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.
I suppose you could say this was my most anticipated book of the year. For some reason, I'm always hesitant to start books that I've been waiting for. Maybe it's because I've built up such high expectations, and more often than not, they disappoint. I am happy to say this one fully lived up to my hopes and dreams.
It's wonderful, to me, that Nadine was able to create such a unique,
Christian plot. The heroin finds God in the most remarkable of ways, and it's carried throughout the story excellently. It's something I appreciate in a novel.
"Enjoy the little things in life," they say. One of my very favorite 'little things' happens to be quotes. So, without further ado, we begin:
"I enter my room and shut the door softly, like a whisper. If I could unbutton my soul and hang it up, it's downtrodden state might dry off by morning. Instead, I like on my bed and let it float in float in my emotion."
"Mere survival holds no purpose. I refuse to believe God created us to just get by, so where does that put me?"
"I can't comprehend the full emotion in his wrinkled brow and grinding jaw, but his eyes hold deeper sorrow than I've ever witnessed in my short life. In this moment, I realize how very different sorrow is from pity."
Generally, I create a long list full of specific things I enjoyed from a book (like plot, character details, resolve, etc). I'm going to change the structure up today, because this, my friends, is a very special book. I'm going to create a few different categories and list what I love.
This novel (partly because it was a sci-fi) is filled with brilliant new technology. While it's hard to choose, let me introduce you to the three objects of my highest esteem:
- Music Chip
- Tightrope Society
- Skelly Chase
- Elm, Willow, Ash
Dystopian, Christian, Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
16-17+ (for violence)
Nadine, ever the thoughful author, wrote a 'review' on goodreads briefly going over the violence to warn any faint-hearted or concerned parents. You can find it here.
There is, as Nadine put it, attraction between two characters. However, it doesn't go any father than that.
Hope you decide to read it!