No Plain Rebel by M.C. Frank
Publication Date: 2 December 2015
Blurb from Goodreads: BOOK 2 in the NO ORDINARY STAR series 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 2524. Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic young adult novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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.
Cover page: I am once again mesmerized by the cover page. I totally buy books on cover pages and it’s like cherry on the top if the book is equally mesmerizing.
Plot: So, the plot continues here after the first book, No Ordinary Stars and is a massive chapter unfolding. I loved how the plot progressed in this next book in series. It was again a combination of love, hate, mystery, passion, thriller, sci-fi and magic.
- He’d never thought of death like that, like it’s some sort of other life that you can hope for, dream of. Escape to. That it can rescue you.
- That was the secret of the salvation he brought, that was the light he shone into the darkness; and that was why they wanted to kill him. Because they preferred the darkness to the light.
- He feels her heart race madly against his own and for a second he thinks it’s finally happened , he’s come alive.
- He wants to try to be better person. And all because of a Clock. World gone mad indeed.
Overall: I did not expect so many secrets to unfold or even didn’t think of them in the first place. This book is filled so many unpredictable pieces. I was also going WHOOT! WHOOT! as the tin soldier’s heart was finally melting for the match girl. The romance she wrote was undeniable. I can’t seem to wait for the next book in series to be out.
It was again written masterly and shined with stars and clocks.
**Received a free e-copy through author in exchange of an honest review. Thank you!**