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Nobody Hardcover – January 22, 2013

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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 www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com or follow her on Twit­ter @jenlynnbarnes.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA; 1st edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606843214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606843215
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By AJ VINE VOICE on January 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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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.

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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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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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