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(Project Nemesis #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  4,864 ratings  ·  1,027 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…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)
Sara Going along with what was already said, it could even be that after the fifth death, things started falling apart and not making sense anymore. Also,…moreGoing along with what was already said, it could even be that after the fifth death, things started falling apart and not making sense anymore. Also, the fifth death was both Min and Noah's turning point where they wanted to do something about what was happening, so they tore away from just being a victim. (less)

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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
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
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Am torn between:




I will say no more.
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: 2017, arc
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
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
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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.
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
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
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 not for me.
I kn

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
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
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.
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.
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 was that end
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.

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
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
Reading Teen
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Please for all that is good in this world give me the second book or else I might pass out, talk about a cruel cliffhanger to end a fantastically head spinning book. 5 stars ✨

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
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, arc
Pretty in Pink meets Lord of the Flies meets X-Files.

Not sure how I feel about the very end (still processing), but it was a page turner!
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars?) I really don't know what to rate this book. I considered rating it 3.75 but I don't know! This book is definitely one of the craziest books I've ever read and at times, it was a little much. Some parts were more shocking than others and I was a bit bored at the lengthier chapters.

However, I did really like it and the ending was such a great surprise! Definitely sets you up for a sequel. If you love The Maze Runner, 5th Wave, or Mara Dyer, you'll enjoy this!!
Nancy The book junkie
Review to come!
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ohhh, this book was not at all what I expected it to be. (I don't know if it is good or bad.)

First of all, when I bought it, I thought it will be standalone. Yet it isn't. Good thing is that I found that out before reading it, so I could mentally prepare myself for it.

Second... I also found out about the change of POV before I read it - wasn't that prepared for that one. That took a massive hit because in a way it felt like I had to reread the whole story and same experiences again.

The intrigui
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**WOW, just wow! Nemesis is the first book in the young adult science fiction series, called Project Nemesis by author Brendan Reichs. I cannot stop thinking about this book! I loved so much about this novel, and even as I am typing this , I am itching to ditch my computer and grab my copy of the sequel so I can lock myself in a room and read read read. Nemesis is great for fans of science fiction, dystopians and myste ...more
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).

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Apr 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book started out great. The premise was interesting, and I was glued for about 100 pages. Then, it tanked. It became repetitive, and dragged on. The resolution to what was happening, the "twist," was actually good, but the execution of the story was painful. I will not be reading the next book.
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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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