Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Genre: Teen Fiction, Action Adventure Fiction, Science Fiction
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
ISBN-13 Book: 9781606843215
Disclosure: I received an ARC from the publicist for review. This is my honest review!
Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nix is a Nobody, invisible to ordinary people and only detectable by special people with extrasensory gifts called Sensors. He has been trained by the Society to be a perfect killer; hidden, undetectable, ruthless, and unquestioning. Until he meets Claire and everything changes. They told him Claire was a Null, a dangerous sociopathic killer. Nix discovers that Claire isn’t a Null, she is a Nobody like him, and that the Society has been lying to him for years. The Society wants Claire dead, and Nix must go up against this secret organization to keep her safe. Everyone here is playing for keeps.
The premise of this novel is intriguing. I like the idea of these people who are around us who fail to make an impression. The scene where Claire asks for the towel and is completely ignored was painful, and the fact that her parents had to put a note on the garage door to remind them not to forget their daughter was completely heart wrenching. People are incapable of remembering Claire and Nix, and in some ways that is everyone’s worst nightmare—what if I am completely forgettable and no one can care about me. It was interesting watching Barnes explore this situation with these two radically different teens.
I loved the character development with both Claire and Nix. Claire was a believable character living a life being ignored. Nix was raised as an assassin. He doesn’t question his orders or his place in life until he meets Claire and falls for the one person who can actually see him and be influenced by his actions.
The romance, while predictable was sweet. These two people who are so used to being ignored that they expect it, find each other, and finally find someone they can make an impression on. The difficulty breaking down Nix’s barrios and beliefs was convincing because he had been brainwashed for so many years.
My one quibble with this novel is the pacing. The pacing is inconsistent. Sometimes it felt like we spent too much time rehashing things we have already learned. In some places we see scenes from both teens points of view—like the computer scene at the library. This duplication of scenes while helpful for the character development, did disrupt the pacing of the story. In other places the story seemed to fly by at a breakneck pace where I would have liked to slow down a little. The problem could have been completely with me, but it threw me out of the story a little bit.
This was an intriguing story, and the end left me wanting more. I did enjoy the story despite the pacing difficulties. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy action adventure stories with characters who have unusual abilities. In the end it was a good read.
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