT want to miss it!  I’m actually a part of the Launch team for this book, so you’ll be hearing a lot more from me about it, but make sure you connect with Nadine as well for ALL of the updates!

*I received a free ARC of A Time to Die from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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