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Nameless

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Nameless

In the society that Jennifer Jenkins created in her new novel, NAMELESS, you can be one of three things: a member of the Ram clan, a Nameless (or slave) or an enemy. Known for their brutal and cruel treatment of others, the Ram have become the dominant group, constantly battling the Kodiak, the Raven and the much-hated Wolf clans. For those outside of the Ram’s group, the fight has turned desperate as the Ram become more and more frantic to locate food sources, leading to bloody battles of horrific fatalities. Zo, a Wolf clan member, is sick of sitting by and watching as the Ram destroy her home, kill her parents and ruin her life. Offered a chance to make a difference, Zo becomes a spy for the rebellion against the Rams.

Jenkins uses action and mystery to drive the compelling plotline, and readers will become too emotionally involved with the brilliant characters to put the book down.

Placed inside the Ram’s gate as a Nameless, Zo has a slim chance of finding the information she seeks and an even slimmer chance at making it back out of the Ram’s territory alive. But everything changes when Zo’s little sister, Tess, follows her inside. Torn between completing her mission and protecting her sister, Zo’s task is made even more complicated as she gets to know some of the members of the Ram. Despite their cold exterior, not all of them are as bad as they appear. Zo must decide if she wants to continue on with her mission or if there is another way to end the Ram’s dominance from within the Gate.

Jenkins uses action and mystery to drive the compelling plotline, and readers will become too emotionally involved with the brilliant characters to put the book downZo herself is a complicated character with a difficult past. Born to hate the Rams, it is difficult for her to act the part of a Nameless. It is even more difficult for her to accept that not all Rams are the heartless warriors they appear to be. Gryphon, a Ram warrior, is equally complicated as he internally struggles with who he is and who the Ram has made him become. He also struggles with where his loyalties lie: his home clan, or Zo, the Nameless slave girl who is making him question all he has been taught.

Overall, NAMELESS is a novel dealing with entangled loyalties and internal struggles punctuated with fast-paced action and complicated characters.

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board member on October 15, 2015

Nameless
by Jennifer Jenkins

  • Publication Date: October 6, 2015
  • Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Youth Fiction
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
  • ISBN-10: 1942664427
  • ISBN-13: 9781942664420