Genre: Young Adult/Sci-fi
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by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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.
So this is the second book in the series, see my review of the first No Ordinary Star here.
We left Felix and Astra exploring the depth of the Clockmaster’s cabin, after discovering a secret basement full of banned objects including books, toys and Christmas decorations.
This second book takes the story to the next level and is one of the rare books I can say is even better than the first. Felix is no longer a ‘tin soldier’ and is beginning to wake up and see the world for what it really is. I like that we find out a bit more about the characters histories, including why Felix grew up in the Box (a terrifying prison) and Astra’s childhood in the rebel camp. Also the introduction character of Karim (he’s Felix’s adopted brother) made it even more interesting. He is a soldier like Felix although he is still under the control of the evil Chairman Kun.
I also love the developing relationship between Felix and Astra, (I am literally dying for these two characters to kiss but it’s forbidden by the laws of their planet).
I was a little sad that Ursa the polar bear didn’t make an appearance in this book, I would have like to have seen Karim’s reaction to her.
There are some fantastic twists and turns in the book, especially when you get nearer to the end, with another cliffhanger ending (you’re killing me, MC Frank). I know the final book in the series is out at the end of the year and I honestly can’t wait!
I received a free copy of this via the author in exchange for an honest review.