Disclaimer: Before I start, I just wanted to say, read this review at your own peril. I’m going on the fact that you may have read this book. I’m not taking any responsibilities of spoiling the book for you if you haven’t read it. So if that’s the case and you don’t want to find out what I think…Turn back now.
Recently I read a book called Nemesis by Brendan Reichs. When I read the blurb on the back it went like this…..
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 read this I thought it sounded brilliant. I was so excited to read it. In all honesty, it took me (by my standards) ages. I just couldn’t get into it. I found when I went back to read it after I had put it down that I forgot what I had read before and had to go back a little. It just didn’t keep me reeled in. Now, to be fair I have been a bit busy lately but even at that I normally get hooked pretty quick on a book and will read it in a day or 2. 3 or 4 if I have a ton of work going on, but I have never actually forgotten who I am reading about.
I wrote the review for it on Goodreads and had to sit for a few minutes and actually try and remember who the main character was. I couldn’t. The whole story on paper sounded amazing and I loved the idea, I just didn’t like the follow through. It wasn’t until maybe the last quarter of the book that I actually got into it and started to enjoy it.
Min, who is actually the main character was pretty cool by the end. She stood up for herself and fought her corner. Tack her friend I thought was pretty annoying. He just seems not to know when to shut his mouth.
Noah kind of annoyed me too. I wanted him to stand up for himself and fight back against his friends when he was being messed with.
The story itself was ok. I mean you jump straight in with Min being chased and killed and it goes on to explain whats happening to her. I found it a bit hard to believe that while this had been going on her mum who she lived in a trailer with, had no idea that any of this was going on.
Min doesn’t tell anyone that this man is killing her, she did the first time it happened and no one believed her, they sent her to see a shrink. So now she just keeps it to herself.
Meanwhile, but you don’t find out till halfway through the book, the same thing is happening to Noah, except he has been convinced that it’s all just nightmares and when he wakes up in the cave, he has been sleepwalking.
Near the end, you find out the Anvil isn’t going to hit earth but there is military stuff going on. This is where I got a little confused. Basically, Min and Noah are test subjects for some trial along with 2 other kids, who are in Noah’s group of friends. Just as the world is about to end (long story, the asteroid missed but there are earthquakes and aftershocks breaking up the earth) they are rounded up by soldiers, gassed, killed, but… when they wake up there are no adults, animals or birds. and they need to find out whats going on. To be honest I was glad it had ended at this point.
On Goodreads, I gave it three stars. By the end, I wasn’t sure what was going on. When I read out loud what I have written about my husband replied that it sounded like the plot of a really bad disaster movie that consisted of Groundhog Day (brilliant movie) Deep Impact and The Matrix (also a very excellent movie). Id say read it, you may like it. I hate giving a crappy review of books and I normally feel really bad about giving something 3 stars but this one I think I was very justified. You have been warned.