Saturday, October 1, 2016

No Ordinary Star by M.C. Frank

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by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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

"When you see a formation that's irregular, a star that doesn't look ordinary - that's a real star and no satellite."

After reading No Ordinary Star by M.C. Frank, I can honestly say that I am a huge fan of Frank! Plus, look at how beautiful this cover is! I have said this plenty of times in my reviews, and I will say it again.. I absolutely love books that are different. I love books that you do not see everywhere, books that are super unique, and that is what No Ordinary Star is. I was so surprised and really impressed by this book. No Ordinary Star is the first book in the No Ordinary Star series.

In No Ordinary Star, you are introduced to a soldier, a woman, and a clockmaster. These three characters could not be more different but also could not be more the same. These characters are all connected in ways they could never imagine.

"These memories he's collected so meticulously over the years - they have been his own personal demons as well."

This book takes place in the year 2524, where pills are used to feed your urge to eat and sleep. No one goes hungry, no one is tired, and no one gets sick. But what price does society pay for this? What are they giving up to live such an easy life? Now as much as I would love to talk about the 2nd Enlightenment and the Elimination system, I won't! I am trying really hard to write a review without any spoilers. It is hard thought because I enjoyed this book so much that I want to talk about every single aspect of it!

The soldier soon learns that a huge task has been passed down to him and he now has to over come the challenges he faces in order to save the world. What would you do if you were a top soldier and then the next minute you weren't too sure who you were and had to save the world? Can the soldier accept his new identity? Can the soldier fulfill what he was saved to accomplish? What happens when the woman tries to help him? Can the soldier let her in?

No Ordinary Star was a bit hard to follow at first, but about half way through I started piecing everything together and the story started falling into place before my eyes. There are so many secrets that began to unfold and they blew my mind one by one! I have never read a book like this before and absolutely enjoyed it. M.C. Frank has a brilliant mind and I have no idea how this story came from just a single persons brain! This story was so complex and the characters are all so different and unique. I absolutely loved each and every character that was introduced. Frank describes each character and how he or she feels in such an incredible way, that it is almost impossible not to feel what they are feeling. I felt their emotions just as if they were my own. In books that I have read in the past, I usually relate more to one character and can feel his or her emotions. In No Ordinary Star, I was able to feel each characters emotions and that really says something about M.C. Frank. Frank gives each and every character special attention so each character is able to stand out. Some can easily say that the soldier is the main character, but in my opinion each character serves a huge purpose in this story and each are the main characters in their own ways.

The writing in this book was so beautiful and I just needed more! The fact that it took place in the North Pole made the story all the more magical. Frank used beautiful words to bring the world to life and I found myself wanting to be there! While I was reading, I was 100% engaged to the book, the characters, and the situations. I do not think I have ever been so swept up in a world before! This is a book full of magic, secrets, friendships, love, family, and challenges! This book has it all and I can not wait to read the second book in the series.

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