Monday, July 22, 2013

Nomad by J.L. Bryan Book Review

Nomad by J.L. Bryan Book Review


3 out of 5 stars


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*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Blurb from Goodreads:

A new dystopian novel from the author of Jenny Pox - coming July 26.

They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.

"...she wasn't entirely sure who she was either. Raven, she remembered. She clung to that word like a lifeline. My name is Raven..."

Raven is a time nomad..which means she travels through time but, belongs to no specific time era. She finds herself in the year 2013 with no memory of how she got there but little by lithe through pieces of her own memories and things she discovers, she figures out who she is. She's a time traveler and she moved back in time to complete a mission, to rectify all that has been taken from her. She's going to kill Logan before he makes it to the future and destroys her life, and everything she loves. 

In the beginning she meets 'Jebbie.' Jebbie helps Raven by giving her a ride. He agrees to allow her to ride with him as far as he can go. In the process she encounters dark clothing wearing, weapon yielding motorcyclist who are not only after her but, want her dead. This is what gets her running. While running she learns things about herself and her mission. During this time, she finds Logan and she's determined to fulfill her mission of killing him and staying alive in the process.

What I thought initially: The book was well written and nicely put together. The plot was original and creative. The action started immediately and progressed pretty well. One of the plus sides of this book was not having to deal with dramatics, and wordy writing. It also had an interesting realistic cast of characters.

My feelings/opinions on the main characters: Raven is my kind of character. I have a special place in my heart for damaged bad assed female characters and Raven is in no short supply of these characteristics. Anyone that can handle and fire a weapon that can obliterate a person is the epitome of awesome in my book :) She's had a lot to deal with but she doesn't let it discourage her. At the same time she has a weakness in her heart for love. It may seem nonexistent at first but, it's there. It proves she's not completely hardened by her circumstances, that she's still human. Logan on the other hand seems like a total scapegoat. He's erratic and slightly irritating. In a way though i feel sorry for him because it seems like the life he's predicted to have is inescapable. He's bred for the life he's expected to live. He's also a little dingy. Audra's character was a nice medium for the story. She gave Raven much needed friendship. She gives Raven what she is lacking, somewhere to belong.

Conclusion: Well written, it's obvious the author knows how to write. The book had a great concept and despite the small issues I had it's well worth reading. Even more so it has a nice, new idea. I'm excited to see what else the author has to offer.

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