Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
Book 1: A Time to Die
How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?
Parvin Blackwater believes she 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 government’s 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.
Book 2: A Time to Speak
What happens when you live longer than you wanted to?
Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she’s being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow.
The Council uses Jude’s Clock-matching invention to force “new-and-improved” Clocks on the public. Those who can’t afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council’s purposes.
Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?
Book 3: A Time to Rise
What more can you sacrifice than your life?
Parvin Blackwater is dead.
At least that’s what the Council—and the world—thinks. But her sacrifice 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?
Well. I don’t have words. These books will make you feel things you never thought you could feel. I, for one, can say that this book has made my faith stronger. It has reminded me of what a great God we have, of His plan for my life, of Shalom. As young adults, we have this fame among older folks for always saying we feel misunderstood, alone, etc. (You know what I’m talking about). It can be tough being a Christian kid in these chaotic times we live. Sometimes God feels so far we don’t even try anymore. How can God care when we have lost friends, family, and things? Well, you are not alone.
The MC of this book, Parvin, is the perfect example of today’s teen. She goes through a series of trials that help her discover her purpose and God’s will for her life in a society where you can’t escape the nightmare of having a clock beside you, ticking… counting how many days you have left to live. I know what you are thinking. ”But, Breny, I don’t like reading books with Christian elements because they are so preachy”. Even though I’m not against preachy books, they are not my favorite types of books, either. But, The Out of Time series, doesn’t feel that way, AT ALL. It has the perfect proportions of adventure, suspense, love, and faith, that creates this masterpiece. Character-wise, love them all, even the baddies are well developed. The pace was terrific, though, in the second book, it felt a little to slow for my taste. I wish Nadine had never ended this series !!! I hope she writes some future novellas or prequels! If you know a teen or young adult, please grab a copy of The Out of Time series for them! You won’t regret it.
cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 (non-descriptive kisses)
Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
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About the Author
NADINE BRANDES once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of FAWKES, ROMANOV, and the award-winning Out of Time Series. Her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she’s not busy writing novels about bold living, she’s adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. Nadine, her Auror husband, and their Halfling son are building a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.