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Publisher's Summary

Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the coauthor of the Virals series.

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 16th 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 64 students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

©2017 Brendan Reichs (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Min is not your average 16-year-old. Every two years on her birthday, she's murdered. And every two years she comes back, completely unharmed. She's tried to escape the inevitable but knows it's only a matter of time before the man in black returns for her. Now things are getting worse, with an asteroid headed toward Earth...[j]ust when she's found that classmate Noah is having the same strange experiences she's tried to keep hidden.... Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"There are many overworked adjectives for action books: page-turner, fast-paced, intense. For this book, multiply all of them. Reichs truly keeps readers guessing throughout, with twists on early every page." (Booklist, starred review)

"Min is a self-assured female protagonist, and Noah is a refreshingly complex young man...[t]his fast-paced exploration of the teen condition is recommended for lovers of science fiction, video games, and New Age dystopia." (School Library Journal)

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What is Nemesis?

First, Nemesis is written for a YA audience. I finished the book, although the teenaged (a 15-16 year old) cohort did not explore or even consider all possible means to determine if their circumstances were real, e.g. there was no means of escape. I was reminded of "Under the Dome" and "Lord of the Flies", but this novel does not come close to the writing exhibited in these novels. The basic premise is interesting, but even in terms of science fiction, Reichs doesn't quite pull it off. This is my first review and what finally drove me to write one is because if a writer wants to use a specific location for a novel, he/she should either visit it or learn something about it! I live in North Idaho not far from the Bitterroots. There would not be a class of 65 students. My sons graduated in classes of 27 and 23 and these were rather large. Remote Idaho busses children. The northern most distribution of Quercus (oaks) is the Willamette Valley in western Oregon. Min and Tack could not climb an oak tree. Reichs describes the region as alpine with Thuja (cedar). Cedar are not alpine species. I know this is a systemic problem for readers when place names and towns are mispronounced, but authors should do proper research. Okay. I've had my say. Thanks.

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Love Hate Relationship with this book

Nemesis has one of the best openings where Min is killed...only to wake up later in a remote part of the woods. She has no idea why it's happening, who the person killing her is, or what she has done to deserve the horror in her life. But she trudges on as best she can with her best friend at her side. But then things start to get even weirder. The earth is standing on it's last leg, and it's up to Min and her trusty sidekick to figure out what is going on, and fast.

I so wanted to love this book, and I will say the performance is on point! The book is divided between a female and male reader, and they both did a great job on narrating. However, the end of the book is what cut it for me. Without trying to give it away, there is a second book coming as it leaves it on not necessarily a cliffhanger, but there is much more to the story left unsaid. I can totally handle a cliffhanger...I hate them, but I can handle it, especially if it's a good one. But in Nemesis, I just became very infuriated that it ended in the way it did. Will I continue to read the series? Sure, because I want to know what happens, but at the same time what really was going on is just a little too mainstream movie for me. I did love the characters, and each was portrayed nicely with their own strengths and weaknesses. That being said Nemesis was a good book, and I did enjoy it until the truth became known. Again, too mainstream for me, and I have a whole bunch of unanswered questions rolling around my head. It's still a good read, and I do recommend it.

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Nemesis is fantastic

A differnt concept, told well, fascinating, entertaining and exciting. A must read. If you like such books as maze runner, and divergent, you will love this.

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didn't love it

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

One of the narrators put an emphasis on the t's and d's at the end of words and it drove me nuts after I noticed it.

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Can’t wait for the sequel

Being a fan of everything Reichs (mom, Kathy, and son, Brendan), I was not disappointed in this one. A great premise, a little slow in spots, but a suspenseful ending that left me wanting more. Glad to see that the sequel, Genesis, is coming out soon. I think Brendan is becoming as well a writer in his own right and genre as his mother. I’m looking forward to the next book.

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great book!

great book! I binged it in two days! good choice and great narrators as well.

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Way to thrilling for that kind of ending

Honestly the story had potential, but then the ending seemed rushed and didn’t do the built-up story line any justice.

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intense Teen Dystopian Scifi Thriller

This book covers equally Scifi and dystopian genres. It's a great What If? novel. it's pretty intense and lots of violence but inherent to its plot.

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Good build up, ending lackluster

The build up was amazing. The ending was lackluster which was sad. Good read non the less, so enjoy and I give 3 stars. May or may not read the sequels.

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It's a Silly Premise

Honestly, I had hoped to find more value in it for his mother's sake, but setting aside disbelief was really hard . I like Teen/Young Adult work in general, and hope to finish one of my own someday (soon - I promise), so I had hoped this one would work for me, but it didn't. I finished the book on a 'just because I started it' basis, but I can't continue in the series because the premise doesn't fit with any dimension of reality. Perhaps my mind is too weak to stretch too far into a fantasy which tried to attach itself to sci-fi. or, as I prefer to think, there is altogether too much illogic in the premise. In any case, I cannot recommend this book.