Another day, another book review. However, this book review will not be like my others a I am trying out a new format. I am a very wordy person, as you probably all have guessed from my reviews, and while I try to be concise, things just get out of hand. To counter this, I am going to write a small summary of the book and my feelings about the book and then list some of the things I liked and the things I did not like. Hopefully this will make my reviews a little easier to read and to get the gist of a book-if you have any feedback let me know down in the comments if you prefer this format or my old format!
Anyway, enough of the rambling I was trying to avoid and lets into into the review of ‘Nemesis’.
Author: Brendan Reichs
Date published: March 21st 2017
Page Count: 464
It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.
Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.
For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.
This book really exceeded my expectations and was an interesting YA Science Fiction book. We follow two main characters, Min and Noah, as they try to uncover why they are murdered every two years on their Birthday but wake up the next day completely unscathed. With the help of Mins best friend Tack, they uncover a major government conspiracy called Project Nemesis, which involves all of the students in their Sophomore class. To add to all of this, there is an asteroid on a potential collision course with earth and natural disasters are wrecking havoc on the globe. Nemesis has some really strong characters and a unique and thrilling conspiracy that make for a great book.
Things I Liked
- The concept behind the story: The story was so dynamic and had many intricate pieces to it. We first learn about Min and Noah’s murders on each of their birthdays by a mysterious man in a suit. Then, after the near miss of an asteroid that could have wiped out humanity, there are multiple natural disasters that ravage the earth and the small town where Min, Noah and Tack lives is isolated. Then we have the revelation of what project Nemesis actually is, and the fall out from this revelation. I was actually surprised with what the project actually and really liked the ‘scientific’ explanation behind everything that was occurring.
- Min’s Character: Min is such an interesting character and really drives the story along. She is driven to investigate what exactly is happening to her, what project Nemesis is, and is takes action regarding her future and what was done to her for the last 8 years.
- The ending and set up for the next book: The book built up to the revelation of what Project Nemesis is and what happened to all of the teenagers at the climax of the project. While I did have a problem with how Noah’s character progressed in the final pages of the book (see below) I really liked the revelation, the explanation and it sets up for a really great second book.
Things I Did Not Like
- Unnecessary love triangle: Why do books have to include romance when they do not need it, and why do they have to be love triangles that just make some parts of the story hard to read and wrecks the dynamic between the characters because they become awkward and jealous? I felt like the romance did not add anything to the book and I would have honestly preferred if it was no included in the book. Min and Tack have such a great friendship that did not have to be disturbed by Min and Noah’s infatuation with each other.
- Noah’s Character: While Min was a really great character (Tack was too), Noah really got on mu nerves during this book. While it is understandable that he deals with being murdered on some of his birthdays different to Min, he has such a weak and docile personality. He does not speak his mind, beguiles himself for being a coward and all of the sections of the book from his view point was not as exciting or interesting as Min’s. His character also does a complete turn around at the end of the book which was sudden and confusing-though I am hoping this will be explored more in the second book Genesis.
I hope you liked this new format of book reviews I am trialing on my blog. I really enjoyed this book and I am excited to read the next book in the series ‘Genesis’ which will be released next year.