Nil

Lynne Matson

Henry Holt and Co.

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On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly, in this thrilling debut novel by Lynne Matson.

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CHAPTER
1
CHARLEY
AUGUST 10, NOON
 
 
Heat.
Inexplicable, consuming heat—choking like smoke, burning like fire.
That was my last memory before the invisible flames spiked into icy nothingness, along with the crazy thought that if I survived this bewildering bonfire, my dad would freak when I was late returning his new car.
CHARLEY
AUGUST 10, 11:56 A.M.
Dang, it’s hot.
I’d been out of the car for all of one minute, and I was already roasting like a skinny rotisserie chicken. The asphalt radiated heat.

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Praise for Nil

"The reader is swept along with the characters in just rooting for survival in a setting where taking too long to ponder answers could mean you don't live long enough to do anything with your newfound revelations." - BCCB
 
"The concept of Nil is very interesting and well-constructed . . . Overall, this book hits its mark." - School Library Journal
 
"Matson makes a strong debut with this tense, cinematic struggle for survival on a peril-filled island that may have some readers flashing back to episodes of Lost." —Publishers Weekly
 
Nil is a page-turner and compulsively readable. Lynne Matson has created a winning story with the perfect mix of edge-of-your-seat suspense, romance, humor.” —Mary E. Pearson, author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles

“Like Survivor with a body count. Nil is an addicting, fast-paced, thrill of a ride.” —Kasie West, author of Pivot Point

"Matson's eye for detail and skillful characterizations fuel a fast-pased story that blends beauty, horror, romance and adventure." -Publishers Weekly


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About the Author

Lynne Matson

Lynne Matson grew up in Georgia in a house full of books and a backyard full of gnarly pines. She attended the University of Florida, where she met and married her husband, the cutest boy she’s ever seen. Now, Lynne is mother to four amazing boys. After a career as an attorney, Lynne is thrilled to be making her debut in YA fiction with Nil.

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Nil
Lynne Matson

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
March 2014
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805097719
ISBN10: 0805097716
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
Age Range: 14 to 18
Grade Range: 9 to 13
$17.99

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
March 2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780805097726
ISBN10: 0805097724
Young Adult Fiction384 pages
Age Range: 14 to 18
Grade Range: 9 to 13
$9.99
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