Monday, March 18, 2013

Review of Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Nobody There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

That’s why they make the perfect assassins.

The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

(Summary from GoodReads)

I’ve always wanted to try reading Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s work.  I’ve had Raised by Wolves on my sehlves for a while, but haven’t gotten to it, so I was pretty excited to review Nobody when I get the chance.  Unfortunately, I just could not get into the world or story of this book.

The basic idea behind this book isn’t terrible, but it’s explained too quickly.  Now don’t get me wrong, I know that info dumping can be a problem and can stop some people from picking up books that are otherwise amazing.  Barnes explained her concept and moved on pretty quickly.

Barnes’s technique might have worked, but she had a YA trope that I can almost never get behind: instalove.  Yep, I said it.  Of course, the instalove is affected by the worldbuilding.  The fact that both of these elements were combined so fast didn’t really work for me.  It felt like Barnes was trying to write a fast-paced plot without covering her tracks.  As she introduced more characters I just found myself not caring much about them.

While I’m not sure what I expected from Nobody, it wasn’t the story I wanted it to be. I think I wanted something a bit more thought-provoking and less like an action movie.  Teens who want a quick, suspenseful, escapist read will enjoy this one, but it wasn’t for me.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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