By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication date: Jan. 22, 2013
EgmontUSA, 393 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Claire and Nix lead very lonely lives. Nix is in almost constant isolation, and he’s never felt loved or been loved. Claire’s parents need to put a note on their door to remind them they have a daughter. Everyone sees right through her.
They’re “nobodies,” meaning they don’t “stick” with other people — visually, emotionally, you name it. They cannot connect. Till they meet each other — HOLLAAAA!
So, I completely enjoyed the concept of Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, especially for young adult readers. What kid doesn’t feel invisible from time to time? I sure did.
But, for me, it was a bit too cerebral. By that I mean that everything was thought about or talked about in great depth, and I just wanted there to be more movement. Claire and Nix had strong feelings for each other…but I saw that more through their thoughts than their actions, you know? Personally, I’m more into go-go-go kind of books.
If you like the concept, though, give it a try. I just am a speedreader, so sometimes slower books lose me! Interested? Check out the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy of Nobody plus Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Every Other Day. Good luck!