Genre: Sci Fi, Young Adult.
A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix 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by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was initially drawn to this series after seeing the beautiful covers on Instagram, as you know you should never judge a book by it’s cover, but after reading the except I was hooked.
I’ve read quite a few YA dystopian novels in my time, (maze runner, the hunger games etc) and I feel that M.C Frank has created a very unusual and interesting world here that stands out from the others.
The two main characters Felix, the tin soldier, and Astra the match girl have had opposite experiences in the world and I love the way they play off each other. Felix was a good soldier, always followed the rules and did what he was told, until his whole world is turned upside down when he finds out he has a Grandfather (they are told that all children are made artificially and do not have parents). He journeys to the north pole where he rescues, with the aid of the last polar bear in existence, Astra from drowning. Astra grew up on the colonies doing manual labour with the rest of the women (women are not allowed to come into contact with other men or any education, in case they get dangerous ideas) until she is thrown in the terrify box (a prison that so many people are crammed into there is just enough room for you to stand) after her father becomes one of the most wanted terrorists on the planet. She escapes and finds her way to the North Pole and helps Felix discover the ‘real’ world.
It’s a very short book, that will keep even the most fickle of readers interested.
My only problem was the action sort of petered out near the end and it kind of felt that the characters were just wandering from room to room for some of it.
But it is still a great read and I am so glad there is another book, as this one ended on a cliffhanger with so many unanswered questions!
Author Website: http://www.mcfrankauthor.com/