Title // No Plain Rebel (No Ordinary Star #1)
Author // M.C. Frank
Publication Date // July 2016
Publisher // CreateSpace
Genre // YA, Science-Fiction
Rating // ✭✭✭✭✭
A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
The year is 2525.
Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.
Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.
Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.
In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth.
Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow-soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate. The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head.
Because she’s no longer there.
The Stadium is looming in the distance.
It’s ten heartbeats to midnight.
No Plain Rebel continues the story of Felix and Astra as they uncover secrets that unravel everything they know and believe.
The second instalment in this series, No Plain Rebel continues to delve deeper into the two main characters – loyal-soldier Felix and hunted-girl Astra. Their paths have crossed under unforeseen circumstances and they have to work together to complete the Clockmaster’s final task.
I loved the character development in this instalment – it really drives the story as Felix and Astra rely on one another. They become more complex and three-dimensional and it’s wonderful to read. I continued to enjoy M.C. Frank’s descriptions of different scenes, although one of my favourite’s is when Astra is painting; it’s easy to picture the joy that being able to paint brings to this girl who’s spent most of her life running from something.
The ‘Christmas’ theme continues to be threaded through the story, both the religious ‘Christmas’ and the traditional one, in thought-provoking ways. There are greater reveals happening in this instalment, too, such as the purpose for the clocks, the histories of both Felix and Astra and the reasons for why the world is the way it has become.
I gave No Ordinary Star 5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to the conclusion being released later in the year.
I received a copy of No Plain Rebel from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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