Fiction Friday: A Time to Die

Since Time is my theme this week, I thought, what better book to review than A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes? Y’know, since it deals with, um, TIME. So I posted my amazon review below, in case you’re interested in knowing what this dystopian book is about.


I love a good dystopian story, and A Time to Die did not disappoint. Every time I picked up the book to read another chapter, I thought to myself, “I’m going on an adventure!” (In Bilbo Baggins’s voice, of course.) And that’s exactly how I would describe this story.

Brandes takes the reader into a dystopian world where Clocks determine how long you live. The heroine, Parvin, doesn’t want to die with “empty numbers”. She wants her life to matter. And I think that’s something that resonates with everyone. We all want to have a voice. We all want to make a difference. And that’s why Parvin is immediately likable—because she does something about it. The reader is taken across the Wall, through a pack of wolves (the most vivid scene in my memory of the book), and through some primitive colonies. She drags us through the endless dregs, and finally leads us to a futuristic city of tightropes and some cool technology.

Parvin’s relationship with her family was quirky and realistic. This being a dystopian book, it wasn’t overly violent. As a Christian book, it wasn’t overly preachy. I think even non-christians can identify with the need to find “shalom”, or peace— the way things were intended to be.

As a hopeless romantic, I would have liked the romance to be taken up a notch, but that’s just a personal preference. 😉 A Time to Die is an exciting, page-turning piece of fabulousness. Brandes is a master plot weaver, and her three-dimensional characters and original story-world will stick with you long after you’ve finished the book.

Now that you’ve read the review, GO BUY THE BOOK! XD

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