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Nemesis (Project Nemesis)

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Nemesis (Project Nemesis)

Ever since Min was eight years old, a strange man in a black suit has come for her on her birthday every other year. Every time, he murders her cruelly, but hours later, she wakes up in a clearing with no damage to be found and no evidence of the crime committed.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Noah is anxious, nervous and dying to be normal like everyone else. But normal is the last thing he can be, with dark nightmares of murders and death plaguing his mind with no respite.

When the world suddenly seems to be on the brink of destruction, their strange problems should be the last issue at hand. Yet Min is determined to figure out the truth behind her deaths. As Noah and Min join forces, they quickly discover the murders and nightmares are only part of a bigger conspiracy and they must race to find out the truth before it’s too late.

"NEMESIS paints a beautiful and dark mystery...truly addictive...I was on the edge of my seat for the entire reading experience, wanting to get to the bottom of the conspiracy being pieced together."

One of my favorite things to read about are government conspiracies. I love the way that it throws together people you think you can trust and then completely twists and breaks that trust. There’s always a sense of mystery that comes with them and it always complicates the definition of “good” and “bad.” With this plot, NEMESIS paints a beautiful and dark mystery, each chapter always leaving me with more questions than answers. The book was truly addictive and I was on the edge of my seat for the entire reading experience, wanting to get to the bottom of the conspiracy being pieced together. 

I also loved one of the main characters, Min. For the entire book, she is fierce and intelligent regarding every issue at hand. She is realistic and a constant force to be reckoned with. I love the way she stands up for her friends, the way she sharps due to trauma, and the determination that she has to figure out the truth behind what events ruined her life. The reader gets to watch her open her heart and mind to new possibilities, making for a wonderful character arc.

However, the other main character, Noah, did not come off as likable to me. Throughout the book, Noah is often thrown into situations where he ends up being scared and due to this, acts how characters would consider to be very cowardly. This was fine for me in the beginning of the book since I assumed his character arc would be acting stronger. However, it got kind of old after a while. Each time he acted this way came with a long inner monologue of Noah beating himself up, which started heartbreaking and turned tiring. It was nice seeing his character arc and seeing him become less cowardly but he acted out of fear many, many times to the point where it seemed more repetitive and made less of an impact. However, in the end it did not take too much away from the story and it was still an enjoyable read.

If you enjoy the mystery behind “Stranger Things” with aspects of the Gone series, I highly recommend picking up NEMESIS. Each page more suspenseful than the last, it is an excellent start to a promising trilogy. Branden Reichs crafts an interesting mystery with a colorful cast of characters, leaving you hooked from the first page until the last.

Reviewed by Brynn S., Teen Board Member on February 14, 2018

Nemesis (Project Nemesis)
(Project Nemesis #1)
by Brendan Reichs