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review 2017-07-03 00:00
No Ordinary Star
No Ordinary Star - M.C. Frank No Ordinary Star - M.C. Frank A fairy in the Arctic, a tin solider in the future, and a mysterious clock that keeps the world balanced; what exactly is this story about? That's what I ventured to find out as I began my read of No Ordinary Star - or NOS - by M.C. Frank.

Five stars is the review I give this novel and there are five reasons why (or maybe six).

First off, the style of writing. The words look so inviting on the page and reading through them I never felt overwhelmed by vocabulary, imagery or pages and pages of dialogue which could do in the best books for me. The pacing of the novel is set at a perfect pace. Rarely do I actually finish a novel in one sitting but that's exactly what happened when I picked up this novel.

Secondly, the mystery of the novel is what drew me in in the first place. The summary of NOS left me wanting to read about where in the world this story could even go. I was intrigued from the start. I wanted to find out more about our characters, about the year they lived in, about the mysteriously Clockmaster, and about how the world go so screwed up in the first place. I'll just say, which the answers I was provided with in this book I was not disappointed.

Third and fourth, our dashing and daring lead guy and gal. Oh, how I've already fallen in love with our two main characters, tin solider and match girl. It's no secret that I have a weakness for dashing male protagonists such as our leading man himself. But female characters? It takes me a little bit longer to form a connection. Match girl is the exception. I don't know what it is about this fiery red-head but I loved her immediately. And, may I get a boarding pass for this ship please?

Lastly, the genre. Science fiction is a subject that I know and love; I'll reach for anything with the tag! Unfortunately, sometimes this genre causes stories to become too jammed packed, too out-there. Did NOS ever feel like this while I was reading it? Never. It's 2525 and let me tell you the world is a lot different. But the aspects of this futuristic time don't seem too far fetched. It's easy to believe.

But, hold the presses. I cannot end this review without talking about how gorgeous of a cover this book has. I mean, I could stare at it all day. As someone who is guilty of cover-buying books this cover certainly meets my standards.

All in all, No Ordinary Star is a truly amazing and unique read. It captivated me from the beginning till the end and I cannot wait to see where the sequel leads.

(I was provided with an ebook of No Ordinary Star in exchange for an honest review)
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review 2017-06-26 01:03
No Ordinary Star - Frank M. Turner

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"He doesn't look like a Drone at all. He looks...he looks like a Felix. He looks like something only he could be in the entire One World, in the universe. All people used to look like that, once, her father had told her. They used to be like that."



No Ordinary Star was a very interesting read! Set in the year 2524, where things are much different than they are now. Boys and Girls grown in labs rather than being born to parents, and being raised separately from one another, each into their predetermined gender roles in life. In a world where there is no hunger or illness anymore, but there's also no wonder, no family, no love.



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"It doesn't enter his mind right then that he's been robbed of all of this, of beauty, of life, of the very world for seventeen years."



Felix, an impressive soldier in the Chairman's Army, Astra, a rebel on the run, and Ursa, maybe the last polar bear in existence, band together as reluctant comrades to figure out what is really happening in the world around them, and what has brought them all to this deserted Clockmaster's home full of secrets, treasures, and hopefully answers.



"She knows what they are; at least she thinks she does. They're the most dangerous weapons, and none are supposed to have survived the Revision. But the Rebels had a couple of them, caked in the mud of decades and half burned -they'd been salvaged from the Revision burnings- still she's fairly certain that's what they were.




"Oh," she gasps.


In here there are thousands of them. A room full of weaponry -illegal weaponry."



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I really enjoyed the dystopian world that Frank has created! I am curious to find out even more about it. I feel like we've only just had a glimpse of it here. I like the coming together of these radically different people like Astra and Felix. Astra has been raised by rebels and has a lot more insight into how messed up this world is and exactly what drones like Felix have been missing out on. On the flip side, Felix has been a good little soldier and quickly climbed the ranks of the chairman's army and his knowledge of the inner workings of the whole system is vast. I can't help but think that this will come in very handy later on in the series. Survival in the harsh elements of the Clockmaster's home has kind of forced them to rely on one another just to make it. But there was definitely a sense by the end that they were forming, at least a shaky sort of alliance.  





"Why does it feel like it's the greatest felony of all, the biggest crime in the Planet, that this smart, animated little person who's managed to keep herself as well as him alive for days, isn't able to put letters together to read a simple phrase?"


This was a quick read that set an intriguing foundation for this kind of frightening futuristic dystopian world. I am looking forward to seeing how things proceed from here! Also has to be said that this cover is so GORGEOUS!! I might just have to pick up the physical copy to add to my shelves!





I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


**This book (and its sequel) is currently only $0.99 on Amazon for the Kindle copy right now!

If you're interested, you can get your copy here: https://goo.gl/A4hzKY

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