A Time to Speak

A Time to SpeakA Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes
Series: Out of Time
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy
Published by Enclave Publishing on October 16, 2015
Pages: 400
Also in this series: A Time to Die
Also by this author: A Time to Die

 

About A Time to Speak (from the back cover):
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 Two in the “Out of Time” series.

I LOVED A Time to Die, the first book in the Out of Time series. (Notice I used ALLCAPS—can you feel my adoration for this series?) Book one took Parvin, the main heroine, down many trials and tests, but now she knows who she is—she’s God’s, and her purpose is to bring Him and Shalom to the world.

If I thought the first book was intense, A Time to Speak was press-your-nails-into-your-palms, white-knuckle-grip, double-heaping of intenseness.

Most of my favorite characters return in A Time to Speak, and the author, Nadine Brandes, remembered the smallest of details about each individual personality, physical attributes, and even his or her own dialects. Parvin has learned her limitations, feelings some of them physically every second, but we encounter her obedience to what she’s called to do and observe what truly trusting and depending on God can look like. The Biblical stories directly and indirectly weaved into the characters’ lives were done appropriately and awesomely, causing the spiritual attributes to richly enhance the story. Parvin’s questions and communication with God appeared believable and vulnerable, never forced.

Parvin may be fictional, but she provides the reader with a sense of hope, the desire for purpose in real everyday life, and a call to act.

The world building continues to strengthen throughout this series, especially when rediscovering the High Cities, where the rich live. The places were vivid in my mind because the writer took the time to create new and exciting items and landscapes, giving specific details of it all. The love thread grew in a steady, hopeful direction and quite possibly became my favorite part. Jude will always have a special place in my reader’s heart, however, Solomon is a keeper. (And I hope the author knows this reader enjoys happily-ever-afters! Hint. Hint Ms. Brandes.)

Good Christian dystopians stories are hard to find. This treasure’s a keeper!

Being well accustomed that the author won’t sugar coat her characters’ lives, I’d pause before a big scene would arrive (and they arrived almost around every page) because I didn’t know where the story might go next and what my “friends” might have to endure. If I thought the first book was intense, A Time to Speak was press-your-nails-into-your-palms, white-knuckle-grip, double-heaping of intenseness. The pace increased in a must-keep-reading kind of way until you reach the cliff-hanger of an ending, making you crave more.

Parvin may be fictional, but she provides the reader with a sense of hope, the desire for purpose in real everyday life, and a call to act. She may be on a quest for Shalom, but I have peace that the third and final book in this series will be the best one yet.

Good Christian dystopians stories are hard to find. This treasure’s a keeper!

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