Author: M.C. Frank
Format: Kindle e-book
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 2525.
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short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic young adult novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.
This is the story of Astra and how she will change the world, one book at a time.
I loved the cover, is beautiful and is as futuristic as the story. Next I admire the setting – the 26th century Earth, the imaginations that the author used is admirable.
Among the characters in spotlight I liked the Clockmaster because of the sheer mystery that’s yet to be revealed. Astra is enjoyable for her antics and for her zeal to do something even though she can’t read. I want to see how she overcomes this obstacle to bring about a revolution. I felt sad about Felix, how the system had made him a mere fighting, killing machine rather than being a human.
It’s fascinating and appalling to see the future Earth. Fascinating because of the level of technology, that humans even managed to reach Mercury (now I want to know how) and appalling because the animals are extinct and the humans don’t even have interpersonal interactions, their homes don’t even have windows!
My Rating: 4/5
P.S. I received the ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much M.C. Frank.