Published by: Henry Holt
Published on: March 4th 2014
On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. 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 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.
Let's start with one thing: This book was awesome. I know some people have had mixed feelings about Nil but I really loved this book. It was fast paced, suspenseful, and just awesome. I really enjoyed reading about the main characters, Charley, and Thad. Nil also had a really strong plot which was just great. If you like books about surviving and mystery go for Nil! You could probably tell from the synopsis but there is romance here too!
The characters in this book were great and there were so many of them too! I love how we get a variety of people on Nil. Teenagers from Asia, Europe, America, Canada, it's great! Charley, out main gal, is from Georgia (I think) and she get's transported to Nil at a Target parking lot. She then wakes up naked on Nil and is able to survive for 12 days. 12 days may not seem like a lot but people on Nil don't live on their own past 3-4 days. So from this you can tell Charley is able to survive and a very independent person. She was completely capable of defending herself and being on her own but she is also a very caring and kind person. And don't forget, she is sarcastic too! (My type of person!)
Then we have Thad, main character number 2. When we first start reading about Thad, he comes off to be a very leader-like character. As the book progresses, he definitely has a goofy side to him and I love that. Who wants to be stuck on an island that gives you a year to get off? Not anyone and I admire him for being able to still keep his humor him even when playing the leader. However, he did something idiot somewhere in the book and it is the most frustrating thing I have ever seen someone do. *facepalms*
The plot of this book is something I loved more than the characters. There are many aspects to the Nil plot: The island itself, getting off it, the romance, and the mystery behind Nil. This list looks kind of like there is too much to swallow at one time, so many things going on! It's okay though, that's what made this book so addicting. There were things always going on and it never got boring. A plethora of the mystery behind Nil has still yet to be resolved while other aspects of the plot is still happening! Like getting off Nil; about a sixth of this book is spent looking a gate, the way in and out of Nil. It is actually pretty interesting because there is the constant question on whether the person with priority (A person that has been on Nil for almost a year and needs to get their butt off the island, quick.) Weaved into these pieces of mystery and action Lynne still has time to fit some romance into the book, which is great! A book with too many things going on may bring down the rating dramatically but that was not the case for Nil.
The island of Nil added a lot of greatness to the plot as well; it kind of is it's own character. Nil has a mind of it's own and it's not a nice one. There were so many parts where Nil just messed with the group with a death or throwing in a hostile creature. It was also cool to see how the teenagers survived on Nil as well! They have created their own city and found a way to survive. I think that is especially tough because not everyone in this earth is a good person. We did encounter some negative people in this book and it was really interesting to read about the city/camp getting hits and blows.
Also, this book is in duo perspective! I love duo perspective books because it just makes the book more enjoyable to read! Of course, duo perspective can go horribly wrong or beautifully well. Nil's duo perspective really made me want to continue reading on with the book. Plus, I loved reading from both Charley and Thad.
One thing I do wish is that this book was a bit more realistic. "But Kaitlin, Nil is about an island that doesn't exist! How do you make that realistic?" There were actually a lot of things that could have done to help this book become more realistic. Someone getting chicken pox, bad case of acne, allergies to foods, periods. I do like how the author included glasses and contacts because that is an extremely relatable aspect.
I gave this book 4.5 stars because I love the characters and plot but it could have been a tad bit more realistic.
The ending! Gah! It was very frustrating, suspenseful, and “HOLY CRAP WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?!” First of all, I hate Thad so much for pushing Charley in the gate. Like a) That is disrespectful to Rives because he basically told him "Sorry man, I love this girl too much. Can't trust you to keep her alive." B) That's telling Charley "I don't think you will survive on your own, you're too weak." and C) That's giving up on himself! Like seriously Thad? You're not being romantic or heroic, you're being an idiot! I admit, it added to the suspense and made a really really nice ending. But seriously, tossing her in Charley in? I was actually a bit excited to find out how life goes on after someone is sucked up by the gate. Are they forgotten by others or does something happen to everyone who knew that person? I was also so happy and on the verge of tears when Natalie called because Nat was someone I really wanted to see after Nil. I really hope she finds out where Kevin is because would love for them to reunite and to meet him!
The last pages of Nil were just beautiful. The chapter with Thad and how he was describing his last seconds on Nil were so beautifully written. Then we come to Thad at Charley's doorstep. I swear Lynne only wanted me to cry happy tears at the end of this book, thank god.
Just a thought: The deaths in this book are so intense. Talla's death was definitely the most hard hitting one. I didn't hate this girl and I felt extremely bad for Rives. Like, they were just getting started! *cries*
Thad and Charley are so cute. They definitely were not insta-lovey because when they first met, both of them admitted to thinking the other person was attractive. That's it. As time went by, it was clear they liked each other. I liked how Thad was not afraid to call Charley beautiful or compliment her. I mean you could see it written on his forehead that he liked Charley and I like that; he didn't hide is feelings. But gah, when they were officially together, parts with cute Charley and Thad were my favorite. Cannot wait to read about them in Nil Unlocked.