Book Review: A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes (Four Stars)

Book Review: A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes

Four Stars out of Five

Image a world where people knew when they would die. Imagine a world where people were required to carry a clock showing how many years, days, hours and seconds remained in their lives. Imagine being seventeen years old and having only one more year to live. And knowing it.

Unfortunately our protagonist is a lazy, stubborn, impulsive teen—yeah, like a lot of us at that age. (Maybe any age.) And she’s a Christian, at least nominally so. No hint of her knowing what that means, let alone living differently, at first. (Kind of like a lot of us again.) Not a very sympathetic character, but she makes up for it by doing stupid things and suffering the consequences—even though she still doesn’t learn. No, she doesn’t get a break. Yes, it gets irritating. Probably a pretty normal life.

And she lives over a century into our future when things have changed—a lot.

Not bad writing. Brandes manages to bring this story to a satisfactory close, while dangling lots of hooks for the next. Better than many far more famous authors.

Considering this was Brandes’ freshman effort, I gave her extra credit.

Not quite as good as Firebird, but another hit for Enclave Publishing.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes (Four Stars)

  1. Intriguing premise. So, the thing about living a year wasn’t true or this stubborn girl found a way around it. I might read this book, too. Yikes my list of books doesn’t ever shrink. I’m sure yours doesn’t either.

    • It’s even more complicated: she and her twin brother share a Clock. So, one of them will die in a year; the other is a Radical. But they don’t know which. (And have engaged in a complex ruse to keep their secret from the authorities.)

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