Nemesis opens with Min, a young woman, after being killed.
Every two years on her birthday, her murderer who wears a black suit and glasses, kills her. She never knows why, no matter how many times she asks or fights him off, every two years she dies in a horrific way. No one believes her. Who would, after hearing someone tell you for years, since they were eight years ago gets killed by a stranger? That is, until strange things start happening.
Noah, is another young person who suffers with a similar predicament. Except, his psychiatrist tells him that they’re dreams and the ‘blue pill’ he gives him, will keep them at bay. Do they? No. Soon, it becomes clear that the town they both live in is keeping far too many secrets. They can trust no one not even their parents. It becomes clear that a group of officials are planning something. Their headmaster, their psychiatrist, the policeman and the black suit, as Noah calls him.
Noah and Min realise that their lives are far more intertwined than they want to believe. Noah is a quiet boy who suffers with anxiety (understandably) but is also a coward and hangs around with a group of boys and girls who bully and belittle their classmates. However, life forces the two together, along with Min’s best friend Tack.
It’s a fast-paced journey to the truth, full of shocking moments and heart pounding pages. The fate of humanity is at stake and soon, it is revealed that all life is doomed, the face of the Earth is destroyed and the remaining humans are upgraded into a computer system, awaiting further instructions which I hope will be in a follow up novel. The only problem I had with the book is the author’s use of descriptions when it came to characters of colour.
Using the word “dark” to describe someone of colour is something that I have a problem with. As a person of colour, if someone calls me dark skinned, objectifying my skin colour, I would find that incredibly offensive. I even read “different coloured” as a term Brenden Reichs used to describe characters. I was taken aback and honestly, shocked that an editor or agent didn’t pick up on that. The problem is not having characters of colour, that is a great thing and something we need. Representation is so important. But there is a way to do it that is not offensive or objectifying.
Therefore, though the plot and premise of the novel was great, the issues surrounding race and character description was a big problem for me and stopped me from enjoying the novel as much as I wanted to.