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The Somebody People: A Novel

(The Resonant Duology #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  32 reviews
A group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities must save a crumbling world from annihilation in this gripping follow-up to The Nobody People.

Fahima Deeb changed everything seven years ago when she triggered the Pulse, imbuing millions of people with otherworldly gifts like flight, telekinesis, or superhuman strength. She thought that would herald the end of the hostiliti
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Published September 1st 2020
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May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Somebody People is the sequel to the Nobody People, a two-volume exploration of what happens when people have special abilities. As in the X-Men or the short-lived tv series, Heroes, people begin sprouting abilities such as invisibility, time travel, stretching, mind control, etc., etc., etc. and book one, The Nobody People, traces how a secret school (like in Harry Potter) is created where people learn to harness and control their abilities. It also features a secret world called the Hive w ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
I really enjoyed the first book and was excited to see where things went and how it all ends. It doesn’t have the same feel has the first book. It seems more jumbled and long and drawn out. Now that we know about Resonates, it’s all about what happened after the pulse (it isn’t pretty) and how/if it can be made better and then there is a new threat. This book was long and had a lot going on and was more difficult to follow. It seemed like there were even more characters to keep up with and more ...more
Jordy’s Book Club
QUICK TAKE: I was a huge fan of THE NOBODY PEOPLE, a grounded, entertaining, and allegorical look at what would happen if people with superpowers "came out" during our current political climate. The conclusion to the duology, THE SOMEBODY PEOPLE, is a worthy follow-up (though I did have to read a big chunk of TNP again to refresh my memory about what happened in the first book) and solid conclusion to the story. I just loved the world Bob Proehl built, and could live in it for multiple books. ...more
I really enjoyed The Nobody People, and I think I enjoyed this one even more. These stories have a similar idea to the X-men - some people have abilities that manifest, and have different ideas of how they should be used. And others think all with unusual abilities should die. This book was a more epic scope than the first - it follows a lot of characters as they try to deal with all the consequences engendered by book one. Regular people have been marginalized, and the dynamics, both good and b ...more
Kat  Hooper
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate (kate_reads_)
DNF at 7%. I enjoyed The Nobody People but needed more of a refresher at the start of this book. It jumped right back in and was a lot to keep track of/remember. Ultimately not what I’m looking to read right now but may return at another time. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the advance reading copy.
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 stars, and thanks to NetGalley for a review copy.

I really enjoyed The Nobody People (4.5 stars), which developed a strong premise in a satisfying way.

A year later, however, I barely remember any of the characters and have no attachment to them. And yet Somebody People makes no effort to remind the reader about where things stand or who these people are. I had to go back and skim the last couple chapters of Nobody People in order to get some things straight on the plot, but that didn't help
Jill Elizabeth
I absolutely loved The Nobody People. But I read it a year ago, and I don't remember a lot of the details although I do remember it being character-driven, which is where the challenge came for me this time around...

When I started this one, I expected at least some rehash of the first book - it has, after all, been a year since it came out and when you have a character-driven narrative, a little bit of a refresher on the intricacies of your relationships is a really helpful thing... Frankly I t
Paige Green
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Somebody People

Author: Bob Proehl

Book Series: The Nobody People Book 2

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For...: Heroes like story, sci-fi

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, slight gore, some romance, dictatorships)

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Pages: 624

Synopsis: Fahima Deeb changed everything seven years ago when she triggered the Pulse, imbuing millions of people with othe
Ryan Mac
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the sequel to The Nobody People and if it has been awhile since you read that book, I would recommend that you stop now and go back and refresh yourself on the events from the first book. This two-book series reads like the author wrote the whole thing in one long 1200 page book and decided to split it up so there is really no reminders of what happened earlier or how the characters relate to one another.

It is
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ultimately a satisfying conclusion to this two-part series. I think both books had some issues, but a strong plot, writing, and characters were enough to keep me hooked.

(Heads-up: there are no handy "Nobody" recaps or refreshers in "Somebody." If you haven't read the first book, you'll likely be lost on this one.)

I envy anyone who gets to read these two books back-to-back. There are loads of characters to keep track of. Taking a year off between books meant that I struggled to get back into the
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fatima Deeb didn’t realize that triggering the pulse had some drawbacks for the people who got their abilities. People who didn’t have abilities were uncomfortable with them. Families didn’t want one child with abilities especially deemed useless. Fatima was surprised when she discovered that her friend Patrick had been taken over by another who was trying to take over everyone that had talents. This person has had Patrick create an army beside having others with talents do terrible acts against ...more
Edwin Howard
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-10-in-2020
THE SOMEBODY PEOPLE, by Bob Proehl, is the epic conclusion to his first book, THE NOBODY PEOPLE. In this altered reality, a certain number of people have been given supernatural abilities like flying, stopping time, teleportation, etc. Seven years prior to this book something called The Pulse happened, imbuing many more people with abilities, but there was still a large contingent of the population that had no special ability and seemingly never would. Because of a perpetual unrest between thos ...more
Lily Doyle
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to the publishers for the Advanced Reading Copy!

The Somebody People and it's precursor, The Nobody People, have an easy and oft-made comparison to the X-Men. People living on earth with powers that others don't possess, their genes changed permanently by an outside source. While this comparison is an excellent jumping off point (it's true - if you like the X-Men, you SHOULD read these books), it sells The Somebody People short. The Somebody People addresses xenophobia, family, and lo
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgallery for the ARC and helping to keep another reader sane during the pandemic days.

Proehl's sequel I found to be a more enjoyable read, touching upon what a resonant/human world looks like after the war that was built up in 'The Nobody People.' Almost all the same characters are back, with a maturity to them that helps move the story along, to include an actual protagonist. In other words, less origin and more story. In a lot of ways the first half of the book is similar to Jonath
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the follow up to The Nobody People and you should really read that before starting The Somebody People.

That said, this book is wonderful! Seven years have gone by since the Pulse went off. The Pulse was set off in order to make more people into Resonants (people with special powers). This was intended to stop the hate from normal people but things did not go exactly as planned.

Now, Resonants are in charge and normal people have been pushed to the west. The man in charge of the Bishop Sc
Kathleen Gray
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are lot of interesting ideas in this tale of Resonants and humans- the haves and have nots- where the Resonants have special powers. Think X-Men. I was a fan of the first book but I was challenged more than a little by this one because it's a sprawling tale told by many narrators, some of whom were new and some of whom are carry overs from the first book. It seemed to me as if the two books were written at the same time and then split in half. That said, the issue of how individuals who ar ...more
Sequel to the Nobody People, this begins sometime after the first book, after the Pulse and the Civil War that followed. It takes the first part of the book to determine this, following a few of the characters from the first book and some new ones, and it is slow and unclear and at first seemingly pointless. Then about 40 percent of the way in the story picks up as Patrick/the dark forces begin to clash in earnest with Fahima's people, and Emmeline once again comes out of the shadows. It makes f ...more
Denice Langley
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in the Nobody People duology, expanding the back story and characters that were developed in the first book. Somebody People can be read as a stand alone but is a much richer experience for having read the first book.
The world is divided between people with "powers" and those without. There has been a war that left the divide with no clear advantages for either side and a whole middle with members from each side.
This book is very hard to review without giving away so much o
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Somebody People is the sequel to The Nobody People, which needs to be read prior to reading this book. (The Somebody People really doesn't function well as a stand-alone.) This is a book that delves into the world of difference - what happens when some people have powers and others do not?

This book takes place seven years after the Great War, and those with powers have taken over, but things aren't quite the utopia the resonants had hoped for. This is a fast-paced fantasy book that explores
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
It's been seven years since the Pulse, an energy wave that unlocked superpowers in 2/3 of Americans and left the rest to be herded into the Wastes. Fahima struggles to engineer another Pulse without the incandescent Emmeline who powered the first one (and without the fatalities certain colleagues seem to relish) and then to get the rest of the world to sign on. Meanwhile, veterans like Carrie and Clay struggle just to live their lives and protect their families. And an enemy wearing the face of ...more
Patricia Romero
This is the sequel to The Nobody People. There is very little backstory so it's probably best if you have read that one first.

It's seven years after The Pulse, and by now you are either a Resonant or not. 

And that is pretty much all I know as I couldn't get into this one.

If you are a SciFi fan, this is your book. People who read them both love books. I just could not keep everyone straight.

NetGalley/September 1st, 2020 by Del Rey Books 
Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is a well written fantasy book with intricate characters and a fast paced plot. Told through multiple points of view the author takes us through the life of these very diverse characters and their abilities.
While the storyline was incredible, I did feel at times my mind start to drift as we are often bogged down with too many details and characters but overall a great novel.
This science fiction, action and adventure novel is a sequel to "The Nobody People" about a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities, who must save the world from annihilation.

I probably should have read Book 1 first as I was rather confused. However, it did have a good plot and the writing was good. A fast paced read.

Thank you to Edelweiss, the publisher and the author for sending me this ARC.
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sequel story about superpowers. Can feel a little choppy at times, but good.
Arthur L Spain
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!

This made me want to go back and reread the first book. This guy is good. He can really write. This is a character driven novel with great characters!
Jan 02, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
could not finish
Breanna Stanton
Should have reread The Nobody People right before I read this one because I struggled to remember things that happened. However, I enjoyed the story and final resolution for all of the characters.
Mia Kasper
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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