Nemesis by Brendan Reichs is My New Favorite Series Starter

My review of “Nemesis (Project Nemesis) by Brendan Reichs and how it reignited an upward spiral of reading wanderlust in me.

Do I Ever Read Blurbs?

We should all know by now that I don’t read blurbs. It’s always been a hilarious personality glitch of mine, considering how important blurbs are to an author’s success. I should know, not reading them makes it extra hard to write them. But I digress.

One of the joys of not reading blurbs is finding little gems like this one. Nemesis (Project Nemesis) is going down in history as one of my favorite series starters of all time. Right up there with Outlander. Yes, Outlander. The epic first book of all epic first books.

Those are some big shoes to fill, right? Well check this out.

Master of Suspense

Brendan Reichs kept me guessing through the entire book. I mean, literally, to the last page. I know some of you will say, “But Toasha, that’s what happens when you don’t read blurbs.” And you’d be right-ish.

Usually what happens when I don’t read blurbs is that I go in without preconceived notions of what the story will be like. Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised, and sometimes it’s a predictable mess from page one.

What can I say? I live dangerously.

Nemesis started out as a better than average YA Dystopian Mystery. From early on, I could tell that I could trust Brendan to take me on a great ride. His writing style was clean and his voices were believable. Each character was full-bodied and had a rich backstory.

Then things got weird. Even if the none of the weird stuff would have happened in this book, I still would have been engrossed in the lives of these ‘kids’… I say only because I’m old and they’re the ages of my own kids.

But it did get weird. And crazy. And still believable. It became a twisting turning Post-Apocalyptic Thriller that I wasn’t prepared for. I literally gasped multiple times reading the jarring events taking place, then went back to read the line again to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.

As soon as I closed Nemesis, I went straight to Genesis and I’m loving it just as much!

A New Reading Experience

Now, Nemesis was also part of a new reading experiment that I accidentally conducted on myself. You know how I love those!

I recently downloaded the Libby app through my local library’s website. Like any book lover, I found tons of ebooks that I just had to have. And loaded them all onto my shelf.

Which started the clock!

The default loan is 14 days. Divide that by 5 books, and you see where I’m going with this.

I think I’ve already told you guys that most of my reading is done at night. I can’t fall asleep unless I’m reading. But during the day, I’m busy working and writing and moming. So I listen to other books through Audible or Playster. It’s normal for me to have 3-4 different stories going at once with these various methods.

However, Nemesis, by sheer coincidence, became the last book on my list through the library. And I started it with 3 days left on the loan. And since there were people waiting in line behind me, I couldn’t renew it!

I cannot accurately describe the thrill and immense pressure this put me under. And mind you, reading is supposed to put me to sleep. Not so much, this time.

For 3 days, I found myself trying to speed read and still catch every single word. And go back when he threw a monkey wrench in the middle of what should have been a normal teenage angst argument between jocks and nerds.

I’m very proud to say I stayed up way past my bedtime 3 nights in a row and got through it. And found a new favorite author in the process.

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