Nemesis (Project Nemesis 1)

 
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Nemesis (Project Nemesis 1)
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Release Date
March 21, 2017
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9780399544934
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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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Nemesis is a page-turning, thrilling puzzle that will grab the reader from the very beginning. Told in first-person from the perspective of several different teenage characters, Reichs does a great job of developing his protagonists and also drawing the reader in with realistic, age-specific dialogue. The plot itself is part-mystery and part-doomsday thriller as the teenage characters Min and Noah try to make sense of a world where their own murders don't necessarily end in death, earth-killing asteroids are on the horizon, and there appears to be a dark conspiracy called Project Nemesis that involves everyone they have ever known. In the end, the reader discovers the unbelievable truth about Project Nemesis and while I must admit that I enjoyed reading the book overall, I did feel that I had to stretch my imagination some in order for the ending to make logical sense. Nevertheless, the novel did appear to be set up for a sequel and I would be very interested in where the author goes from here. Overall, Nemesis was a fast-paced and enjoyable YA read for teens, and I would definitely recommend it.
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