rhia reviews: Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

30142139He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.

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

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders. 

My Goodreads rating: ★★★★★

Publication date: March 21st, 2017 (US)| July 13th, 2017 (UK)

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for providing me this free ebook in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this! There are so many twists and turns you really never quite know what is happening. You start off with Min’s story – she’s hiding, again, from the strange man who murders her on every other birthday. From there you follow Min as she begins to uncover the conspiracies and secrets in Fire Lake, Idaho.

Oh, and there’s a giant asteroid on a probable collision course with Earth, and everyone’s waiting to see if humankind will live out the next six weeks or so.

There are also so many cool characters, despite the fact that you’re mostly limited to Min’s high school classmates. Noah is the neglected son of the richest man in town and has his own secrets to hide; Tack, Min’s best friend and fellow trailer-park resident, is just trying to get through another day at school and has literally no idea that Min dies every two years; and Ethan, the leader of the popular clique and a total jerk, among others.

I just really like how dark this book is. I haven’t read a YA like this for a while and I’m super excited for the sequel!

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