[Review] ‘Nemesis’ by Brendan Reichs

30756108Title – ‘Nemesis’
Author – Brendan Reichs
Publishing – March 21st 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages – 464
Format – E-Book

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Book Summary –

‘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.

Review –

NOTE; I received a copy of this e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

*Warning – Contains MINOR spoilers*

This was a book I requested on a whim, I liked the synopsis but was unsure if I could fully engage in the book… after all it sounded like it had it’s fair share of mystery and thriller aspects which are two genre’s I don’t read much of. In the end I am very glad I picked up this book and was able to read, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and the ending half in particular had me gripped!

I’m going to start off by saying that whilst this book definitely has vibes that feel very much similar to other dystopian like novels the actual main plot line and the main curve ball you find out towards the end of the book is actually pretty unique. This book runs at an extremely good pace, it never really slows down and the ending half has such good progression and pacing to it… it’s one of the main elements as to why I just couldn’t put the book down. It’s definitely one to grip and consume. The writing style definitely plays it part with the pace of the book as well, it allowed for an easy and quick read whilst still having enough detail involved.

One of the most positive elements of this book though was it’s unpredictability, I reckon the majority of people who will go into this book, and I myself was included in this group, wouldn’t be able to correctly predict the outcome… it was full of surprises but that ending half of the book really turnt the tables. If you want to be drawn to the edge of your seat so to speak then this is definitely one book to do that. When the majority of the plot line finally comes together and starts to somewhat makes sense… well lets just say it was a complete ‘mind blown’ kind of moment. Nothing played out as you’d expect when starting and reading the first part of the book… definitely a major plus for this book, it was done in such a good manor that it kept me hooked but not, massively, confused.

I think… one of the downsides for me… and probably one of the major reasons why I didn’t rate this book any higher was because of the simple fact that I couldn’t fully connect with the main characters. There wasn’t a massive emotional pull towards them… not as big of one as there could have been. They were good characters but they just didn’t make me feel as if they were ‘real’. I didn’t feel the need to comfort them or scold them etc. They were very much just fictional characters… I hope that makes sense.

I did however really enjoy Tack’s character, I feel like he is a hit or miss character for many but he was definitely a hit with me. His sassy-ness and attitude was actually quite refreshing and the fact he was so committed to Min and keeping their friendship alive was one of the most heartwarming elements of this book for me. I liked that it was hinted about his romantic feelings for Min throughout the book but we never got full confirmation… I liked that we never really got Min’s thoughts on that as well… it left it very much open between the pair… especially after the ending as well. Possibly a path to be delved in the next book..?

And whist I may have not massively felt anything for the characters in this book there is no denying the character development throughout… but the character that stood out the most with this element was our leading gentleman Noah. My god does he change. I don’t want to say too much but yeah… be warned that the boy you meet at the start of this book is not the same boy that finishes it. You can literally see the small moments when the change in him starts happening as well and that element was so intriguing and gripping. He was teetering on the edge of something… and we didn’t get truly exposed to said something until the very end of the book.

I know I keep mentioning the end of this book… but it really was good. If you pick up this book and struggle at the start I would highly recommend trying to push through. The ending made this book… the curve ball was completely unexpected and so wonderfully written. I just wish we got a bit more of an emotional drive from the characters… if I’d of just been able to connect with them a little more then I think I could of pushed this up too a 4.5 star rating for sure. That and the fact we could have done with just a tiny bit more depth towards the end, maybe one or two more questions answered… although I’m hoping the second book will tie up the majority of the loose ends regarding the main plot line.

To sum up… if you like your ya books mixed with a bit of mystery then pick up this book. The plot line is the big seller and the ending will have you reaching for more. There’s action and adventure and friendship and so much more… it’s a dystopian that may have similar vibes to other books but in reality it can very much hold its own. It’s a gripping novel… one which the majority of you would probably find yourself getting through really quickly. The pace of the novel is also really good… by the end you’ve forgotten you’ve just read over 400 pages and in the end all I found was that I wanted more! I would definitely recommend this one, it’s one of the most gripping story lines I’ve read in a while… although make sure you’ve got some brain space left over for this one… and I wouldn’t bother making up a theory either… the likelihood is you’ll be like me and be way off! That’s the kind of book this is!

Would I suggest this book to other bookworms?
If you’re a fan of your dystopians mixed in with a bit of mystery then definitely give this book a go.
Am I completely in love with this book?
It’s not perfect but… for a book I wasn’t sure I’d like it turnt out pretty darn well!
Will I be reading the next book in the series?
After a cliffhanger like that and with some more explanation needed you can bet I will!


[I rate this book 3.5/5 stars]

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