Nemesis: Book summary and reviews of Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Nemesis

Project Nemesis Book One

by Brendan Reichs

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Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
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Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.

It's been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown - alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he's not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

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"Starred Review. Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. Reichs truly keeps readers guessing throughout, with twists on nearly every page. Alternating chapters between Min and fellow student Noah give readers a chance to look at the curious incidents from two points of view, heightening the tension." - Booklist

"Reichs's new novel offers readers a glimpse into the final moments of a preapocalyptic world, as seen through the eyes of two radically different teens...The two characters have an abundance of differing traits (rich/poor, male/female, insecure/brave), so their alternating narratives offer a little something for every reader to relate to. Grades 7 and up." - School Library Journal

"Reichs pulls everything together at the book's end, and a plot twist few will see coming should leave readers eagerly awaiting the second book in this duology." - Publishers Weekly

"Addictive as a puzzle, moving with breakneck speed, Nemesis had me guessing until the very end. Try to predict what Nemesis is. I dare you." - Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen

"Reichs builds plots like the Swiss build watches. Nemesis is a fascinating, twisty page-turner that will keep surprising you until its final page. I loved it." - Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

"Reichs keeps you at the edge of your seat without compromising depth and heart. Prepare to think about these characters long after you've closed the book." - Ally Condie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Matched

"My favorite thriller since The Maze Runner - dark, fast paced and intense." - Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Isle of the Lost

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Hayden

Just... No
The only good character in this book is Tack, and the author does nothing with him.

All of the characters in Nemesis are one dimensional and we find ourselves hating the characters we are supposed to root for. Min’s only character trait is that she rebels against everything and Noah is just a whiny follower the entire book. The relationship between the two is also very forced, they don’t even know each other when they “feel drawn to each other.”

The plot of the book was original enough to keep me reading, but the second book renders all the events of this book practically useless.

They even pulled the “Luke, I am your father card.” That cliche is so old and overdrawn, it was a sign that I probably should’ve stopped reading right then.

In conclusion, the only good aspect of the book is Tack and the author does nothing with him.

mak

Nemesis
Awful. The ending felt rushed and the character development is slow and the foreshadowing is obvious and ruins the book. The ending left my whole class angry and the author tried to be something he was not.

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Brendan Reichs

Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.

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