Dec 14, 2013
Nil by Lynne Matson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A tricky box full of surprises for teens and adults alike. What would you do if you were in a shopping parking lot or just walking along & suddenly found yourself on an island naked? That is just what happened to all of the teens on NIL. Each person from different places all over earth show up on NIL at different times through a gate/portal. They discover they have only 1 year to catch an outgoing portal to return to earth. This is exactly what happened to Charley & Thad & a village of other young people. There are also other things that come through those portals .... dangerous animals etc.
Every day is a fight for survival and to try to figure out a pattern to the gates to assist in escaping NIL's nightmares. Thad refers to NIL as a being that plays games with them, but Charley thinks it has something to learning a lesson. With only a year to catch a gate & get off of the island they learn about living for today & working as a team to help each other to survive. But of course there are the incoming who do not want to work together, but to steal & trick the others.
The story has a pretty good flow & the characters are well rounded. The good & the crazy both make sense. Many people would make the most of the circumstance & many of us wouldn't, just as in the story. The story really said a lot about real every day life & how we live it. After all, none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow even here on normal earth are we?
It was pleasure to read this free copy from the publisher before it's release date and the review provided is my honest opinion of the book.
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