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
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