Monday, July 22, 2013

Early review: Nomad by J.L. Bryan

Expected publication: July 26, 2013
Format: eARC
My rating: 5/5 stars
Description from Goodreads:
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.
Nomad is definitely the most complex, interesting, action-packed and mind-blowing book I've read all year! J.L. Bryan has cleverly constructed a novel that is so descriptive and engaging that throughout the book he literally had me cheering, laughing, and yelling in a rather loud fashion. He writes in such a way that it's like a piece of you merges with the characters and you can't help but be completely swept up in their emotions. I cannot express enough how much I adore this book!

Another reason to fall head-over-heels for this novel is the fact that its premise is so unique. It's a time-travel dystopian that features a kick-ass chick named Raven, who is a "Nomad". The entire concept and explanation of what a Nomad is will probably leave you feeling brain-banged, but in an awesome way, if that even makes sense! Just be prepared for the mind explosion. Raven's Nomad status definitely adds to the allure of her character.

Raven is amazing: she's a highly intelligent young woman who has seen and been through so much. She's from the future where an evil dictator, named Logan Carraway, reins over the U.S. and he's turned the states into a terrifying, heinous place. Raven has been tasked with the duty of traveling back in time, to the year 2013, to assassinate this awful man when he is young and hasn't done any damage yet. But things get incredibly complicated in more ways than one when she crosses paths with this man!

When Raven makes contact with her target, Logan, some very unexpected things happen. I had a lot of confusing and conflicting emotions towards Logan. I know, and Raven knows, that he will evolve into a tyrant that is largely responsible for the fall of the U.S. and the deaths of many. Yet when Raven meets him, he's just a regular college guy. He's annoyingly cocky, but still, he's just a regular, charming and vivacious fellow. He hasn't done terrible things yet. Raven's entire plan and thought process changes when she meets him, and so does mine. The things that transpire between these two feels warped and kind of dirty, but I still liked it. This is what J.L. Bryan does: he extracts emotions from you that you never expected to feel, which leaves you stunned and surprised!

There's excitement at every turn in this book, and the ending was no exception. Raven sacrifices a lot to save the future of the country, and the magnitude of her actions are palpable. I was simultaneously shocked and pleased by the last events of the story, and everything felt very bittersweet.

There is SO MUCH going on in this book, it's insane, but in a good way. I was completely consumed by all of the action, information, terror and romance being thrown my way throughout Raven's journey. It's safe to say that her character and this book will not be easily forgotten by me.

*Special thanks to J.L. Bryan for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. This sounds awesome, Shanon! I love a good action-packed story. Thanks for the great review!

    Cat @ Addicted 2 Heroines

    1. Thanks Cat! This book is definitely filled with action, I hope you get a chance to read it! =)

  2. You're the second blogger I follow that LOVED this book. The theme isn't really what I usually read but I'd like to go out of my comfort zone once in a while.

    Lovely gushing, Shanon!

    1. Thanks Braine!! This isn't a common genre I usually read either, but it ended up rocking my socks! I hope you get a chance to read this one! =D


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