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3.22  ·  Rating details ·  296 ratings  ·  62 reviews
They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and
Paperback, 202 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Createspace
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Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
JL Bryan has always impressed me with the level of originality and excitement he works into his novels (big fan of Jenny Pox), and I was yet again taken aback, this time by a time-travel dystopian that is full of thrills and a kick-ass heroine to boot!

Time-travel dystopian! When I saw those words together my mind kind of flipped, making me unsure of what to expect. For one, time-travel is nothing to play around with if you're not fully committed to deliver. I have a low level of patience for ign
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When you're dealing with time travel, I like to say "Go big or go home." Raven, here, she's going to go big. AND WHY SHOULDN'T SHE? Her life in the future is craptastic. She's a soldier that's fighting a losing war and her fellow rebels are dying all around her. Going back in time to stop this badness before it happens seems like the thing to do.

Except... events don't always play out the way we expect them to. And this is VERY true in Raven's case. Every scenario she imagines has permutations an
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
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Few months ago I was lucky enough to host this author and share his guest post on my blog. You can check it here and if you do you'll laugh so hard. I realized that this author can be really hilariously witty and the best part of it he transferred that into Nomad or better said Raven which made this reading experience pleasurable.

This story starts in the middle of everything. We met Raven walking on the road without previous memories. She is completely lost
Faith Jones
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nomad is as a time travel story with a kick-ass, thinks on her feet protagonist following the theme of going back in history to remove the key individual who made it all go wrong. This is dream fulfilment really. If you said to a friend “What would you do if you could travel back in time”, the usual answers would be about lottery numbers or stopping Hitler. However, the things that don’t seem threatening to us now, like the insidious Pringles Corporation, might grow into mind-death behemoth sick ...more
**An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

~Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars~

Before I even start my review, I just wanted to put this out there: I love time-travel. There just no way around it, the concept is so freaking fascinating to me and I can't get enough of it. That being said, I was instantly attracted to Nomad because it not only dealt with time-travel, but the idea of traveling back in time in an effort to save humanity from a darker, dystopian future. How a
Jenni Arndt
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-ebook
Actual rating is 3.5, rounded up because I loved the ending so much!

I became a fast fan of author J.L. Bryan when I began his Songs of Magic series and fell in love with the adorable cast of characters. I was a bit wary going into Nomad as it’s a dystopian novel and let’s face it, there is nothing more overdone than dystopian in YA fiction right now. But rest assured that Nomad is not your typical dystopian novel. At times I struggled with it a bit but in the wrap up it had me captivated and I a
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Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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When J.L. Bryan asked if I was interested in reading Nomad When J.L. Bryan asked if I was interested in reading Nomad I knew I just had to read it. Described to me as a futuristic time travel dystopian with a twisted romance (his exact description) now how could I not want to read it. It paid off, Nomad is so much better than even I expect, and I expected something fantastic. The story told in Nomad took me completely be surprise is such a good way.

I was worried that the time travel aspect might
Irene ~ Ice Cold Passion
Yet another amazing read by J.L Bryan, his writing always seems to astonish me!

I received a copy of this book from the author. This in no way influences my honest opinion!

This book started with a bang, a girl standing in the middle of the high way with no recollection of how she got there or who she is. She hitches a ride with a kind truck driver. And from there the action starts, because she is not the only one who travelled back in time.

Raven is being hunted, and is lucky enough to esca
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book right before I left to go to UtopYA in Nashville. And boy was I excited. Beyond excited. I mean, come on, it's JL Bryan!!! I secretly fangirl him. <-Not as dirty as it sounds....

So anyway I read it on the plane trip to and from Nashville. What a great way to avoid the strangers I sat by on the mini-plan. Nothing says anti-social politely like reading a great book!!!! Anyway it was a great way to spend the two hours I actually flew and the four+ hours I spent sitting in airpo
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2020
Nomad starts out with butt-kicking action and reminded me of the Terminator movies. However, the story grabbed me from the start and I was hooked. Then it takes a turn into the usual YA romance, BUT THEN comes the unexpected and very surprising ending, which I loved. Not as good as Jenny Pox, but definitely worth the read.
Isn’t that cover exciting? It really sets the tone for the story, which starts off with a BANG, just like the cover conveys. Raven shows up out of nowhere, literally, and almost gets run over by a Mack truck. She is standing in the rain, bewildered, while the truck skids to a stop. The trucker, Jebbie, gets out and asks if she’s alright. But she isn’t. She is far from O.K., except she just doesn’t remember that yet. You see, Raven has lost all memory of her life previous to this moment. Of cours ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I read books that are soo good, that I wonder why didn’t I pick up the book sooner? Why??? Now, when it comes to reading time travel, I’m very picky with it. Mainly because if the plot does not flow right, the plot can become confusing with a bunch of details with the story going absolutely no where. In Nomad, that is not the case. This story carries the plot right, and time travel is of essence.

Plot: Time Travel. Who does not like time travel? I adore this plot. Moving fast and intrig
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazingly complicated story. I only wish it was a series, as I'd love to continue to read about Rhea/Raven & her mystery beau. I rate this sci-fi a 5 & would recommend it to anyone needing a sci-fi fix who enjoys time travel theory. ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, own
The America Raven grew up in consists of war-torn slums and is ruled by a dictator. When her rebel group learns of the existence of experimental time travel technology, they form an audacious plan: Go back in time, assassinate the dicator long before he takes over, and change the future. Once arrived in 2013 with nothing but the necessary data about her target's known movements and a gun to take him out with, Raven finds that changing the future might not be quite that easy, especially when you' ...more
Bill Martin
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story and good idea about time travel

I really enjoyed the book and it kept me interested. There are a few spelling errors in it and a few misused works or character names. This is a minor issue. I really enjoyed how they explained how time travel worked and how paradoxes worked. I kind of wish this was a series of books because I could see this becoming a good long story.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Not bad. Story was interesting
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Raven literally explodes back in time, appearing in a lightning bolt onto a highway during a storm in 2013. A semi-truck narrowly misses her, and even though she can't remember who she is or where she is, she reluctantly decides to go with the kindly truck driver on the road to get out of the rain. All she has is a backpack that contains some men's clothing, a huge wad of cash, a futuristic looking cube, and a plasma gun that sears through flesh. But their trip in the big rig to a truck stop and ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although I had only read two of JL Bryan’s books prior to reading Nomad, I would definitely consider myself of his awesome and unique work. I just could not turn down Nomad, but I wouldn’t have wanted to anyway because it falls under the category of my favourite genre: my beloved science fiction. Plus, there’s time travel! Infinite win! I think it’s safe to say that I kind of had a good feeling that I wouldn’t be disappointed and it’s a good thing that I trusted that good feeling because I defin ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Genre* New Adult, Dystopian, Time Travel
*Rating* 3.5-4

*First Impressions*

I won Nomad by J.L. Bryan from Jenni @ Alluring Reads in one of her flash giveaways! I've had this book on my "looks interesting list" since I was part of the cover reveal for the book a few weeks ago. It should also be notated that this is the first book that I've ever read by J.L. Bryan, and it won't be my last.

Raven is a 19 year old revolutionary who lives in the year 2064 where life isn't exactly a Utopian society. Rav
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you've read my reviews in the past you've probably noticed that I generally stick to middle-grade and young-adult books. I don't read much New Adult. Honestly, I'm not really a fan of most New Adult...but, when I heard that J.L. Bryan wrote a new New Adult book AND it was a cool mix of dystopian and time-travel, I knew it was one New Adultish book that I wasn't going to pass up. And I'm so glad I didn't because Nomad is just as awesome as I hoped it would be.

I'm a huge fan of J.L. Bryan's Son
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nomad was probably the best book I read in 2013. The main character, Raven, is a time traveler. In her future, the USA has been taken over by a dictatorship. Both her parents were killed when she was young, and since then she has been trained by the resistance to take down the government.

One of the many wonderful things about this book is how it handles time travel. In Nomad, if a time traveler goes back in time and changes something that massively alters the course of their own life, the 'univ
When J.L. Bryan contacted me to review his new novel, to put it mildly, I was ELATED! Jenny Pox was actually the first e-book I ever read and I absolutely adored it, and the following book, Tommy Nightmare. The synopsis sounded so interesting; I’m becoming more and more interested in Science Fiction and the time travel element me intrigued immediately. I’ve only read a handle of books about time travel but every one I have thoroughly enjoyed. Needless to say, Nomad did not disappoint me.

Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
How's this for an opening line?

"Her hands were red with blood, but the cold rain washed it away. Whose blood? She couldn't remember."

The year is 2064 and life sucks! It's a cruel world where people are imprisoned, beaten and murdered. A world where most live in fear because of one man, an evil dictator known as Secretary-General of the United States. Technology and weaponry is advanced. In fact, it's so advanced that the government is on the verge of completing the first working time-travel mach
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, arc
Nomad is definitely the most complex, interesting, action-packed and mind-blowing book I've read all year! J.L. Bryan has cleverly constructed a novel that is so descriptive and engaging that throughout the book he literally had me cheering, laughing, and yelling in a rather loud fashion. He writes in such a way that it's like a piece of you merges with the characters and you can't help but be completely swept up in their emotions. I cannot express enough how much I adore this book!

Another reaso
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I saw J.L. Bryan was releasing a new book I knew I had to read it. I love his Fairyvision series, and his Jenny Pox series. Imagine my surprise when I received an email off the author himself with a request to review Nomad. There was no question about it, I replied with a big YES.

Nomad is different to his other works, set in a dystopian future with time travel and possibly the greatest gadgets known to man. Raven, the protagonist, is disorientated and finds herself stumbling along a highway
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

"...she wasn't entirely sure who she was either. Raven, she remembered. She clung to that word like a lifeline. My name is Raven..."

Raven is a time nomad.. She finds herself in the year 2013 with no memory of how she got there but little by lithe through pieces of her own memories and things she discovers, she figures out who she is. She's a time trav
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Just WOW! I have read almost all of Jeff Bryan's books and this one just really, really rocked! It's New Adult and if you're like me I haven't found much in that category that didn't seem to have sex as it's main story line. Not so with NOMAD. NOMAD has a plot that will have you on the edge of your seat, biting your fingernails. Here's why:

Raven is from the future that is torn apart by an evil dictator, Logan Carraway and his security force. Her mission is to kill him before he ever has a chanc
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC for an honest review

I am so impressed with JL Bryan's ability to tell a story. He is a true writer. He brings his stories to life with descriptive detail that doesn't overwhelm the reader, but allows them to experience the world he is creating. Nomad was an attention grabber. Page after page I devoured the words. I am in awe of how each book JL Bryan writes just gets better. His Paranormal series was unique and awesome. The Fairy series was fun and creative. And now, with Noma
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fresh off a winning streak with two awesome series, Jenny Pox (The Paranormals) and The Songs of Magic, J.L. Bryan is back with something completely different, and it's incredible! I was so very pleased with his latest offering in NOMAD. First of all, just LOOK at that cover! It's freaking awesome. This is not the first time Bryan has gone with a violet/pink theme, and I can't help but think he does it on purpose, with my blog in mind (*ahem* The VIOLET Hour). Okay, okay, just kidding. Kinda. Mo ...more
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
{I actually rated this book 4.5 stars but I always round to the next highest star for sites like Goodreads, Amazon, etc...}

Raven has been thrust back into the past and for a short time she cannot remember why. Slowly, bits and pieces of her memories are remembered and she understands that she came back for one reason and one reason only. Raven is to kill the brutal dictator that has wreaked havoc on her world for far too long, before he can ever take reign. But a guest appearance from a friend l
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J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day serving the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic ...more

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