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No Ordinary Star
Author: M. C. Frank
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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.
Isn’t the cover stunning? Well so is the book.
The story of a tin soldier and a match girl, this book might look tiny but can stir your thoughts to levels you can’t possibly imagine. Well, the year is 2425. People don’t sleep anymore and take food in the form of pills. It’s both scary and fascinating. Science has taken over religion and logic and women are only there for breeding (for giving healthy eggs) and babies are produced in tubes. There’s no concept of government or democracy. There’s only “One World”.
Amidst all this chaos there’s The Clockmaster. He has a very important job (The Clock) every year and he is marvelous at it.
Felix is a soldier of the “One World”. He is known for his intelligence and success in every mission and training.
The match girl is a survivor. She has been hunted down and has survived extremes of conditions.
“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?
The story unfolds when Felix gets a message from The Clockmaster revealing that he is his grandfather and that Felix needs to leave everything behind and complete an unfinished task. And then he meets The Match Girl and together starts the journey of mastering an art both of them know nothing about.
Set in the Arctics, this is a dystopian adaptation and inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury. It’s 2425 and Love, Family, Christmas etc are just words with no meaning. The book makes you think about the death of humanity and emotions over time. It’s heartbreaking. The characters are relatable because this is the kind of world we think about whenever we imagine the future where science is everything (devoid of love, faith, and hope). Felix is perfect or rather has been made perfect. The match girl is still human, just like any of us and has learned to survive in the perfect world with all her imperfections.
“So you say there is no Father Christmas, You say there is no Santa Claus Reindeer cannot fly, it’s all a grown-up lie…”
The book is fast-paced and can be finished in one sitting, The language is simple and lucid. It maintains the suspense throughout the book and there is no romance at all. I say this because this is what makes the book different. The characters are trying to embrace the reality and seriousness of the situation and are perfectly inclined towards the work at hand.
The Cliffhanger at the end is too painful to handle and hence I will waste no time and start the next book in the series “No Plain Rebel”. And so should you!
My Rating: 4.0/5.0
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Until next time