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  • Writer's pictureLaura L. Zimmerman

Book Review: ‘Nil’ by Lynne Matson

A friend of mine read this a few months ago and it came highly recommended, so I was happy when I had a little free time this weekend to finally get it read!

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“Nil” by Lynne Matson is a YA Sci-Fi novel that will hook you from the very first line. The premise is simple: 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.

Sounds pretty amazing, right? Well, I’m here to say, it was indeed! I seriously couldn’t put this puppy down. It’s one of those books that grabs your attention and makes you grumpy when a little thing called life gets in the way. I thought about this book while trying to fall asleep at night, and I itched to get home from church so I could dive back into the world of Nil and those she had captured within her trap.

If you haven’t guessed, I give this a solid 5 Star rating – highly recommended to anyone who is a fan of YA / Sci-Fi / Dystopian / Survival type novels. I laughed. I cried. I screamed when someone missed a ‘gate’ and I whooped when someone hit one. It’s one of those type books 😉

I think the most exciting part about finishing this novel was going online and discovering a follow-up novel will be coming out in May 2015! Woot!


How about you? What novels have you read in 2015? I’d love to hear your recommendations – feel free to leave a comment with suggestions! 🙂

Until then, Happy Reading, friends!

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