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A Time to Die

(Out of Time #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  933 ratings  ·  310 reviews
How would you live if you knew the day you'd die?

Parvin Blackwater 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 crooked justice system. But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall -- her
Paperback, 389 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Enclave Publishing
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Nadine Brandes I pulled some of these answers from a blog post I wrote on the topic, only because I felt that it was already answered succinctly. :-)

If I felt God wa…more
I pulled some of these answers from a blog post I wrote on the topic, only because I felt that it was already answered succinctly. :-)

If I felt God was giving the "ok", I would commit some hard-core writing months (about three or four) to completing the Out of Time series. For the sake of my readers (yes, for you!) If I couldn’t finish it in that time, I’d start looking for authors who could finish it/polish it for me.

I would write intentional letters.
Words are my passion. I would make sure I had a stack of letters to be given to each person I love after I passed on, hopefully encouraging them to pursue life and God full-speed and to REJOICE at my joining Christ in heaven.

I would visit my relatives.
I grew up away from most of my relatives so I didn’t build the relationships with some of them that I would have liked. I would take at least two weeks to a month and road trip (with the hubby, of course!) around America, visiting them, having intentional quality time with them, and — with some — trying one last time to share the importance of Christ.

I would pray and fast more.
This is one of those things I already try to do, but I’m a spiritual wimp. Praying is the more tough side of relationship with Christ for me. I would love to devote hours — and I mean carpetburns-on-the-knees hours — to praying, fasting, and communing with God. The one time I intentionally fasted and pushed myself past my human desires, it completely changed me. And that was just one time.

I would tell my story.
This one would take the most courage. There are very few people who know my full life story, but recently God’s been urging me to share it — the nitty gritty, the mistakes, the spiritual doubts…all of it. But it’s hard to completely bare our souls to others, especially if we’re expecting disapproval.

So…I would suck it up and either start telling my story (verbally) or through book-form. I already know God can use it to touch many other lives. I just need to push through my own insecurities and trust Him in my weakness.

Some little things:
I would go skydiving, sleep on an overnight train (preferably the Trans-Siberian Rail, which — if I go to Russia — would be very doable.), ride a tandem bike, and send up a desperate plea to J K Rowling (who probably won’t even see it) asking her to let me treat her to a cup of tea.

But, these are little things. Inconsequential things. Not big enough to be labeled as dreams, they’re just desires that would provide me with temporary happiness and then a good story.

My real goal in my last year would be to live as passionately as my weak, shy, cowardly human body allows for God’s glory.(less)
Kelly H (Readallaboutit) Yes, there is in this book but it's innocent…moreYes, there is in this book but it's innocent(less)

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Nadine Brandes
Oct 23, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I'm certainly not going to write a review for my own book. That kind of defeats the purpose of reviews. BUT...I thought I'd include a parental guide for those who like to know exactly what type of content is going to be in the book.


I recommend this book for ages 14 and up, though the maturity of the reader plays a big part. So, basically, if you're a parent...know your child's reading level.

Profanity: NONE

Intimacy: There is attraction between a boy and girl, but no kissing
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I finished this book approximately three weeks ago. It has taken me the entirety of that time to gather my incoherent fangirling thoughts and write this whirlwind of a review.

I'm sure everyone has a book that they can't stop seeing around. Wherever you go, wherever you look, it somehow always seems to pop up. For me, that was this book. Why I ignored it for so long I still do not know (Especially with that gorgeous cover. Ask anyone. I'm
C.B. Cook
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own, dystopian
Edit: Added content review

Wow. Wowwowwow. At the very least, I can say this book kept me guessing until the very end!

And as this is the first book I've finished in 2016, I though I would do a special format. Here's to twenty sixteen!


2 (phrases I'm going to try to use) - Welks (for you're welcome - guess how long it took me to figure that out!) and Tally ho!

0 (things I loved about Skelley Chase) - Let's just say that I REALLY hope he kills a tree in front of Alder. I REALLY REALLY
Sarah Grace Grzy
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 16+ violence
Wow. Wow. Wow. I just don't even know how to review this . . . but I'll do my best.

This book is so incredibly *deep* it almost made my brain hurt sometimes. Brandes tackles some very good - and weighty - questions throughout, and handles them in an exceptional manner. It really makes you think - which I loved. Some of the concepts and ideas just blew my mind.

The characters were a ton of fun, not to mentioned relatable, honest, and real. The MC, Parvin, is just like any one of us. She wants to
Hannah Rodes
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes

Parvin Brielle Blackwater is seventeen years old and has only one more year to live. Same as everyone else in the East side of the wall, Parvin has a clock counting down to the day she is going to die. When it is found out that Parvin has been illegally sharing a clock with her brother Reid, she is thrown over the wall—her peoples death sentence. Here she finds her calling and grows closer to God. But now with only six months to live, is it too late to except tha
I recently came to love dystopian. It intrigues me. Thrills me. So when I saw that A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes was a Christian dystopian, I was so excited to read it! Now I sit here, contemplating. One star? Four stars? Five stars? It was raw, it was riveting, it was heart-breaking! I suppose I won't know exactly what I think about this book until I read the second book in the series. But no, no, the one star is out of the question. A Time to Die is a too well-written and fascinating of a ta ...more
Tracey Dyck

I still love it. My heart is still in pieces. I need book 2 ASAP—thank goodness it’s waiting on my shelf!


OH. MY. GOODNESS. This trilogy gets a lot of hype, at least in my reader circles, and I was desperately hoping it would live up to all those glowing reviews. IT DID. Bless Nadine's heart, it did.

This is one of the most unusual dystopian novels I've read, because it's infused with a lot more faith and hard questions and almost urban fantasy-ish setting
Melanie Kilsby
This is the Christian sic-fi version of the Hunger Games.

I was exhausted by the end with all that Parvin had gone through. That girl made up for the lack of life she lived before, let me tell you!

Nadine did such a great job with building this new world with: memorable, heartwarming, sweet, interesting and slightly creep characters that seem to stick with you.
I love her play on lemons. Such a unique way for readers to associate to a character. I really thought I was smelling lemons at one
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow. Just wow. I was worried about not liking this after seeing everyone love it. But I shouldn’t have worried. I loved it!

In Parvin Blackwater’s world everyone has a Clock. On that Clock the Numbers tell how long you have to live. Parvin has a year left to live. She wamts to do something meaningful. She wants to be remembered. She begins to think she is doing something right, when she is discovered to be sharing a Clock with her twin brother. As punishment she is thrown through the Wall that di
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I. MUST. READ. THE. NEXT. BOOK. Seriously though. After having this series highly recommended to me by several friends, I got the first book as a Christmas a present from my grandparents. After the holiday business and starting college business, I finally had a couple days of solid reading and finished it. Finished it with heart beating about five times as rapidly as it should.
The whole idea of lives being run by clocks and all manner of electronic chips you could put in your mind was fascinati
m a r y l i z
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a rather tricky book to review. See, I really liked some aspects of the book, but...I didn't totally love it.

I've come to the conclusion that dystopian is not my genre. It's just not. I've tried several different dystopians, but interestingly enough, they all earn about the same rating. I guess I just can never get into it? Maybe it's too depressing for me, I dunno. :P Though I will say that for a dystopian book, A Time to Die was much less dismal than others. In fact, I would argue tha
Taylor Knight
This is one of my favorites of 2015 for sure.
I loved everything about this book. The writing was really great, the characters were awesome, and the concept was so incredible. I thought the idea of having a little clock that counted down to the exact second you would die was so incredibly imaginative. It kinda reminded me of that movie In Time with Justin Timberlake in a sense.
I just really loved the concept of this book and how Nadine brought it to life.
This book is just so interesting and ent
R.F. Gammon
I've seen this book hyped up since I joined Goodreads, and ended up buying the whole series in paperback with some Christmas money. I read this first one in a couple of days.

And sheesh, was the hype worth it.

-This is Christian fiction that is NOT AFRAID to get real. And dark. And I love that. Life in the Christian world is not all fun and games, and it's a little weird to go from this to Mitford....but I still love them both. <3 And the fact that the darkness is not GLORIFIED but is in t
Addy S.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I originally had this at five stars, but decided to take away a star after I really got down to the core of the book. Let me give the rundown:

-Language: a few ugly words like 'idiot', etc.
-Violence: a LOT to be on the look out for. Fighting, guns, etc. Nothing so descriptive I couldn't read it, but I would caution readers under the age of 12-13.
-Blood/Gore: a good bit in this category also. Several characters get limbs cut off (semi-detailed) and a lot of detail abo
Serethiel Sequoia
This book made me rethink everything I thought I knew about God. About life. About time. About death. About family.

Do yourself a favor and go read this gem. ❤

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Ashley Bogner
Parvin Blackwater lives in a world where everyone knows the day they will die. With only one year left on her Clock, Parvin realizes she hasn't done anything meaningful. She tries to find a purpose, which results in her being exiled from her home and sent to the world beyond the Wall. What will she find there? Will she survive?

I thought A Time to Die was very thought-provoking and asks some tough questions. How would we live if we knew the day we would die? Do we put God's plan above our own?
Sierra Faith
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Time to Die

Genre: Christian, Dystopian.

Favorite Quote: “You shouldn’t be placing hope in our lives, Parvin. That’s my point. I don’t know the answers of the future, but your confidence and hope need to be in God.”

Age Range: 14+ (See end of review)

POV: First person, Parvin.

Stars: 4/5

The whole idea for this book was unique; I found it very interesting. The setting of A Time to Die is a Dystopian world where everyone knows the day they die, for Parvin that day is soon.

I fell in love with Parvin,
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, so great! I loved the Christian worldview - so rare and refreshing for dystopian fiction. Basically, I liked/loved almost everything about this book.

How would you live if you knew the day you'd die?

Parvin Blackwater 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 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 cha
Lisa Godfrees
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has a little bit of everything.

It's dystopian, for those of us that wonder what it would be like to grow up in a world even more messed up that the world we live in. What would you do if you had to follow arbitrary society rules that weren't fair? What would you do if you were impoverished and the system was against you? Would you struggle? And what would that look like?

It's survivalist, for those who like to read about people pushing themselves past the breaking point, to overcome the
Cyrus Aleman
hello friends i am now an emotionally crippled potato.
full review to come.
Living in a time when the day of your death is predicted at birth, seventeen year-old Parvin Blackwater feels she has wasted her life. According to her Clock, she will die by her 18th birthday. Determined to make a difference with the time she has left, she uses her last year privileges to request a meeting with famous biographer, Skelly Chase, hoping to find her purpose while writing her life story. Her meeting with Mr. Chase exceeds her expectations, but all is not as it seems. When government ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
~4.5 stars~

AHH!! Have a lot of questions lol Glad I have the second book handy to start soon! I stayed up until past 1:30am to finish this off xD My emotions are I'll try and do a better review when it's not so late and I can put thoughts together a little more clearly :P
Merie Shen
4.5 stars

Everyone in the world needs to read this book, which needs to be translated into every language
Alabama Rose
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: futuristic
I will never recover.
Claire Banschbach
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a good story with a very interesting premise. I just didn't care for it as much as others. Partly I think because I'm not really "into" the YA/Dystopian genre.

Don't get me wrong, it's a brilliant premise and the author is an amazing writer. It's just that the first half of the book dragged really slowly for me. And I spend much of the time being frustrated with the heroine (as seems fairly standard with this genre). Half the time I wanted to smack her for whining about how she had wast
I . . . don't know how to feel.

Review to come
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
For the sake of the fandom that will probably be commenting a ton on this review, I would have liked to enjoy the book. Also it was such an interesting plot, I went into it REALLY wanting to like the book. Truth is I can only think of one thing I liked about this book: Mrs. Newton and I'm really not quite sure why I liked her so much.
There was so much in this book that I just didn't like. I didn't like Parvin, she never did anything. Ever. I didn't like Reid because apparently he really didn't
Carlye Krul
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed A Time to Die. While it was slow to start, I got into it once the action started. I would definitely recommend it to a person looking for a good book.
Ashlee Willis
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-ya-reads
“Eighteen dead years. Why didn’t I see them dying? Why didn’t I feel my time wilting? I spent so much of my time lounging in regrets and sipping bitterness that I abandoned any thought of creating happy memories; instead, I wasted. Just wasted.” (Nadine Brandes, A Time to Die)

Many times while reading A Time to Die I felt as if someone had taken me by the shoulders and shaken me until my teeth rattled, until my eyes focused in a different way and I was seeing not only the story I was reading, but
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NADINE BRANDES once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of FAWKES, ROMANOV, and the award-winning Out of Time Series. Her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she's not busy writing novels about bold living, she's adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. Nadine, her Auror husband, ...more

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