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 lying 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 to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley
Rating: a low 3/5 STARS
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On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die.
I have no idea how I fully feel about this book. It was an awesome concept, but I don’t think it was executed as well as I would have liked. The romance took up a huge chunk of this story, and for me, it’s what really caused it to fall flat.
The Island itself was freaky as hell. It was this absolute perfect paradise, but within it’s depths were animals whose roar’s and screams you could hear at night, and a sinister underlying feel about the Island itself. I can’t go too into detail because it really would give too much away, but lets just say, the kids on the Island and the Island itself were my favourite part of this book.
There is a slight almost paranormal feel to the book, that is really difficult to peg down, because it doesn’t get pegged down in the story really. Nil was a really fascinating story about survival and what lengths someone would go to in order to make it to their last day. Unfortunately, Matson created characters and situations that weren’t really working for me. The romance was cheesy and too instant, and the writing felt almost immature to me. I’m disappointed I didn’t like it as much as I thought, but I was definitely intrigued throughout the story to find out how it would end, and what would become of Charley and Thad.
Another thing, Matson chose names (Thad, Bart) that completely threw me off. They were awful! And she played into stereotypes like crazy. Thad was Canadian, so of course he had to say “eh” in every sentence (which we don’t do in real life), Sergio, the Mexican said “amigo” constantly. It was just little things like that that really bothered me. Yes, I get that there will be people from all around the world on the Island, but being so stereotypical about it was boring and annoying.
Have you read it yet? What did you think? And now that i’ve written a meh kind of review, do you think you will read it? Let me know below!