Title: A Time To Die
Author: Nadine Brandes
I kept hearing about the Christian dystopian novel A Time To Die, the first in Nadine Brandes’ Out of Time series. A Time To Die has gotten excellent reviews and won the 2015 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction. I was very excited to start reading this book. Did it meet my expectations?
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ~Romans 8:28
The world’s a rough place.
Death, poverty, illness, war, cruelty…our world is filled with horrible things that we see on the news and deal with in our personal lives. And yet the Bible tells us God has a perfect plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11). Like in the verse above, God’s Word frequently reminds us of His goodness and His sovereignty.
Sometimes it’s hard to see amidst the chaos and hardship of life.
And yet, oddly, I’ve learned something about this verse….through writing fiction.
I love speculative fiction.
Most of what I read falls under the speculative category, and it’s also the genre I write in.
What is speculative fiction? Basically, it’s a general term to describe all genres that fall under science fiction and fantasy categories. Dystopian, time travel, fantasy, space operas….the list could go on and on.
In the secular market, characters in fantasy often use witchcraft and believe in multiple deities. Dystopian tends to be dark, depressing, and godless. Sci-fi tends to be evolution-based. Most secular speculative fiction often seems to promote a worldview contrary to what the Bible teaches.
Which is why I think there needs to be more speculative fiction in the Christian industry.