Book Review: Nobody by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Rating: 4/5

Publisher: EgmontUSA 

Publish Date: January 22, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

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Synopsis: 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.


Review: Nobodies, Normals, Sensors, and Nulls – these are the types of people who exist in this world. Claire is sixteen years old and has to remind her own parents of her existence. She’s never noticed, always passed by, and has no friends. Until one day when she sees a boy outside her house with a gun pointed at her and he sees her, too…truly sees her. She’s both drawn and repulsed by him. The boy is Nix, a Nobody who has been raised as an assassin by The Society. The Society and Sensors exist as supposed checks and balances for Nobodies, Normals, and Nulls. Nix has been given Claire’s file and told she’s a Null – the worst sort of socio- and psychopath out there – and she has to die. Yet as events unfold, Nix realizes he’s been given the wrong information his whole life. Now it’s up to Claire and Nix to discover the truth and as Nobodies, they are the only ones who can.

I can see where people may have an issue with the relationship as it starts between Nix and Claire. He tries to kill her, but is incapable of doing so, because of the strange bond he feels with her. I can understand how different and hard it is to go unnoticed for your entire life and all the feelings which come up when someone truly “sees” you. Of course you’re going to find them fascinating and want to learn more –even when you know you probably shouldn’t. I liked the science in ‘Nobody’, about the different energy fields and exchange of energy between people. There is plenty of action, intrigue, and some romance to keep the story flowing very well. There were some shocking revelations and I thought Ms. Barnes wrapped up the story very neatly. There could be an opening for a sequel, but if not, the book stands very well on its own. ‘Nobody’ caught my interest from page one and I was happy I stayed along for the ride!

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