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Nobody [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 can really see them.

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Day after day, Claire walks through life largely unseen. Then one day, she finds herself in the crosshairs of an assassin’s gun. Nix is a nobody, an excellent assassin who takes out individuals dubbed dangerous by the Society. But his perfect kill record ends when he and Claire encounter each other. They join forces to discover why Nix was sent to kill Claire and whether the previous assassinations Nix carried out were as necessary as the Society claimed. Claire is the perfect foil for Nix, countering his strong, action-oriented mind-set with a more reflective approach to problem solving. Barnes skillfully captures the internal monologues of the characters, placing the reader inside the heads of both Claire and Nix, and nicely balances that interior focus with fast-paced adventure. The novel’s imaginative mixture of supernatural elements with action and romance will appeal to a broad range of readers. Grades 7-12. --Eve Gaus

About the Author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the author of the popular Raised by Wolves series. A former competitive cheerleader, teen model, and comic book geek, she wrote her first book at the age of nineteen. She just completed her PhD in developmental psychology at Yale University and has returned to her native Oklahoma to teach at the University of Oklahoma. You can visit her online at or follow her on Twit­ter @jenlynnbarnes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1336 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (January 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AD2OZL0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Great science fiction novel with lots of action and a little bit of romance.

Opening Sentence: Nine letters. Two words. He refused to think of them as a name.

The Review:

Claire has grown up her whole life as someone that goes completely unnoticed. She has no friends and growing up her parents always seemed to be leaving her places and not remembering she exists. She would do the same things everyday hoping that someone would see her, but no one ever does. Until one day she sees the most beautiful boy and he is looking right at her. He also happens to be holding a gun and it is pointed right at her heart.

Nix is a Nobody. He was raised by The Society. He was taught that the only thing he is good for is to kill. He is the perfect assassin; no one ever sees him or takes any notice of him so he never gets caught. He was told that no one could ever care about him or love him because he is a Nobody. He kills his targets without question and does all that The Society asks of him, until him sees Claire. Claire Ryan is his next target and he figures that she is a Null like all of his other targets have been.

Nulls are people that have no feelings for anyone but themselves, they have the power to convince people to give them whatever they want. They are usually a danger to the Normal's and must be eliminated. Normal's are just normal people with no special abilities. When Nix sees Claire for the first time she sees him back, and that has never happened before. He can't pull the trigger on the only person who has ever taken notice of him.

She is a Nobody just like him, she just never knew. Nobody's are people born with the ability to go unnoticed by pretty much everybody.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
There was an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer back in season one called "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" that dealt with the idea of people disappearing if no one one ever noticed them. A girl that was totally ignored became invisible and ended up carted away by a mysterious government agency. Fast forward to 2013 and Jennifer Lynn Barnes has taken the idea of invisible teens and a shady institute and spun it into her book NOBODY.

Like the Buffy episode which explored the idea of neglect and the physical manifestation of indifference, NOBODY takes it a step further by imagining a metaphysical explanation for these forgotten individuals, which are called Nobodies, and imagines their counterparts, which are called Nulls, as individuals so charismatic and magnetic that people will do anything for them. As a Nobody, Claire has grown up neglected and forgotten by everyone including her parents who have to leave notes for themselves to remember she even exists. It's a very tragic idea and one that is communicated well throughout the book.

Told from the perspective of both Claire, a Nobody who doesn't know what she is, and Nix, a Nobody who has been raised by the Institute to be an assassin. The beginning starts out a little slow with Claire mostly feeling sorry for herself and frustration over everyone constantly ignoring her. Nix's chapters were significantly more interesting since his thoughts were so shaped by his training that reinforced his `nothingness'.

The idea behind NOBODY is a good one, but the writing was just average and the pacing was off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, unique world-building March 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The premise for NOBODY is unique, and upon reading it, even more so. Unlike previous books by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, which deal with creatures seen before such as werewolves, the author now shares her own creation, Nobodies. No, we're not talking Kingdom Hearts-esque Nobodies here. We're talking people that are blink-and-you-miss-them. The book's tag-line? "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." There is an organization called The Society that finds Nobodies and trains them to be assassins, because only they can slip away unnoticed.

NOBODY is in third-person, so readers get thoughts from both Nix and Claire. Nix was born knowing he was a Nobody. He's been put through torturous training to become an assassin like no other--one who can slip in and out of the world unseen. He believes in his duty to eliminate Nulls, "the ultimate somebodies...soulless, broken monsters. Master manipulators, devoid of human compassion" (pg. 22). Nulls and their psychopathic tendencies sicken him, and when he is assigned a new target to eliminate, a teenage girl named Claire, he doesn't question it. Until Claire sees him. Until Claire questions him. Until he realizes that Claire isn't a Null, but a Nobody like himself. Suddenly, he finds himself questioning everything The Society has ever told him, every target he's ever illuminated. What happens when two Nobodies join forces to stop an evil, corrupt secret organization? Life as Nix knows it will never be the same again.

The amount of detail and creation that has gone into NOBODY is vast.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I stumbled upon this book one day in a Barns and Noble and later bought it on my kindle. It was a great read I finished it in three days and could barely bare to put it down. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Geordon Fain
5.0 out of 5 stars An outlandishly clever metaphor for being a teenager masquerading as a...
Jennifer Lynn Barnes specializes in the ludicrously brilliant twist on tired genre stories. Sure, her characters have powers or supernatural enemies or government conspiracies... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D.S. Cahr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 4 months ago by Hiram Grayson
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a nobody and nobody notices a nobody.
What if you were ignored by your parents, your classmates, and pretty much everybody around you? How would you finally feel, if the one person who notices you, was standing outside... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bookaholics Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
3.5 Stars

I have been wanting to read this book since I first read Jennifer's book Every Other Day back in March. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ButterfrogT
2.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, but not sustainable
I respect what Barnes is trying to do here, but Nobody just didn’t work for me. I like that the premise is unique, but its intrinsic limitations made it impossible for me to finish... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Angela's Library
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like the movies X-Men or Jumper, you’ll enjoy this book!
Nobody, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, started out as a promising mix of YA paranormal and sic-fi. Despite no one paying any attention to Claire, she sucks it up and works on her tan. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kallie Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Best EVER
This book is a thriller,romance, and comedic novel young teens like me. It's the complicated love story between a known assassin and a girl with big hopes trying to take down the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by D'Ann Yeager.
3.0 out of 5 stars Definetely Not One of Jennifer's Best..
Claire is a nobody and a nobody is a term for people who don't get noticed, don't get loved or cared about, don't get remembered. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but not the best
Different but filled with romance... More for young adults or teens. I liked it, but I have enjoyed other texts more in the dystopian genre.
Published 8 months ago by James E. Gentry
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More About the Author

I'm a Jennifer who goes mostly by Jen, an Oklahoma girl who's also lived in Connecticut and England, and a writer who has a not-so-secret double life as a cognitive scientist. I love pop culture, mythology, science, superheroes, Joss Whedon, guacamole, television targeted at teenagers, and any song that I know the lyrics to. I have no sense of direction, but can read a book and shower at the same time. As is probably obvious, I do not particularly excel at writing my own bios.

I started writing professionally when I was a teenager and completed my first four published novels while I was in college. Since then, I've split my time between various graduate programs and writing books. In May 2012, I graduated from Yale University with a PhD in Developmental Psychology, which basically means I spent a lot of time thinking about the way the mind works and designing and running experiments that probe the way that young children and non-human primates view the world. My background in the psychological sciences has a habit of working its way into the books I write, sometimes in unexpected ways.

As a reader, I love strong female characters, books that blend emotional depth with sarcasm and humor, and supernatural stories that feel real. I'm a sucker for romance and search out authors who can write action sequences and violence without pulling their punches.

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