Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review : Nil by Lynne Matson

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Release DateMarch 4, 2014
Pages: 400
Source: Own

The Story:

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have 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 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 she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly, in this thrilling debut novel by Lynne Matson.
via Amazon


One-word ReviewSultry

Reading TuneEverything is Lost by Maggie Eckford

My Review

When I stumbled across this gem on Amazon! Book Outlet was selling it for $4 and I could NOT pass it up!

Tag Line:

How do you escape from an island that doesn't exist?

Opening Line:


Inexplicable, consuming heat -- choking like smoke, burning like fire.


The premise of 
Nil was fantastic! 
Charley was in the parking lot of Target when a consuming heat wave swallows her and she wakes up stark naked on a mysterious island. Occupied by other teens, searching for a way off. Not to mention, you have 365 to escape from an island that doesn't exist ... or you die.

Nil was like Lost and The Maze Runner got married! 

The pacing of Nil was up to par with the basis of the plot. Teens from all over the world trapped on a deadly, "feeling" island while they fend off deadly animals and danergous missions to try and escape... Moreover, I really enjoyed Matson's style of writing. It was easy with a perfect balance of "show-and-tell." 

"She was looking away. I followed her eyes to where Heesham sat by himself, staring at the sea where he'd thrown the bracelet, a gift meant for a girl who taught him how to say love in French." - page 123

All in all, I zipped through Nil and recommend it to anyone who enjoys deadly tropical mysteries, with a hint of romance. Lynn Matson did a great job writing Nil! I quickly purchased Nil Unlocked as soon as it was released and, currently, anxiously awaiting Nil on Fire.

Character Breakdown:

The character dynamic in Nil was on point. The characters were fleshed out, and came to life on the page. One of my favorite aspects of was the range of characters! There were so many different characters, their backstories well written.

Charley - Charley was a good lead character. Both of us being taller than most girls and sharing a love of volleyball, I connected with her. She was a pretty neat character, clever and kind.

Thad - Mixture of a surfer dude and jock with a scooping of heart of gold. He was a good love interest. The relationship dynamic between Thad and Charley felt natural, and real.

"...Nil makes everything more clear. What's important, what matters. And for me, that's you. This might sound crazy, but I feel like I've been waiting for you. Not just here, but in my life." He smiled, his lazy smile that made my breath catch. "Told you it sounded crazy" - page 187

Here is one of my favorite quotes from 

Charley: "Good guys are dangerous, because you can't tell when they're being bad." -page 132

Meet the Author:

Lynne Matson grew up in Georgia in a house full of books and with a backyard full of gnarly pines. A former attorney, Lynne now spends her days writing books about mysterious islands and other fantastical things. 

When she's not writing or reading, you'll find her hanging out with her husband and their four amazing boys, probably on the beach. Cookies are her kryptonite, especially thin mints. 
***Check out Lynne Matson's website for more information about her and NilHERE

Happy Reading!


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