Saturday, August 17, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: Nomad by J.L. Bryan

Publication Date: July 26, 2013
Length: 204 Pages
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Age Group: New Adult

They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.
By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.


When J.L. Bryan asked if I was interested in reading Nomad When J.L. Bryan asked if I was interested in reading Nomad I knew I just had to read it. Described to me as a futuristic time travel dystopian with a twisted romance (his exact description) now how could I not want to read it. It paid off, Nomad is so much better than even I expect, and I expected something fantastic. The story told in Nomad took me completely be surprise is such a good way.

I was worried that the time travel aspect might be confusing, but it allows a marvelous story to take place. One section that discusses the ramifications of time travel and it did have my head spinning trying to process the idea but it is not confusing once explained. Raven is sent back in time to stop a great evil from taking place, but it is not as simple as she originally thought. Raven "wakes" up on the interstate with amnesia and no clue where she is or why she is there. To top it off, security agents from the future are tracking her down. As memories of the war torn and fractured future come back to Raven, she begins to understand why she was sent back from 2064 to 2013

While the mission is the central storyline, that does not mean there is no room for more. Raven concentrating on the mission is distracted by a possible romance interest. She is to interact as little as possible in the past otherwise risk changing everything, and one romance could change the world as Raven knows it. 

Fans of science fiction and dystopian will truly enjoy Nomad. Nomad is a New Adult with more mature content but has appeal for fans of mature YA. J.L. Bryan always seems to surprise me with his writing and I loved the experience of reading Nomad. I cannot wait to see what J.L. Bryan comes up with next.

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