Nil by Lynne Matson


  • Title: Nil
  • Author: Lynne Matson
  • Publisher: Henry Holt
  • Published: March 4, 2014
  • Synopsis from Amazon

“On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape–or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly, in this thrilling debut novel by Lynne Matson.”

My thoughts: 

Nil was a great ride of characters and adventure. It is a pretty thin book, but it’s packed with so much. You learn the ins and outs of Nil, how Nil City works, and you are introduced to an array of chacacters that you grow to love (minus Bart). You are also met with a lot of death. I feel like the deaths in Lord of the Flies doesn’t even compare to the amount in Nil. Then again, I haven’t read LOTF in years and I could just be tripping. 

Charley is a great protagonist. She’s strong and pretty level headed. She also has a love for Sprite and crushed ice. I haven’t had soda in years but reading about her affinity for Sprite I feel like I should go grab me one. Especially in this Florida heat. 

I would highly recommend this book if you’re into dystopian novels. This book isn’t based in a dystopian world, but it kind of has that feel for it. Most dystopian novels are about survival in the world that they’re in and that’s Nil. When you’re on Nil it’s about survival and escape. There’s not time for horsing around because, if you do, you might be mauled by a tiger. 

Also, if you thought LOTF was a good book, then this may be a book for you. A remote island, kids (well teens from age range of 13-19?) and death (lots of it) what more could you ask for? No glasses, though. Sorry Piggy. 

The only problem I had with this book was the pages. They’re dang thin. I kept skipping pages. No major complaints though. It was kinda like the book was printed on Nil paper. 

I can’t wait to pick up Nil Unlocked and check out what Rives is up to. 

Until next time Yall! 


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