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The Nobody People

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  109 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, 496 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 w
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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. ...more
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
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
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
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
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
Elle Rudy
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 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
Jessica (booksterjess)
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I loved about this book is what also ended up frustrating me--it's epic and ends in a cliffhangery fashion and now I've got to cool my heels before I find out what happens to all of these people (and I kind of hate doing that on epic books with lots of characters/abilities to track in my memory.)

As many have mentioned, this book starts with a pretty heavy X-MEN vibe. A fraction of society has special powers/abilities and in this book we focus on the younger ones housed at The Bishop Academy
Bryan Camp
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Whew. What a book. I have this narrative rattling around in my head: a family of New Orleans superheroes in a world where supers have been around since ww2. After reading THE NOBODY PEOPLE, I'm happy to put that story on the backsiest of back-burners, because it's going to be YEARS before any story I try to write about modern superheroes isn't just a pale imitation of this one. It takes everything the X-men did well in terms of being a metaphor for the way this country treats "otherness" and jus ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars

“Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.” {T.S. Eliot}

The Nobody People takes place in a world almost exactly the same as ours - some people are fighting your average, everyday battles against things like failing relationships, difficult assignments at work, and worries that come with raising children. But then you have this “other” group, known as Resonants, seemingly average people who have unique abilities, ranging from reading minds to turning invisible
Suzanne Christensen
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Everyone wishes they were special but for these few their powers could end the world. Avi was an interesting character I just wish we could have got to know more of the stories of the different characters. Great Book!
Alisha-Dear Constant Reader
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Nobody People hooked me in a way I haven’t been since Spinning Silver. Proehl gives life to a world of otherness. Resonates are humans with superhuman abilities. The Nobody People asks, “What if, a small segment of the population had superhuman abilities and what would happen if they came out of the shadows and announced themselves?” Proehl plays with our greatest fears—mass deportations, lynch mobs, and bigotry. Yet how does the other side fight back and to what end? Just because Resonants ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me and drew me in for the first page. The characters are compelling and are all relatable in some way. The Nobody People is inclusive and intersectional in all the best ways, combining all of modern politics with fantasy and unique abilities that resonate with my love of the X-Men without feeling like it is just riding on another idea's coattails. I just finished this book, and the journey brought me on a wonderful rollercoaster of emotions as I fell in love with the characters ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just literally finished this (well, maybe 15 minutes ago) and, yes, it has taken me a little while, but at least I finished before it hits the bookstores next September (the third, to be more specific). Obviously, the relatively long period has everything to do with the fact that this has been my commute reading (and commute doesn't take forever), and nothing to do with the (remarkable) quality and inventiveness of this story.

I very much understand people gracing this novel with the 3.5/4 star
Lindsay Loson
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, netgalley
"The earth keeps some vibration going - there in your heart, and that is you. - Edgar Lee Masters, 'Fiddler Jones'"

Thank you to NetGalley and Del Rey Books for this ARC, out 9/3! I started this and couldn't stop, and that is my absolute favorite thing about starting new books that I know I'm going to love in the first few pages. I already love any kind of sci-fi fiction about people with abilities or powers, and this brought it all up to our present day. I was amazed by how inclusive this boo
Tonstant Weader
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
The Nobody People imagines a world where our comic books have come to life. People are suddenly developing innate powers, all sorts of powers, as varied as the author’s wide-ranging imagination can make them. A journalist becomes aware of them while investigating two attacks that cannot be explained by contemporary technology. Coincidentally he is approached by the headmaster of a school for these gifted individuals who reveals his own daughter, Emmeline is one of them, the resonants. They descr ...more
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