Advance Galley Reviews
Very interesting and amazing story! I enjoyed the uniqueness of Brendan Reichs's new book, "Nemesis". I would totally recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a great sci-if tale. I was surprised to find out this was classified as YA!
Nemesis grips the reader from the very beginning because it captures the tension right from the beginning, introducing the reader into Min and the situation surrounding her life. It’s scary but exhilarating all at the same time and Min, even in the face of death, she doesn’t lose her resolve or her strength. She remains that way throughout the story, keeping her head clear, her will strong. She’s such a passionate and thoughtful character, but that doesn’t mean she’s not without her flaws. Her headstrong attitude, while it makes her great, also gets in the way of her progression as a character. She continues to remain the same, little changing her in the way of evolving her character. As far as static characters go, at least she’s a well written one. Maybe static is a harsh word but for most of the book, she remains the same person until the end. Sometimes that’s the trap of creating such strong characters from the beginning, that there is little room for them to evolve.
However, she does serve as the perfect foil to Noah who does go through some powerful transformations. He’s starts out as such a docile and meek character, but as the story progresses and as Min begins to influence him. Noah is the character that evolves and changes, but not for the better. His sense of self-becomes so warped, based on what others perceive of him. Looking at him through his internal narrative, it’s easy to understand where the changes are coming from and how they are working to further the plot along. Together the characters motivate one another.
As the central characters of the story, they unravel the mystery surrounding the characters and their tormented pasts. The tension surrounding the characters is amazing but the way the story progressed was intriguing. However, there was something about the ending that seemed disjointed from the overall plot. The ending is reminiscent of Lord of the Flies, but the move to get to that point, with everything else going on just didn’t seem to match up. It almost felt like there were two different stories going on fighting to be told together, making the ending seem a little like a letdown. By the ending, it fell into the common YA dystopia tropes that are popular as of late. It took away some of the imagination and it just didn’t fit with the rest of the novel. At the end of the day, it’s still a decent enough novel to past the time away with.
I really enjoyed this book! What an interesting premise... a girl is killed every other year on her birthday, but later that day she wakes up in a clearing looking as if nothing had happened.
I was a little bit worried about the size of this book. It was long. 464 pages. I do think that story could have been a little bit shorter but it was still enjoyable even at this length.
It looks like this is just the first book in a series. I hope in the next one they can clear up some of the confusing issues... I don't want to give spoilers, but once they give the big reveal of what's happening to the group it makes you wonder how what had been happening to the beta kids had happened... Hopefully those who have already read the story understand what I'm referencing.
I'm interested to see what happens in the next book.
Nemesis was an entertaining and enjoyable read. On the surface, it had everything going for it: an original premise, a tantalizing mystery, a very promising plot. By all accounts, I should be extremely pleased with it, so why then can I not seem to shake this vague sense of discontent? Perhaps it is precisely because this book had so much potential, and knowing that it could have been even better is the source of my disappointment. Had the author carried out his ideas more effectively—and not tried to do too much all at once—the story might not have started fraying at the seams as it did.
Nemesis introduces us to two main POVs, the first of which belongs to Melinda “Min” Wilder, a teenage girl who has been experiencing a frightening occurrence every two years ever since she was eight years old. Every other year and always on her birthday, a strange man in a suit with glasses finds her alone and kills her. Whether it’s throwing her off a cliff or bashing her skull in with rock, he never fails to show up and do the job. And as if that isn’t horrifying enough, what happens next is even more disturbing—after dying, Min always finds herself waking up again, alive and whole, in the same spot in the middle of the woods of her small rural Idaho town. The first time it happened, she walked home to find that only a few hours have passed since her death. During that time, all evidence of her killing had been erased. The second time it happened, on Min’s tenth birthday, the town psychiatrist diagnosed her with a dissociative disorder. Min was prescribed medication that she has been taking every day for the last six years, but without fail, the mysterious suited man still always shows up on her even-numbered birthdays and kills her.
Our second POV character is Noah, and though he doesn’t get to chime in until later, we first get to meet him through Min’s eyes. As the son of the richest man in town, Noah appears to have it all: money, good looks, and popularity. However, the truth is a lot more complicated. Despite being surrounded by friends, Noah is often emotionally aloof, quiet, and generally unassertive—pretty much the complete opposite of Min and her best friend Tack. Publically, Noah puts on a stoic face, but privately he is haunted by nightmares of violence and death. For almost all his life, his father has been telling him what a weakling he is for not being able to overcome the hallucinations and bad thoughts in his head. After so long, Noah has even started to believe that he is useless and weak. When his jerk friends start bullying Min and Tack, all he can do is stand silently by and watch, too timid to speak out against Ethan, the leader of the popular group.
By the way, in the middle of all this, the rest of the world at large is also facing a bigger problem. At the beginning of the book, we’re made aware that earth is in danger of being in the direct path of a huge asteroid hurtling through space. The Anvil is deemed a planet-killer, and as the story opens the whole world is holding its breath for a press conference in which NASA will announce whether or not the asteroid will make impact. Scientists are putting the odds at 50/50.
With all this going on, how could I not think Nemesis would be great? And indeed, at least in the first half, the book lived up to the potential promised by its synopsis. The suspense was bolstered by the intrigue and all the questions of which there were plenty, such as, just what the hell is going on with Min? Assuming she is right in her convictions and that none of this is in her head, how is what’s happening to her even possible? Is there a significance in the fact that she and Noah share the same birthday? And what does all this have to do with the giant asteroid threatening to end all life on earth?
The good news is, we get the answers to all these questions by the end of the book. The bad news though, is that explanations seldom live up to the hype generated by the mystery in these sorts of situations, and this can’t be more true in the case of Nemesis. I also didn’t really enjoy how the story took a turn in a completely different direction around the halfway point, when we abandoned the mystery and things sudden devolved into a Lord of the Flies meets The Hunger Games fiasco. It felt like an attempt to make this book conform even further to YA conventions, which of course never makes things more interesting.
Like I said, Nemesis was an enjoyable, entertaining book. I liked that about it. But somewhere along the way, I also felt the story lost sight of its goal to be different and unique and exceptional, reverting back to the usual tropes to order get in on the teen dystopian boom. To be fair, I rarely take issue with the tropes themselves, which can be fun. But a lot of books seem to fall into this trap, and quite frankly I’m really starting to get tired of it. I also felt somewhat let down by the ending, which offered an explanation for everything but had more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese. After all the buildup and anticipation, I honestly expected more, and the scenario we got struck me as absurd and not well thought out.
All told, Nemesis could have been great, but halfway through I felt it started to become a different book. The premise was also fantastic, but for all the intriguing questions it raised, the answers offered at the end made me think Reichs might have bit off more than he could handle. That said, I’m not closing any doors to the possibility that I’ll read the sequel; I think there’s a good chance it can turn things around and bring us back to the suspense and mystery we first saw in the intro, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for news of the next book.
I hadn’t heard a lot about this book before I started reading it and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect since I haven’t read anything by this author before. But it sounded like a great sci-fi thriller and I wasn’t at all disappointed by it.
Nemesis is broken up into 5 parts: Min, Noah, Project Nemesis, Fire Lake, and The Guardian. The first two parts are told in the POV of the title character and the other three have alternating chapters that switch between Min and Noah’s POVs. I really liked both characters and I also enjoyed both POVs. Min and Noah both have very different connections in town and thus were able to offer interesting information that the other character wouldn’t know. Through their POVs we also see how the same very traumatic experiences can lead to incredibly different responses: Min is very strong and willing to face anything head-on whereas Noah struggles with accepting himself and deals with a lot of anxiety as a result of his experiences. Min has been told her murders were delusions and Noah was told his were nightmares, but only Noah believes what he’s told and it results in very different experiences for them. Noah blames himself for being “weak” whereas Min resents those that don’t believe her. I really liked this because it’s a (necessary) reminder of how the same experiences won’t lead to people reacting the same way.
I absolutely loved the corruption and conspiracies that were thrown into the story and I loved how difficult it was to figure everything out. Until it was revealed, I honestly had absolutely no idea what could possibly be going on and I loved that. There were one or two smaller twists/mysteries in the story that I did end up figuring out, but overall, this book really kept me guessing and had me scratching my head. It made it incredibly difficult for me to put this book down for any considerable amount of time because all I wanted to do was keep reading and figure out what was happening.
I also felt that the pacing for this book was impressive. It was a lot more balanced than I’d expect in a book like this. In my experience with thrillers, you’ll have a steady plot throughout most of the book and then a huge amount of information is thrown at you at the end. While this is still true to an extent for Nemesis (as you don’t find out what’s going on until the last section), I found that it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could’ve been and I appreciated that Reichs divulged a good amount of information steadily throughout, rather than throwing it all at the reader at once.
Nemesis ended on a huge cliffhanger which has me very eager to read more. I kind of panicked at first because Goodreads doesn’t list any series info, but the author did tell me on Twitter that this is, in fact, a series (THANK GOD). I’m really excited to see where Reichs takes this, as I think there’s a lot of potential for a very interesting story to unfold. All in all, Nemesis is a very strong novel that I think a lot of people will enjoy. If you’re a fan of sci-fi, thrillers, or both, you should definitely pick this up when it comes out in a couple of weeks.
Questions to ask yourself when reading this YA Sci-Fi novel. Is the big, bad rock really going to strike the earth and blow it to bits? Or is that some crazy scheme perpetuated by scientists or the government? Are these two young people all that is going to be left after the big bang, or are they already dead? Who is the dude dressed in black that the heroine thinks kills her every two years on her birthday. Is that real or is she dreaming this? Is this one of those survival of the fittest stories? Or is it faked? I enjoyed it and recommend it to mystery lovers and sci-fi freaks. My thanks to the author and the Penguin First to Read program for a complimentary copy.
"I don't know what this is!" My main thought once I got to the halfway point. I probably shouldn't share my thoughts on the first half because they did get a bit colorful.
I still can't say what this book is, other than something else entirely.
I became so caught up with it I had to continually give myself reality checks. "Real! Not real! These events are not actually happening!" That was definitely a first. And I will say I kind of loved it.
"Kind of loved" my feeling of losing touch with reality. As for the book, that I absolutely loved.
Like I already said, it's something else entirely, there is no Point A to B here; it's more like Point G to Point T to Point K and everywhere in between.
And there is no attempting to figure it out; if you think you do figure it out you're probably lying to yourself.
It's a non-stop mystery where everything and possibly everyone is the mystery.
Calling it amazing would barely be the tip of that iceberg, this is beyond so many things that I'd probably have to go look for a thesaurus to fully justify it.
This book was a terrific read! I could not put it down. I do not normally read science fiction or young adult novels, but I really enjoyed the stories and the characters. The plotting of the book really kept me engaged and I loved how the threat of the asteroid was hanging over the characters like the aptly named anvil throughout.
Yet another book that I immediately want the sequel to but have to wait more than a year because this one isn't actually out yet. Why do I do this to myself?!
Awesome mystery and story line.
I did not want to put down this book. Very interesting down to the very last page. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Can't wait for the next book, assuming there is one.
Very good book. Really easy to get into this story. I would feel good recommending it.
This book is thrilling down to the very last minute! I loved this book, and would highly recommend it to mystery junkies like myself. This book was imaginative and great to the last page!
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs is a fun adventure of friendship, high school rivalries, the government, secret projects, and, the possible end of the world. The book is full of twists and turns. The ending is a cliffhanger; so, I hope there are more books coming in Project Nemesis. Bottom line, I enjoy the story. Even more so, because I think this book works for me and my kids, it gets high marks from me.
Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/02/nemesis.html.
Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program.
I was 3/4 of the way through when it said my download had expired. I loved the part I read, really got to know and love the characters and the setting.
This book was a pleasant surprise. I really wasn't sure what I expected from it, but reading it was a really enjoyable experience. Every two years on her even birthdays Min, who resides in a small town trailer park, is killed by a man in a black suit. The next day, she wakes up in the same spot of the forest and returns home. Min's mother and the school shrink attempt to make Min think she has mental problems, and eventually, Min stops talking about what happens altogether. Little does she know but a classmate, Noah, who comes from the ritzy neighborhood, is having similar experiences. Add in the fact that the world seems set for destruction from an asteroid dubbed "The Anvil" and that natural disasters are happening everywhere, and you have a book with a heck of a lot of action. Eventually Min, Noah and Min's best friend Tack, join forces to find out what is going on and why the government seems to have taken over their town of Fire Lake.
This book switches gears quite a lot throughout the story and at sometimes, it felt a tad disjointed. However, it was a really fast paced novel and I had a hard time putting it down. The main issue I had with the books were some of the characters. You have the class bully, Ethan, who basically thinks he is God and his animosity with Tank becomes quite repetitive. Then you have Tank himself who I respect because he stands up for himself, but he does so sometimes without exhibiting common sense or restraint and as a reader, I found his attitude annoying. And finally you have Min and Noah. Min is my favorite because she is smart, strong and independent. Noah on the other hand needs to grow a spine and although there were reasons for him acting the way he did, I just wanted to shake him or maybe even worse. The book itself is told from Min and Noah's dual perspectives and I do tend to enjoy books written in this fashion. The transitions always flowed well and both sides are critical to the plot.
"Nemesis" is definitely for those who enjoy science fiction, or who, for newbies like me, want to read more in this genre without risking being utterly confused. Also, I referenced it before in an update but "Nemesis" has a strong "Red Dawn" vibe. One warning though, if cliffhangers drive you crazy, you may want to wait until book two is released because "Nemesis" ends with a bang. While there was some resolution and satisfaction in the ending, it really makes the reader immediately want more. I will definitely be watching for the sequel.
When I looked on here it appeared that I had until next month to review (you even sent me an email implying this)-when I went to go read it, it had been revoked. The process is convoluted and the program used to read it is difficult to navigate. I will be participating with Netgalley from now on as this process was confusing and unclear.
I received my copy of Nemesis in exchange for an honest review of the book. While I appreciated the premise of this young adult science fiction novel, I ultimately felt that the book was lackluster. The setting of the book was engaging, a small rural town with only one way in and one way out, but the dialogue and overly-descriptive death scenes made it difficult to enjoy. I found that even for a YA book the dialogue was insultingly repetitive and that it was trying too hard to be relevant. The constant use of pop culture references becomes tiresome, especially when certain chapters are given a date so theres no confusion regarding the time period. The premise of two characters who are being killed annually and returning from death unscathed is certainly promising but Nemesis fails to deliver a satisfying conclusion. I would, perhaps, have felt differently about this book had I know that it was a series before coming to the abrupt ending. I felt really cheated at the end because I assumed the book was a standalone and would deliver a satisfying conclusion. I will likely not be reading the sequel, and I felt that the majority of the book could have been thrown out. The last third of the book is easily the most exciting and relevant so perhaps this would have done well as one well-written book instead of two. Ultimately, I would award two out of five stars.
The download expired on the 26th of January before I could finish reading which is weird since the book isn't released until March 21st. According to Amazon the target audience is age 12 to 17, so I guess this wasn't meant for me to read & rate. Thank you for the opportunity.
This is a fast-paced, intense book that starts off crazy and never let's up. It's the first in a series, so readers are left hoping to get their hands on the next book soon. The characters have depth and the mystery keeps the reader turning page after page trying to unravel what is happening and why.
This is one of those books that could've been great, that started as interesting, intriguing and appealing, and ended up being a Hunger Games hot mess. There's plenty of those.
It's like you can't have a brave heroine without Katniss' anger and mistrust, and she of course can't be outside a love triangle between her childhood Gale, I mean, friend - this time, obnoxious and irritating Tack (with Ron Weasley's attempts of untimed humor but without his actual humor) - and Peeta, I mean, Noah, a boy from her school who shares some of her past that never pays attention to Kat, I mean, Min, until shit starts to go down.
Of course there are the mean and evil careers, I mean, high school students, to deal with, and the government that wants to... ok, in this Nemesis' story is different, but it is highly predictable and goes for the idiotic. Why would anyone want to save the humanity through a bunch of moronic teenagers? Why not save scientists, knowledgable people, someone that mattered, instead of people who clearly have no talent of their own?
If Reichs is waiting until the next book to answer those questions - if there are, indeed, answers to this questions - I don't think I will want to find out.
I've become sickened of YA novels, not because they have no value - some of my favourite books are YA - but because they all try and use the same formulaic approaches. Nemesis was different at first, but for some strange reason it ended up being exactly everything I had read before - but worse.
PS. Congrats for making Peeta evil at the end of the book and not in the middle. There's a lot of creativity right there.
The caught my attention from the very first page. I needed to know what was going on. It was a pretty fast paced read and I enjoyed it. I can't wait to read the next book if there is one. I will definitely check out more from this author.
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs grabbed me from the first page and I'm still trying to figure out what all is happening. This crazy good story begins with the murder of Min, but she wakes up in a field completely unharmed and walks back to her trailer park, struggling to understand why this keeps happening to her every two years. Then, she finds out she is not alone in her struggles. In the background, the world is reaching a catastrophic end, which sets in motion a government involved conspiracy. The story makes the reader feel so many emotions: mystery, hope, crushing shock on so many levels. Then with the cliffhanger ending, all I can feel is I must know what happened next. Highly recommend this book for YA dystopian, science fiction readers.
The book captured me within the first line. It's an instant attention grabber that makes you do a double take. Going forward, the confusion of what was happening to Min was annoying but needed, as she herself didn't know what was happening. The book, I believe, was slow paced when needed, and fast when caked for. The ending had you yelling, "WHAT?!?" As numerous twits and revelations happened. You found yourself liking the wrong people, and wanting the wrong things to happen, which is a gift that Reichs is blessed with. Reichs' writing is decent, though not enough to REALLY paint a picture in your mind without some aid. My only complaints were that it read like a YA--which it is, but I've read some less juvenile books than this. My other problem was with Min's best friend who, at the beginning, read like what an older generation would think teenagers speak today. Using lots of text slang and "meme" talk, though his character grows.
All in all, I would rate this book a 3/5 stars and think it would make a great TV show. I'm excited to OFFICIALLY pick it up on its release date, as well as the sequel.
This book started off very well. The premise is super intriguing, and I was dying to know what was going on. Unfortunately, the plot slowed down a bit in the middle, and the book had trouble keeping my attention. However, I really enjoyed this book overall.
I was really looking forward to reading this book, it had an intriguing plot. I was ready to take a break from all the sequels I have to wait for and just read a standalone. This is not a standalone by the way. The summary sparked a great interest for me, and although those ideas were incorporated into the book, it was poorly executed. For one, the book was inconsistent. At times it was very intriguing and 'action' packed. Then other times it had a lot of dialogue and it was long and uninteresting. I also think that the book is a little lengthy, but in the abundance of pages, nothing happened. No new information was provided to help the main character figure out what was going on. The characters weren't anything spectacular and they didn't undergo any changes, so no character development. Also, there were so many clichés. Rich kids rule the school and the 'poor' girl is the center of their abuse. The Min and Noah relationship made absolutely no sense, and it didn't fit in with the book. Also, what Noah does in the end of the book doesn't make any sense. His logic for doing what he did wasn't very logical. However, I do have to admit, reading it sounded great. The dialogue worked and each word contributed to make very solid sentences. Another thing I must mention, the big reveal. I'm still confused. The idea was great, never in a million year could I think of that, but it made no sense. The build up was poorly executed, because there wasn't really a build up. Without all the supporting facts, he big reveal wasn't mind blowing and I'm still trying to connect the dots. Overall I found this book very confusing and slightly disappointing. I might read the second book but I'll probably never get around to it. I still commend the author for a stellar idea though.
This book was very engaging and hooked me after the first chapter. I didn't wan to put it down. The author knew what they were doing. I am hoping since the way it ended, leaves it open for a sequel.
I found this plot and the setting to be intriguing since it's set in present-day. I thought the book started off strong, and I was completely engrossed, eager to find out what the conspiracy was. Once I got 3/4 of the way through though, I found myself losing interest. It felt like it was dragging, and the ending felt rather abrupt. Maybe the author intended for it to be that way, or perhaps there's a sequel in the works. I didn't feel completely satisfied though.
I really liked the main character Min. I thought she was well-developed, and I appreciated the fact that she was a strong female character. If there is a sequel to this, I hope she finds happiness and she gets the answers that she deserves.
I can see this novel appealing to teens or those who enjoy dystopian-type novels.
I have trouble putting my feelings on this book into words because it was mostly nonsensical. There are huge portions of boring and confusing pieces all before the final Lord of the Flies-esque climax. And then once we figure out what's finally going on it doesn't actually fit what had been happening earlier in the story. It's clearly designed to be a cliff hanger ending but I can't make myself care enough about any of the characters to want to keep reading.
Wow. Describing this book is difficult, but I'll try. Take Red Dawn, The Matrix, Lost, and The Hunger Games, shake them up in a bag, and what comes out is the plot of Nemesis. This book twisted, turned, and steered me in so many different directions I was never sure exactly what was going on - and it was wonderful. After reading so many books, not many surprise me anymore.
The setting is present day Idaho - but after a few pages, it's evident something's not quite right. And then the pace never lets up. This book is well-written, with natural dialogue and contains both captivating and frustrating characters. Although it's not a problem for me, there are shifting POVs, so be forewarned if that's a distraction.
I plowed through this book in a couple of days, but don't let the 400+ pages scare you - it's actually a quick read. And I can't wait for the next book!
Thanks to Penguin First To Read for the digital ARC.
This book has an interesting premise but I couldn't get into it and gave up after about 100 pages. There were too many stereotypical teenagers. Sometimes I like YA books but this was not one of those times.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
Well done! Finally a book that was unpredictable from beginning to end. Can't wait to see what the sequel has in store!
Nemesis grabbed me from the beginning. I was intrigued by the idea of someone being murdered on her birthday over and over again. But that was just the premise of the book and the beginning of the story.
Things keep getting crazier as the book progresses. Of course, there's the conflict we start with: Min tries to escape the murder she knows is coming, but it's inevitable. As if that wasn't enough to send her to the psychiatrist (which it does), she also has to deal with bullying at school. To top things off, the world might be ending if the comet speeding toward it strikes. Talk about a bad week.
The mysteries and questions mount up until the unpredictable (for me, at least) end. I was worried that this would be one of those books that just asked the questions and left you wondering about the answers until the sequel, but although this is the beginning of a series, the basic questions are answered satisfactorily at the end, where the hits just keep coming and leave you hooked for the next installment. So, it satisfies and whets your appetite all at once.
There's a definite point in the book where the story changes so much I felt like I was reading a different kind of book altogether. I appreciate that the author didn't drag things out and make us wait for the revelations in a sequel but, instead, went full out and flipped the story on its head. I spent a few enjoyable late nights on this one.
A Penguin First to Read ARC e-book in exchange for an honest review.
The world is potentially coming to an end as a large asteroid known as The Anvil comes hurtling towards it. Even a glancing blow will be devastating to the whole planet. As everyone is fearing the final news from NASA two teens are troubled more by their daily lives and their birthday more than being obliterated by an asteroid.
Overall the book was not that easy to get into. The detailed birthday deaths were the highlight of many rambling pages of back and forth dialogue and boring scenes. The setting though is extremely ideal. A small town tucked away in the mountains with only a single bridge as connection to the rest of the world. The friendships and relationships in the story feel very forced.
Also, though the shift in perspective is clearly marked it was difficult to feel a different voice between the perspectives which made it hard to transition and know what was happening to who.
"I swore to myself I wouldn't die that day." Wow. What a first sentence! Immediately pulled in with so many questions! So cute that Brendan Reichs thought the commander-in-chief would be a woman in 2017... :( This was a twisty book, you don't really know what's going on. You have suspicions but you're wrong. It's pretty messed up actually. Very interesting and there'd better be more coming!
This YA science fiction thriller reminds me of a mashup of Wayward Pines, Lord of the Flies, and The Matrix. There's even a blue pill. This novel opens strong and keeps its pace throughout the first four sections of the book. Then, it takes a dive as it sets itself up to be the first of a series. The strongest aspect of the book is the characterization of Min, a 16-year-old sophomore at Fire Lake High School, who has been brutally murdered by the same serial killer every other year of her life since she was 8. And every time, she wakes in the same forest clearing without a scratch on her. Fire Lake, Idaho, has a definite Wayward Pines vibe to it, and eventually we learn why, but that why is so 'meh' that I'm not sure I care to continue with a sequel. Then again, I'm invested in Min and her bff Tack Russo (not so much Noah or any of the other characters), and based on Brendan Reichs's initial chapters of this novel, Book 2 could redeem the series.
A fun non-stop adventure that kept me turning the pages!
I had mixed feelings about Nemesis. I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning half of the book and learning more about Min (Melinda) Wilder and Noah Livingston. The mystery regarding their murders kept me intrigued. Min was a strong character and I really fell in love with her. Her strength and perseverance to figuring out the truth about the Project Nemesis made this book interesting. Noah was a weaker character, who annoyed me a lot of the time. He was whiny and besides the murders, he mainly had rich guy problems. It would have been a lot more interesting to see the book from Ethan, Sarah, or Tack's perspective than Noah.
In the middle of the book, things got a lot more chaotic and the storyline became less interesting. It reminded me of Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm. This storyline also felt like a complete info dump regarding other members of their sophomore class. It was unnecessary since they didn't play more than a bit role in the plot. Since their was an excess of information, I had a hard time remembering anything about the characters who did have some storylines. The ending was a disappointment. It felt rushed and the explanations were poorly lacking. It left it open for another book, but I'm not sure if I want to continue. While I want to know what happens to this class, the lack of explanation made me feel like another book will just be another disappointment. I give this a 3/5 rating, because I liked the intrigue of the murders aspect and Min.
Thanks to the opportunity from First to Read with Penguin Books I was able to read this novel as a pre-release and review it.
This book was incredible and had me hooked from the first paragraph to the last word. I could not put it down! The characters are incredibly well developed and the story arc is riveting. I felt like I was with Min, Tack, and the rest of the characters in Fire Lake experiencing the story along side them. I could feel the emotions being expressed and the connections being made. I found myself thinking about the characters in this novel when I wasn't reading it. For me, that's evidence of a well written, attention grabbing book.
I was not ready for Nemesis to end and I am hopeful there will be sequels to read.
I have enjoyed Brendan Reichs' work previously with the Virals series and I was happy to find that Nemesis is just as well written and exciting as those books were.
I fully intend to buy the hard copy of Nemesis once it is released to add to my library.
I would highly recommend this book to other readers, especially, anyone interested in an adventure/mystery/thriller/sci-fi novel.
I look forward to more work from Mr. Reichs in the future.
I'm going with 3/5. The first third was intriguing, the second was confusing, and the third needs to be punched in the face and drowned. Min has issues, she is being killed every other birthday. She finally asks for help from Tack. They learn about some top secret government conspiracy stuff. Min learns there is another like her, Noah. Together they try to figure out what is going on. Oh and on top of this the world is being destroyed by natural disasters. Then... then hold on.... then the government gases all the kids in Min's grade. They wake up, everyone is gone. The a**hole kids think they are in charge, of course, so stuff happens. But that doesn't matter since the ending is off its rocker anyways. I mean all that work and build up... for that. If this is a series, I will read the next one just to see if he can fix it. Ugh, PS- a warning, don't like Noah.
I have to admit to having some mixed feelings regarding Nemesis. I thought the premise was fantastic, and I was kept guessing about what was truly going on almost until the very end. I ran into difficulties though with the characters. I really liked Min who was a strong protagonist to root for. However, Noah is also supposed to be one, but his weakness of character made it absolutely impossible for me to connect to, and the big twist at the end with him, came out of nowhere, and was poorly executed. The majority of the secondary characters were all stereotypes out of high school cliques and none of them truly stood out. Despite its flaws though, I can see Nemesis appealing to teens. And although I had issues with the character development, the actual story appealed to me enough that I will definitely check out the second book when its released.
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I requested this book because I was intrigued by the synopsis. For a book that started with a bang, partway through, I was bored. Worse yet, I thought I was investing in a standalone but this reads like the start of a series! Unfortunately the big reveal did not satisfy.
I'd like to start by giving Nemesis 2.5/5 stars. I'm still not entirely sure what happened with this book, it's a bit all over the place really.
In the summary we're provided with a great premise, one that has spurred a lot of interest in the book communities and piqued my interest despite my usual avoidance of urban sci-fi/fantasy. I felt a bit let down. The ideas were there, and for solid parts of the book they were executed with some level of precision, but things only went downhill.
Min is our protagonist, however we're supposed to think of Noah as one too, but he just doesn't have the strength of character Min does to lead his own story. Overall there's little character development, everyone in this book stays who they were at the beginning (save one big and poorly executed change at the end that really comes for nowhere and has bothered most reviewers from what I've seen). We're treated to a lot of telling rather than showing, and treated to the type of high school students we only really see in tv dramas. Mean girl cheerleaders, jock idiots, one rich dude who rules the town along with his rich dude friend who is too cool to care about what goes on, poor/trailer park heroes who are uncool losers. These stereotypes are used to define the characters even when the planet goes to shit, high school doesn't exist anymore but somehow they cannot transcend those high school roles.
For two high school kids, Min and her best friend Tack sure are good at breaking into places and sneaking away from mobs who want their heads. I can get past this, but when they've been captured and sneak away more times than I can count the irritation starts to set in.
A lot of people have commended the first 80% or so as being high stakes thriller novel, I never really felt the tension because in many ways I felt like I was reading a history book version of how things were occurring, nonetheless I can see how it would work for many people. The last 20% or so is a big let down, our resolution is weak and, honestly, insulting. The set up for this being a series went too far in trying to be shocking and cliff hanger like, betraying much of the book for a last minute 'wow' moment that only serves to infuriate.
While I found myself reading faster only to finish and move on from this book, I can see how many will enjoy it and don't hesitate to recommend it if it's your cup of tea. I may or may not tune in to the second book in the series.
When I started this book, I could barely put it down. For about the first 80 percent of the book, I was on pins and needles. I don't want to give anything away, but the ending (at least for me) had a lot of issues. Not only did the ending seem out of character with the rest of the story, but I really had some problems with the "solution" . This book appears to be the first in a series, and I hope that he can "fix" some of these flaws to make them more palatable. Many readers may not pick up on them and will love the story, but for those that do, it really diminishes what could be one of the best books out there.
I am sorry, but this review copy is unreadable as the font is too small and I am unable to adjust the size in my ereader.
There's a serial killer on the loose. He catches you and he kills you.
Then you wake up. Alive.
But what's really happening?
Every two years, Min wakes in a field the day after her birthday after having been murdered in various ways by a black suited assassin. She doesn't know why or how and can't seem to trust anyone around her.
First I have to say, although overall I was hooked by the story, at times I was bored. It was like two different people were writing this story. Like some brilliant storyteller has given a great outline that his inept assistant must flesh out. I was tempted to skim over parts just to get back to the thrill ride.
Second, I couldn't reconcile the ending with the entire rest of the story. After all the mundane parts and thrilling action, somehow the ending seemed forced. It was completely unexpected and, to me original, but just didn't seem to fit that this is what has been the goal all along.
It's obvious that this is going to be a series and some will wait impatiently for the next book. However I'm not entirely sure I'll be one of them. I like a good thrill ride just like the next but I don't enjoy spending the majority of a novel with so few details to the very bitter end. I would have enjoyed a build up of information that kept me guessing. The thrill was mostly trying to figure out how the players would survive til I could get those answers.
This story messes with your mind. And in retrospect that was a good thing. Reichs creates a world that is very believable. Then it all goes all different ways of crazy. I hope that he is a new voice that will give the Science Fiction genere some amazing new stories.
This book has made me realise how important it is to know whether I’m reading a standalone or a series from the very beginning. I was treating Nemesis as a standalone and had some expectations. Like, for example, I wanted a well-balanced structure: an intriguing beginning that introduces us to the setting and the problem, then action/plot-twist/character development/world-enriching elements -packed middle part, followed by the climactic or at least a bit surprising reveal in the ending.
Nemesis did please with intriguing premise (which I knew from the blurb) and several first chapters were great. Alas, the magic was soon ruined by many, many pages of awkward dialogues, long and boring trains of thoughts and, well, detailed accounts of deaths. It was dragging and uneventful till the last third of the book - and at that point I almost lost interest in the «great reveal». Which, honestly speaking, wasn’t really satisfying. Nor was it unexpected or dramatic. Or, maybe, it was the writing style that has spoiled the reveal for me... I don’t know.
What I am certain of is that after everything I’ve found out at the end of this book there’s almost no chance that I’ll be reading the sequel. Oh, yes, I forgot to mention: this is not a standalone. While I haven’t found anything on the author’s page, some sources (like Kirkus reviews) hint that this is just a beginning of the series. Or so they hope - as this is the only way for Nemesis to have any sense at all.
The book ends almost right after the «thrilling» reveal, with the main characters suddenly coming to terms with themselves, deciding between hate and love and going all «lord of the flies» around. Now that I’ve said it, I begin to see the appeal of this open ending - if you got hooked, you’ll want more.
So, while I believe many readers will enjoy the read (especially knowing that this is a series…if it is), I, unfortunately, am disappointed to the point of no return.
Now, one last line on what I did like: the premise (really intriguing and promising concept) the dark feel of the story (the girl is killed repeatedly since she turns eight, loved it) and the setting (a small town surrounded by mountains with a bridge as the only connection to the big land).
The premise of this book was so unique and interesting. It's a really captivating story, with an ending that suggests it's just the beginning of a series. It's kind of hard to talk about the plot without giving too much away. The mystery that Min and Noah and the rest of the characters are caught up in is what really grabbed my attention and kept me reading to find out how it would all play out. I'm very interested in where this story will go, and I'll be keeping an eye out for the next book in the series.
I really enjoyed this book! Can't wait for the next book in the series!
I enjoyed this book, the premise was unusual and the action picked up later leaving you wanting the next installment. Only disappointment was the device by which the plot was set, even at the end I couldn't reconcile how it was viable in reality. Hoping it will be explained in the future.
When can I read the next one?!?!?! This book was amazing! Unlike so many YA novels that are the same old boring plot line with different characters this book was unique. This book is fresh and original. I was genuinely surprised by every twist and turn. Also, the characters were relatable and real. So often authors try to create perfect, strong, flawless heroes and heroines, and forget to make their characters authentic. Reichs does a great job crafting an interesting world with an innovative plot, and in the process creates a bestseller.
First and for most...WHEN IS THE SEQUEL GOING TO BE OUT. I loved this book. This a YA book which means that there is little offensive language and no wild sex scenes. This book is about the sophomore class in a small rural high school. This class has been together since kindergarten with very few changes. Like all teens they have their groups, the rich, the poor, the jocks, and the some that don't fit in any group. Min is a strong female character from the poor side of town, and Tack is an aggressive boy and is also poor. Noah is a rich kid that is terrified of everything. Min and Noah take turns being the voice and reports what is happening from their point of view. Min has been undergoing a terrible event on every other birthday since she was 8 with the last one at 16. She finds that Noah is also having a similar experience and they join Tack in trying to find the answers. At one point I get a "Lord of the Flies" feeling. In the end some of their questions are answered which leads to a lot of unanswered questions.
First, let me begin by saying that I hope that Nemesis is the start of a series, because the ending left me with lots of questions still unanswered! I was captivated by Min, a strong and centered main character who experienced more than her share of hardship but always seemed to rise above the chaos to remain fair and determined. Noah was harder for me to warm up to, but his desire to disappear and his struggle to choose what he stood for was very real. The story begins with Min and Noah, first separately and then together, trying to unravel the mystery of the horrors they experience every other year on their birthdays. Then the story expands to include a conspiracy that involves people scattered throughout their isolated town, an increasing military presence in a spot no one goes, and a series of disasters that begin to strike the planet, changing life as they know it. I could not read fast enough while trying to put together all of the pieces of the puzzles presented in this novel, and by the end I felt both satisfied and eager to read the next installment. I am grateful to have received the chance to read this novel ahead of time though the First To Read program, and I hope to read more by this author in the future!