ARC Review: Nemesis


Title: Nemesis

Author: Brendan Reichs

Series: Project Nemesis, #1

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Release Date: July 13th 2017


Four Stars

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, the same man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later she wakes up in a clearing just outside her hometown – alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him too, though he does his best to hide the signs.

And as the world around them begins to spiral towards panic and destruction, the two troubled teens discover that people have been lying to them their whole lives…

A YA summer blockbuster thriller for fans of The Maze Runner and The 100.

– Blurb courtesy of

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“Go to hell,” I whispered, choking on my own blood.
“I’m already there.”
A thunderous bang, followed immediately by another.
Agony. Then, nothing.
Hello, death. Long time no see.

The blurb for this book has me hooked right away. Ever since she was eight, every other year on her birthday, Min has been tracked down by the same strange man and killed over and over, only to wake up again in a clearing in the woods with no injuries and no evidence of anything having ever happened to her. There is nothing Min can do to escape, nothing seems to work against this murderer who without fail kills her.

While her home town, and the whole planet, is facing annihilation from a comet that seems set on a trajectory that will lead it to crash into the Earth Min has other things on her mind. After all why should the end of the world matter when her world ends every two years? Determined to prove she’s not insane, not imagining this strange man, Min needs to find evidence of his existence or evidence of her deaths. However what she finds instead is deeper than she could have imagined, and it includes Noah.

“The murders.
The black-suited man.
Is it happening to Noah, too?
The idea that another person might be sharing my wretched experiences had never occurred to me.”

Noah has been living with horrible nightmares, full of death and murder, every two years on his birthday. He hides everything about them, keeping his head down and hoping against all else that someone has an answer to the dreams that plague him and why, no matter what he does, he keeps on suffering through them. The comet that could or couldn’t hit Earth is only the beginning, and soon Noah and Min become entwined in a conspiracy that affects their whole town.

I loved the concept for this book, and the more I read the more intrigued I was about what was happening to Noah and Min, and what was happening to their town as well. There was no one either could trust, and the more answers they tried to find the more questions they ended up with. However this book almost feels like two individual stories. The first half of Nemesis is slow to develop, dropping clues and letting Min and Noah chase after them, while the second half seemed to go in a completely different direction, and while answers are forthcoming I was confused and left with my own questions as Noah’s and Min’s were finally answered.

…The Characters

“The world might be about to end, but what did I care?
My world ended all the time.”

Min may be murdered every two years but she is still a survivor. Despite having never succeeded before she wants to defeat her murderer, wants to leave a mark on him, wants to survive the day despite the fact she always ends up coming back. Min takes what is happening to her – the fear, desperation, confusion – and uses it to further her goals. After all, she dies all the time, so what is the worst that can happen to her now.

“Pretending it was a normal day didn’t work. Nothing ever works, not on the even years. This was always going to happen, so I might as well accept it. Get it over with.”

Noah is the exact opposite of Min. After being plagued with nightmares of death and murder, for years he just wants to bury his head in the sand until everything is better again. He thinks there is something wrong with him and all he wants is to be fixed. While Min chases after whatever answers she can find Noah is more hesitant, scared of what he could discover if he digs too deep and only wanting to move forwards if he’s sure he’s chasing the right answers.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Noah and Min. It was interesting how what they had both been going through had shaped them both in different ways. While Noah opened up to people in the hopes that they could help him through what was happening to him Min closed herself off from everyone, to used to people doubting her word and making her feel crazy.

He jabbed a finger in Tack’s face. “So why don’t you cut me some freaking slack, Thomas. Would that be so tough? Huh?”
Tack gaped. “Jeez. Noah. I’m sorry. I…I didn’t…”
I pulled Noah into a hug. He resisted a beat, surprised, then clutched me back. After a long moment I stepped away, ignoring Tack’s startled glance.
“We’re in this together,” I said to Noah. “From now on, no one has to be alone.”

What I didn’t enjoy was the love triangle developed in this book. I enjoyed the dynamic between Min and Noah, the relationship Min had with her best friend Tack, and even the snarky, jealous, back-and-forth between Noah and Tack, but the love triangle introduced felt a little forced. I’ve never been a fan of love triangles but with everything else going on in this book, all the revelations that were happening, this one felt like a little too much when we could have had some more page time dedicated to individual character development.

For a debut novel in a new series Nemesis does an incredible job of setting up the situation our characters face and the world they live in. The development all the characters go through was incredible, especially when it comes to Noah, and the ending had me on the edge of my seat. After a somewhat rocky start in places I feel like the second book in the Project Nemesis series promises to be unforgettable.

What did you think of Nemesis? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

All quotes have been taken from an ARC and may differ in the final publication.

26 thoughts on “ARC Review: Nemesis

  1. I’d recently saw this book at my library and had been thinking of picking it up but I haven’t read many reviews or heard much about it since its release, so I put it off again. But your review is making me want to go back and pick it right up! The concept of this book is amazing. I love a Groundhog Day type of story where the same thing happens over and over again to one character but this one seems a lot more brutal with the murder plot. The characters sound well-developed but it’s a shame that the author included a love triangle. I’m getting really tired of those. Hopefully it didn’t affect the story too much. I really would love to give this one a try. Glad you enjoyed this one! Fantastic review, Beth 😀

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    1. Oh well if you do decide to pick it up at the library I hope you enjoy it Azia. I haven’t seen too many reviews for this book but it was a good one overall so maybe it’s just a matter of not a lot of people reading it.
      The concept was what drew me to this book as well, the murders were pretty brutal at times but it made for an interesting plot trying to guess what was happening and why.
      The love triangle wasn’t as bad as it could have been, I’ve read books recently that have revolved around the love triangle more and Nemesis was not like that at all.
      Thanks so much Azia. 🙂

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      1. I think that’s it. It sounds like a pretty good book, so I might just pick it up. I’m thinking of foregoing a TBR for this month and just picking up whatever I feel like reading. And I feel liker reading Nemesis, The Unexpected Everything (which I’m reading now) and maybe even the HP series (finally!)
        Glad to know the book doesn’t focus too much on the love triangle. And I love a dark, grisly book here and there. This one sounds perfect! I’ll definitely be picking it up soon 😀
        Np! ❤

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      2. Well in that case I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 I’ve gone back to foregoing TBR lists for the month. I read better when I don’t have a set list of books to get through. However I do need to get started on the books I’ve brought but haven’t read yet.
        I think those are three great books to get started on Azia, and yes you really need to read the HP series too! 😀
        It was one of the better love triangle books I’ve read recently, and if you’re looking for dark and grisly I think this would be a good pick for you. 🙂

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      3. There’s something so freeing about just allowing your mood to pick which books you’ll read. I usually end up reading more that way as well. I’ve bought quite a few books I haven’t read either. I really need to get to those but right now I’m just not in the mood LOL
        Awesome! I’ll probably pick it up tomorrow to read! 😀

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      4. I think so too, for me it seems weird that people read any other way. I can’t imagine sticking to a TBR list and knowing a week or two out what you’ll be reading. 🙂
        I’m hoping to get around to some of the books I’ve brought but not read before the end of the year. I need to start making my way through that list! 😀

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      5. Yeah, it’s kind of boring and a bit tiresome. I think mood reading might be the best way to go, especially if you just want to enjoy the books when you’re mentally prepared and excited for it 😀

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  2. Wow, what IS THIS BOOK. I am so surprised by this synopsis, it sounds so mysterious and also kind of creepy?! I’m glad to hear you overall enjoyed this book but it’s a shame about the love triangle….maybe it wasn’t necessary in that one :/ Lovely review! 🙂

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    1. It’s quite a surprising book, I had no idea what was happening to Noah and Min for most of the story and it really had me hooked. Definitely creepy, but for the most part a good story.
      The love triangle was a bit of a downside, and actually I seem to be finding them in a lot of the books I’ve picked up recently. I need to start something that I know definitely doesn’t have one next.
      Thanks Marie! 🙂 ❤

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      1. Oh I know: I suddenly have a summer TBR bc I was invited for some blog tours and I was like, “sign me up!” I didn’t think I would get approved for so many so I’m reading Zodiac now and I’m digging it!

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      2. Well I’m glad you’re enjoying Zodiac at the moment then. 🙂 I just have so many books I’ve said I’ll read over summer that I’m wondering if I’ll actually be able to get around to them all.


  3. Well, yeah, if Min dies, what could be worse? haha you made me laugh! I love the idea of this book! This is so weird and creepy to be a child killed every other year!! Now I want to know why! It’s a shame for the love triangle, though! Great review!

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    1. Well death is the worst thing an individual can face, but I dunno I feel like the end of the world for everyone would be worse somehow you know?
      This is definitely a creepy book, I just had no clue what was happening to Noah and Min for the longest time. The love triangle was a downside but still it was a good story overall. Thanks Meggy! 😀


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