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The Nobody People

(The Resonant Duology #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  610 ratings  ·  220 reviews
When a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities comes out of hiding, their clash with a violent society will spark a revolution—or an apocalypse..

Avi Hirsch has always known his daughter was different. But when others with incredible, otherworldly gifts reveal themselves to the world, Avi realizes that her oddness is something more—that she is something more. With th
Hardcover, 481 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Del Rey Books
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Update: Book #2 The Somebody People will be out in the fall of 2020!

Original review:
Holy crap.
There's an X-Men kind of feel to it while Proehl still manages to keep it fresh, exciting and all his own.
I really hope with how this ends it means we will be hearing more from Fahima, Emmeline, and the other characters he created. Otherwise I am gonna be mighty pissed!
Much love to Bob Proehl for my signed ARC received at BookCon! It was amazing to have the opportunity to chat
Sylvain Neuvel
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bob Proehl brings striking realism to this extraordinary story, delving into the notion of otherness with nuance and complexity. With an ensemble cast of badass, cool-as-hell, and deeply human characters, The Nobody People is a super-fun ride and a timely tale of love, hate, and everything in between.
Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Nobody People by Bob Proehl is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. This has good world building in that some kids are now forced out of being isolated. It is assumed by the government. Why is let to the imagination, we don't first know what is special with these kids or what they might do to them. It builds up the suspense. I liked it but they had so many kids telling their story at first. Good teen and pre teen book!
It’s been a staple of science fiction for decades: the notion that that there are those among us with special abilities. Mutants is the term in X-men. Heroes was the term in the tv show of that title that ran for four seasons. Here, they are called resonants and they are born with special abilities that manifest as they get older. This book posits a special secret school for those with enhanced abilities. And, they have a shared inner world called a Hive where they communicate sort of like Card’ ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I saw another review where someone referred to this as having a very X-Men feel to it and after reading and considering it, I couldn't agree more which I was thrilled about. The X-Men were some of my favorite movies and comics (and cartoons!) growing up.

I need to start by saying, there is a lot going on in this story as it is told in multiple point of views but if you hang in there and stick with it, it does get easier to navigate and keep track of.

And while there are similarities to
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Should be five books instead...

Wow, there is a *lot* going on in The Nobody People.

There's enough material here for a full series. As other reviewers have mentioned, there are at least five separate storylines, and each one of those storylines could be its own novel.

Right now, the episodic presentation of the characters' stories feels rushed and incomplete. We get synopses of major events in characters' lives, but these should be expanded considerably. In particular, I really would have liked t
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Couldn't get into it really, lot of skimming. Sort of the X-Men with even more angst and political baggage. I guess if you're up for the lecture you may enjoy it. It does show the worst side of human nature which is accurate I suppose. There's no denying the negative here I'm just not sure it would (will?) be this bad.

If it is that is too sad to imagine...only of course we do.

So to each their own here maybe you'll like it more than me. As I've said about other books, my life has been (and in som
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Nobody People is one of those books with a great premise that maybe looks better on paper than in execution. It is also very ambitious, resulting in some difficulty engaging on my part, simply because a lot was happening and the at times the plot felt all over the place. The novel begins with an introduction to Avi Hirsch, whom I’d initially assumed to be our main protagonist. A former war correspondent, he is a journa
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time! It takes on all sorts of issues while delivering an excellent story that hooked me from the first. I'm a sucker for a superhero book, but this book, while about characters with abilities we'd consider superpowers, isn't just about those abilities. It's about humans and compassion and trying to lead a normal life. It's about people who face all forms of prejudice and about trying
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
The Bishop Academy in NY hides a secret. Its students are different than other people. They have special abilities....the equivalent of superpowers (although they don't like that word). Called Resonants, they've been in hiding from the general population of the world for a long time, mostly because people fear things that are different or that they can't understand. Avi is a reporter contacted by this group to help them announce their presence to the world. It's a lot for him to take in...especi ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Despite feeling like there isn't anything in this book that both Chris Claremont and Grant Morrison didn't explore in their X-Men runs (together with some elements from Howard Mackie's The Brotherhood comic book, as well as some good ideas from the first two X-Men movies), Bob Proehl does a good job using that X-Men lore about being different, an outcast, to take some interesting twists and turns along the way which, in some cases, betters the original elements.

But the stronger point, which bri
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
I quite enjoyed this book. Imagine a world where everyday people have special abilities and you just found out about them. Would you be intrigued or fearful? This isn’t a book about super heroes. It’s about everyday life, it’s fears and hopes and dreams. It’s about acceptance. Maybe even the end of the world. I’m not sure because this is book one of two. Which is good because The Nobody People just ends (not even a cliff hanger) and now I need to find out what happens next. Thank you NetGalley f ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Why is it society fears what is different? A group with extraordinary abilities has been in hiding for years, outcasts, feared by even their families and now they are bravely coming out from the shadows, only to find themselves caught in the crosshairs of violence.

THE NOBODY PEOPLE by Bob Proehl is the story of innocents with unusual abilities that make them too different for the masses to accept them. Wonderfully drawn characters are completely human with a little extra, yet are seen as monster
Jessica (booksterjess)
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
As a big Marvel and sci-fi/fantasy fan, I had to see what this book was all about. I really enjoyed the world that Bob Proehl created. It’s hard to use ideas similar to something as popular as X-Men, but the author puts so much thought and detail into making this story his own. Every character’s journey was engrossing. The story was captivating (and not afraid to get graphic with violence) which kept me reading.

When I first requested an ARC of this book to review, it wasn’t made clear that The N
Jenna Bookish
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
My thanks to NetGalley and Del Rey Books for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.

The Nobody People was a bit of a lukewarm read for me. I love superhero stories, but the concept has been done to death at this point, making it really difficult to write one that doesn’t feel stale. There needs to be an interesting twist, super engaging characters, or just… something new to say. Unfortunately, The
Casey Wheeler
This book was a real slog to get through. The plot line (those among us with special abilities) has been done a number of times and much better than this book. The author kept bouncing between mutliple characters and their points of view with several of them borderline boring. In addition, the parent of one of the characters was on a continual whining jag. Finally, the author is in love with f*** bombs, sprinkling them liberally throughout the book to the point it was difficult to find a page wi ...more
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
"Remove anything but facts so you can see the thing clearly...start from what you know"

What I know is this book is a mix of X-Men and Brilliance by Marcus Sakey, but with better writing.
'The blurb says 'After decades in hiding, a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities clashes with a world that is threatened by their power.' and that's exactly what The Nobody People is, but there's just so many characters and so much going it was hard to follow all the subplots.

It's a coming-of-age tale
Jordy’s Book Club
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I read this over the weekend, and it was phenomenal. The first part is definitely XMEN, with a journalist discovering a school for kids with “special abilities” while investigating a terrorist attack by one of those kids. However, this book differentiates itself from XMEN in that this story is much more grounded and more believable than XMEN, and once the gifted people publicly come out, the book becomes more of an allegory on immigration, homophobia and racism and how our society would react un ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 It started out slow for me then it got really good and then it got a bit boring and lengthy.
Donna Hines
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
"After decades in hiding, a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities clashes with a world that is threatened by their power."
What if you could destroy memories, have control over others, keep those who are different confined so they can be fixed?
The general notion of people are inherently good is challenged when those with special abilities are sought after to be destroyed.
But why?
What is the world afraid of when these individuals simply want to be seen, loved, validated?
As is the case wit
Jill Elizabeth
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really excellent story that grabbed me in the opening pages and never let go - although I must confess to being disappointed that it stopped rather than ended... There are a LOT of loose ends left hanging, and in a way that felt unfinished rather than cliff-hanger'ed.

Despite that, I loved the story - and for me, that's an unusual statement to make. I automatically knock a star off for an abrupt end that leaves the current elements of the story unfinished (as I did here). But usually
Kat Dietrich
The Nobody People by Bob Proehl is a science fiction novel.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Random House Publishing - Ballantine Del Rey, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

The Nobody People.  They are also known as "Resonants".   Carefully hiding themselves for decades, one of their members decides it is time to go public
The Nobody People follows acclaimed war-zone journalist Ari as he is hired by a group of humans, dubbed Resonants, with extraordinary abilities. Currently, under the guidance of a headmaster, they attend a school that will help them better harness their powers. For years, they’ve remained hidden until recently, when the decision was made to come forth and let the world know what they can do. Ari has been tasked with interviewing them and producing a story which will introduce them to the public ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A fantastic premise with some promise, but ultimately uneven. Part X-Men, part WB, part social commentary: there is a lot thrown in here but it doesn't always come together, and there is a discord throughout with many unresolved story lines (ahem, what is Emmeline's power? What is Fahima's grand plan?) The reader is expected to empathize with characters but the author doesn't necessarily develop the character in depth enough to do so---it leaves the reader with the feeling of watching the story ...more
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I did not expect to be so taken in by this book, but it is truly excellent. It combines the fantastical abilities of the children in The Institute with the savvy sci-fi smartness of Recursion, and readers of both of those books will be drawn into the world of this one.

One of the things that shines the brightest about this book is the diverse array of characters and perspectives it integrates. We get to hear from a Muslim woman who came of age after 9/11, watching injustice and prejudice close in
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
I wish I got into this more. It had so much potential—varied perspectives, X-Men style superheroes, a school for ‘gifted’ children, etc. I was really expecting to love it, but alas, I ended up reading about 25%, skimming up to 50% and then skipping the rest.

I didn’t care for any characters, and that’s beyond just “likeable” or “unlikeable”. They all had one personality trait and that’s basically it. Some, like Fahima, leaned so hard into playing against type that it became a whole new, even wors
Karen’s Library
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Nobody People is a book about the people hidden throughout the world with X-Men like powers. One day they announce that they exist to the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the Resonants are NOT considered superheroes. They’re just people trying to exist. Most of the normal humans are fearful of the Resonants and hate them.

For whatever reason, I had a hard time getting through this book. There were definitely times when I flew through some of the chapters, but for the most part, I just couldn
Aug 28, 2019 added it
NetGalley provided ARC.

DNF at 25%. This book just could not hold my attention. It's slow and rambling and I kept waiting for something, anything, to happen.
Michael A Turner
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
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