Review: Nil Unlocked

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Goodreads Summary:

On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.

Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil—and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price?

I feel like I should have reread the first book, Nil before I went into this one, because I remembered nothing about Rives, who was one of the POV’s in this book. That said, I didn’t even know there were more books in the series, so when I saw this was out I just grabbed it and went for it. The first book I feel got a lot of “meh” reviews, I really enjoyed it though, and that carried through to this installment.

What I like so much about these books is that the island is a character in itself, it’s a mystery that is slowly discovered and unraveled, only to find more sides of it that you weren’t expecting, and this second book unveils a lot of those mysteries that were just getting touched on in the first book.

Admittedly though, the first 150 pages of this were pretty slow. I wasn’t invested in Skye that much, I didn’t remember enough about Rives to remember why I should care, but once those two meet up I was glued to the pages. The dynamic between the two MC’s was great! It wasn’t as sappy as Thad and Charley in the first book, which I think a lot of people will appreciate, and they were just a great team. Both of them were so dedicated to figuring out the island and their personalities balanced each other really well to deal with all the various characters.

We learned so much about the island and got another great mapping of characters, but I really don’t know how I feel about the proposed 3rd book. We’ll see when it comes out I guess, but I hope it ties Thad and Charley into it more.

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