Friday, 26 July 2013
Review and giveaway: Nomad by J.L. Bryan
When I saw J.L. Bryan was releasing a new book I knew I had to read it. I love his Fairyvision series, and his Jenny Pox series. Imagine my surprise when I received an email off the author himself with a request to review Nomad. There was no question about it, I replied with a big YES.
Nomad is different to his other works, set in a dystopian future with time travel and possibly the greatest gadgets known to man. Raven, the protagonist, is disorientated and finds herself stumbling along a highway, a truck driver, who seconds earlier had nearly run her down, offers her a lift to the nearest motel (which sounds dodgy in itself and is later confirmed in his hints). Raven can't remember much, who she is, where she is heading, are all a jumble in her foggy memory, she occasionally gets glimpses into a life she knew, with friends she vaguely remembers, but not much else.
Within the first few pages I was hooked, there was just enough hints and memory's added into the first chapter that I was very curious myself over who Raven is and what she is doing. As the story progresses we a drawn into a world of time travel, and the old age question of if you go back in time and kill your grandfather, then you can't be born, so therefore can't go back in time. We slowly learn why Raven is there and what her mission is as she slowly pieces the memories together. I do love time travel books, and prefer them to not be too technical, and although there were some theories mentioned in Nomad, I managed to keep track of a lot of the scientific information, which was a bonus for me.
One character who I instantly liked was Audra, I thought she was a great room mate for Raven in every way, and I liked how she unknowingly helps Raven find a solution to her assassination problem.
I was surprised that Raven revealed her true intentions to others, and even more surprised they took it all in, with the help of her futuristic gadgets, and believed things she was telling them. Logan I wasn't too sure on at first, but as we get to see the real him I began to warm up to him especially when he stands up for Raven, and then when we see him for the final time.
I thought it was great how Raven fixed the wrongs with Audra and Kari, those moments were bitter sweet, but also felt 'right' for the path Raven chose. I found myself enjoying Nomad more than what I expected to. I love how I could never guess what it would all end up like, and when the ending is finally revealed I never would have guessed the ending we are left with, although I do think it was the perfect ending for Raven. J.L. Bryan has once again managed to create a world that is so easy to fall into, and hard to climb back out. I enjoyed every single page of Nomad and the cover design fits it perfectly.
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