A Time to Rise

A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes

What more can you sacrifice than your life? – A Time to Rise

 Parvin Blackwater is dead.

At least…that’s what the Council—and the world—thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.

Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world?” -summary from Goodreads

I can’t believe it’s over, friends. This is it. The last book in the Out of Time trilogy. And to be honest, it was rather a lackluster finale. This is going to be a tough review to write, since I LOVED the first two books so much, and this one leaves me only with a sort of half-hearted like.

A few of my favorite highlights of the book were

  1. Parvin not being dead. (Obviously.)
  2. Russia. I love Russia, and it was really cool to see Parvin & Co. visit this land.
  3. Solomon. Need I say more?

However, I feel like the cons outweigh the pros in this one. The pacing was very rushed (you can tell she had a deadline coming up fast!). The plot itself wasn’t very strong it seemed to rely heavily on plot devices, and at times glossed over significant events. I noticed a few continuity errors as well.

I think the worst part of A Time to Rise was Parvin herself. She wasn’t the same Parvin from the first two books. Every now and again something would ring true and I could see the original Parvin in her, but overall it wasn’t the same. Parvin’s voice seemed slightly off, and she seems even more impulsive than she was in the first book. At times, she even comes off as immature.

Though most of the loose ends were wrapped up, and we got answers to several important questions, I still felt like it didn’t end satisfactorily. A Time to Rise just doesn’t quite fit with its predecessors, giving me the impression of hammering a square peg into a round hole. Not sure what happened whether Brandes has lost her touch, or it needed a couple more rounds of editing, but one thing is for sure: library read, not a buy-it read.

Content guide (parenthesis may contain minor spoilers):

Violence/Graphic: 10/10(attacks by wild animals, serious injuries, rioting, etc.)

Sexual: 2/10(brief kisses, thoughts about kissing, mention of pregnancy, etc.)

Language: 0/10

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