Thursday, August 8, 2013

Nomad by J.L. Bryan [Review]

Nomad by J.L. Bryan
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: July 13, 2013

J.L. Bryan
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Synopsis (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.
My Thoughts: When you're dealing with time travel, I like to say "Go big or go home." Raven, here, she's going to go big. AND WHY SHOULDN'T SHE? Her life in the future is craptastic. She's a soldier that's fighting a losing war and her fellow rebels are dying all around her. Going back in time to stop this badness before it happens seems like the thing to do.

Except... events don't always play out the way we expect them to. And this is VERY true in Raven's case. Every scenario she imagines has permutations and twists that she can't control.

So what does she end up doing? BADASS stuff with plasma guns and time travel and OTHER THINGS THAT SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS!

I'm not going to lie, the whole paradox thing scrambled my brains. I honestly love how the universe deals with that here. Knowing that if she succeeds she'll become a Nomad, Raven's willingness to continue with her mission rocks. Bonus, I completely understand how she'd want a better life for herself, even it if wasn't the herself that was traveling through time.

I know. I had a fun time wrapping my head around that, too. Trust me, though, it works.

Things aren't always pretty in Raven's world, but the fun never stops! You know, if by "fun", I mean plasma charges that can burn a hole through you and potentially screwing up the world as she knows it. *thumbs up*


  1. *brain explodes* I love paradoxes, but time travel scrambles my brains EVERY TIME.

    1. You and me, both. Mah brain was all O.O while reading this book. In a good way.

  2. This one was great! I was a little nervous going in, what with the time travel part of it, but it was still awesome. LOVED Raven's character!

    1. Raven kicked all kinda of ass. Once she figured out how to do it without messing up EVERYTHING. Lol!