Title: No Ordinary Star
Author: M. C. Frank
Genre: Young adult science-fiction, fantasy
Publication Date: November 25th 2015
My Rating: 4/5 stars
At last she looks away from the fascinating window. “Oh no, I understand it all. Just one question: what’s a Clock?”
Felix looks at her for a stunned second. Then he bursts out laughing. – aka the moment where I couldn’t stop laughing.
A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix 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by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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 instalments, this is the breath-taking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.
Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.
I received a copy of No Ordinary Star from the author in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not influence my review in any way.
This story had me hooked from the very beginning, and unlike some of the sci-fi novels I’ve read, it goes straight to the point whereas in other sci-fi novels, they usually take one or two chapters to get into the action. The writing is beautiful and flows smoothly that it is easy to read and get into.
I was immediately drawn to the characters from the moment I met them. The Clockmaster was intriguing, but doesn’t get seen much after the first few chapters. Felix was first seen as a stoic soldier, but as the story progressed, we get to see him be a completely different person when he isn’t posed as a soldier. Felix’s voice was very easy and natural to read, it makes us feel as if we are in his shoes. Felix is also humorous and I was smiling a lot as I read from his point of view.
Felix saves Astra from dying in the ice but they do not bond quickly. Not because of Astra’s fierceness, independence or, in his eyes, annoying personality, but because Felix had never met a female because this world separates genders from each other. Anyways, I adored Astra, her fiery personality and her knack for survival. Their relationship together slowly develops over time, and I just loved it. Their conversations are witty and humorous, and I think I prefer them as friends but wouldn’t mind them becoming a couple.
The world is very unique! In the year 2525, the world isn’t like what we know it. People are made in tubes rather than biological and that means their mothers would be robots. Very few are born, thus few very parents. I think this is their way of controlling the population. Males and females are segregated. A lot of what we know is lost in time, such as Christmas and words such as beautiful, spoon and brother.
Felix and Astra try to decipher the Clockmaster’s messages and they discover many things and it is amusing to see them fascinated about things such as Christmas and literature. Every page has you wanting to keep reading. This is a short story, meaning that it is a quick and easy read, perfect for those looking to get out of a slump or waning to quickly read something.
The ending also has me excited for the next book. I want to know what happens next, what the duo decide to do and how their relationship develops. I think this is also perfect for a Christmas read because it isn’t time-consuming since it’s short and it’s set during Christmas – except they don’t have Christmas.
Because I adored this story so much, I made character aesthetics for Felix and Astra. Hope you guys like them! I’m thinking about doing this in my reviews more often but not too sure yet. Anyways, here they are:
I hope you enjoyed today’s review! And if you do pick this up, let me know what you though about it!