Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on March 21st, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Fantasy
Series: Project Nemesis - Book One
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I don't even know how I feel about this book.
Nemesis had such an intriguing and promising premise! It was the first thing that really made me want to invest in this story and the characters in it. It was unique and creative. The beginning was so weird, in a good way, that you don't want to put this book down. There is so much desperation and urgency from the main characters to find out what is happening to them. However, as the story progressed all of their sneaking around proves to do nothing for anybody but quench the undying fascination and thirst for knowledge.
It did start to get stale near page 250. It felt as if nothing really changed, the characters were hard to connect with, and the overall story was beginning to lack greatly. Even if the characters did nothing, they would still end up in the same situation. They had little to no impact on what was happening that the whole story felt redundant.
The thing I hated the most though had to be the ending. Seriously, I pushed myself to read the rest of this book to have an ending like this? The characters end up "solving" the whole thing by literally being told the answer. Then to find out that what I thought was a standalone is in fact a sequel left me shocked.
Overall, Nemesis was rather disappointing. I will not be continuing with this story nor will I be picking up the sequel.
About The Author:
Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.