Title: No Vain Loss
Author: M. C. Frank
Genre: Young adult: Science-Fiction, Dystopia
Publication Date: 5th December 2017
My Rating: 4/5 stars
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.
This is the One World.
The year is 2524.
Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic young adult novel in three parts is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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 parts, this is the breathtaking story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.
In No Vain Loss, the world is on the brink of the greatest war humanity has ever known. Lives will be lost. New truths will be revealed.
A huge thank you to M. C. Frank, the author of this wonderful series, for sending me an e-arc of No Vain Loss. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
First and foremost, how gorgeous is the cover of this book? Honestly, I could stare at it all day. The entire series has beautiful covers, to match the beautiful story written inside. I also love how at the beginning of each instalment, there is a quick blurb which summarises the whole plot, making it easier to remember some key events. If all books had this, I would be eternally grateful because I have such a bad memory when it comes to remembering plots and such.
The first couple of chapters jumped straight into the action, which No Plain Rebel had built up too. I’m glad that it did because it definitely kept my interest and had me hooked into the book. My heart was continuously racing as I prayed and hoped no one from Felix’s crew got hurt because I grew attached to them. AND URSA OUR FAVOURITE POLAR RETURNS! I actually love her so much and am saddened we don’t get to see much of her after No Ordinary Star.
If you’ve read my previous reviews for No Ordinary Star and No Plain Rebel, you would know that I ADORE all the characters in this novel, and No Vain Loss only increased my love for them. Felix’s loyalty to his friends and reckless bravery could be considered admirable. I feel if he were to go to Hogwarts, he’d be placed in Gryffindor. And Astra is still as fiery as ever and I love her and her relationship with Felix. They are definite couple goals and I’d definitely read another book on them.
Karim was only recently introduced in No Plain Rebel and this book made me fall in love with him even more. He is amusing and reminds me greatly of Kenji from Shatter Me, who I absolutely adore so the comparison means a lot haha. I really do wish we had gotten the chance to get to known him even more because I know he’d be an interesting character to watch develop.
There were many twists and turns that were unexpected, which kept me on my feet and made me want to turn the page, even when I was tired. I think this is the fastest I’ve ever read an e-book too, that’s just how good it is. The author’s writing has a poetic flow and describes everything vividly but not overdoing it at the same time.
The ending of No Vain Loss was a little more calming than the beginning, but it was still satisfying so I don’t mind. Plus, it was a great way to end the trilogy/instalment. I promise you will be pleased with the ending. Even so, I keep denying to myself that this story is over because I loved it so much that I just want more of it. I also really want to see more of the characters and just to see them get to know each other and learn all the things that were forgotten in history. Just one more book please?
If you haven’t read this series, you definitely should, especially if you’re looking for a fast paced read. Each book is only about 200-300 pages long so you’d be able to fly through them quickly (and they can contribute to your Goodreads goal if you’re behind ;)).
No Vain Loss comes out on December 5th this year, and is this series is the perfect Christmas read because it has some Christmas feels to it and is set around that time.
Here is an aesthetic for you: