“Nil” by Lynne Matson // Book Review

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Release date: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Henry Holt

Pages: 384


Book description :

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.


My review :

A rather classic Young Adult reading, which made me have a good time.

I liked the mythology of the island, its secrets, its past, its enigmas. But also the fear it arouses towards teens who land there. I would have liked it to be a bit more exploited in this book, rather than focusing too much on romance … I hope that the island will have a larger share in the rest of this series.

Charley and Thad are the two main characters of this novel and I must say that they are the two characters that I liked the least. I was not at all touched by their romance it was boring and filled with clichés.

I liked more the secondary characters, which apparently will be in the second book, so much the better!

Charley arrives on the island of Nil, without knowing why, as is the case for everybody. She doesn’t know where she is, or if she is alone, in short, she is completely lost. Then, she meets the “ancient” people of Nil, which have been there for several days, weeks, months, … I do not say year since they never stay more than 365 days. Either they manage to escape, or they die. It’s that simple.

I don’t want to say more because I don’t want to spoil the story with too much description.

Nil is a perfect reading for the summer I think. Mystery, action, romance (a little too much), all happening on an island paradise, in short, a good time of entertainment, which despite its many flaws is rather pleasant to read.

My rating /5 :



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