PJV Quickie: NOMAD is about a girl so desperate to avoid a dystopian future that she time-travels to current day America. From the characters to the plot, NOMAD is unlike anything I have read. I highly recommend it to time-traveling fans who like their heroine with more attitude than lovers. No love triangle or silly YA tropes here!
Review: The pink-hair heroine on the front cover caught my attention, but it was JL Bryan’s writing that sold me on NOMAD’s time traveling story. Compare to the first four books of his Paranormal series involving a plague bringer named Jenny Pox, I can say that his writing style is more crisp and polished in this book. However, JL Bryan’s knack for creating unique characters and settings is still as vibrant.
NOMAD is everything I love from a self-published book. It’s dialogue is raw. The characters feel as real as my neighbors. The characters sometimes contradict that ‘norm’ for what college-age fictional students should do. It feels like the characters are rebellious to the point where it almost steers the plot off course, but somehow it works well. I like characters that behave the way they would naturally and not do things for the sake of a plot line. It lacks that formatic feeling that I sometimes get when reading traditionally published books. It feels ‘fresh’ and not like others in its genre.
Although Raven begins this novel with no memory, the futuristic gadgets and help from a mysterious stranger clue her in on her purpose. Raven originates from the future. Greedy corporations, run by an evil dictator, have transformed the country into a broken dystopian. Raven has traveled back into the past to prevent this dictator from assuming power — in other words, she’s going to execute him. The ‘past’ is setup in current day America. Problems arise when Raven meets up with the future dictator and he’s not the soul-sucking man of the future. The longer she stays in the current time, the harder it becomes to not let her cover as a college student distract her from the mission.
If you haven’t yet become acquainted with JL Bryan’s novels, then I highly suggest that you start with NOMAD. On a minor note, I don’t like the formatting of the paperback copy I bought. I wish that there was more white space on the sides and bottoms for ease of reading. The formatting of the ebook version was fine.
(I think I’ve spent far more time writing this review than reading NOMAD. It’s one of those books that you just want to read in one sitting, tell people it’s awesome, and then move on to the next book. While this works well with people you meet outside of the internet, simply saying it’s awesome doesn’t make a very helpful review. I hope this review ended up being slightly more helpful than that.)