YA Book Review: Nil by Lynne Matson (Book 1 of 3 Book Series)

Nil by Lynne Matson

My review: 4 of 5 stars

Adventurous and suspenseful from the start, I was instantly hooked. Unfortunately, the pace soon slowed to a crawl, and I had a hard time sticking with it. But the premise of someone mysteriously snatched one minute and waking up alone on an unfamiliar island the next was interesting enough that I really wanted to stick it out. Thankfully, the mystery, suspense and romance picked up pace rapidly toward the middle and continued until the end. Many mysteries are left to be solved, so I’m glad there are two more books in the series. Teens who enjoyed The Hunger Games will likely enjoy the Nil series. The struggle for survival plays a big part in this story.


“Hell was a red rock desert, where you woke up naked and alone” (p. 9).

“We were Nil’s pawns, her playthings. This was her sandbox, and it didn’t matter if we didn’t want to play” (p. 122).

“Time had never felt more fragile” (p. 281).

Author: Allie

I was a Children's Librarian for 8 years and worked in Administration for several more. I love blogging about books, information, and other library related topics. Most of my blogs are book reviews.