Title: No Vain Loss by M.C. Frank.
Release Date: 5th December 2017
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.
This is the One World.
The year is 2524.
Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic young adult novel in three parts is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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 parts, this is the breathtaking story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.
In No Vain Loss, the world is on the brink of the greatest war humanity has ever known. Lives will be lost. New truths will be revealed.
I was given a copy of this by the author herself in exchange for an honest review.
I would highly recommend you read the first two books in the series before you read this one. You can read my review for the first in the series, No Ordinary Star here and the second No Plain Rebel here.
I always feel sad when a series ends and this one is no exception. I’ve gotten very attached to these books.
It picks up where the last book No Plain Rebel left off. There are ten heartbeats left until midnight, Felix, the tin soldier, is facing down the evil Commander Kun and trying to stop him from unleashing a deadly virus that could wipe out the Earth’s population.
At the beginning, you are up on that stage with the terrified Felix and the clock that is counting down the seconds until midnight and the start of the year 2525. Then action really kicks in, as you are launched into the battle between Astra, Felix and the rebels with Chairman Kun and his drones.
*Mini Spoiler alert* Astra and Felix kiss!!!! I’ve been waiting for that moment for so long and it didn’t disappoint. And Ursa the polar bear made an appearance too. I can’t tell you how happy I was.
There was plenty of moments that made me gasp or reach for the tissues. It was definitely a bumpy ride emotionally.
But I would have liked to have seen a little bit more of the wonderful world M.C Frank has created. I would have also loved a face off in the skies between Felix and Astra and the commander of Venus who was the real brains behind the planned mass extinction on One World.
But this is a satisfying end to a great Sci-fi series with a really heartfelt ending.
M.C. Frank (writer, reader, designer, physicist and teacher, to name a few) has been living in a world of stories ever since she can remember (that’s before she knew how to write). She started writing them down when she could no longer stand the characters in her head screaming at her to give them life, and while those first scribblings weren’t exactly good (nor were they books, although she insisted on calling them that), they were enough for her to discover her passion in life.
She got her university degree in physics a few years ago (yes, she’s like Sheldon, only a bit crazier!) and is now free to pursue her love of reading and writing, as well her free-lance job as editor-in-chief. She lives with her ‘dude’ in a home filled with candles, laptops and notebooks, where she rearranges her overflowing bookshelves every time she feels stressed.
Which is often, since (as you might have noticed) she doesn’t pick the easiest subjects for her novels.
Learn more about her and her New Adult, Young Adult, scifi, Greek mythology and historical novels at mcfrankauthor.com
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