Book Reviews

Book Review: A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes

January 20, 2017



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Back Cover:


How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?


Parvin Blackwater believes she 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 government’s 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.


Naomi’s Review:


If you haven’t read them, you’ve at least heard of The Hunger Games or Divergent. I liked them, don’t get me wrong, but once I read the last words and closed the book, there was something… lacking.


Oh sure, the story was fun, entertaining, intense, and it even had some romance thrown in. But what about hope? What about peace?


Nadine wrote a dystopian novel that was fun, entertaining, intense, and came with a reassuring message of assurance in God. It was a breath of fresh air—I was so happy to find it!





Parvin isn’t perfect, she’s real. Relatable, understandable. Human. She makes mistakes, seeks forgiveness, and strives to find shalom*.


*Shalom: used as a salutation by Jews at meeting or parting, meaning “peace”.


Nadine wrote a beautiful treasure, a wonderful story that talks about God without being preachy. Personally, I have a hard time finding authors that talk about God enough to satisfy me without going overboard and being preachy so A Time to Die was certainly refreshing.


I do have to say that I thought the beginning was a little slow, but I understand she was laying the ground work for the rest of the novel. I also think maybe this generation is impatient and wants everything to happen now, but I guess that’s a discussion for another time.


All in all, five out of five stars to Nadine Brandes’s debut novel, A Time to Die. I would highly recommend it to anyone really, but especially to those who love dystopian stories. Definitely give it a read!






Naomi Downing – Column: Book Reviews

Naomi Downing is a music obsessed bookworm with a passion for writing. When not doing anything book related, you can find her experimenting with crocheting, or drawing calligraphy. She is a Book Promotions Intern at Birch House Press, writes monthly columns at, and blogs somewhat sporadically at



  1. Savannah Grace

    January 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply

    A Time To Die is one of my favorite books – I enjoyed reading your review of it! Nadine is stellar at what she does :).

  2. Kayla Johansen

    January 23, 2017 at 7:27 pm Reply

    I’m on the lookout for more Christian speculative fiction. I’ll definitely have to give this one a read!

  3. Micaiah

    January 25, 2017 at 10:16 pm Reply


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