3/30 Book Review: Nemesis


nemesisNemesis (Project Nemesis #1)
Brendan Reichs
YA thriller

Real Plot 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.

–from the publisher

Thoughts

Nemesis is a textbook thriller. Page-turner from start to finish. Just enough character development to support the plot, no more. Plenty of secrets, with twists spaced evenly throughout.

Look, I’m not sure what else to say. Thrillers are my not-very-guilty pleasure, the occasional spice to my reading life. I devoured Nemesis in a single sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe I’m not reading enough YA thrillers, but I thought this was pretty original, a breath of fresh air in the mainstream YA crowd.

So Nemesis perfectly accomplished its purpose of getting my heart pounding and making me a little scared of conspiracies in my backyard.

Hopes for the Sequel

More character development. (I have a laundry list of specifics here, but most of them are spoilers.)
Twists out of left field. (I wasn’t shocked by any of the ones in Nemesis.)
POV from different characters. Not because I dislike Min or Noah (they were cool), but because I think I’ll learn more through different eyes.

Conclusion

Read it if you need a good breathless thrill.

I’ll take spoiler discussions in the comments. What do you hope for #2?

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