Book Title: No Plain Rebel
Author: M.C. Frank
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: No Ordinary Star #2
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pub Date (most recent): 07/16/16
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by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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.
AHHHH!!! Once again I’m left wanting to continue the story, which makes me grateful that it won’t be long until I have my greedy little paws on it. Muahahahaha. What an adventure! Where No Ordinary Star contained the essence of necessary world building, intrigue, and introductions to our characters, No Plain Rebel was fast paced, plot driven action that I nearly swallowed in a single sitting. When it comes to trilogies, I typically struggle most with the middle installment, as it can feel a bit like filler material stretching out the series. Here, the books are short enough that this is not true; each precious page is valuable and treasured and I was blown away at how engrossed I felt in this middle passage on our journey through what has become an enchanting alternate world.
If you read my previous review for No Ordinary Star then you know I was really hoping to learn a bit more about Karim in this book. You’ll be pleased to hear that we get to know all sorts of things about him and from him, and he might just be my favorite character to date! While these are overall very beautifully serious novels, it was a pleasure to find some levity in Karim’s character and his witty one liners. I was swept away in the delicate, budding romance between Astra and Felix and couldn’t help but turn a little mushy in their discovery as individuals, but also as a romantic duo. I’m not sure that cliffhanger is the correct word for how this part ends; I felt there was enough closure for the moment, but we are left desiring answers and more to the story for certain.
It’s safe to say that this series is a fine example of near perfect world building; between the establishing factors in the first book and the plot taking off in the second, I found myself intoxicated by this world that was chilling and mysterious. To say that I am eagerly anticipating the final act in this drama would be an understatement, and if you enjoy young adult fantasy of the dystopian type, but hate all the cliches and immaturity of most current reads, you should really pick this series up. It is fresh, unique, and wholly satisfying, while keeping a feel of the classics without becoming stuffy or difficult to comprehend. Highly recommended and I can’t wait to see how the author chooses to conclude this breathtaking saga!
*Many thanks to the author for providing my copy.
If you missed my review of No Ordinary Star (Book 1), no worries! You can find it HERE.