Series: Nowhere #1
Author: Jon Robinson
Publication Date: 4 July 2013
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
‘No one’s coming for us.
Not our families, not the police.
Alyn, Jes, Ryan and Elsa are Nowhere.
A concrete cube in the middle of a dense forest.
Imprisoned inside are one hundred teenagers from all over the country.
They’re all criminals. But none of them remember committing any crimes.
Who has put them there. What do their captors want?
And how will they ever break free . . . ?
REVIEW BY SHELLY
“Alyn, Jes, Ryan and Elsa are nowhere. A concrete cube in the middle of a dense forest. Imprisoned inside are one hundred teenagers from all over the country. They’re all criminals – but none of them remember committing any crimes.”
The is Jon Robinson’s debut novel and for that I do give some credit but for this genre I have read much better. I thought the premise was gripping but the actual story telling of it let this book down. You don’t really get to know any of the characters in depth and you never really find out why they have been captured so you really can’t get too involved with any of the plot. When I got to the end of the book I understood why this was the case. This is obviously another series of books but I don’t understand why the book can’t be also a stand alone novel. The ending is abrupt and I found myself wondering why the author couldn’t just write a longer book and finish it off properly.
It would be interesting to read more of the story if only to find out who and what are behind the Pledge and why they think children can make the difference in the future. As I said it is an interesting premise but one that needs to be really developed further and with a lot more story telling.