Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Expected Publication: January 22nd, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Goodreads First Reads ARC
Buy It: Amazon
There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.
That’s why they make the perfect assassins.
The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.
Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they've ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.
Hmmm...The premise of this book really roped me in. I mean, assassins who are basically invisible? Was I the only one thinking ninja? I have to be honest, though, as the book progressed I had a hard time getting through it, and from the other reviews I've read I know I'm not the only one.
Now, don't get me wrong. The plot line was interesting enough (although it definitely got a little convoluted as it progressed), and there were certain scenes where I was just held captive by the writing, but all in all this book is not going to be making my favorites list any time soon.
If you're looking for something gripping (with invisible ninjas) you may want to look elsewhere. Based on the writing here I would absolutely pick up another book by Ms. Barnes, though, because she's obviously talented. She created some really interesting characters but at the end of the day, I honestly just couldn't bring myself to care what happened to them.