Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Review: Nowhere by Jon Robinson
Released: July 4th, 2013
Alyn, Jes, Ryan and Elsa are Nowhere. A concrete cube in the middle of a dense forest. Imprisoned inside are one hundred teenagers from all over the country. They're all criminals. But none of them remember committing any crimes. Who has put them there. What do their captors want? And how will they ever break free...?
Nowhere was a quick read for me, one that I enjoyed but one that I didn't feel was fully realised. All the ideas were there, and they were good ideas, but they just seemed rushed. I would have liked to have more detail about The Pledge, more descriptions of Nowhere and more character development. As it was, the characters were too two-dimensional and I didn't end up caring about any of them as much as I should have done.
Saying that, Nowhere was something different, and that alone made it stand out. It was an unusual premise - teenagers stolen from the streets and their homes and taken to a place called Nowhere, then brainwashed to believe they've committed terrible crimes and deserve to be there. As a YA thriller, it was a fast-paced, interesting read with several exciting, pulse-pounding scenes. I enjoyed it, but I didn't feel fully invested in the stories of Alyn, Jes, Ryan and Elsa.
I think a sequel to Nowhere could be better, now that the world has mostly been established. The teenage characters have each learnt valuable lessons, they've been tested and there were several plot strands left hanging. I'm intrigued enough to want to read another book set in Nowhere, and I think it has the potential to be a great series.