~No Plain Rebel~ Book Review

Name: No Plain Rebel

Author: M.C. Frank

Rating: 5

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Synopsis:

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 also has forgotten love and beauty. The year is 2524. 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by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas – among other things – is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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. 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.

 

My Thoughts:

So, you know when you read the first book in a series and you finish it and think, “That was amazing and I really really hope the second book measures up to it.” Yeah, well, No Plain Rebel far surpassed my expectations. This book took No Ordinary Star and expanded it on all levels. It expanded the character development even further. It expanded the reader’s knowledge of the entire world. And it expanded your desire for MORE OF THE STORY BECAUSE HOLY CLIFFHANGER!!! I’m not going to talk too much about the story because I really don’t want to give anything away. However, I will HIGHLY recommend you reading this series. It will make you question things and it might even make some readers angry. But that’s the beauty of this story. It’s challenging every reader to stop and reevaluate your life. Not understanding what I’m talking about? Go read the book. You will then 😉

~No Ordinary Star~ Book Review

Name: No Ordinary Star

Author: M.C. Frank

Rating: 4.5

Synopsis:

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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 also has forgotten love and beauty. The year is 2524. 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.

 

My Thoughts:

Ok, so I read Ruined by this author and absolutely loved it. I had high expectations for this book, No Ordinary Star, and they were definitely met! What I loved most about it was the fact that the entire story physically took place in one setting. However, Frank was able to create an entire world through it. The unraveling of the history and current ways of the world kept me on the edge of my seat. (I won’t say too much as not to give away the story!)

The character development of the main two characters was incredible. I constantly needed to know more about them because the concept of their upbringing was fascinating. People were basically mechanical and the development of love being found again kept me wanting more.

Also, I love diving deeper into the meaning of why a story is written. Something that I got out of this book was how humans crave control. And when we take action and feed into that control it can lead to devastating consequences. In the book’s sake, those consequences led to a life of no feelings, no emotions, and no one was allowed think for themselves, etc. That choice was taken away from them. It was a mechanical world. I’ve had many conversations where people question me about my faith in God. They say, “If God is perfect then why did He create sin?” Well, this book is a perfect example of what my answer is to that question. Without good and evil, there is nothing. Without love and hate, there is nothing. A lack of choice makes everything mechanical. And my answer is that God’s love is so strong that He lets us choose our own paths in life. And if He didn’t, the world would be one big puppet. (We just have to be careful not to try and control everything!) 😉

Now that I’ve gone all psychological and spiritual on you, I’ll stop ;P But I love books that make me think and find a deeper meaning. I’m not sure if Frank intended for that to be the message, but that is what I got from it. So I want to thank MC Frank for sending me this copy of No Ordinary Star. I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to read the next installment! Please go check out this book, I promise you that you will very much enjoy it.