Published by Macmillan on March 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, SciFi, Romance
On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have 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 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 she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly, in this thrilling debut novel by Lynne Matson.
When I first started reading this book, I called it the happier version of Maze Runner. And now I regretted that. Because this book gave me rainbows, then tore my heart into teeeeny pieces and proceeded to give those tiny pieces a heart attack. I’M SERIOUS, YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE ME.
But really, I changed my mind. This book was awesome on its own, with no comparisons to any other book. I definitely fell for Charley at first page, because firstly, she’s Charlie with an e-y. And secondly, she was about to return too short skirts that she bought on impulse. Thirdly, she’s tall, with no amount of curves *points to self*. Seriously, she is like my spirit animal HAHA. But even as I kept on reading, she was the one person I was rooting for. I definitely love reading from her point of view, looking into her mind as to how she figured out the maps and all. WAH, genius, I’ll give her that.
Thad was…. well, he’s HOT. And of course, I have this magnetic attraction to hot guys. But I love how he just KNOWS that he likes this weird beautiful girl who came. And the fact that he takes charge and cared about the people in Nil City is like AWWWWW. I especially love the romance between him and Charley. It was bittersweet as hell and with no drama whatsoever, considering that they each had only a short amount of time with each other.
My favorite part about this whole book was the time limit. Yes, I’m cruel HEHE. But really. Because that was what gave this book the whole plot. It’s either you get out of there within one year, or Nil takes you away. So, I was so swept away in the book that I actually followed the countdown to Thad’s one year, and it was hella scary, let me tell you that HAHAHA. I CRIED. THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY.
BUT I’m glad there’s still Rives’ story. I can’t wait to read it. Rives was one of my favorite characters too, so I want him to have a happy ending.