March 24, 2016

Shelley Liked: Nil by Lynne Matson

Series: Nil 1
Format: E-Galley | 374 pages
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Henry Hold & CO (BYR)
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Genre: YA | Science Fiction

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have 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 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 she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly

NIL, by Lynne Matson, is the first book in the Nil trilogy. The trilogy has been compared to Survivor meets Lost and Lord of the Flies. Matson alternates her story through first person narratives with the main characters being 17-year old's Charley Crowder and Thaddeus (Thad) Black who both find themselves on an island of Nil where one simple rule is important. You have 365 days from the time you arrive on NIL to find a way off the island or else you die. One minute Charley is in Georgia, the next second she isn't after being swept up by a blistering shimmering heat wave/wormhole. 

"We are all here for a reason, but not the same reason."

Charley wakes up naked on a strange island and spends the next twelve days alone searching for answers as to how she managed to be transported to a strange island. Nil is a breathtaking island with twisted mysteries, blue skies, and dangerous animals who stand in the way of humans getting off the island. Although Charley doesn't have any survival training or skills, she manages just fine for twelve days on her own. After twelve days, Charley runs into Thad who has already been on the island for over 200 days.

Thad is the leader of a group of 20 teenagers that also includes Rives (who will be the protagonist of Nil Unlocked), Jillian, Natalie, Dex, Jason, Ahmad, Macy, Johan, and Zane. It is an eclectic and diverse group of characters from all over the globe. The thing that becomes the clearest is that no adults are on this island. Only teenagers ranging in age from 13 to 19 are taken from their homes and brought to the island by the strange simmering wormhole. 

Thad will become Charley's mentor, best friend, and later romantic interest. While Charley will become the person who finds a way to keep track of the comings and goings of the simmering waves that are the only way off the island. Charley's ideas and schemes of mapping out the gates and the various quadrants of the island, allow people to find gates quicker and spend less time worrying about whether or not they will still be here on day 365. But, there are still dangers of epic proportions, especially when you share an island with leopards, and tigers, and bears, and hyenas! 

Each of NIL's chapters are sort of countdown clock for both Charley and Thad, as they near day 365. Here's a head up folks. DO not ask too many questions! Just roll with the flow and enjoy the tension, the danger, the mystery, and the romance that is NIL. You will ask yourselves why only teenagers? When did NIL  first start taking teenagers? Why are the gates only available at noon each day, and not before? You will ask yourselves why they arrive naked, and arrive back home in the same manner. 

The answers you are looking for WILL come when you read the next book called Nil Unlocked. Trust me!

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  1. Oh I don't know about this one. It came out in 2014, didn't it? Yeah, I remember seeing it around, but it never quite got my attention. Nice review though :)

  2. This one sounds tense and exciting! It definitely reminds me a lot of Lost.

  3. If the library has it then maybe

  4. OOoh nice! This is in my TBR pile and I really need to find time to read it! It sounds fantastic! Glad to hear you enjoyed it for the most part! Nice review!

  5. it's great that you have the answer in the sequel. I heard about this one but I don't remember how the reviewer felt

  6. It does sound interesting. I'll wait to read your review of the next book before I make my decision. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  7. Hmmm... sounds interesting. You gave a rating of 3... any reason why it held you back on loving it? I will have to see if my library has a copy that I can borrow.

  8. I hadn't had any interest in this before but after reading your review I'm really curious. I want to know why they are there and how they get off! I loved Lost and it sounds kind of similar.

  9. Hm... looks like I need both books to start otherwise the questions would bother me. It also seems like too much is thrown at the characters but it didn't seem to bother you. That is good. I might have to check it out.

  10. I think I'd be frustrated that I didn't find out the answers to my questions in that book lol Great review!

  11. This is one of my physical TBR Pile Challenge books, so I should be getting to it soon. Great review!

  12. No questions, got it. I always wanted do try this one. I like weird books like this. Happy it was good. So the second book was better?

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