This Friday, October 14th, the third book in the Out of Time Series releases. Titled, A Time to Rise, it will be the final installment of the story of Parvin Blackwater and her journey to bring shalom to the world.
First, let me admit, dystopian novels were never my thing. I have very little time to read and, in the past, I had always been more drawn to spy thrillers, like The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Ultimatum, etc. Then, three years ago, I began reading the first book in the Out of Time series, A Time to Die.
For really the first time ever, I found myself finally calling a book a "page-turner". Nadine Brandes had taken a question, "what if you knew the day you'd die?" and built a story, deep characters, and an entire world around it. I was hooked.
I never thought I'd be one who would sit on the edge of my seat while reading about a teenage girl who's been cast to the other side of "The Wall" to live out her days in the wilderness. But, that's just what I was. Parvin is a very real character who has to overcome herself just as much as the obstacles she faces. I enjoyed every second of it.
The next book, A Time to Speak, picked up where the first one left off and was, again, impossible to put down. This time, Parvin is called to be a leader. The young girl, who thought she was dying, becomes the one that her people look to. You can read my review here.
This book took us even deeper into Parvin's world and showed us more of the corruption that occurs in our future country. Sometimes, it really does feel like our country might be heading in this direction, and I think Nadine Brandes did an excellent job building this future world. My personal favorite is "The Marble".
Now, we come to the final book, A Time to Rise. Parvin Blackwater is dead. At least, that's what the Council--and the world--thinks. But her serif tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.
Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world?
I'm really excited about his one, though it's a shame that the series will be over. These books allow us to escape from the craziness of this world and see someone actually stand up and fight for what is right. I have thoroughly enjoyed them and look forward to more wonderful books from Nadine Brandes.
About the author:
Nadine Brandes writes stories about authentic faith, bold living, and worlds soaked in imagination. She lives in Missouri with her husband. When she's not writing, editing, or taste-testing a new chai, she is out pursuing adventures.
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