Thursday, February 7, 2013

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Review and Giveaway!

Happy Thursday!

Here is the review of Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Enjoy!

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Title: Nobody
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publishing date: 22nd of January 2013
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: YA - Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Source: From Media Masters Publicity in exchange for honest review


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.

My review:

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was an interesting book. The idea of the plot was very original and it was an entertaining read.


Claire is a teenager girl that nobody seems to notice. She has no friends and even her family tends to forget about her existence and needs sticky notes to remind them about her.

Everything changes when she one day meets Nix. Nix introduces Claire to the world of Nobodys, Nulls, Sensors and the organization who leads them - The Society. Nobodys are people whos DNA makes them different, they cannot be seen, cannot be remembered and cannot be loved. Nulls are manipulating sociopaths who can influence minds of other people and make them do what is useful. Sensors are people capable of finding Nobodys and Nulls.

Nix has been raised by The Society and he is assassin whose task is to eliminate Nulls. His next target is Claire, but for his big surprise, Claire can see him. That leads Nix to the decision, that Claire can't be a Null. Nix just can't kill her and saves her life from the hands of The Society. When Nix and Claire find out, that The Society has learned how to create Nulls using a dark mysterious matter, they are determined to change that.

This was the part which I loved about Nobody - the idea of the plot itself. The idea of Nulls and Nobodys was interesting, especially thinking how much indifference there is around us.

What I was disturbed by was the extensive repetition of sentences and ideas. It seemed to me, that the author tried too hard for readers to understand, that Nobodys are not meant for anything good and love in their lives. In the beginning it might have been necessary, but reading the same sentences for twentieth times made me consider if the author has underestimated the readers' intelligence. My biggest problem was with the writing style which seemed little over the edge with that.

The second problem I had with Nobody was pacing, The first half of the book went slow and the second half of the book was totally action-filled. I do love action-filled scenes, but the balance in the novel was off.

What I liked was that the author used two points of views - both Claire's and Nix's voices came out clearly.


The characters which you get biggest insight in were Claire and Nix. The rest of the characters had almost no significant importance.

Claire was understandable. I understand her pain when nobody really remembered her or saw her and I can relate to her happiness about finding Nix, a person who is like her. I also got the point author made with Nix and his baggage from past. It can't be easy to find out that you have been manipulated to assassin wrong people. Therefore I can understand Nix's internal battles.

What I did have difficulties with believing was not their love story itself, but how quickly it developed. I did not buy the insta-love, especially because Nix was out to kill Claire and right after that, he starts deeply caring for her and she fells in love with him. It seemed too much of the Stockholm syndrome even though I know that was not the author's intention. The dynamics and the depth and growth of the relationship was missing. The idea was good, but I don't think the author gave enough page-space for the reasons behind their emotions. I did not feel that while reading.


Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was definitely an enterntaining science fiction read. The idea of the plot and the setting were brilliant, but the writing style did not fit well with my taste.

5 Flowers!
3 stars.

Thanks goes to Egmont USA and Media Masters Publicity for providing me with the review copy!

About the author:

Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the author of the popular Raised by Wolves series. A former competitive cheerleader, teen model, and comic book geek, she wrote her first book at the age of nineteen. She just completed her PhD in developmental psychology at Yale University and has returned to her native Oklahoma to teach at the University of Oklahoma. You can visit her online at or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.

Buy links:

Barnes and Noble 


What can you win?

With the courtesy from Egmont USA and Media Masters Publicity, Me and Reading will give away one hardcover copy of Nobody and the new paperback release of Every Other Day, which was published January 22nd.

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1 comment:

  1. Love the review:) even though not 5 still good!!!


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