So, I won Nemesis in a giveaway hosted on Twitter by Jemima over at Drinking Books, so I’d just like to thank her and shout her out for introducing me to such an amazing book before I begin this review. Go check her out!
He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.
It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.
Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.
For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.
When I entered the giveaway on Twitter, I knew that even if I didn’t win, I was going to end up reading this book. I read the synopsis and I was so intrigued! However, I won the giveaway, so fortunately I didn’t have to go and buy myself a copy!
I loved this book. I was expecting some good from it, but it completely blew me away. It constantly kept me interested, and the plot twist had me like… what?!?! It was just so unpredictable, as soon as I thought I had an idea of where the book was going, something would happen and it would completely smash that idea into pieces. You’d think that would be frustrating, but it just made me all that more eager to get to the end of the book and find out what was going on!
I really enjoy Reichs’ writing style and I thought the way he developed certain characters was brilliant. You see a massive change in Noah, for example. He goes from being a cowardly bystander to someone very different. I loved Min, too, and really connected with her. Whilst she doesn’t change very much, there is definitely development with her that I won’t go into because I don’t want to spoil it. The relationships in this book are interesting, too. Min and Tack’s friendship is really lovely, you can tell how much they care for one another, and then Min’s relationship with her mother. Again, it’s stuff I’m not going to go into because spoilers suck, but I couldn’t not give it a mention.
There is one thing I’ll say, and it’s by no fault of the author or anyone else except me, but I thought I was reading a stand-alone, so to get to the end and see not all the questions I had had been answered was irritating. However, I really did love the last chapter, it completely shocked me and definitely left me wanting more.
As soon as I had finished Nemesis, I went straight onto Twitter to find Brendan Reich for two reasons. The first was to tell him what an amazing book he had written, because we need to support our authors, especially when their work is as amazing as Reich’s! The second was to find out when the sequel was being released, which is March 6th 2018, and it will be called Genesis. I’m so excited for it, that I’ve added it to my countdown app on my phone! Definitely one of my most anticipated releases of 2018.
Overall, I give Nemesis a very well deserved 5 stars.