Monday, March 13, 2017

Book Review: Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs book cover and review
Nemesis was so intriguing.  I just couldn't figure out what was going on, and as I traveled through the story I got more and more anxious to find out what the heck is happening. Unfortunately, the explanation left me wanting.

It all started when Min and Noah were young.  Their entire class was given injections, supposedly for some chemical spill.  But Min and Noah were then taken to a different place where something else happened....but they don't really remember.

Also, Min gets murdered on every even numbered birthday.  Always by the same guy, and she always wakes up in perfect condition in a field outside of town.  Noah has "dreams" every other birthday.  He dreams a man is killing him.  Always the same man.  And Noah always wakes up in the same cave, and he never remembers falling asleep.  They are both seeing Dr. Lowell, a psychiatrist.  Min tells him nothing.  Noah tells him everything.

Min decides to figure out what the heck is going on.  And...terrible things are happening to the rest of the planet.  Earthquakes, floods, and flocks of birds dying. Min and her friend, Tack, break into Lowell's office to see his records.  She finds out that Noah is also seeing him.  So the three of them start taking some risks to find out the truth. And there are some kids who are bullies.

It all sounds confusing, and it is, but that's what makes you keep reading because this is all so nonsensical that you have to know.  And you hope that it all makes sense when you find out. But it doesn't.  The big reveal at the end is lame.  There are just so many holes and things that don't make sense.  I'm pretty good at suspending my disbelief, but I couldn't get past it in Nemesis. I can't tell you about all the questions I have because that would spoil it, but I'm sure if you read it you can come up with some.

I'm glad I read it, and maybe teens will be more forgiving. (But I know that some of them won't be.) I know this is the first in a series, and maybe more explanation of how this all works will help (after all, this is only Phase 1), but I needed enough explanation in this book to make it at least somewhat plausible. Too bad. Interesting premise, just needed to make it work a bit better.

Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, March 21, 2017
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
464 pages

Rating: 3/5

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  1. I am having a rough time reading any YA these days...I think I overdosed last year on them. I am in the middle of a YA book now which I will probably give a 3 to, also, and I am irritated to have wasted my time. Sigh. I think I should just focus on adult books until I recover.

    1. I must be "growing up" because I've really been enjoying adult books lately. I wouldn't say I'm burned out, but pretty picky about the YA I choose to read. I guess I'm getting prepared for retirement!

  2. An ending that doesn't explain all the confusion? Major bummer!

    1. I wouldn't say it's not explained...just not to my satisfaction. There are a lot of holes and unbelievable things about the explanation.

  3. I'm really curious about this one. I have it on order as I think my kids who flock towards thriller would really like. I'm now concerned about the plot holes and lack of explanation. Bummer.

    p.s. I loved Confessions and so did my book club at school. I had a really hard time putting it down. I'm curious to see what you thought of it when you're done.

    1. I'm reading Confessions because of your review! The audio version is excellent, and I'm enjoying it.


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