For the first giveaway of the year, I’m so excited to be able to share A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes with you. This is a great book to start off your 2015 reading. It’s one you won’t soon forget and might even help shape your thinking as you forge into the year ahead.
In A Time to Die, Nadine isn’t afraid to wander the difficult paths, drive her characters to the end of their strengths, or ask the sort of tough questions that will keep you awake, pondering through the long hours of the night. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my thoughts provoked by A Time to Die with you on Thursday.
In the meantime, enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below! Nadine was kind enough to provide a copy of her book for the giveaway and give us an interview with her main character, Parvin Blackwater.
About the Book:
How would you live if you knew the day you’d die? 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.
Meet the Author:
Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She writes stories about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her debut dystopian novel, A Time to Die, released Fall 2014 from Enclave Publishing. When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she is out pursuing adventures. She currently lives in Idaho with her husband.
(Note: This interview was originally published by the author on her blog and has been reproduced here with the author’s permission for your enjoyment.)
Hello Parvin, thank you for stopping by my blog. Tell us a little about yourself.
Oh about me? Well, there’s not much to say. You don’t really want to know about me, do you?
Of course I do! I wouldn’t interview you otherwise. Tell me something — anything — about yourself, and don’t be afraid to be honest.
I’m always honest…at least I try to be. I only lie if I need to protect Reid — to keep him safe. I do that because I must.
Reid? Is he your only brother?
Well there were three of us, William, Reid, and me. We’re triplets, but William died moments before Reid and I were born, so we never met him. But Reid is my best friend. He’s the best older brother a girl could ask for. Do you have siblings?
Oh, we’re not here to talk about me. Do you mind if I ask some deeper questions?
I guess not.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
I’d stop the Radicals from being sent across the Wall. Don’t tell Reid but, I go to the town hearings every morning and try to vouch for the Radicals who are being sentenced. It never works, but someday…someday I’ll save one.
Tell us about the Wall.
I’d rather not.
Have you ever been to it?
I’ve lived in its shadow my whole life, isn’t that enough?
So you’ve never been to it.
No, and I don’t plan to. Can we move on, please?
Sure! You have one year left, right? And you’re trying to find purpose. If you don’t mind my asking, why did it take you so long to desire more from your life?
I don’t expect you to understand. You’re from a High City, right? But I’ll answer anyway. When I was little, Reid always told me not to worry about the Clock, that it didn’t matter. I guess I took it too much to heart and didn’t live. When you’re a kid, death feels like forever away, even with your Clock showing you the seconds. Unless you can tell time, it doesn’t mean anything. I just waited too long.
You recently met your hero, I heard. Tell me about him.
Skelley Chase — he’s the most famous biographer in the United States of the East. He’s helping me write my story — me, a nobody! But it’s my Last Year wish and he’s going to get it published for me. Hopefully, it will help save Radicals.
So…is he handsome?
Ick. Ew. No, he’s old. Well, older. Thirty something. I’m only eighteen!
Sorry, I didn’t mean to suggest…well anyway, is there a boy in your life?
What would you look for in a guy?
A soulmate. I know that sounds old-fashioned, but if I had enough time for a relationship, I’d want someone who really understands me. Someone who doesn’t see Radicals as livestock. Obviously I’d like him to be attractive and adventurous. Yes, adventurous is important…so he could take me on escapades with him. That’d be nice.
What are some of your hobbies?
Sewing and reading. That’s about it. I’m to the point where I’m realizing they weren’t worth spending my whole life doing. Not that it’s not fun losing yourself to a book or sewing project but…without a purpose for it or applying it, what’s the point? I only have a year left anyway.
Well, I hope this last year is successful for you.
Yeah, whatever that means. Depends on your definition of success.
In any case, thanks for taking the time to let me interview you.
Sure, thank you for having me on your…um…did you call it a blog?
Yes. It’s on the Internet.
Oh, that explains it. I’m from a Low City, we don’t have Internet.
I see. Well…good-bye.
We don’t say good-bye either, not unless it’s the day you zero out.
How about you bid them farewell, then?
Alright. Talk to you later…maybe.