January 25, 2013
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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.
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I’m conflicted! I love author, Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ writing. Every Other Day was an amazing read! I was so excited to read Nobody. The whole premise sounded so interesting! Who wouldn’t be drawn in this synopsis, with an intriguing cover to boot!
Claire is a 15 year old girl who has lived her life as a nobody. No one notices her…not her classmates, not her teachers, not the strangers she encounters every day, not even her parents. Constantly being ignored, left behind at store and restaurants by her parents and not even realizing that she was left behind, Claire has simply just existed. Craving the loving looks and touches from her parents that just never come, craving the friendly look and voice of a potential friend….just to be called upon in class when her hand is raised, or to even be acknowledged when asking a simple question. And it isn’t until an incident where she is finally noticed by a girl who says one word “nobody”, where Claire finally gets noticed! But not the kind of notice she was hoping for. For some reason, she has attracted the attention of 17 year old Nix. But it’s not the kind of attraction that most girls dream of. Nix has one mission… to kill Claire, under the direction of The Society.
Who is The Society, you might ask? The Society is the very place and people that trained Nix to become what he is today. A cold blooded killer. From a very early age, The Society has drilled into Nix’s head that he is a Nobody. Someone that people would not even take a second look. A ghost of a person. Someone that could come and go without any notice from those around them. The perfect assassin. A Nix is very good at what he does. So when he is commissioned to kill Claire, the reason given was that she was a Null. A Null being the very people that The Society trains Nobody’s to kill. Nulls being individuals who have the ability to make people do whatever they want…and Nulls are most always the most terrible people in the world Sociopathic killers, sexual offenders, cult leaders. So Nix doesn’t even question The Society’s directions to eliminate another Null…Claire.
But, Null’s aren’t supposed to see Nobody’s when they are faded (basically in space between the reality dimension and the in between)…and Claire sees Nix. And slowly, this kill or be killed relationship shifts, and both Nix and Claire come together and work together on a mission that they’ve made their own.
As I started reading Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, I didn’t know what to expect. I was hoping to be instantly gripped! I was hoping to be instantaneously captured by the subject matter of this book. But I just found myself irritated. I was getting frustrated by the repetition of the words and phrases. The morose demeanor of characters, Claire and Nix. And I couldn’t help but let frustrated sighs escape my mouth every time Claire started her thought process with “Situation”.
But well after the half way point of the book, with a well thought out plan by our two protagonists, Nobody started to become what I hoped it would be. Action packed, suspenseful, intriguing, gripping…everything I was hoping that it would be from the beginning of the book. After Claire and Nix figure out what exactly The Society has been doing, and what their evil plan is the book made a complete 360 and went from an “I-don’t-know-how-I-feel” read, to an “Yes!-This-book-is-fantastic!”.
I also found myself feeling terribly sad for both Nix and Claire. I can’t even imagine being ignored and basically non-existent to everyone around me. My heart went out to both Nix and Claire as they described their loneliness. And the mantra that they would chant which helped them fade was depressing.
And when it came to the action…it was fantastic! In and out of the fade, the hunt, the descriptions of Nix’s previous kills. Very exciting and wonderfully written.
Aside from a not so strong and great beginning, Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a read worth checking out. Just power through the first half, and you’ll be glad you did when you are thrown into the world of Nobodys, Nulls, Sensors, and The Society.About the Author:
Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a “practice book” and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She’ll be spending the 2006-2007 school year abroad, doing autism research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
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