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The Citizens

(Jazz Nemesis #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Imagine a town where you can stay out as late as you want, wake up when it suits you, you never have to go to work, and everything is free for the taking. Sounds perfect right? But what if you can’t remember where you are or how you got there? What if you can’t ever leave? And what if the only other people around are hostages, just like you? Would you still want to stay?

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published March 20th 2012
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Duncan McGonall
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it

Review of L.M. Smith’s The Citizen
The Citizen is a character driven story of a group of individuals abducted and thrown together in an apparently deserted, or perhaps mocked-up, “town.” All their basic needs are met, food, shelter and clothing and some latitude for choice is afforded. There’s just one catch, none of them are free to leave, yet there isn’t a captor or a minion anywhere in sight--only video cameras and ankle monitors that pack quite a punch. Of the five stranded, two develop a
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This is definitely going to be on my top ten list of mindblowingly awesome reads of 2012. I’m not kidding. I was knocked off my feet by the downright intensity and splendid storyline of this book!

Other than for me to simply beg you to go get this book - no matter what the purchase price – and move it to the top of your to-be-read list, here are a few reasons why I can guarantee you’ll agree that this book should be either made into a tv series, or at the very least be nominated as one of the
L.M. Smith
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The following reviews can be found on by their original authors.

Intrigued from the beginning! - 5 STARS
By Misty Rettagliata
"I found the book to be an exciting read. It's full of suspense and leaves you with all these questions that you "just have to know" so you keep reading. The end had a bit of an odd twist to it. But there is no doubt that a sequel MUST be in the works in order to quell the remaining questions. This wasn't an ending I could just put my own assumptions to...KEEP
Heather Alexander
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in return for an honest review. Jasmine is a gamer and likes to keep to herself. When she wakes up in a strange hotel with 4 other people, she's not sure what to do or how to act. Jazz, Beck, Kaori, Piper, and Gordon all are trapped in this abandoned town. They are kept there by unseen people and can't escape due to an ankle monitor that doubles as an electric shocker and a sedation device. They soon realize that they can't leave and they can't ask questions because the ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This story is amazing! I was drawn in from the beginning and had to keep reading, I couldn't figure out where the plot was going but wanted to know all the answers.

5 strangers end up "citizens" of Kolob, a secluded deserted town with a sinister and evil Mayor. The citizens are at the mercy of their captor and keep looking for ways to escape. They become friendly with one another, but can they trust each other? Will they turn against each other or find a way out together? Can they even get out?

Wanda Hartzenberg
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this book. At 3% in I thought, Ah, I know where this is headed; at 7% it became apparent that I had it wrong. Then later as the story progressed I formed theory after theory. I have to say, all of them were wrong. This is a reading experience that might not appeal to all. As the citizens of Kolob realises they are in for the long haul so do the reader. It is a matter of survival at first, then of forming bonds, then of staying alive. But what want to change them? Why are they ...more
Christina M Condy
This book had so many twists and turns that I'm not sure where to begin. What I can say is that the story is leaving me wanting more. After all that the 5 went through it isn't finished as the book ends. The character development over the course of the book and how they changed during the story is amazing. The way they interacted and depended upon each other and found that they were stronger as a group than they were as individuals is a fabulous lesson. I highly recommend this book to everyone, ...more
Kim culbertson
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
this book was amazing! caught me up in the story and didnt let go! twist after twist. i thought i knew for sure what was coming next, but no! it was totally different. i can not wait to read more from this author.

with no TV no for of entertainment at all except each other, i'm not sure i could survive ! lol
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Citizens (A Jazz Nemesis Novel)
by L.M. Smith (Goodreads Author)
Synopsis from Goodreads

"Imagine a town where you can stay out as late as you want, wake up when it suits you, you never have to go to work, and everything is free for the taking. Sounds perfect right? But what if you can’t remember where you are or how you got there? What if you can’t ever leave? And what if the only other people around are hostages, just like you? Would you still want to stay?

Jasmine Marshall certainly didn’t
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this from the author for an honest review.

Jasmine gets kidnapped from her farm and winds up in Kolob, locked in a room. She hears another woman trying to get out of her room and, when she finally get out, she goes to try and find help but ends up running into (literally) Beck. None of them remember anything other than waking up in their rooms, they realise they've been kidnapped and placed in this town. Why? Well, that will be discovered later.

The story of this book
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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So I stumbled upon this book by ...I actually don't remember...browsing through the site, my update feed, GR friends..something like that? After reading the synopsis and the reviews I was compelled to read it right away. And well..shit.

This is me.

This book had me on edge a lot. It made me say things out loud like "wtf", "awhshitshitshit", "seriously?", "WOW" and my roommates would be like "calm down"...jk, kinda. Overall, I loved this book. I was able to envision the characters and their
Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson
I received this book for my enjoyment from the author herself in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Goodness gracious, this story was most definitely like NO other that I had read! I have tried repeatedly to put myself in the same scenario as Jasmine, Justin, Koari Piper and Gordon and I just can’t do it…

To wake up in a completely different world and place than where you were when you closed your eyes his bad enough… eekkk but to be in the nightmare with four other people that you have no
Bonnie Bernard
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Despite the fact that everything in town looks home-spun sweet (a hardware store, old-fashioned movie theater, and even a penny candy shop), things are not apple-pie a la mode in Kolob. One moment the citizens of that too-sweet-to-be-true town are home minding their own business and the next...they're in 1950s Americana...without a clue how they got there. Just the five of them, all strangers. No family, friends, or anything at all
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"The small, chubby woman had once been shy, innocent and angelic looking. Now she stood proud, sleek, and dangerous." I think that is my favorite line in the whole book. It isn't until toward the end but so worth the wait to get to it!!

This book is like a really great roller coaster you get off shrieking how fun, scary, thrilling it was and you can't wait to do it again. I would read about another set of citizen's again, or about these citizen's. There are just so many ways to go with this
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
I was given this book in exchange for a honest review ~WaAr~

This is just an AMAZING READ!!! I just love love the characters. The book is very well written and reminds me of James Patterson and his Max Ride novels. If you like him, you will love this book! Can wait to read the next installment of this book! You will feel like you are a citizen in this town with them! I felt for them and everything that they went through. Great epic story about a group of unlikely people who are forced to be
Jennifer Moody
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by the author for my honest review!

My Opinion:

Where to begin with this book? How about AMAZING! It was also creepy at the same time. This small town of Kolob there are many secrets and many weird things going on. I mean really what would you do if you woke up in this town where you had no idea how you got there or where you are? Me personally, I would be freaking out. Then there was the thing with all the cameras. Who could deal with your every move being watch? The only
Christoph Fischer
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Citizens" by L.M. Smith came with high recommendations to me and I did not think it could possibly live up to the hype, but it did. Jasmine - or Jazz -suddenly finds herself trapped in a hotel in Kolob, a mysterious city. The hotel is full of other 'Citizens', all also trapped by the unseen Mayor E. In this obscure and mysterious setting the 'inmates' need to figure out how they got here and why they are here. As the captivators or Big Brother begins to let them move around town and socialise ...more
Marie McGregor
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What would YOU do if you woke up, in a sleepy little town to find that you and four other people had been kidnapped and brought to this town by some psychotic individual? You have to work as a team with these people who come from all walks of life. There's Jazz who is still reeling from the death of her mother and has no other family. Beck, who has been kidnapped from his bunk in Afghanistan where he serves in the Army. Piper, a British housewife who is taken right from her family while they're ...more
Kelly Jones
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Citizens is such a great and different book. Starting off quite normal and heading into directions I could never have predicted made it an easy and very enjoyable read. I like the different aspects of the characters and how they grow and change through the story, especially since a group of 5 find themselves more or less imprisoned in what is kind of a ghost town that is maintained for their benefit.
The mysterious Mayor E, seems both kind and cruel offering severe punishments but also
Paulette Mahurin
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
L. M. Smith's smartly crafted story takes the reader on a most unexpected, action packed, journey of twists and turns, of mystery upon mystery, large and small in every page turning scene. From the sex scene that never turns out how we want, to the smell of popcorn, the burning eyes from the sun exposure, to the descriptions of powder through vents, electrical devises, disguised cans of oil, enigmatic meals, inexplicable medical conditions, everything is in place to move the reader through the ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a complete surprise to me as I never expected the story to evolve into what it became! A must read for any Sci-FY thriller fans!

Being a conspiracy theorist by heart this book blew my mind! The author creates an imaginary (or lets hope so anyways) rural town location where a cast of ordinary everyday people are brought together in a very non-ordinary fashion. I am usually very good at figuring out where
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well here is a book like no other. The Citizens by LM Smith is one book which is just amazing! Five people who don’t know each other are thrown into a deserted town - Kolob in the middle of nowhere. They have no clue how they got there, where they are and what is going to happen. All five of them – Jazz, Beck, Piper, Kaori and Gordon - have nothing in common that would help them understand why they were taken. All they know is that they have to escape... But can they?
This very different story, a
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

The Citizens is a story that will grab you from the start, and keep you clinging to the pages. A wonderful dystopian setting that was fantastical, yet believable. You really felt what the characters were feeling, as well as wondering what fresh hell would arrive for them on the next page.

The characters are wonderfully described, and well fleshed out. They were real people in an un-real situation, and they handled it with a terrific
Lisa Goldman
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love the shocking ending...

Before I started it, I read the blurb and knew that it was both paranormal and dystopian fiction. I thought I knew what to expect but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Citizens is fantastic, edgy with a new twist. L.M. Smith captures the dialog between the characters well and the plot had me sitting on edge, wanting to read more, rooting for the good guys, and cursing the bad guys, even when ‘life’ got in the way and made me put it down for a few hours.

Jennifer  Davis
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was given an e-copy in exchange for my honest review.

This book is completely different from anything I have read. When I read the blurb, I was like awesome, right down my alley, but then I started reading it a realized it wasn't anything like I expected it to be. Believe me, that isn't a bad thing at all.

Five "citizens" are being kept in a town know to them as Kolob. They have no clue how they got there, where there is, and what is going to helping to them next. And then there is the fact that
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Citizens.....
Imagine waking up in a town where you have all you meals supplied, access to the shops at any time without needing money to pay, beautiful weather and 4 other people who make up the whole population of your new town. Except...... you can't leave.

Follow the emotions of these 5 citizens as they explore relationships, friendships, suspicion, fear and learning new physical/psychological abilities.

Mayor E certainly has a lot in store for his new population.

I found it really hard to
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author to give an honest review, and I am so glad I did.
This book was actually a great read. I did not read the blurp on what the book was about so I just dove right in and was hooked.

The Citizens is about a group of random people who all wake up in an unknown place which is known as Kolob. They have no recollection of how they got there. Over time they learn about each other, and start bonding. The Citizens of Kolob have been kidnapped and fight for survival. They
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have recieved a copy of this book in return of an honest review.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Just to read the plot itself would not explain just how interesting and how many turn of events this book actually has. I loved it! The characters were so realistic it had me cheering for some, booing others, hoping for the unspoken romance, lauging and the sarcastic situations and awaiting every twist and turn while digging my nose deeper and deeper into my kindle. This story
Claire Taylor
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book on a read to review basis – but am now planning on buying it so that my son can read it.

Firstly, make sure you have enough time to read in one sitting, because once you’ve started reading you won’t want to stop – the storyline keeps you constantly hooked.

This book is fast paced, and is written incredibly well. The descriptions put you right into the middle of the story, and the characters draw you in so much you’ll love them all (eventually).

Even though you may think you
Carla Marvin
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The author did a great job with this book. The character development works so well that you feel like you are one of The Citizens, but the action throughout the plot makes you glad that you are not! There is a lot of action moving the plot forward and it all ties together well at the end. There are a few surprises here, starting with the first chapter and keeping you guessing throughout the book. They are all executed beautifully.

If you are looking for a book that will keep you guessing,
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L. M. Smith is both an avid reader and writer. Her favorite authors include Kim Harrison and Richard Adams. She began writing stories and poetry as a child and has always been fascinated by mythology and the paranormal.

A self-proclaimed 'desert rat', she lives near Las Vegas, Nevada with the love of her life, their two dogs, and two cats. She is currently attending classes at the University of

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