ARC Review: No Ordinary Star (No Ordinary Star #1) by M.C. Frank

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by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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 installments, this is the breathtaking 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.

Disclaimer: I was honored to be selected as part of the NOS STREET TEAM for this beautiful trilogy – but that has had no influence on my review of this book.  

It is the year 2025 – the world has “evolved” – there is no more need of pesky things like food, sleep and love; but most of all there are no books *gasps* (You have no idea how glad I am that it is just 2017 right now!) – but I couldn’t help but fascinated by this horrifying simple future for humankind.

“The stars haven’t been visable from Earth in decades.”
“Oh they have been,” she says. “If you know where to look. When you see a formation that’s irregular, a star that doesn’t look ordinary- that’s a real star and no satelite.” 
He sighs. No ordinary star. What does that even mean?

But as usual, with such “astounding” future condition; rebels are never far behind.
Oh, and did I forget to mention? Not only do the opposite sexes not interact in this future – females aren’t even given the basic right to read – be still my righteous heart, for there is no way that the author would disappoint her readers. Reading this fact had me seething with enough rage that I had to stop reading to cool myself down!

Despite the fact that we are inundated with information about this future through the POV’s of our main characters “The Tin Man” aka Felix and “The Match Girl” aka Astra – the plot has a slow build up to it; not only are we introduced to the our unlikely pair, we are also slowly given glimpses into this world that humans have created in 2025.

Under the normal circumstances, I abhor a slow start to the story, but somehow somewhere this works because we see two different ideologies being challenged; ideologies that they had been living with all their life, ideologies that shake the foundation of their identity and a fast paced plot could have destroyed that experience.

The writing itself is enchanting – because even in my wildest dreams and imaginations I would not be able to fathom a world without words; a world without a single independent thought; but here I found a world that I couldn’t imagine, yet the author made it easily believable!

:star: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

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