Inside the Book: ~The Clocks~

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Follow me. For the next two months, we will wander onto the unknown paths of A Time to Die. I expect we’ll meet new characters, foreign places, wondrous inventions, and maybe a little danger…


Invention Exploration #1 — The Clocks



There was once a time when only God knew the day you’d die.

Now look at us, look how our society has grown. We have the Clocks — stunning little mechanisms that show us exactly how long we have to live.

Visitor, I’m glad you’ve come. I am the Clock historian and I always like the curious folk. You’re curious, aren’t you? I can tell — and those who are curious are usually ones who have no Clock. That makes you a Radical. I should turn you in, you know. It’s the right thing to do — let the Enforcers take you away and decide what to do with you: either chuck you through the Wall or relocate you to a Low City where you’ll never be a part of decent society again.

But…it may not be your fault. Maybe your parents lost your Clock, or never synced one for you in the first place. But I’m getting ahead of myself. . .let’s start from the beginning, shall we?2c6dcbf26893ac44e79f9718c133b039

Don’t ask me how the Clocks figure out one’s Numbers. How should I know? No one knows, in my opinion. I think the inventor just came upon it all by luck. The one thing I do know is this: the Clocks are never wrong. Never. If your Clock says thirty-seven more years and six seconds, then you have thirty-seven more years and six seconds to live.

Don’t ask me how you’ll die. No on knows that either. But you will…right on time. Oh yes, I almost forgot, you’re a Radical. You don’t know your Numbers. See, a Clock can be matched with a person only at conception. If your parents were irresponsible and didn’t have the ovachips or blank Clocks when they got pregnant with you, well, you have a good reason to be bitter at them. There’s no going back now. No one can be matched after conception. You should know this better than anyone.

What’s it like not knowing when you’ll die? That would drive me crazy. It could be tomorrow, even! Does that scare you?

The government requires everyone to have a Clock. Those who don’t — whether by decision or bad luck — don’t get any medical care, can’t get jobs, and can barely function. I’m sorry for your misfortune, visitor.

If I were you, I’d try not to think about it. And steer clear of the Enforcers.

You Have One Year




Well, that Clock historian wasn’t the nicest sounding person, but I’m sure they’d answer any other questions you might have if you ask politely. What would you like to know about the Clocks? Ask in the comments!


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Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She never received her Hogwarts letter, but rest assured she’s no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.) This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by bumbershoot.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures.
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  1. Are ALL clocks the same? What do the ones in Unity square look like. Are thEy Roman Numerals, numbers, or just lines??? Can one change the color of a clock, or design, or is it required to be the normal one everyone has? If someone paints or decoupages it, will they get into trouble? Is there a place to BUY a clock if one is a Radical? How does that work?

    • The ones in Unity all look the same. In fact, everyone starts with Clocks that look identical — a rectangle box with the Numbers on the face. Digital red numbers all in one line. People in Upper or High Cities will have their Clocks duplicated and often put into a more “stylish” format, like a bracelet. 🙂

      No one can change the Clock, but the Upper and High City people can bring their Clocks in to a designer and he can make a new one programmed to match the Numbers on their original Clocks.

      You can decorate it all you like as long as you don’t cover up the Numbers! But beware of breaking it. Once it’s broken, you’re a Radical. (oh no!)

      If you’re lucky, you can buy a Clock from the black market (shh! Don’t tell anyone I told you!) 😉 But it won’t be accurate. It’s all pretense.

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