Today I am very excited to review Nadine Brandes’ book, A Time to Die. I had my eye on it for quite some time (that cover, though!) and after hearing many good things about it, I decided I had to give it a try.
Synopsis: 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.
The plot was tight and fast paced, and the futuristic elements were very unique without distracting from the plot. There were several surprises where the author did something I truly did not expect her to do. However, there were other things Parvin did not see coming that I saw a mile away.
My favorite character was Parvin’s brother Reid. He was kind, well-behaved, and a good example. Like Tadashi from “Big Hero Six”. Second to him, I liked Hawke. And Skelley Chase. He was one of my favorite characters simply for how he was written (definitely not for who he was). He was interesting, strange, and sometimes you hated him, but he was so himself. I found Parvin to be a nice young lady, though a tad quick-tongued. Her impetuous nature got her into quite a lot of trouble. I didn’t relate to her much—that might just be me, though.
I did not enjoy the end the way I had hoped. The main character *minor spoiler* is not feeling well, *end of spoiler* and I found that it overwhelmed the plot at the end for me. However, that’s just what comes sometimes from reading books in first person present tense. There were a couple graphic descriptions, for the weak of stomach, but nothing that felt assaulting.
One thing I really appreciate is the author’s voice. It’s clear, it doesn’t tangle you in too much description or too little, and it stays out of the way of the story. I think for that alone I would enjoy reading anything written by Nadine Brandes.
All in all, I greatly enjoyed the book, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.