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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Contains spoilers from A Time to Die and A Time to Speak.
I can’t believe it’s over, friends. This is it. The last book in the Out of Time trilogy. And to be honest, it was rather a lackluster finale. This is going to be a tough review to write, since I LOVED the first two books so much, and this one leaves me only with a sort of half-hearted like.
A few of my favorite highlights of the book were
1. Parvin not being dead. (Obviously.)
2. Russia. I love Russia, and it was really cool to see Parvin & Co. visit this land.
3. Solomon. Need I say more?
However, I feel like the cons outweigh the pros in this one. The pacing was very rushed (you can tell she had a deadline coming up-fast!). The plot itself wasn’t very strong-it seemed to rely heavily on plot devices, and at times glossed over significant events. I noticed a few continuity errors as well.
I think the worst part was Parvin herself. She wasn’t the same Parvin from the first two books. Every now and again something would ring true and I could see the original Parvin in her, but overall it wasn’t the same. Parvin’s voice seemed slightly off, and she seems even more impulsive than she was in the first book. At times, she even comes off as immature.
Though most of the loose ends were wrapped up, and we got answers to several important questions, I still felt like it didn’t end satisfactorily. A Time to Rise just doesn’t quite fit with its predecessors, giving me the impression of hammering a square peg into a round hole. Not sure what happened-whether Brandes has lost her touch, or it needed a couple more rounds of editing, but one thing is for sure:this is a library-read, not a buy-it read.
Content guide (parenthesis may contain minor spoilers):
Violence/Graphic:10/10(attacks by wild animals, serious injuries, rioting, etc)
Sexual:2/10(brief kisses, thoughts about kissing, mention of pregnancy, etc-all kept in an innocent light)
Recommended: Borrow from the library. Don’t buy. 14 and up.
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A Time to Rise