On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die.
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.
A book that had a lot of potential to be reminiscent of the Maze Runner or Lord of the Flies, but instead had a cheesy romance and ending.
This sounded so good from the description, it sounded like it would be similar to a dark dystopia where there are lots of fights and brutal deaths. There were deaths mind you, but other than that this book turned out mostly to be a light-hearted, soppy, insta romance in an exotic setting.
There have been many positive and negative reviews alike for this and for around the first parts I really enjoyed it. But I couldn’t help giving constant eye rolls towards the romance which was practically love at first sight 😛 I mean they’d barely got to know each other and then Charley was insisting on sex?? Then they had this whole teen pregnancy debate which was wholly cringe worthy in itself. 😛 😛 I should also add that this romance had some of the cheesiest romance lines I had the embarrassment to come across..
Let’s talk about the setting, the whole idea of teens being snatched for no apparent reason from all over the world to this seemingly living island was, well amazing to put it shortly. The scene was brought to life very well and it definitely did remind me of the Maze Runner but towards the end it appeared this was quite different. (which is good I guess, cause as readers we are meant to be surprised and books are not all supposed to be the same, but, the Maze Runner was one of my all time favourite novels….) In this book, there are no answers as to how the teens got snatched or what the purpose of the island is, but I read at the end that the author promises to reveal things in the next books.
Like I said the island and the characters were brought to life quite well, but I felt the teens who lived outside the settlement or City and those responsible for the raids on supplies could have been brought to life more. There just could have been more page time for them as I feel that would have made this book the whole lot more exciting, which brings me onto another thing. There was hardly any action in this book as most of it was about the teens daily lives in trying to escape and survive. There also wasn’t a lot of suspense in the writing as like I said it seemed to want to focus a lot on the romance.
But the ideas behind this and the concept of the “gates” was quite well done, but I wish the plot had actually focused more on the whole mystery of the characters situation and more about the dangers of Nil rather than about daily romance.
Who I’d recommend this for
If you like typical insta romance in exotic and unusual settings then this is definitely your type of book. Also if you like slow building mysteries then I think you’d like this too, just don’t expect this to be similar to the Maze Runner.