On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. 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 lying 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 to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.
I remember really enjoying this book when I first read it. I actually read the last book in the series, Nil on Fire, before I went back to this. Because, as you will find out next week, I was not thrilled by NoF, and wanted to make sure this was a singular issue, and not a series issue.
It was certainly a finale issue, as I liked Nil Unlocked, and still found this first installment entertaining, cute, and with a good balance of swoon and survival. One of the other aspects that I really enjoyed was the secularness of the ‘mystery’ being solved in this first book. The whole point is to get off the island, and to use the clues Charley has found to figure out the best way to achieve that. The further into the series we got the secrets of the island just got a bit out of hand in my opinion, and by the end of it I was just a little too stretched out.
Also, I think this first book works really well as a stand alone. The characters story is resolved in the end and the island will just keep being – a sort of ending with few enough what-ifs to still give me closure.
Re-reading this one had me contemplating re-reading the second one again, but I think I need a break before I give that one another try, I am too irritated with Skye from the last book still to talk to her again this soon.