Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
"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 can really see them."- summary from Amazon
I absolutely love Barnes' books, at least of the ones I've read, i.e. the Wolves trilogy and Every Other Day, so I was really excited to be given a chance to read her newest, Nobody. I gotta say that I was a teeny bit disappointed in this book. I did seriously consider putting it down after reading it for a bit. It just wasn't as compelling to me as Barnes' other books. Usually, they pull me in right away and I'm turning pages as quickly as possible. But I didn't get that feeling in the beginning.
I did keep going though and did enjoy it more as the story got going, so I definitely think readers should keep going even if they think they want to put it down. There were plenty of twists and turns and mysteries to uncover. Barnes always does a wonderful job of setting up a world that's not always what it seems. This one's a doozy and has an action-packed climax.
I really enjoyed Claire and Nix's relationship- there's a lot of barriers to break down before they're able to communicate and fully trust each other. They make it through though, and it's very fun to read. There is a bit of insta-love happening but considering they're the first person to see each other completely and remember it, it didn't bother me as much.
Overall, I didn't like it as much as the other books I've read, but it was still pretty good and a really original concept. It's worth a look.
and I've got this wonderful contest going on thanks to Egmont and Media Masters Publicity!
One winner will receive a hardcover of Nobody as well as a paperback of Jen's previous stand-alone Every Other Day (which is really good!). Doesn't that sound great?
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, Jan 23 at 9pm EST. This contest is just US/Canada only. If you want more info on Every Other Day, you can watch these two videos of Jen talking about it: Video 1 and Video 2. If you want to know more about Jennifer, here's her blog and twitter.
FTC: Received ARC from third party publicist. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.