Spoiler Alert: If you have yet to read or finish A Time to Die, I wouldn't recommend reading the following review, as it might give away several things that are inherent to the plot of this book, but still a mystery in the first novel. :)
The Council is using Jude’s Clock-matching invention to force “new-and-improved” Clocks on the public. Those who can’t afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council’s purposes. Parvin and Solomon team up to rescue the people. Instead, they find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?
Now that the Clock is gone, I never know if today is my last day. I might die tomorrow. And that brings me to life.
I've heard everything from "live in the here and now" to "focus on your future" - and the message that goes with each is equally persuading. I've found myself stuck, unsure of which to believe and live out. This book, along with the first in the series, edited my mindset on the whole. I realized that it's wrong to focus on just one - the present or the future. It's about living for both. Living like today is the last day, that this is your chance to leave a legacy. Living every day like it is the future you've been waiting for. Ultimately, A Time to Speak taught me to value my time as if there was no tomorrow. (if that sounded morbid, so help me, this book is not :)
I don't want to step into the boxcar graveyard. But I do it anyway. I don't want to weave my way around the ragdoll bodies bleeding into the thin straw covering the floor. But I do it anyway. I don't want mother to have to sit in this black space that smells of blood and trauma. But she does it anyway. And I sit beside her... Because, strength is a choice
Parvin is strong, but she's not the tough-as-life-itself independently obnoxious modern feminist you'd imagine when you hear the words "strong woman." She's quietly in control of her emotions; she has the full ability to guard her heart, to manage how she reacts to pressing and stressful situations. Nadine, through Parvin, reminded me that it's possible to be tenacious, but not the picture that modern-day secular sources pin to the word, specifically when it applies to women. That it's possible to be resilient and uncompromising, but still, submit to God and your authorities. As I have been copiously noted as strong (and many other synonyms I'll decline to use) it's comforting to know that. She has a strength that comes from God. Proverbs 31:25 fits effortlessly into the message of this book:
"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come."
The only reproach I need to stay above is God's, and he's on my side.
Throughout the summer I've been a whirling mess of emotions. No fun. But now that I think (and pray, desperately) it's over, I can confidently say God was right (who woulda thought!).
One of the multiple things I believe Christ revealed to me was this: We should be wholly unconcerned with what the world thinks about us, simply because God's furious longing for us is so, so much greater than their approval.
This book came to me at just the right time, and when I read this portion, I completely had to stop, shut it, and realize the beautiful ways in which God can confirm his will to us.
Dystopia, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Christian
Nadine Brandes wrote a comprehensive overview of all the scenes which could be objectionable. While there are few, you might want to check it out before reading.
This is really the only factor that parents have cause to worry about. While not excessively gruesome, there are some scenes that could be disturbing to some readers. Concentration-like scenes are prevalent (If you've read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetey, think about the time when they're in the train-car.) There's nothing immoral to worry about, but if you're a sensitive reader who can't stomach blood, this one isn't for you. *sad face*
As the author puts it, "attraction between a boy and a girl, one kiss" - that sums it up quite nicely :)
*disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest opinion. The thoughts expressed are entirely my own.*
Review for A Time to Die here.
Quotes from A Time to Speak (with exclusive graphics!) here.
Author Interview with Nadine here.
and remember..... A TIME TO RISE COMES OUT ON OCTOBER 14TH!