This is a review of Nemesis by Brendan Reichs.
I was sent this book by Penguin Teen in exchange for an honest review.
Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Content Rating: ★★★★★
Writing Style Rating: ★★★★★
He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.
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.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was reminiscent of The Hunger Games, The 100, The 5th Wave, etc.. However, Nemesis has some extremely unique plot points that set it apart from other dystopian/apocalyptic YA books. I am SO EXCITED for the next book!
The character development throughout Nemesis is super fascinating. Min, Noah, Tack, even Ethan—no one is left out of the development process. And, as you well know, I’m a complete sucker for some sound C.D. BUT WAIT, did I say all the development is for the better? Nooooo, I did not. Guess you’ll have to read the book if you want to find out more!
THE PLOT TWISTS. Not saying anything specific, of course, but WOW there are some seriously awesome elements thrown into this story! It’s already intriguing from the start. I mean, girl gets murdered every two years on her birthday? GIVE IT TO ME. That part alone had me jumping to accept this review request. But what really makes the book is how the plot thickens. (Brownie points if you read that last bit in a creepy villain voice.)
If you start this book, I can guarantee you won’t be able to put it down! This was an extremely fast read for me. I read it in probably about 5 hours, tops. It’s a longish book, but the writing style is laidback (in all the best ways, that is), the plot is engaging, and the story will have you hooked to the end. Like myself, I’m sure you won’t be able to put it down until you finally figure out (some of) what’s really going on. 😉
The main thing that irked me while reading this book is how similar the two first-person voices are. Apart from the name written at the top of each chapter (and from references), it’s impossible to tell whether Min or Noah is “talking.” When first-person writing is used for more than one character in a single book, it always helps if the “voices” are different in some way. However, this lack of difference didn’t detract from the reading experience enough to lower the star rating.
A more minor issue I have with this book (particularly the beginning) is how reminiscent of other books it is. Whooooo, another government conspiracy. So original. NOT. However, the plot is excellently developed and this story quickly sets itself apart from other books in its class.
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Bottom line, DO NOT PASS THIS BOOK BY. Really, it’s clean, freaky, just-plain-crazy, and will make your jaw drop. Easy 5 stars!
Creepiness content: 4
Grief content: 5
Language content: 3
Religion content: 2
Romance content: 2
Sexual content: 1
Violence content: 5