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(Project Nemesis #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  7,677 ratings  ·  1,400 reviews
He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like every
Hardcover, 443 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Gabbie Technically, you could read it as a stand alone. There's a bit of resolution at the end, but it definitely leaves you wanting more. I read it on the 4…moreTechnically, you could read it as a stand alone. There's a bit of resolution at the end, but it definitely leaves you wanting more. I read it on the 4th of July thinking it was a singular book not a series, and now i'm itching for the sequel. But's an amazing book either way.(less)
Caleb Rodden There are 4 bullet holes and a stab wound, representing two of the many ways the betas were killed

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
It was good at first and then it just fizzled out for me which sucks!!

I'm glad others loved it though!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤
I received this arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book has made me realise how important it is to know whether I’m reading a standalone or a series from the very beginning. I was treating Nemesis as a standalone and had some particular expectations. Like, for example, I wanted a well-balanced structure: an intriguing beginning that introduces us to the setting and the problem, then action/plot-twist/character development/world-enriching elements -packed middle part, fo
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

On the surface, this book had everything going for it: an original premise, a tantalizing mystery, a very promising plot. By all accounts, I should be extremely pleased with it, so why then can I not seem to shake this vague sense of discontent? Perhaps it is precisely because this book had so much potential, and knowing that it could have been even better is the source of my disappointment. Had the author carried out his
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Am torn between:




I will say no more.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fascinating! Throughout most the book I really thought, "Oh look... Fire Lake, Idaho is full of the worst parents and adults in America, and at the same time is the home of some of the most awful teenagers also!" Then Reichs adds a very late twist in the story which makes you question the parents and adults but solidify that these teens are still some pretty awful creatures.

Overall, I was completely excited about this book and it lived up to my expectations and then some! I cannot wait for book
Dalziel Mapp
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

How do work sentences? Words not working. Brain broken.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, 2017
I just finished reading Nemesis, and I'm feeling pretty frustrated

I PUSHED to get halfway through this book. At about page 284, there was still nothing to go on. It felt like the same conversations between characters happened every few pages, and no new information was provided to make this title anything close to a thriller.

Enough information is provided by the end of the story to answer some of the questions that arose, but that wasn't enough to lessen the blow of discovering this is not a sta
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
***3.5 stars***

I think I went into Nemesis with too high of hopes. From the blurb this looked like it was going to be an intense mystery about two kids who are murdered every other year on their birthday and then wake up like nothing happened. I thought that was the story I was getting. Turns out, the real story is mostly not even about that. So maybe it’s just I was confused when I was expecting one thing and then got something else entirely. It’s like I thought I had Coke in my cup but when I
Liz Barnsley
I thoroughly enjoyed Nemesis - really fast read, thrilling and engaging, if with somewhat of a convoluted plot - but for me in a good way.

So poor Min gets murdered every other year on her birthday. Then POPS awake again, unharmed as if nothing has happened. An asteroid is hurtling towards the earth and strange weather is everywhere, the locals are acting strangely and well, that town is just plain weird! Then Brendan Reichs takes you on a journey towards certain understanding (although as this i
natalie ♥
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars
anyone who thinks this is a bad book is wrong.

i was entertained for about 80% of this novel. as i was reading the chapters, it felt like i was reading pretty quickly but the book was still fairly slow. i don’t remember how many chapters there were but i think there was 50? but it does have 2 point of views.

speaking of pov’s, noah’s chapters were pretty boring when he wasn’t with min and tack because—no offense—he literally has no life and all he ever did was talk about his problems. we literal
Kelly Gunderman
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
Check out this and other reviews (as well as more fun bookish things!) on my young adult book blog,
Here's to Happy Endings!

As a reader who is incredibly fond of YA thrillers, when a copy of Nemesis fell into my hands, I was beyond excited to start reading. Having never read anything else by Brendan Reichs, I wasn't sure exactly what I was in for, but once I started reading, I knew there was absolutely no way I was putting this book down until I finished it!

"The sun rises. But no

Valliya Rennell
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

This is one of these books when I am stuck thinking, “Do I like this book? Do I not like this book?” But in the end when I look at the way it was wrapped up, I decide that it is a book that I respect and will read on with the series. I can only hope that this won't turn out as the next Divergent (hated that series.. Sorry!). Meet our two heroes, Min Wilder and Noah Livingston. Min has been murdered five times. Every two years on her birthday, a man in a black suit comes for her and kil
Erin Bembridge
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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After I thought about this and my review, I actually started to forget everything about the book...

The story started really strong. It was good, and then all of a sudden it just seemed that the author didn't know what to fill in the middle so it was kind of all fluff. I needed more information with the actual Nemesis project. I know its the first book, however it was just lacking the bare minimum of information. All we really know is that it was a experiment or project
Apr 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Okay, in all honesty, I probably would have given this two stars if it weren't for all the hype and the major letdown. it stands.

Okay. So the premise is cool and unlike other books I've read. When the book starts out, it's got this wonderful weirdness to it...but after about 70 pages, it starts to get stale. The characters are so desperate to figure out what's going on, so we watch them sneak around and covertly gather information... but there are no stakes. There's no sense of urgency.
Mridu  aka Storypals
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Giving it 2-- coz the premise was interesting otherwise I was just so bored. This book was just not for me :(

You can read my review here:

One day, I was waiting for my friend and I decided to pay a visit to the bookstore and you know how that story goes forward, right? I went in, bought 2-3 books which I wasn’t going to read until next three years.

Nemesis was one of that wait-go-to-the-bookstore-impulse-buy but it was lucky eno
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I gobbled this book up. It was so good! It kind of mixes genres in a really unique way, and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I would think I knew where the story was going one minute and then the next... mind BLOWN. I adored Min so much, and the banter among the characters was fabulous. The atmosphere of the book was so on point too. I seriously cannot wait to see where this se ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Project Nemesis... i figured i would like Noahs perspective/side of the story better because he is the one that remembers every little thing that happened to Min. He relives her death as if it was his own in his dreams... in his nightmares. The author shows Noahs fear and anxiety very well, and shows Mins bravery and care free attitude almost flawless. Every two years on Mins birthday since she was 8 a man has come and killed her. She is ready to die because she comes back to life... she cant fi ...more
Colleen Houck
This book will weigh you down with questions. The good news is...some of them are answered. =) There is more to come, obviously and, like me, you won't want to wait. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, needing to know what's going on with these kids. This one would make a great movie. ...more
Karima chermiti
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
That ending though


Full review now posted


I’m sitting here with this stupid look on my face and I don’t know how to process what the hell I just read. I’m not even sure I understood that final reveal or explanation. I’m sure I was looking stupid throughout the whole book because I don’t know what the hell I just read and what wa
Jessaca Willis
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Life After Life meets Maze Runner meets Lord of the Flies.

If you're into governmental conspiracies with a touch of sci-fi, thriller, and a story that keeps you wondering what's happening, this might be the book for you!

Overall, I found the story interesting, but everything else only mildly so. I think it has potential, but could use more believable character development and stronger narration.

(Disclaimer: I listened to the audiobook, so I might misspell names).

(view spoiler)
Kirsty Hanson
I still think Tack is a bit strange. Sure, I get that HE MIGHT have a crush on Min, but some of his comments just come across really weird... ALSO THAT ENDING NEVER FAILS TO LEAVE ME SHOOK! Still 5/5]

I LOVED this book! It was just... wow... I can't seem to get my brain together to write this review. I saw this book advertised about a year ago and I had read all of the hype that surrounded it. But when I looked on Amazon to buy it, it was £53 for the Audio CD and £35 for the hardc
Ingenious premise.
Interesting execution.
Now I am confused

This is what all english education has boiled down to folks.

Taking a bow

But in all seriousness, the premise is certainly a hooker. And Reichs does a lot to keep the suspense, which is what really motors this book.

There's not a whole lot going on. The characters really find out a couple of things about their situation. But even after the 'info' dump I'm still very confused. And I said 'info dump' like there was only one. There were at least three.

All in all this was a fun, but not entirely original story for the most part... but it did manage to surprise me with the twist, and that's saying something!

It could be that I listened to the audio of this with a longish break partway through, but for whatever reason, the actual twist didn't enter my mind as a possibility. Normally I'm throwing ideas on the table as I go, and I usually mention the twist somewhere in there, but this time I didn't... perhaps because I thought I knew where this
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! So this book has soooo many more twists and turns than I expected. Min is killed by a man every 2 years on her birthday. Now she is 16 and is trying to figure out what is going on. While trying to understand what’s going on the world around her is in danger of being destroyed by natural disasters. It is so hard to explain everything in this book without giving spoilers so all I have to say is READ IT FOR YOURSELF! The second half of this book really took me by surprise and I had no idea wha ...more
3.5 🌟 rating.
Although I enjoyed the initial story, I had a hard time connecting to the characters and I felt it could have been written differently
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's pretty intense at the start! The story of the two teens, Min and Noah made me curious. It caught my attention to make me want to read the book!

The author had done a great job on letting the reader want for more, read for more to know what would happen next.

I love the mystery of the book. I wanted to know how and why Min and Noah kept dying on their even number birthdays. What happened to them and why it's happening to them?

What was Project Nemesis all about?
These are the questions I have
Khrys ♡《TheWaffleGirl》
Hi this book was bad byE

-just kidding im still heREeee EEK there’s just no way i’m not ranting about this!! i despise giving bad reviews but i’m just so thoroughly disappointed that i can’t just leave this book alone even after i’ve went through a whole process to get rid of it best as i can to make sure i never see it again yeet

basically the story was way too long and draggy and had too much suspense that eventually became really irritating. siGhh.

there’s so much build up for basically nothing.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
the fuck?

i saw 'girl gets killed every two years but wakes up fine' and i was like YAS this sounds interesting.... and i will admit, i skimmed/didn't really read the rest of the synopsis.


i don't know wtf i thought i was getting, but it was NOT this.

there was way too much going on, not enough answers, lazy explanations of the answers we do get.... i just don't have enough fucks to give. also, i would not have picked it up had i known it was a series. i thought i was getting a standalone. i was n
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book for the most part especially because it was very plot driven. It kept me guessing what Project Nemesis was really about. However, I didn't really like most of the characters in the story. They were portrayed as weak, savage, and trivial generally. Some of their reactions in given situations didn't seem realistic to me. Even Min's reaction to Tack's death fell short for me. It was during Tack's death that she had a romantic moment with Noah. To me, this was just questionable. A ...more
Danielle Steenrod
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well done! Finally a book that was unpredictable from beginning to end. Can't wait to see what the sequel has in store! ...more
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Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.

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