NIMBUS (The Perfect Circle Trilogy, Book 1)
by A.C. Miller
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It’s the year 2191 and the last known civilization hides behind a giant steel wall buried deep within a forest. For over eighty years, Nimbus has thrived under one rule: Separation. When a kid turns fourteen, they’re kicked outside the wall. For eleven years, they must survive before being given a chance at re-entry. It’s Nimbus’ way of keeping an identity the previous world didn’t have; it’s their way of preventing history from repeating itself.
Sam Martin has spent his first thirteen years in Nimbus, but today’s different. Today is Sam’s fourteenth birthday.
Meanwhile, Sam’s brother, Sean, was recently granted re-admittance to Nimbus after surviving his eleven years. Assigned to work as a member of the Elite Guard, Sean slowly begins to realize there’s something deeply wrong with how Nimbus works.
Outside the wall, Elise waits. Directed by Sean to find Sam when he’s sent out, Elise sits deep in the forest fending off a series of headaches that have bothered her since her first day outside. With one year left to prove her worth, Elise must teach Sam how to survive the horrors beyond the wall.
The outside is crawling with those willing to do anything to survive regardless of what it entails. Sam, Sean, and Elise must learn to cope with the darkness lurking both inside and outside the wall. If they don’t, those who hide in the shadows will win.
*A free PDF copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review*
This book has captivated me from the start. It was a page-turner, impossible to put down.
Miller has made it possible to hate the authorities with every cell in my body. My blood boils by just thinking about what goes on in the twisted concept of Nimbus. Sending out 14-year-olds into the outside, unequipped (well, except that they can bring only ONE thing) and expected to fight and hunt for the next 11 years.
The point of view switches between 4 characters, Sean, Elise, Abby and Sam and through it, you’re able to understand their state of mind as well as their experiences outside the wall. Each character deals with loss, love, guilt and fear but they continue to fight on to put a stop to this twisted rule. Every chapter, the characters are faced with a struggle that’s pulling them back or some motivational talk from one another to keep them sane.
There were some unexpected plot twists in the story that will keep you on your toes. You’ll begin to wonder who is the bad guy here and who else is working with him. However, you’ll still have faith knowing the fighting spirit of the characters.
The whole story was well developed, leaving no place for any uncertainty. All the questions I had while reading the book were answered in the next few chapters. It was clear that there weren’t any plot holes.
I love the way each character, despite facing so many hardships and loss are selfless, knowing that not only to stay alive for themselves but for their close ones as well. I’ve grown attached to them and wanted them to win. However, it all comes with a price.
With Nimbus, you should always expect the unexpected. Perhaps not, since it might get to you before you get to it. Nimbus isn’t the end. There’s more to come.
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