Book View: NIL

Book View: NILNil by Lynne Matson
Published by Macmillan on March 4th 2014
Pages: 384
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On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. 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 lying 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 to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.

shortOn the mysterious island of NIL, you have 365 days to find your way off… or die. No one knows exactly where NIL is or how it came to be, but its deadliness cannot be doubted.

NIL starts off with Charley. An average teenage making an average shopping trip when all of a sudden she get sucked up into something she is not sure how exactly to explain. When she awakes, she finds herself naked on, of all places, a tropical island. As her days pass and she being to sort out the mysteries of NIL, it become apparent that maybe not all mysteries have an answer.

From the beginning of NIL, I was captivated. I loved the concept. The mystery. Watching all the clues start to get pieced together. The characters bonding over what they can do. Trying to sort out and solve the pieces that they have no clue where to begin with. There is just so much to love with NIL.

One thing that I must point out about NIL is that you must suspend a certain amount of belief here. The details of how certain elements get solved do not always make 100% sense. But that’s okay. In NIL, strangely enough, it works. Plus, there is so much else going on with the characters that most everything unexplained gets either easily overlooked or forgotten.


Full of action, mystery, and romance, NIL is a win, win!

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