(Out of Time #1)
How would you live if you knew the day you'd die?
Parvin Blackwater has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside.
In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the crooked justice system. But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall -- her people's death sentence.
What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out.
This book has a little bit of everything.
It's dystopian, for those of us that wonder what it would be like to grow up in a world even more messed up that the world we live in. What would you do if you had to follow arbitrary society rules that weren't fair? What would you do if you were impoverished and the system was against you? Would you struggle? And what would that look like?
It's survivalist, for those who like to read about people pushing themselves past the breaking point, to overcome the odds, to be brave in the face of defeat, to struggle on even when it seems meaningless. (I'm not one of those people so I didn't like this part of the book much. But if you like to watch that show naked and afraid, you'll like this part).
It's a mystery, for those of us that just have to know what's on the other side of that wall. Which is all of us because it's part of human nature.
It's a cultural mosaic. We're not stuck in one dystopian world. We get to explore the many facets of how society invents itself. And because it's fiction, some of the people groups take themselves to the extreme. And tree huggers can be some very scary people if they become fanatics.
It's futuristic and sci-fantastic, for those of us that want to imagine what could be. Cool gadgets that we'd like to use and scary gadgets that can be abused. (It rhymes).
It's a romance--not a lot, but a little.
It's allegorical. Life is meaningless and then you die. Or is it something more than that? Could it be that our life has a purpose and we're on a journey to find it? Could it be that our greatest weakness leads to our greatest hope?
Yes, it could. Because the story is also Christian. Not a little, but a lot. The Christian themes in this book are not subtle. Parvin struggles like we all do. Is God sovereign? Is he there? Does he care? Can we trust him? Does he have a purpose for us? And how do we find that purpose if it exists? And this part, this Christian theme that is intricately woven throughout the book is what makes it great. Because it forces us to ask ourselves the question: if I only had one year left to live, how would I spend it? And who would I spend it with? If there was one thing I could do, no holds barred, what would it be?
Take the journey with Parvin Brielle Blackwater. You'll be glad you did.