Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published: January 22nd 2013 by EgmontUSA
Source: ARC sent by the publisher for an honest review
"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."
First line: Nine letters.
Thoughts: NOBODY is a complex, interesting story with originality. To say that in the world of YA is saying a lot. If the movies Lost In Translation and Wanted were to be combined, NOBODY would be that movie. Needless to say, it was quite a wild ride!
NOBODY is about a girl name Claire who, of all things, just wants to be noticed. She wants someone to tell her to have a good day, a good summer, a good anything. Alas, this doesn't happen. The thing is, Claire is a Nobody (i.e. a person who is practically indistinguishable and with no "energy"), but she just doesn't know it yet. The only way for Nobody's to feel purpose in life is to join the Society and kill Nulls, those who only bring danger and pain to people. Enter Nix.
Nix is a Nobody. He works for the Society as an assassin and his next kill just happens to be, get this, Claire. But there's something different about Claire. As he begins to watch her, he notices that she's not at all what the Society says she is. Then she does the unthinkable. She notices him. Only Nobodys can recognize other Nobodies, so who is she?
I'm really grateful the author decided to write this book in third person as well as write it through both Claire and Nix's point of views. It was interesting to see how both of them think and what they go through each day. You get glimpses of the Society and to counter that, what it's like being a Nobody in everyday life. With that said, I must admit that this book was quite depressing. Imagine never being noticed and not having any true friends or anyone to talk to. Can you imagine how lonely that is? I certainly wouldn't have been able to till I read NOBODY. Though there are moments of romance and an obvious attraction between our two main characters, I couldn't help but feel sorry for both of them throughout the book, especially Claire. She's just so sad, and I genuinely felt bad for her. I do kind of wish she was a bit of a stronger character but can also see why the author decided to write her the way she did. Everyone has had that "First day at a new school/job, I don't know anyone, who do I eat lunch with" moments and to me, it makes Claire all that more relatable.
Then there's Nix. Nix is...wow. He's unlike any character I have ever read about. Out of the two, his point of view was my favorite. It was much more interesting and yes, a bit strange, but I couldn't help but root for him. While I didn't love him, I did like him a lot. The romance between him and Claire was simple yet perfect. I'm really glad the author decided to include a bit of romance (but not too much) in this novel because it wouldn't have been the same without it.
Overall, while I didn't love NOBODY, I did like it. Out of all of Jennifer's books, I think RAISED BY WOLVES is still my favorite. Jennifer Lynn Barnes knows how to write kick-ass characters and NOBODY is further proof of this. If you're a fan of EVERY OTHER DAY, you'll definitely enjoy NOBODY.
“You can't tell me I matter and then leave like I don't.”
“I am everything. I am nothing. I am powerful. I am forgotten.”