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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes + Giveaway

Next week, Jennifer Lynn Barnes' new book Nobody hits the shelves. I was interested in this one as soon as I heard about it, based on this awesome summary.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That’s why they make the perfect assassins. The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated. Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

What I Liked: 1) The idea. Such a unique idea that it's even hard to describe. With how many books I read, I always love it when I come across something that can take me completely by surprise, and is so different than everything else. That is a big part of this story. 2) Nix. I wasn't sure if I liked him at first, but the more he get to know himself, and then I got to know him, the more I liked him. One of the ingenious things about how the book was written was how little Nix and Claire knew themselves. At first, it frustrated me because I like feeling connected to the characters. But the more I thought about it, that was kind of the point of Claire and Nix being Nobodies. People don't get to know them. They are considered to be nothing. No personality, no influence, nothing. And so that's kind of how they were written in the beginning. It wasn't until they started acknowledging that they were something, started knowing each other, that as a reader we could get to know them. That made character development very interesting. 3) The ending. It ended quite perfectly, in my opinion. Enough questions were answered to satisfy me for a one-shot novel, but there was enough left open as well, so the reader is left to imagine what the next steps were for Claire and Nix's lives, and several of the other characters they've encountered along the way. I love it when you are left with a feeling that their lives continue even after the book ends. It makes it more realistic.

What I Didn't Like: Parts of the story moved a little slow for my taste, but nothing that really hindered my ability to read and enjoy the story. I sometimes found myself needing to re-read something to understand what was happening, which breaks up the flow. But this did not bother me too terribly, and shouldn't warn anyone off from reading the book!

Overall Thoughts: Jennifer Lynn Barnes' newest book, Nobody is a completely unique and intriguing story. She knows her characters well, and develops them in a way that makes complete sense with the story, and the plot is very nearly seamless as it transitions throughout the book. I definitely recommend Nobody to anyone who is looking for something new to add to your shelves. This is unlike anything you've ever read!

My Rating: 4 shots

In addition to sending me this ARC to read and review, Egmont has graciously offered me a hard copy of Nobody to giveaway, as well as a new paperback copy of Jennifer Lynn Barnes' Every Other Day! This giveaway is US/Canada only. Enter below!

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ARC was received from Egmont USA in exchange for a fair and honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I've been excited about this book for a while too! Can't wait to give it a read!

    Samantha @ Reading-AndCoffee


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