Book #28: Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

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.

Talk about a mindfuck.

That is the only way I can properly describe this book. Right off the bat, you are put into the action. You are witnessing Min’s most recent murder. As if that isn’t enough, some of the following chapters are her previous deaths. It’s crazy.

Add in a vast conspiracy and you have a serious mindfuck going on.

This book is part Thriller and all Sci-fi. It is the beginning of something grander and the ending of something. It is heartbreaking, heart racing, and you’ll find yourself yelling at characters, laughing at characters, and cheering some on.

It’s hard not to give away what happens in the book. Every little piece of information Min and company find out is a piece of information that is important to the story. You don’t even get a full grasp of what happens until the very end.

It is well written and pulls the reader in fast. I would definitely recommend it and am excited to sink my hands into the second book.

Final rating: 4/5

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