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
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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
“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.”
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!
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 Cover: