Warning: This review might contain spoilers. It is highly recommended to read the first two books of the series (No Ordinary Star and No Plain Rebel) and then go through the following review. You can read the review for NOS and NPR here.
No Vain Loss
Author: M.C. Frank
Genre: Dystopian fiction, Sci-fi, Fantasy
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
This is the One World.
The year is 2524.
Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic young adult novel in three parts is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.
Written in three parts, this is the breathtaking story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.
In No Vain Loss, the world is on the brink of the greatest war humanity has ever known. Lives will be lost. New truths will be revealed.
Felix is ready with his plan. Just as the clock strikes 12, he will show the world what a tyrant Chairman Kun is. But he needs hi ‘match girl’- Astra. He also needs the rebels and his soldiers. They show up eventually and the show begins. There’s a long fight between father and son with people getting hurt and dying. There’s blood all over the snow. A fight between the strongest person in the One World and a star Leuitenant is bound to go wrong at so many different levels.
There’s also a full-blown romance happening between Felix and Astra. Felix- who is still exploring the feeling of love is attracted to Astra and this attraction in what drives him towards his mission. Astra is his strength and his weakness.
But is defeating chairman Kun enough to bring peace and justice to one world? Could Felix prevent the spread of the virus or does Kun have another plan that Felix knows nothing about? Will he be able to avenge Christopher Steadfast?
“You’re dreaming of a bloodless revolution, just like Christopher, Got him killed in the end. Much good that did to everyone. All we were left with was his loss. His vain loss.”
Torn between saving Astra and his soldiers and creating an end to the confusion that will spread after Kun is defeated, Felix has a hard time trying to decide and fulfill his responsibilities as a citizen of Planet Earth.
The romance between Felix and Astra is such a welcoming sight (my heart did a little celebratory dance of its own). They are the perfect couple. Opposite in all ways but holding onto each other. Astra is witty and smart. Felix lacks humor and is more about physical strength.
The fight scenes have been elaborately described in the first half of the book. It get’s a bit dull sometimes with all the slow-motion descriptions but the plot twists are unexpected and interesting. We see more characters- each fascinating in their own way.
The ending of the series has been written so perfectly. It brought a smile to my lips because it was all I wanted (MY perfect ending).
This series has managed to break my heart and rejoin it in the most beautiful way possible. Love conquers all and sometimes that’s the only thing that keeps you going.
Oh yes, ‘belong’ definitely is the word.
Tin soldier and Match girl- Their story is so achingly beautiful. Their love for their world and each other is so fierce. No Ordinary Star, indeed!
It begins with two beating hearts.
No Ordinary Star series includes:
Let’s talk about the book? Aren’t the covers stunning too? Do you like Dystopian novels?