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It's ten heartbeats until midnight.
Title: No Plain Rebel
Author: M.C. Frank
Series: No Ordinary Star, #2
Genre: SciFi, Fantasy, Dystopia
Publisher: M.C. Frank
Date Published: July 16, 2016
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by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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 is one of the most unique books I have ever read. I am way out of my dystopia phase, but this specific dystopia was very different than any other dystopia, or book in general, that I have ever read. Many elements combine to make No Plain Rebel an unforgettable book.
First, the world building in No Plain Rebel is exquisite. In every chapter, we learn more information about the fascinating world that M.C. Frank has created. Part of what makes the world building so amazing is the incredible detail that descriptions are written in. It takes some getting used to, but once you have, this becomes one of the best elements of the book.
Another thing in No Plain Rebel that is great is the complex characters and the character development. Specifically in Felix. Astra does have a lot of complexity to her but Felix’s character development between books is unlike any other book. It was truly amazing to watch development in his character.
The mood in No Plain Rebel varies depending on where in the book you are. It develops from moving slightly slow, kind of a planning mood to an intense and suspenseful mood to where you don’t know what will happen next.
The ending of No Plain Rebel has me craving more of the story and I can’t wait to continue. This book is incredible and I highly recommend reading it.
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Goodreads 2017: 81/100