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Review: No Ordinary Star and No Plain Rebel By M.C. Frank

*This book was send to me by the lovely author M.C. Frank as a free ARC in exchange for an honest review, the fact that it was sent to me will not sway my opinion in any way.*

Sorry not sorry for posting three reviews in a row. Next week will (probably) be something different.

Title: No Ordinary Star  27419429


Author: M.C. Frank
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: November 25th 2015
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 169
Date Read: October 11th, 2016
Ratings: 4/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads

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by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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 instalments, 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.

“She knows what they are; at least she thinks she does. They’re the most dangerous weapons… Books.”

The story is about Felix and Astra. A tin soldier and a match girl who find themselves in the same place on the North Pole. The year is 2524 and the world has changed drastically. Children are bred in laboratories. The people don’t know hunger or sleep, beauty or suffering. Everything they need comes in innovative pills that seems to take away what makes them human.

M.C. Frank
The writer herself: M.C. Frank
The writing is great! It’s very clear who your reading about because of the “tin soldier” and “Match girl” at the top of every chapter. The book is written from the he and she side and I have a hate/love relationship with it. But this I actually loved.

In the beginning some things might seem unclear but the story unfolds in a beautiful way. Every time you think you know everything there is another thing coming to the surface that keeps you reading.

You learn something about the world they live in on every page. You learn about their past and the things they don’t know about but what we think is obvious.

There are some bits that go differently than you might think but there isn’t a very big plot twist that completely blows your mind (this did happen to me in the second book: No plain rebel.Something that has to do with family…) This isn’t very upsetting because the overall story is still really good. While the story continues it doesn’t just makes you question what is going to happen on the next page. It makes you wonder if the world they live in could be our future? And is that really a future we want to live in?

And how beautiful are these covers?!

 


Title: No Plain Rebel 30970438
Author: M.C. Frank
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: December 2, 2015
Pages: 212
Date Read: October 19th, 2016
Ratings: 4/5 stars

Summary from Goodreads

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 instalments, 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.

This is where the trilogy continues. There were so many things that I apparently didn’t know and I learned all of that in this book.
You mostly learn more stuff about their past and about the how the One World became what it is.
I thought I had a complete picture of the world and how it worked but I was wrong. But I actually felt like I was there. Learning new things together with the characters.
That was amazing.

Mostly because it’s written as a he/she story I don’t feel like I am the characters but that I’m living silently next to them. I wasn’t always able to look into their minds and know what was going to happen, the same thing in the first book. And I didn’t mind. It was actually nice not knowing what the merc was going to happen. (You might want to read the book to know what I mean with merc ;)

But the ending got me really annoyed! Why?
Because I have no idea what is going to happen and then it ends in a cliffhanger and you just want to continue reading! But you can’t!
This is because the third book of the trilogy isn’t out yet… But I’m absolutely keeping an eye out!

The last thing I want to say about the ending is that it took SO long. This was mostly because the writer was throwing all kinds of new information your way that was almost blowing my mind, that’s how fast it went.
Long. But fast.

 


I’m very exited for the last book in the trilogy to come out! I just really want to know how it ends…

You can read the first three chapters of No Ordinary Star on M.C. Frank her website! Click here to go there directly. And while you’re there you might as well check out her other books!

Love, 

Manon 

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