Book Review: Nil Unlocked (Nil #2) by Lynne Matson

Posted May 16, 2015 by Melissa in Book Review | 8 Comments

Book Review: Nil Unlocked (Nil #2) by Lynne MatsonTitle: Nil Unlocked
Series: Nil #2
Author: Lynne Matson
Publisher: Henry Holt, Macmillan
Publication date: May 12th 2015
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Length: 432 pages
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.

Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil—and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price

Book Quote

“I think the gates are connected to the sun somehow, but the island is connected to us…I think that when people die, that somehow the island absorbs our energy, the same energy-like electricity-that powers our hearts.”

My Thoughts

Despite the fact that I normally love stand alone novels, I was so thrilled to hear that Lynne was writing a sequel to Nil🙂 Although Nil did quite satisfactorily wrap up Charley and Thad’s stories…we were still left with a lot of unanswered questions regarding the island itself and the fates of the remaining kids trapped there.

Nil Unlocked is told from the dual perspectives of Rives (who I absolutely loved getting to know better) and Skye (a new comer to the island with a very interesting personal history that ties in. Both of these characters make great, interesting and reliable narrators who you can easily cheer for and feel for. There’s no disconnect here!

Action packed and thought provoking, Nil Unlocked sucked me in and captivated me until the very end. I loved that we actually got a lot of answers, but that Lynne Matson managed to still ask even more questions. I am not sure if we will see more of Nil in the future but either way I am sold on this world and Lynnes’s story telling skills. I don’t want to go into much detail because …well..the questions and mystery are what make Nil Nil!

Amazingly I actually think that Nil Unlocked topped NIL…and I feel that is very rare in a second in a series situation!

The Covers

Can I talk for just one moment about these amazing covers! I just can’t get over how lovely they all are!! Take a look and I just dare you to disagree with me!!

Original NIL cover:

New NIL Cover:

Nil Unlocked

About Lynne Matson

I write the sort of books I love to read…stories that ask “what if” and are full of feels. My second novel, NIL UNLOCKED (full of answers and mystery and swoon) comes out May of 2015.

I grew up in Georgia, drinking lemonade, and later, sweet tea. My first word may have been y’all. (Ok, it was “apple” but I LOVE the word y’all–so handy.:) Our house was chock full of books. Science fiction novels, mysteries, Dr. Seuss–we had them all; reading was a huge part of our family’s life. So was the outdoors. Each fall we’d travel to North Georgia to pick apples and pumpkins and feel leaves crunching under our feet; each summer we’d go the the beach in South Carolina and marvel at the ocean. I still love the mountains and the beach with equal passion.

When college rolled around, in an inexplicable quirk of fate, I defected south to the University of Florida and fell in love with the cutest boy EVER. And then I stayed. Florida’s awesome–not counting the mosquitoes and freaky bugs that still weird me out.

Now I still stay up late reading books and writing them. When I don’t have a book in my hand, you’ll find me listening to music, going to concerts, attempting yoga, messing around with paint, or hanging out with my husband and our four boys . . . or all of the above. Possibly at the beach. Or the tennis court, lacrosse field, soccer field, or basketball court….:)

Cookies are my kryptonite, especially Thin Mints.

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8 responses to “Book Review: Nil Unlocked (Nil #2) by Lynne Matson

    • Melissa

      I did get a new design a few weeks ago, Sarah! Glad you like it! No way I could have a design without cats:) Nil does have some similarities to Lord of the Flies but I’d say think more like a YA version of the tv show Lost:)

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