A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes swept me into a world that somehow made me feel as if I had been simultaneously swept into the past and the future. She brilliantly weaves impoverished archaic communities with enough futuristic tech to remind me that I’m visiting a time many years after terrorists attacks that devastated the world. In rebuilding, a wall was put up, splitting those who are governed by clocks, and those who choose to remain independent.
The dystopian society Brandes created is enough for me enjoy the ride. Add Parvin, an eighteen-year-old with no direction and no accomplishments, nothing but a ticking clock. A clock that is about to run out. A clock that knows the time of her death.
Or does it?
Parvin has a twin brother. Perhaps the clock is his and he only has a year to live. We don’t know. And though it’s not Parvin or her brother’s fault there weren’t enough clocks available at their birth to set the time of their death, it’s unacceptable to live in their community without one. Now they’re secretly radicals, sharing the same clock.
But one of them only has a year left. Parvin can’t risk having lived all her life for nothing. Her life has to have meaning. This drives her to make a choice that will completely alter the last year of her life. A string of life-threatening events follows that moment, all the while growing her faith and dependence on God.
I’ve read many good books, but it’s been a long time since I picked one up and became instantly hooked. A Time to Die had me delaying dinner and annoying my family with my need to know what will happen next.
I highly recommend this book to any and all readers. There are moments that might be disturbing for someone who is in Jr High or below, but young adults to 100 plus, male or female…anyone who enjoys a good, clean adventure with God at the center…don’t miss A Time to Die.
You are loved,
J F Rogers
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