A Time to Speak – Rivka’s review

24466484Title:  A Time to Speak

Author: Nadine Brandes

Genre: Christian, Dystopian

Series?  Book 2 of 3

POV: First person, present tense, one narrator

Cliffhanger? Yes

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Book (from Goodreads)
What happens when you live longer than you wanted to?

Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she’s being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow.

The Council uses Jude’s Clock-matching invention to force “new-and-improved” Clocks on the public. Those who can’t afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council’s purposes.

Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?


My Rambling Thoughts
Thanks to Sierra Faith, Nadine Brandes, and Madeline R. (who probably doesn’t know she was influential) for convincing me to give this series another try. I am quite impressed with this book!

Where to begin?

Most of the things I complained about in the first book are not issues in this book!  Except maybe the preacher….still don’t understand the point of his character

Parvin has matured a great deal since book one.  She is such a trooper!  She has already gone through so much, and continues to go through ordeals, yet she handles them better this time.  I’m impressed by the choices Parvin makes.  She is much more reliant on God.  I loved how God and prayers were handled in this one.  It was not give the plot away, but still shows God’s power.

I like Solomon better than Jude, and I liked Jude!  Solomon is a lot more open and it is easier to get to know him.  His character development was spectacular!

It was nice to spend more time in Unity Village and get to know the world on the east side of the wall.  The world building was definitely better here.  So much more interesting!

This was one emotion packed story!  I really started to care for the characters the same way Parvin did.  And that whole orphanage thing made a much bigger impact on me this time around.  Children not compatible?  I will never be over the heartbreaking trauma of that scene.

The development in the whole clock department is wonderful.  I loved some of the things we learned about the clocks, especially the whole “glitch” thing.  That’s totally a game changer, and I’m curious to see how this will develop in the next book.

The twist at the end surprised me this time!  Oh, was that brilliantly painful.  And the ending was beautiful and painful.  Wow, that’s a cliffhanger done right!  But uuuuuugggghh where is the next book?!


I don’t usually pair books and songs, but this book is basically Thousand Foot Krutch’s song Fly On The Wall :D


Content:  Some violence.  Less intense than the last book, but still shows the harshness of the situation.


About Rivka Ray

I am a book loving college student who never has enough time to read. I am also in love with all things Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

4 thoughts on “A Time to Speak – Rivka’s review

  1. […] A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes After not being impressed with A Time to Die, I didn’t have too high expectations for the sequel.  I was surprised to really enjoy A Time to Speak!  Now I am anxiously awaiting the final book!! […]


  2. Glad you decided to give this book a chance! :)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. sierrafaith327 says:

    I’m so happy you read it and liked it!!!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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