So today I will be reviewing Nil by Lynne Matson so let’s get straight to it:
Book title: Nil
Authors name: Lynne Matson
Publisher: Henry Holt
Date Published: March 4th 2014
Number of pages: 384 pages
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.
This book is written for two character’s POV’s. First you have Charley. A seventeen year old girl from Southern America. Then you have Thad, a seventeen year old boy from Canada. They both are stranded on the deserted non-existent island Nil. When Charley arrives, she finds Thad. He explains the rules. You have 365 days to escape or you die. Thad has been on Nil for over 250 days at the start of this book. Charley however has only just arrived.
I liked the character descriptions with this book. I loved the vivid imagination of Lynne as she creates and unfurls the magnificent world of Nil. She captures the island and all it’s inhabitants perfectly. The hidden dangers of Nil are as distinct yet hidden as any camouflage animal. That is about as far as my love for this book goes.
Sorry for any Nil fans out there but I didn’t buy it. There was this insta-love between Thad and Charley that was as cheesy as any story could possibly get. Don’t get me wrong, I love the whole feel good type books but when I first read the blurb, I had already assumed that this book was going to be more about adventure and action then romance. The story plot was good as well where Charley helps to figure out how to get off of the island but here’s the thing. At the end with the whole Thad’s last day and saving her instead of himself, I don’t think that should’ve worked. I think the there should’ve been some time to get to know the knew people who have arrived on Nil and for Charley to finalise her perfect plans for a fool-proof system in finding gates. I understand that Thad wanted to save Charley from all of Nil’s mysteries and dangers so he saves her instead of him but I think there should’ve been a whole scene wee after Charley figures it out, Nil kind of opens up. Leading to a big finale where someone had to just find out the mystery and solve the maze or where Nil itself carves onto the back of the Naming Wall the purpose of finding yourself in the labyrinth. Either way there are lots of ways that this book could’ve ended and still kept with the same happily ever after.
Overall a 3.5 star rating. I think that overall the mystery of Nil is still hidden from readers and that maybe there could be a sequel where something goes wrong on Nil and all previous survivors are brought back. It doesn’t have to be long. Maybe like a blog post or something just to sum up the whole ideas of the mysterious Nil island. I’d recommend this book to teen readers who love happy endings.
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