Review: Nemesis by Brendan Reichs || Where there are too many pop culture references


Project Nemesis #1

Brendan Reichs

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He 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.

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Published: March 21st 2017



Trigger Warning





Death, Murder, Suicide, Child Abuse, Graphic Violence

Reading this book was… an experience. I’m going to be honest, I mostly bought it for the cover the concept. Two characters die every other birthday in a secluded small town? Mystery? The end of the world? SIGN ME UP.

But… I was let down and a little bored. So much was happening. It was Lord of the Flies— never read it by the way, that morphed into The Matrix… kind of. And I get that it’s a trilogy— I’m not sure, I do know it will have more than one book, but there was too many plot holes and threads left open which created a HUGE cliffhanger.

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When the plot was confusing, I turned to the characters. We have Min, Noah and Tack who were all over exaggeratedly boring. Min was my favorite out of the three though she was still boring; she was the smartest, the only one who wanted to find out what was happening and though towards the end my feelings towards her started to go down she still kind of kept my interest.

Tack, though we didn’t get a POV from him, was… annoying. He was only there for the unnecessary attempt at the best friend who’s in love with her part at the love triangle. However, his loyalty to Min was admirable, he was there till the end. And Noah… was suspicious. I didn’t trust him for one second. I saw what was trying to be done with his character development— a scared, ignorant coward finds himself in the mix of all the chaos, but I just did not like him.

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Considering this world is set in the present, I subconsciously knew that pop culture references would be scattered around. But the cringe was too strong. It was just a lot, most of the references didn’t match the situation and the delivery was terrible. The plot twist surrounding one character was lacking shock, but I was so far removed from everything was happening that it’s probably a personal problem.

And the romance was so insta-lovey I got whiplash. I see what the author was trying to do with the oh they kind of talked as friends so they know each other it’s  definitely not random BUT IT WAS RANDOM. Min and Noah haven’t talked in YEARS. And I didn’t care for it. On a better note, I wish the Man in Black would’ve gotten more page time and more development because I was super intrigued. All in all, I had a difficult time getting through it, but still wanted to know what would happen next. I’ll be reading the next book when it comes out.


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