Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.
Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.
by Zoe Scott
Nil is written in two point of views, the first of which we get is Charley's as she starts a normal day in Georgia, then all of sudden everything has changed and she's naked on this mysterious island known as Nil. Charley survives twelve days alone before meeting two guys (Thad and Jason) who show her there's a lot more to Nil. They show Charley Nil City, the place where most survivors live helping each other, trying to get back home. Charley soon learns that getting home isn't easy, and that they only have a year to do it.
One reason why I think this book is so great is because you can tell Lynne thought alot it through, it was inventive. From the way everyone pulled their weight and made things they needed, to the cravings and shimmers/gates. It's something I wouldn't have ever come up with, but makes me glad Lynne did. It's a brilliant story. Although the book leaves you with a few questions and some "what if's", I believe that's part of it. You can give yourself your own answers, never knowing if that would be true or not. It's like even after you finish Nil, It's still there making you think! The mysterious Nil.
So as I said Charley is the first point of view we get, a very strong girl who soon learns to just about survive for those twelve days, but she still has those conscious feelings. The description of Charley is a very beautiful long blonde haired girl with a twist, she's very self conscious of her height and that featured throughout the book. It's makes Charley much more relate-able to other girls, having that one thing you worry about like crazy. Charley also has the brains, looking for more information about Nil trying to figure Nil out.
Then you have the second point of view from Thad. The leader of the Nil City. If anyone has a problem or needs some help Thad was the person they would go to. Even though Thad definitely has his strong, independent side he cares for everyone and would do anything to protect them.
Of course we have to have some romance, and that would be between Charley and Thad, instant connection the moment they laid eyes on each other. Reading both of their POVs knowing they had these feelings but not doing anything about them was sending me crazy, I wanted to swoop on into the book and make it happen! So when we finally get what we want, their relationship is so open and honest and just so lovely to read. It's definitely a relationship we would all want, just without the whole Nil part! Charley and Thad's, no regrets.
There's a lot more characters in the book who you grow to love. It's like a big group of friends with a time limit, knowing it isn't going to last forever. Just brilliantly written. This book will take you on a roller-coaster with all the happiness, sadness and everything else in between. I won't say anything else about what happens in the book, it's better if you don't know everything before going into it, adds to the mystery. I cannot stress how much I would like everyone to check this book out, give it a chance.
I give this book 3/3 stars. (see our rating system here)