He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.
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.
NEMESIS by Brendan Reichs was my second pick for #2018FWTBRPick for the month of September – this is my way of trying to take care of my uncontrollable TBR this year and you can read about it all HERE.
On the face of it, this book has almost everything you could ever need to get interested in a YA Sci – Fi book – I mean, just go back and read the blurb will you? How could any self respecting reader NOT be interested in this book.
We are first introduced to Melinda “Min” Wilder – the daughter of a single mother, who has a peculiar experience every second birthday – she is always found by the same man, and she is always killed, no matter how much of a fight she puts up and she always, always wakes up the next day, alive and well. As a kid, she told the adults the truth, but has since learnt that nothing good ever comes out of that.
Min comes off a closed off, belligerent girl who lives by her own rules – she follows the rules to the extent that suits her, but when it clashes with her sense of right or wrong, she goes the way she believes to be the right one. She isn’t afraid to make mistakes; neither is she afraid to speak up her mind; yet she still keeps to herself.
The other main character is, Noah – we don’t get his POV until much later – but we do get to know him through Min’s eyes – on the surface he comes off as boy who is disinterested in his life, yet he has everything anyone could ever want – he is good looking, the son of the richest man in town and is popular in school. Yet slowly but surely we get to understand that the surface hold a depth that no one could ever understand.
Beyond both Min and Noah’s teenage angst – there is a bigger picture going on – the end of the world as it is kind of. At the start we get to know that an asteroid is on the path to the Earth and NASA scientists have given it a 50/50 chance of colliding with Earth.
All this sounds interesting & intriguing right? I thought so as well – and I wasn’t wrong. The first half of the book goes off on a right ride that an adrenaline reader like me loves getting on. There are suspicions, questions, conspiracy theories that I was honestly loving the time I was spending with this book.
As the middle part of the plot approached, the story predictably slowed down, but since I was expecting it, my interest in the book still went strong. But as I continued through the story, the uniqueness that I had fallen in love with slowly dissolved into the trope that has become typical of the dystopian or science fiction young adult books.
Which was a shame, to be honest; cause Nemesis is a really enjoyable and entertaining read that had my attention, even though it became predictable right towards the end.
Will I read the sequel? I will. But I am honestly not sure when I will get to it. I miss having books that I couldn’t wait to read sequels of – that waiting patiently for the next book almost physically hurt me. How I wish for the good ol’ days!
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