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I Belong

Early Review: Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: Nobody

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

GenreYA Sci-Fi

Series: N/A

Publication Date: January 22, 2013

FormatHardcover, 393 Pages

ISBN-10: 1606843214 (EgmontUSA)

ISBN-13: 978-1606843215 (EgmontUSA)

Reviewed byBridget


There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

That’s why they make the perfect assassins.

The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

Quick & Dirty: Great science fiction novel with lots of action and a little bit of romance.

Opening Sentence: Nine letters. Two words.  He refused to think of them as a name.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Claire has grown up her whole life as someone that goes completely unnoticed.  She has no friends and growing up her parents always seemed to be leaving her places and not remembering she exists.  She would do the same things everyday hoping that someone would see her, but no one ever does.  Until one day she sees the most beautiful boy and he is looking right at her.  He also happens to be holding a gun and it is pointed right at her heart.

Nix is a Nobody.  He was raised by The Society.  He was taught that the only thing he is good for is to kill.  He is the perfect assassin; no one ever sees him or takes any notice of him so he never gets caught.  He was told that no one could ever care about him or love him because he is a Nobody.  He kills his targets without question and does all that The Society asks of him, until him sees Claire.  Claire Ryan is his next target and he figures that she is a Null like all of his other targets have been.

Nulls are people that have no feelings for anyone but themselves, they have the power to convince people to give them whatever they want.  They are usually a danger to the Normal’s and must be eliminated.  Normal’s are just normal people with no special abilities.  When Nix sees Claire for the first time she sees him back, and that has never happened before.  He can’t pull the trigger on the only person who has ever taken notice of him.

She is a Nobody just like him, she just never knew. Nobody’s are people born with the ability to go unnoticed by pretty much everybody.  They can completely fade out of existence and become like a ghost if they choose.  They can walk through walls, and be completely invisible.  They are very rare and can be very dangerous.

Turns out The Society hasn’t always been honest with Nix.  Together he and Claire discover that The Society has founded as a way to create Nulls to get what they want in the world, and if someone disappoints them they have them removed.  Nix and Claire decide that The Society needs to be stopped and they are the only ones capable of getting the job done.

The characters in this story were very interesting.  I had a little bit of a hard time connecting to Claire.  She loves to read which is a big plus, but there were times when I just didn’t understand her.  She jumps into decisions without really thinking things through and she is way too trusting at times.  Overall, I liked her as a character, but she just had some flaws.  Then there is Nix.  I really liked Nix; he is this broken kid that has always thought he was nothing.  Even though no one has ever given him notice he notices everyone else and he is hesitant to open up to Claire but eventually he does.  Throughout the book you see him grow as a person and become someone good and worth loving.

Now for the relationship between Claire and Nix.  I had mixed feelings about their romance.  They are obviously very attracted to one another right off, but I felt that it was rushed.  I understand that their whole lives they have never felt love from anyone so the feeling is new and exciting, but I just wish it would have been a little more developed.  The moments between them are sweet and very well written, but I would have liked to see a little more.   It is defiantly instant love, but in a way it fit the story.

The book flowed really well and there was a lot of action, so it kept me interested the whole way through.  There were obviously some flaws in the book but overall I found it a good read.  This book is a standalone novel and the author did a really good job of tying up all the loose ends.  If you like science fiction I would recommend you give this book a try.  I think you would enjoy it.

Notable Scene

Claire felt, rather that heard, herself screaming.  Now that her eyes were open, she couldn’t close them.  She couldn’t look away-not from the gun pointed directly at her heart and not from the boy holding it.

His eyes were blue, so light that she wondered if they glowed in the dark.  His hair was jet-black and long, and all up and down one arm, there were tattoos-black lines that slashed across his arm, each crossing the one before it in an uneven X.

There was a thin white line across his neck, and even from a distance, she could see a crescent scar on the left side of his jaw.

His cheekbones were sharp, his mouth soft.

He was the most beautiful boy she’d ever seen, and he was going to kill her.

FTC Advisory: Egmont USA provided me with a copy of Nobody. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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