Nemesis by Brendan Reichs (3 out of 5) 

It could have been so beautiful. It could have been so right. If you thought it sounds like the lyrics to an 80’s song by Tiffany, well, you are right. It also describes this book to a tee. I liked the starkness of the cover. The blurbs on the back sounded promising. I loved the premise. But the execution? Left a lot to be desired. I have read far worse YA, but this one, coming out in March from Penguin Teen, wasn’t even close to 3 stars. I wavered a lot and almost did 2.5 stars, but I really loved the character of Min. She really holds this disintegrating mess together. It gets 3 because of Min.

The premise leads off to a promising start. Every two years, Min is murdered by a mysterious assassin in black. The next day, she wakes up in a field in her Idaho hometown- unharmed and with no idea what the hell happened and why it keeps happening. At the same time as this, a kid named Noah keeps waking up amid dreams of blood and violence. His attempts to get answers result in more lies from those who supposedly love him. Both Noah and Min have bigger troubles to worry about, because “The Anvil”, the giant asteroid hurtling toward them, may decide everything before either can figure out what the hell is really going on. What is going on here? Do either of them get their answers? By the end, do you care? What do the members of her class have to do with all of this calamity? 

The first part of this book hooked me. Then the middle hit, and it fell to pieces. There are rambling streams of dialogue that no one ends up caring about, unnecessary graphic scenes of the deaths, and more awkward encounters than a virgin sacrifice of a goose whore. The ending to all of this will frustrate some, and to those of us who couldn’t wait for it to end, will peter out as unspectacularly as the second half of the book did. Just not my cup of tea. 

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~ by generationgbooks on January 16, 2017.

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