Nadine Brandes has written a fantastic dystopian story you’re sure to love; her debut novel is like nothing you’ve read before. A Time to Die is original and heart-wrenching and consuming. Once you start reading, you’ll lose all track of time but be ever more aware of each passing moment. And by the end, you’ll see time in an entirely different light.
Nadine graciously agreed to answer a few of my questions, and I hope that you will enjoy getting to know her better.
How or why did you choose the title?
Much of the book was inspired from the book of Ecclesiastes when I examined King Solomon’s bitterness toward life (and everything else) being “meaningless.”
The titles for each book have been drawn from the “time passage” in Chapter Three. (And no, I won’t reveal the titles of book two or book three yet. )
Is there a message in your novel/series you want your readers to consider?
My hope is to inspire everyone to look at life a little differently. To see it as temporary, not in a despairing way, but in a way that will inspire all of us to pursue life and to pursue the adventures God has for us. Because, despite our doubts, He has adventures for us. A lot of us have just forgotten how to dream big.
Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system.
But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out.
This is book one in the Out of Time trilogy. (Subsequent volumes coming in 2015 and 2016.)
Publisher is Steve Laube, published through Enclave Publishing
Are there parts of this book that are autobiographical?
I don’t know that any author could write a book that isn’t autobiographical to a sense. This book addresses many questions I’ve had to ask in my own life, like “What’s God’s will for my life?” and “What does it mean to follow God?” and “Does life have purpose?”
Some of these questions are universal, so that’s why I’ve built the story around them – to reach people who might be asking the same questions I do.