Review: Nil by Lynne Matson

Posted April 18, 2018 by Lily B in Reviews / 10 Comments

Review: Nil by Lynne MatsonNil by Lynne Matson
Series: Nil #1
Published by Henry Holt on March 4, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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Rating:3 Stars

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.
Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.
Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.

A few points about Nil


  1. The basic premise of this book was kind of exciting, a bunch of teenagers trapped on an island that is not suppose to exist and they have to find their way off the island. There is danger on the island and as far as they know, no one survived more than a year on the island. The rules seem to be simple, you must catch a gate, or you die.
  2. There is a large cast of characters, but we only get two POVs in the book. We get Charlie’s POV and Thad’s. Charlie is a new arrival at the beginning of the book, Thad is the current leader of the group and he seems to keep everything running smoothly and fairly. Of course, there will always be a person or two who do not like following the rules.
  3. The romance was the most frustrating part of the book. It seemed to be instalove but the characters act like petulant children and refuse to give into their feelings. Honestly, they start pouting, brooding and avoiding each other. Other people on the island have to step up and tell them to get it over with because they are tired of their moods.I honestly found myself rooting against the romance because I just did not like it.
  4. The setting and the plot were interesting to me. I did feel this had a bit of holes that were left to uncover in other books, which I guess makes me want to read the other books. The author was brutal and did not hold back any punches when it came to character death. It kept me flipping through the pages and reading.
  5. Overall, not too bad of a story – if you can grit your teeth at the romance, because the premise and the setting I actually did find enjoyable.
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10 responses to “Review: Nil by Lynne Matson

  1. This has been on my TBR for ageeees and I still haven’t read it. Thanks for the warning about the romance–I might have to tick this off my list now. I cannot stand angsty, instalove romance!

  2. Hmmm it sure I can get through the romance. I have had this on my tbr for a while. A bit nervous now. I don’t mind insta love if done well. I can stand it when characters don’t give into their feelings and own up. Instead the get all angst about it. I may still give this one a try one day. But no rush. Great review

  3. I think I’ve read a review of this book on another blog before, and it wasn’t a favourable one. You are right, the premise is interesting, though not unique. I’m getting some Lord of the Flies and Maze Runner vibes here but since those were good stories, it’s not a bad thing I guess. We’ve all suffered bad romances before so if the plot isn’t average, the romance can be survived 🙂 Nice review!!

  4. Argh! Yes I can understand why the romance in this book frustrated you! Just grow up already, I’m sure the read would’ve been better if the silliness wasn’t happening.

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