- A Time To Speak by Nadine Brandes
Christian dystopian (yes, it’s a real genre) at it’s best. All the dystopian complexity and survival thrill you love but interlaced with the hope that the world needs.
A Time to Speak is the second in the Out of Time series. Book 1, A Tie to Die, has garnered several awards and A TIME TO SPEAK is even better. You don’t want to read Book 2 without having already read Book 1, so if you’re looking for a fantastic series, check out A Time to Die and go ahead and pick up a copy of A Time to Speak while you’re at it. I dare you to be disappointed.
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?
2. The Hive by John Otte
Ever read a science fiction book written by a Lutheran minister? No? Well now’s your chance! (Check out the interview with John Otte if you don’t believe me.)
The Hive is a companion novel to Numb, but not a sequel so you can read them in any order. Set in the same world, one that feels like a mesh of Star Wars and Star Trek combined, we meet an unexpectedly pregnant cyborg. She’s part of a collective that’s similar to Star Trek’s The Borg, but better and more individualistic,. When she gets separated from her hive, she must find her own way home. Creative with some very memorable characters, I think you’ll enjoy this one.
ON THE RUN TO SAVE HER BABY
A pregnant cyborg and a teenage boy fight against intergalactic governments to protect the unborn in this novel from a Christy Award-nominated author. Why is Zain pregnant? She belongs to the Hive, a collective of cyborgs who choose to live apart from the rest of human society. At times, the Hive rent out some of their females to produce tailor-made children for paying couples. But Zain is an engineer, not a breeder. When she finds herself separated from the Hive, she decides to find the person who she thinks ordered the baby. Surely they’ll help her find her way home.
Matthew “Scorn” Nelson has spent the better part of his teenage years cracking computer systems, causing mischief and havoc wherever he can. But the night of his greatest triumph turned into a painful memory, one he wants to erase. But that night was also his first step on a road to faith. When Zain arrives on his doorstep, Scorn is horrified. What’s he supposed to do with a pregnant teenage cyborg?
Unfortunately, he’ll have to answer that question on the run. Zain’s people want to reclaim her and terminate her pregnancy. And both the Ministrix and the Praesidium, two intergalactic governments in a constant state of cold war, want Zain’s baby for their own reasons. Will their enemies run them down? Or will Zain find a new Hive for both her and her child?
3. Embers by Ronie Kendig
I haven’t read Embers yet, but I’m excited because since it’s releasing today, it will automatically show up on my kindle so I can. 🙂 Ronie Kendig is the author of several books, but this is her first foray into fantasy. I can’t wait to get my hands on Embers. Here’s the teaser:
HE’S COMING FOR THEM. AND THE KINGDOM.
Haegan and Kaelyria Celahar are royal heirs of the Nine Kingdoms, but Haegan is physically crippled. What chance does he have against Poired Dyrth, the greatest enemy the kingdom has ever faced, who wields fire with a power none can match?
Their only hope is forbidden: Kaelyria must transfer her fire-harnessing abilities to Haegan. When she does, it comes with a terrible price: Haegan’s disability is healed, but only by being transferred to Kaelyria. This act unleashes their father-king’s wrath.
Haegan must flee the kingdom alone with two impossible tasks: Find a cure for Kaelyria and stop the coming war with the omnipotent Poired Dyrth.
TELL ME: Which one will you read first and why?