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Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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Nov 21, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: disappointing
Read from October 06 to 07, 2012

2.5 stars

NOBODY was not exactly what I expected. While Barnes delivered yet another good story that required an advanced imagination, the character development really ruined the book for me.

NOBODY proved to be an incredible world full of science. Everything was described with the use of energy. In this world, there are four types of people. First, there are the Normals. Normals have the ability to mark others and be marked. They have normal energy exchanged when interacting with each other, have the ability to fall in love, and no extra powers because they are simply normal. Secondly there are Sensors. Sensors have enhanced senses. Most have only one of the five senses that is incredibly advanced, but there are the rare few that have all five enhanced senses. This allows them to find the Nobodies of the world. Obviously, third, there are Nobodies. Nobodies are incredibly rare and hard to find. People look past them and don't notice them. They have so little energy that they even have the ability to leave this plane and walk into another world where Sensors can't detect them because they fully relinquish that small bit of energy that they have. Lastly, there are Nulls. Nulls have so much energy that they control everyone around them and make them adore them. They mark everyone with their energy, but can't be marked. While everyone cares for them, they care for nobody but themselves and often turn into evil beings because they are so self-centered. This aspect of the book was incredibly fascinating to me and kept me reading. The plot was so imaginative that I'm literally left speechless.

Both Claire and Nix are Nobodies. Such a thing is a threatening to The Society because two Nobodies can cause a lot of trouble. If a Nobody is not found and controlled by age five, it must be terminated by another Nobody assassin because a team of Sensors cannot easily harm them. Nix was originally sent to kill Claire, but things quickly got out of hand when his bosses at The Society got involved and two enemies suddenly found themselves on the run together. Along the way they discovered secrets that led them to investigate The Society and its purposes all while exploring their newfound abilities and potential romance.

...And that's where the book lost me. All in all, this book took place the course of a week or so, so the characters suffer from a serious case of insta-love. And this isn't any old case of insta-love, it's one that takes place between two incredibly illogical characters. For example... logic says that if a guy is trying to kill you, you don't kiss him within 24 hours of the attempted killing after he walked away from you several times and maybe even considered taking your life again within those 24 hours. Both Claire and Nix had the tendency to be illogical and bi-polar. This is one of those cases when their head was telling them one thing and their heart another, so their emotions would literally snap back and forth with no warning. Instead of dealing with two elder teenagers, I felt as if I was dealing with two little kids most of the time. They acted on impulse and seemed to regret it later. Granted, their actions were because they were never noticed or respected by anyone else in the world, but even with this motivation behind it, I just couldn't agree with how easily they forgot something and went along with something else. If I just got clipped by a car, I wouldn't forget the pain like it was nothing simply because it was convenient, but Claire was easily able to do that. I felt as if I not only lacked a connection with Nix and Claire, but an overall ability to sympathize for them. I only found my heart breaking when I realized Nix would sometimes harm himself in an attempt to feel emotion because he was normally so inconsequential. I wanted so badly to connect with these two, but I just couldn't.

After the first half of the book, the lack of logic begins to recede slightly and is instead replaced by a huge investigation to learn more about The Society. Again, I was intrigued by this part and wish it was written more smoothly with less emotional antics. The last quarter of the book was full of so much action and the ending was truly perfect. I wouldn't have changed anything about the epilogue and that won me back and made me glad I read the book.

All in all, this truly is an imaginative read, but the sheer creativity and thought that was required to create such a world is overruled by overemotional and illogical characters. While I didn't connect with them, I do encourage others to give this book a try. This is a good book for those of you who like a fast paced story with lots of unexpected plot twists, but I'd hold out on getting it until your library orders it.

And it's also a book that makes any reader realize how awesome it would be to have a boy build us a bookshelf.
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Reading Progress

10/06 "So excited to start this baby!" 4 comments
10/06 page 18
4.0% ""Less than shadow. Less than air." ahhhh, there's a paranormal aspect! <3"
10/06 page 18
4.0% "Nobody - no energy, Sensors - enhanced energy of the 5 senses, Normals - normal energy, Null - someone with insane energy that everyone loves despite being dispassionate.

I'm oddly intrigued by this layout and classification of people."
10/06 page 103
25.0% "Chapter 9. "You're the other kind of wrong, and so am I.""
10/06 page 134
33.0% "Getting tired. Don't like Ione."
10/07 page 206
51.0% "I want a boy to build ME a bookshelf!"
10/07 page 315
78.0% "Why do some books wait to get good until the very end? Ugh"
03/23 marked as: read

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message 1: by Matt (new)

Matt Haha, this made me chuckle. Nice review.


message 2: by Elaine (new)

Elaine The romance bit of it is really turning me off. A pity since this actually sounds interesting, albeit confusing. Nice review.


message 3: by Regina (new)

Regina sounds like great world building and crap character building...what a pity i wouldve read it if it werent for the insta love thing


Lili Regina wrote: "sounds like great world building and crap character building...what a pity i wouldve read it if it werent for the insta love thing"

It's not even the insta love that set me off...it was the fact that I take a psychology course and I can honestly say that this was like multi personality disorder times one billion to the point that it was absurd.


Jany My thoughts about the book are I think completely opposite than yours :p
The first chapters were very boring. When I got to the middle it was interesting, and the fact that Claire kissed Nix within 24 hours of him trying to kill her, showed me how crazy she is. Which I like. And it showed there undeniable love. Haha then the very end.....I want to strangle Mrs. Barnes for ending it like that. I hated it.


message 6: by Alicia (new) - added it

Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers) Hey is this told from a females or males POV, or both?


Lili Alicia wrote: "Hey is this told from a females or males POV, or both?"

Umm both I think? It's been a while since I read it and I hated it so...


message 8: by Alicia (new) - added it

Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers) Lili wrote: "Alicia wrote: "Hey is this told from a females or males POV, or both?"

Umm both I think? It's been a while since I read it and I hated it so..."


I know I seen your review. But I was willing to give it a try. I might regret spending the $14 on it!


Sophia I feel the same about the character development.


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