Nil (Nil Series)


On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly, in this thrilling debut novel by Lynne Matson.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

I am currently doing the Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge through Goodreads. One of the challenges was to read a book with a blue cover, so, what does any good bibliophile do, instead of searching my vast to-do list, I hit up a Barnes and Noble and looked through all the blue covers I could until one got my attention.

I was immediately drawn in by the first two sentences of the synopsis. One year to escape or I die — I started counting the days in my head and I wasn’t even on the island. I hadn’t even cracked the book open yet.  After having read the book, I can’t even explain how awesome this book was!  I will try my hardest without spoiling it.

Charley is a 17-year-old crossing a Target parking lot.  While crossing, she encounters what looks like a shimmering wave of light.  As the wave of light passes through her, Charley feels as if she is being burned alive, then frozen and then everything goes black.  She wakes up naked and alone in some place she has never seen.  Charley spends the next couple of days trying to stay safe from this new surrounding and hoping to find signs of life.  Her first sign is that she finds a pair of boy’s shorts and a bandana.  While camping on the beach, Charley finds the next sign – actual people!

She meets Thad, the leader of the City.  It turns out that (of course!) there are other people on the island.  They are all under 18, all from different places (not just in the US) and they all went through the same thing she did.  In the City, Thad explains to Charley what they know — they have 365 days, so get counting, and they need to find those shimmering waves of light to get out.

I wish I could say more without giving away details from the book, but I can’t.  Matson did a wonderful job of creating a strong female character and, at the same time, creating a strong male character.  The way she weaved her story, the characters never fought for the lead.  They ended up being two parts of a whole and I don’t think you ever saw them any other way.  It was like seeing two strong individuals and then realizing that they were never really as strong as the could be without their other half.

I really enjoyed the book and was very surprised by the ending.  I think I hit every emotion possible in just the final scene.  I was in suspense, happy, sad, distraught and more that I can’t even pinpoint.  It left me feeling like one of the kids in the City — they only have but so much time and must make the most of it.  As a result, they feel every emotion and decision at a higher, stronger, deeper level.  If I could feel like that, then Matson did an incredible job as a writer.

Would I add it to the library?

Yes! I am so happy to find out that it is a series and not a stand-alone book. I am off to find book #2 – Nil Unlocked.


Genre: Fiction – survival, sci-fi, romance
ISBN: 9781250057020
Rating:  absolutely awesome

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