Nomad by JL Bryan
Published July 26, 2013
Paperback 202 pages
Received e-copy from author for review
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Synopsis-They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.
By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.
Just WOW! I have read almost all of Jeff Bryan's books and this one just really, really rocked! It's New Adult and if you're like me I haven't found much in that category that didn't seem to have sex as it's main story line. Not so with NOMAD. NOMAD has a plot that will have you on the edge of your seat, biting your fingernails. Here's why:
Raven is from the future that is torn apart by an evil dictator, Logan Carraway and his security force. Her mission is to kill him before he ever has a chance to become the evil dictator. But Raven has amnesia and is growing a conscience as she begins to remember. Used to kill or be killed on a daily basis, life in 2013 is full of plenty of food and shelter and even a sort of peace. Even if she has to look over her shoulder for security forces from her time. We get to see Raven's life through flashbacks, memories of life with her parents and what Logan Carraway's dictatorship did to the U.S., to her life. We understand her mission, but we have doubts as well when she begins to question whether assassination will be enough to bring about the change needed to protect the world from destruction. When Raven finds herself doing the opposite of what her mission is, she questions everything she knows about her world and the Logan Carraway of her time.
This is an action packed time traveling adventure. There is never a dull moment whether Raven is running from the security people in her time that have traveled back to kill her or she's trying to lure Logan in who is a thrill junkie, by rock climbing or doing something equally dangerous, the story is very fast. J.L. Bryan is not a writer that is given to overly descriptive passages or telling instead of showing. I felt like I was in the story, thinking like Raven (who goes by several names) always planning ahead or running from someone. The conclusion was satisfying and as it should be with all loose ends tied up.
I asked about sequels, but J.L. Bryan says none are planned at this time. I think we should all write emails and demand for more!! (Just a suggestion :) This is definitely my favorite of J.L. Bryan's novels so far, but then I think that every time. This is in the New Adult genre. The characters are in college. There are some sex scenes (tastefully done and not that many) and some violence. More violence than anything else.
A mature YA reader could handle this one easily. This is the first New Adult novel I have reviewed on my blog. NOMAD has a story to it, it's about the story and sex is safely on the side, a part of the story not the story. THAT'S how I like my New Adult!
Again, I received a copy of this novel from the author for review. This in no way influenced me. The opinions expressed are my own. Thank you Jeff Bryan!!
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