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Series: Nil #1
Published by Henry Holt on March 4th 2014
Source: the library
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On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.
Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.
Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.
I first heard about this book from another book blogger, and as usual, I don’t remember who to give credit where credit is due… One of these days, I’ll remember to write it down!
I actually read and finished this one at least a month ago, but I really sat on writing the review because I didn’t know how I felt. I don’t read a lot of romance, and though there isn’t a lot of it in this one there was more than I was expecting. I was really enjoying the book, the world, the characters, and then bang! Love interest shows up and feelings develop… yuck… lol.
After sitting on writing the review, though, I realized that the romance bits do really work, and it had to happen so that we could have the ending that does happen, and since I liked the ending, I guess that means I have to like the romance… lol.
All this to say, Nil is pretty much your typical dystopian book. You meet the characters, you are introduced to a new world, you meet new characters, typical love interest happens, main character grows and learns a lot and is just the smartest ever and is the only one who can ever figure anything out… It’s different from some other dystopians in that there are still some mysteries remaining for future books, and other differences that I can’t share without ruining too much of the plot. It’s just different enough that the book works.
I’ll probably even read the next ones in the series, eventually, but I won’t rush, either.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: