Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.
That’s why they make the perfect assassins.
The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.
Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.
Nobody has poor world building. It doesn’t say when the story takes place. The only hint at the year is that the Society has been studying nobodies for thousands of years. And even that’s a broad hint. Nothing else seems like it’s in the future, though. The world seems as it is now. So, your guess is as good as mine for what kind of year we are looking at, if it even is set in the future…
I thought this book was just okay all around. Nothing was developed overly well, but nothing was extremely poorly done either. Everything just fell somewhere in the middle.
I wasn’t captivated by the story. While the premise was very intriguing and unique, I just couldn’t fully become enveloped by the story. I was somewhat bored throughout.
There are twists and turns and action, but none were very well executed. I’m glad that it was just a stand alone instead of a series.
Best Aspect: Unique idea
Worst Aspect: World building
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