- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Series: Nameless
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Month9Books, LLC (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942664427
- ISBN-13: 978-1942664420
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zo was determined to help the Allies, even if it meant sacrificing herself. While she knew she might be able to get beyond the wall of Ram’s Gate, she held out no hope of getting back out. But it would be worth it if she could discover anything about her enemy that could be used to help take them down.
She was the Allies’ best chance of getting inside. Her abilities as a Healer would hopefully make her useful enough to the Ram to keep her alive long enough to fulfill her mission. And it might have worked.
If only she hadn’t let her rage blind her, she would have known that the two people who cared most about her wouldn’t let her go so easily. While she was more than willing to risk her own life to avenge her parents’ deaths, she would never have risked her sister Tess’s life or her best friend Gabe’s.
Now with something to lose she’d have to be careful. She couldn’t take any unnecessary chances. She couldn’t risk being discovered as anything other than one of the nameless. And she’d have to find a way to do the impossible - to get herself and her sister back over the wall.
Jennifer Jenkins immerses readers into her story right from the start. There is no long lead up to Zo putting her plan into action. There is no lengthy backstory to slow the pace. She brings the action, the suspense, the intrigue from the get-go.
She keeps readers riveted by making them curious to know more about the nameless, more about what made Zo so vengeful, what made the Ram so aggressive, how they got so powerful, whether Zo will succeed or if she’ll fail. She lets her story unfold from not just Zo’s perspective, but from that of another incredibly appealing character, Gryphon, who is brave, powerful, loyal, determined, but also merciful and conflicted.
And she introduces a heartfelt romance that is not of the “insta-love” variety, she builds the foundation for a much expanded world in later books in the series, she teases bits and pieces of information about the other clans, and she reveals hidden plots, sympathizers, and allies, making for an interesting and engaging and unputdownable read.
NAMELESS is powerful and surprising and unexpected. It tackles a number of issues that mirror real-life issues that have arisen throughout the history of the world - starvation, genocide, enslavement, sacrifice, the cost of retaliation, doing whatever it takes to survive. It explores the many facets of human nature. It shows opposing perspectives, giving readers a more complete picture in order that they might be more understanding and sympathetic.
It has a number of strong characters that are immensely likable. It’s set in a world that is cold-blooded, severe, ruthless but still allows for kindness and beauty. It’s a story that is beautiful and breathtaking and one that is absolutely not to be missed.
This book was interesting and a bit harrowing at times, in a good way! I cared about the characters and I felt like I was involved in their struggles. I appreciated the detail used to describe the different tribes and their setting. I could see everything so clearly!
I liked Zo, but it was Gryphon who really grabbed my attention. His desire to do right, waging against loyalty and honor to his clan, made for a truly intriguing read. Combined with adventure, war, and a Romeo & Juliet style romance, this one won't disappoint.
I just bought the next in the series, but I'm thinking I might try and stretch it out a bit since the third book doesn't come out until fall. But who am I kidding? I'll probably be done with it by tomorrow, then read them both over again when the last one is released 😉
Nameless takes place in a world that at times reminds me of ancient Rome, and when the story starts we get to see how brutal the Ram can be not just with their enemies but also their own people. They believe they are superior to every other clan there is and thus dehumanize anyone who isn't one of them, to the point of not only taking away their freedom but their names as well.
Our protagonist Zo has seen in person how bloodthirsty the Ram can be and knows better than anyone the kind of pain they leave in those who survive their raids so she volunteers herself to enter their city as a spy. When Zo's mission begins, her goals are clear and her feelings of disdain toward the Ram are unwavering, but as she crosses paths with Gryphon she begins to realize the world is not so black and white after all.
Gryphon, on the other hand, is one of the best strikers in the military and has spent his life trying to erase the shame his father brought upon their house. He is, in my opinion, the best written and most captivating character in the entire book, even more so than Zo. Gryphon is smart, loyal and brave; a soldier who loves his people despite their shortcomings and who isn't afraid of dying for them. But he's also one of the few Ram who is willing to question whether the system they have in place is really ideal; whether raiding and enslaving other clans is truly the only key to their survival; whether killing a child is is unavoidable and excusable just because you have been commanded to do it.
This book is 90% action and 10% romance so Gryphon and Zo's relationship builds up very slowly and subtly, but that makes it all the more realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how they both struggled to understand why they couldn't just see each other as the enemy and how they came to the realization that what they felt transcended the war, their clans, their past, everything. I am also IMMENSELY thankful that there wasn't a stupid love triangle that dragged all the way until the end of the trilogy and turned Zo into an indecisive girl forever unable to decide whom to choose.
All in all, this was a great read and an excellent introduction to what appears to be a promising trilogy. The end of the book left us with a massive cliffhanger that had me wanting to pull my hair out, but at the same time it made me anticipate the second book even more. Hopefully, the next installment will shed more light onto the other clans and bring even more action, political intrigue and military strategy since that is ultimately what attracted me to this book. To anyone who is having doubts about whether or not to purchase this please do yourself a favor and give it a chance. I promise you won't regret it.
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