Thursday, February 21, 2013

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Genera: Paranormal Romance/Sci-fi

Subjects: supernatural, energy, assassins, secret societies, love, government agencies

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 393 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Egmont

Summary/ product description: “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.”

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My Review: I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s books! I didn’t know about this book until about a month ago. Glad I found out, and now I read it. I wrote this review right away because I was afraid I would forget that I ever read it if I didn’t. (Just kidding. This book is called Nobody, and if you read it, you’d get my joke.)

Another book I had no idea what to expect from. I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I’m not a fan of 3rd person perspective, but this book was well written. I love this author’s writing style, even if this is different from her usual 1st person books. Sure, the book had some issues. Over repetitive mentions of being nobody or nothing. An unrealistic romance. But it was mostly good. It was very unique. I wonder how she came up with this. Did she start with the idea of an invisible assassin, or the idea of being an unnoticeable person? Being just another face in the crowd is very relatable. It’s hard to be noticed when you’re shy. But the author took this to a supernatural/sci-fi level. What if you were born unnoticeable? A Nobody. And then there’s the manipulative psychopaths that they call Nulls. The ones who are easily noticed and get what they want. The Society, which is mostly Sensors who call detect energy, is using Nix, a Nobody, to kill Nulls.

In the beginning, Nix is given a job to kill Claire. He thinks she’s a Null, and it takes a while to figure out that she’s really like him. Another Nobody. And then sometime after that, they kiss. Nix doesn’t like the way Claire makes him feel. It’s a freaky kind of insta-love because them both being Nobodies makes them able to connect. They are the only ones who can love each other, because Normals, Sensors and Nulls can’t notice or love them. Makes me feel really sorry for them.

This book was thrilling, action pact, and a fun mix of sci-fi and supernatural. I loved all the scenes where they fade and fly. I loved when Claire made up “situations” in her head. I love all the unique details and world building that went into this. It reminds me of Paranormalcy. If you like that series, check this out. Also, if you liked False Memory, Altered, Pulse, or any other YA series that has a government or non-government agency that does experiments. Or stuff with conspiracies, I recommend this. THIS BOOK IS NOT DYSTOPIAN!! Also, THIS BOOK IS NOT A SERIES. I wish it was a series. I want more! I feel like the characters could use further development. Nix doesn’t have much life-experience, and Claire actually pretty brave. So, this book has twists and turns and few things I never guessed would happen. Enjoy it!

Cover Art Review: I don’t really like the eye image they used. It’s Nix’s eye, I guess. The target over it makes it more interesting, though. And the girl silhouette in the center. The title is okay.


~Haley G

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