Book Title: No Plain Rebel
Book Author: M.C. Frank
Page Count: 212
Publishing Date: July 16th, 2016
Date Read: August 23rd, 2017
No Plain Rebel immerses you further in to the dream world of No Ordinary Star. It is deeply emotional, elegantly thought provoking, and will have your heart pumping! This stunning installment in the series will have you re-evaluating what you know of futuristic science fiction and fantasies of utopia.
“And he knows now he’s been in the middle of a war ever since he was born…He’s been suffering from unseen wounds; he’s been dying for years and has only now woken up to the truth.”
The Plot: Picking up where No Ordinary Star left off, Felix and Astra begin to uncover the deepest secrets held in the Clockmaster’s hidden library. In turn, they begin to uncover more secrets about themselves, and what it truly means to be human. It is a race against time for Felix to finish the great clock for the celebration, but can he do the right thing, knowing what the clock is truly meant for?
“He thinks about Ulysses bending close to the screen to whisper the word ‘lies’.”
M.C. Frank continues to impress me with her stunning writing! I love this one more than the first one! No Plain Rebel delves deeper in to the minds, and histories, of Astra and Felix. It reveals more about the history of the One World, and allows us to learn more about the Clockmaster and his family. There is more of a human connection in this one, along with a revelation of sadness and terror. It is in this book that we truly begin to see what Astra and Felix have missed in their lives, and we learn the terrifying truth of the past, present, and potential future of earth and the One World.
” ‘Where is this world?’ Felix asks after it ends. ‘All is calm, all is bright? What planet is this?’
‘I think it doesn’t exist any more,’ Astra says. ‘If it ever did. But I also think it exists within me. Or it could, maybe. I think we can find it again.’ “
No Plain Rebel symbolizes the importance of waking up from a life of lies. We see Felix become more human and start to realize everything he missed as a drone. This one shows us how disconnected the world is from simple human pleasures, such as real food, music, and books. I find that Felix figuring out how to put the clock together is beautifully symbolic of he and Astra figuring each other out and learning how to be human again.
” ‘I wish I’d never known, old man,’ he yells, but only the vowels come out, like a wounded animal’s screams. ‘I wish you’d left me to rot in the Box! I want it back, I want my ignorance back.’ Even as he says it, he doesn’t with to un-know. He doesn’t.”
I am very proud to be a part of the street team for this trilogy! So far, both books have captivated my mind and my heart. The story is rich, bold, and beautiful. No Plain Rebel adds so much depth to the first book and the past and present of our main characters. It adds much needed backstory to the world Frank has created, and makes us see how so many things can go wrong with the creation of a Utopian society in a futuristic setting.
And that’s how they end up, the match girl and the soldier, face to face on the snowy bank of a river, their bodies touching from hip to neck,their arms a tangle, their breaths coming in sync, as one.
Felix stops breathing.
His eyes drift closed, his face lifting up of its own volition. Her weight on his chest feels right, as though he’d been hollow before right there, on the spot where her heart beats against his ribcage.
He feels her heart race madly against his own and for a second he thinks it’s finally happened, he’s come alive. He’s human again -her kind of human. The warmth of her skin penetrates the damp cotton of his tunic and his nostrils fill with her scent.
She turns her head to the side, bracing her hands on the snow, moving to get up. He tightens his grip around her waist.
“Don’t,” he whispers in a hoarse voice. “Why are you hiding from me?”
“You’re always looking at me,” she mutters.
“Don’t you know, match girl,” he replies, fitting his palm against her cheek. It’s cold and soft, and there’s a light dusting of freckles across the top of her nose. His fingers tremble slightly, scorched just by coming in contact with her skin. “There’s no one in the entire One World like you. Of course I’m looking. I want to figure you out. But so far… all I know is that no other human being has annoyed me as much as you.”
Thank you to the author for providing me with this e-ARC in exchange for my honest review, and as part of being a proud member of the NOS Street Team!
All quotes, and excerpt, used are from the book, written by the author.
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