Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Nomad by J.L. Bryan

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  • Publication date: 7/22/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the author for review
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A new dystopian novel from the author of Jenny Pox - coming July 26.

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.

My Thoughts

As burned out from dystopians I am, I am a fan of this author and of course wanted to read his latest book. Also, add in the time travel which always intrigues me and I was excited! This was really great. I loved the time travel aspect of it and how even though it's set in 2013 mostly, that is the past for Raven. It was also easy to follow and not confusing at all. Raven was a very strong MC, but more than that, I loved her values and what was really important to her in the end, no matter what has happened. This story was engaging in every way. The characters, the settings, and the plot were all done very well. Oh, and the opening chapter is just awesome and sucks you in immediately.

Raven is all of the sudden in 2013 and doesn't remember how or why she is there. She doesn't really remember anything in fact except for her name. She discovers her history pretty quickly though, and then things get even more interesting. She is there to kill the future dictator who is currently just a young guy at college. He isn't corrupt yet. At first, she is going to just do the job and be done with it, but then she thinks maybe she can change things, save him, save the future. She gets close, much closer than she initially meant to get. She keeps telling herself it's for the mission and she will do what she has to, but you can see that she is slowly starting to really care for him.

Logan was someone who I pretty much liked almost instantly. He isn't an evil dictator yet when we meet him in the book. In fact, he is a really nice guy, he does a lot of clubs and sports, and he is very social. He treats Raven so great, and I really liked them together. So I don't risk giving away any of the book, let me just say that Logan was just an awesome guy overall, and he had a good head on his shoulders. He doesn't want to be told how to live his life, and he refuses to let Raven go.

I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, entertaining, and easy to follow. The characters were awesome to me and I loved the futuristic and time travel elements. My only issue was that at times I felt it was a bit slow, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment at all. There was plenty of action that the slower parts were good for a bit of a breather. I would have liked a little more character development during the slower parts too, but overall I really did love the characters. With so many dystopians out there, it's hard to stand out, but this one does.

*An advanced copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation. 


  1. I am loving time travel a lot lately and with the reviews I've seen, I am really excited about this one.

    Great review Amy! <33

  2. Ahahaha, that's awesome. I love the premise of going back in time to kill the evil dictator. Only he's not evil yet and apparently kind of adorable, which will surely make the task more difficult! Now there's a conundrum. And does her going back in time make him evil? Because now he knows what a great evil dictator he could be? BUM BUM BUMMMMMMM.

  3. Let's just say the cover alone is enough to get me to read this book. I do love the premise. Time travel is so fun to read. Glad you enjoyed.

  4. Oh yay, I'll need to read Nomad soon, I really liked JL Bryan's Fairy Metal Thunder books, and even though dystopian's really washed out, this one looks like an amazing read, especially with the premise of Raven traveling back in time to kill a future dictator :D Logan sounds like an amazing character, too, and totally un-dictator-like :))

    Fantastic review, Amy! I'm glad you liked this one!

  5. So glad to hear that you enjoyed this book. I'm hoping that I really like it since I really like this author and his writing. Awesome review.

  6. I'm glad that you enjoyed this read even with being burned out on dystopians a bit. It sounds like a fun read that is different than some that I'm use to reading...I've never really read a time travel book of any sort. I might need to check this one out! :-D

  7. I didn't realize this book had time travel in it. That's cool! And I'm glad Nomad manages to stand out from other dystopians. Great review!

  8. I love time travel books and I think I'd really enjoy this one. I think I'm going to try to fit it in this fall sometime.

  9. Oh, I love a good book with plenty of action, and I def need that since I'm pretty burned out on dystopians too. Love the cover, also. Great review babe!

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  10. This one sounds pretty cool. I'm glad it stood out in a sea of dystopians.

  11. Love time travel and dystopians. I never tire of them really. I have so many of this authors books but haves yet to read them.

  12. I'm not a huge dystopian fan, but this sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Eeeep I *JUST* started this one and I'm really looking forward to sinking my teeth into it properly! Raven sounds like a brilliant and kick-a** chick :) The time-travel element really fascinates me too! Thanks for another fab review Amy ♥


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