Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nobody (ARC)

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes   

Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal
Publication Date: January 22nd 2013
Publisher:  EgmontUSA
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages: 393
Book Source: ARC for review from publisher
Synopsis (via 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.

Scoot’s Review:

In a world where no one seems to notice her Claire uses her imagination to create “real life” scenarios. In a world where no one cares Nix has been ruthlessly trained as an assassin. Then suddenly Claire and Nix’s worlds collide in ways they couldn’t even imagine.  No longer alone, Claire and Nix work together to solve the mystery of who they are, while also trying to escape and understand the Organization that threatens their lives.  I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Raised by Wolves series so I tried really hard to love Nobody; but I just couldn’t do it.  Not to say that Nobody isn’t a great read for someone else, but I just couldn’t relate very well to it myself. Claire and Nix are both very angst filled and extremely lonely characters.  Luckily I am neither of those things, so I found it all a little overdramatic.  However, Jennifer’s writing style was still great. I like they way she uses short and to the point statements for describing what is going on in the novel.  The pace of the story started out great; fast paced and interesting from the start. The pace got a little slow in the middle and I lost interest for a bit, but then it picked up again at the end.  Nobody has a lot of action, a bit of romance and a twist of the paranormal.  I loved the concept of the story, I just didn’t stay involved with the story very well – it is never a good sign for a book when you are wondering in the middle of it if it will be over soon.  I was happy with the conclusion of the story and I like some of the big plot twists.  Although the initial story arc was concluded there is definitely room for more story growth, so I expect a sequel or a trilogy to be born soon!

Notable Quotable:

“Emotions? Useless in a fight. The biochemical jolt that came with them? Gold.”*

                           - Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Nobody).


*This quote is found on page 276 of the advanced reader copy. 


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