by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


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There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

That's why they make the perfect assassins.

The Institute finds these people when they're young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute's monitoring. But now they've ID'ed her and have sent Nix to remove her. Yet the moment Nix lays eyes on her, he can't make the hit. It's as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else can really see them.

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ISBN-13: 9781606843215
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the author of the popular Raised by Wolves series. A former competitive cheerleader, teen model, and comic book geek, she wrote her first book at the age of nineteen. She has a PhD in developmental psychology from Yale University and teaches at the University of Oklahoma. You can visit her online at or follow her on Twit­ter @jenlynnbarnes.

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Nobody 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I’m conflicted!  I love author, Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ writing.  Every Other Day was an amazing read!  I was so excited to read Nobody.  The whole premise sounded so interesting!  Who wouldn’t be drawn in this synopsis, with an intriguing cover to boot! Claire is a 15 year old girl who has lived her life as a nobody.  No one notices her…not her classmates, not her teachers, not the strangers she encounters every day, not even her parents.  Constantly being ignored, left behind at store and restaurants by her parents and not even realizing that she was left behind, Claire has simply just existed.  Craving the loving looks and touches from her parents that just never come, craving the friendly look and voice of a potential friend….just to be called upon in class when her hand is raised, or to even be acknowledged when asking a simple question.  And it isn’t until an incident where she is finally noticed by a girl who says one word “nobody”, where Claire finally gets noticed!  But not the kind of notice she was hoping for.  For some reason, she has attracted the attention of 17 year old Nix.  But it’s not the kind of attraction that most girls dream of.  Nix has one mission… to kill Claire, under the direction of The Society. Who is The Society, you might ask?  The Society is the very place and people that trained Nix to become what he is today.  A cold blooded killer.  From a very early age, The Society has drilled into Nix’s head that he is a Nobody.  Someone that people would not even take a second look.  A ghost of a person.  Someone that could come and go without any notice from those around them.  The perfect assassin.  A Nix is very good at what he does.  So when he is commissioned to kill Claire, the reason given was that she was a Null.  A Null being the very people that The Society trains Nobody’s to kill.  Nulls being individuals who have the ability to make people do whatever they want…and Nulls are most always the most terrible people in the world  Sociopathic killers, sexual offenders, cult leaders.  So Nix doesn’t even question The Society’s directions to eliminate another Null…Claire. But, Null’s aren’t supposed to see Nobody’s when they are faded (basically in space between the reality dimension and the in between)…and Claire sees Nix.  And slowly, this kill or be killed relationship shifts, and both Nix and Claire come together and work together on a mission that they’ve made their own. As I started reading Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, I didn’t know what to expect.  I was hoping to be instantly gripped!  I was hoping to be instantaneously captured by the subject matter of this book.  But I just found myself irritated.  I was getting frustrated by the repetition of the words and phrases.  The morose demeanor of characters, Claire and Nix.  And I couldn’t help but let frustrated sighs escape my mouth every time Claire started her thought process with “Situation”. But well after the half way point of the book, with a well thought out plan by our two protagonists, Nobody started to become what I hoped it would be.  Action packed, suspenseful, intriguing, gripping…everything I was hoping that it would be from the beginning of the book.  After Claire and Nix figure out what exactly The Society has been doing, and what their evil plan is the book made a complete 360 and went from an “I-don’t-know-how-I-feel” read, to an “Yes!-This-book-is-fantastic!”. I also found myself feeling terribly sad for both Nix and Claire.  I can’t even imagine being ignored and basically non-existent to everyone around me.  My heart went out to both Nix and Claire as they described their loneliness.  And the mantra that they would chant which helped them fade was depressing. And when it came to the action…it was fantastic!  In and out of the fade, the hunt, the descriptions of Nix’s previous kills.  Very exciting and wonderfully written. Aside from a not so strong and great beginning, Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a read worth checking out.  Just power through the first half, and you’ll be glad you did when you are thrown into the world of Nobodys, Nulls, Sensors, and The Society.
Bibliognome More than 1 year ago
Noticing Nobody NOBODY by Jennifer Lynn Barnes * ARC provided by the publisher for review 5 out of 5 gnomes I adored this book with it’s teenage assassin, intriguing world, and crazy organization that needs to be thwarted. It’s told in dual perspective (having a dual perspective is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to see in a book.) Claire and Nix are two very different people and their distinct points of view are very entertaining to read. They seem like polar opposites at first and then everything just kind of snaps together when they actually meet. They have a connection right away but it does take them awhile to figure out that they really shouldn’t be enemies. Claire seems to be just a rather nondescript girl at first but then finds herself in trouble and on a brand new path in life. She is definitely more important than she ever thought she could be. Nix changes for the better even though he had a rather less than ideal upbringing. I really like his character arc through the book as he figures things out and really begins to grow as a person. The whole mythology of nulls, nobodies, and sensors is a great concept. The nobody ability is even better than being invisible because people just automatically forget about you and sometimes can’t seem to see you at all. The null ability is scary though because they can’t help but be noticed and crave power. The sensors are intriguing too because they can find nulls and nobodies and usually have at least one enhanced sense. It was really refreshing to read a strong standalone book. If you’re looking for a unique story with strong characters then this is definitely the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The synopsis intrigued me from the very start. I thought the idea was very original, and something I could possibly love. However, once I actually started reading it, when it came out; It just wasn't as good as I thought it would be... It started off okay, but then things began to feel odd. For example Nix's cutting in one of the first scenes. It felt forced, for a lack of a better word. Notice how he NEVER did it again, or even thought about it, when it is something that is know to be addictive. I just thought it was a weird (& unessesary) way to represent self harm, especially by a psychologist. Other than that, Nyx's character had tons of emotional baggage, but he was bearible. Clare on the other hand... There were times when I thought 'aww, that's kinda sweet.' But really, most of the time I was thinking 'I can't decide whether this is boarder-line pathetic or not...' What ever happened to empowering your characters, you know, without someone holding their hand? Now, on to the plot. I wish I had I had something more constructive to say, but really, halfway through it just got REALLY slow for me. The whole society thing, I felt could have been more menacing than a group of people who 'kinda' wanted you dead, but at the same time 'kinda' didn't give a damn. Two stars, because I thought it was nice that Nix built her a bookshelf.
IngaKS More than 1 year ago
My review: Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was an interesting book. The idea of the plot was very original and it was an entertaining read. Plot: Claire is a teenager girl that nobody seems to notice. She has no friends and even her family tends to forget about her existence and needs sticky notes to remind them about her. Everything changes when she one day meets Nix. Nix introduces Claire to the world of Nobodys, Nulls, Sensors and the organization who leads them - The Society. Nobodys are people whos DNA makes them different, they cannot be seen, cannot be remembered and cannot be loved. Nulls are manipulating sociopaths who can influence minds of other people and make them do what is useful. Sensors are people capable of finding Nobodys and Nulls. Nix has been raised by The Society and he is assassin whose task is to eliminate Nulls. His next target is Claire, but for his big surprise, Claire can see him. That leads Nix to the decision, that Claire can't be a Null. Nix just can't kill her and saves her life from the hands of The Society. When Nix and Claire find out, that The Society has learned how to create Nulls using a dark mysterious matter, they are determined to change that. This was the part which I loved about Nobody - the idea of the plot itself. The idea of Nulls and Nobodys was interesting, especially thinking how much indifference there is around us. What I was disturbed by was the extensive repetition of sentences and ideas. It seemed to me, that the author tried too hard for readers to understand, that Nobodys are not meant for anything good and love in their lives. In the beginning it might have been necessary, but reading the same sentences for twentieth times made me consider if the author has underestimated the readers' intelligence. My biggest problem was with the writing style which seemed little over the edge with that. The second problem I had with Nobody was pacing, The first half of the book went slow and the second half of the book was totally action-filled. I do love action-filled scenes, but the balance in the novel was off. What I liked was that the author used two points of views - both Claire's and Nix's voices came out clearly. Characters: The characters which you get biggest insight in were Claire and Nix. The rest of the characters had almost no significant importance. Claire was understandable. I understand her pain when nobody really remembered her or saw her and I can relate to her happiness about finding Nix, a person who is like her. I also got the point author made with Nix and his baggage from past. It can't be easy to find out that you have been manipulated to assassin wrong people. Therefore I can understand Nix's internal battles. What I did have difficulties with believing was not their love story itself, but how quickly it developed. I did not buy the insta-love, especially because Nix was out to kill Claire and right after that, he starts deeply caring for her and she fells in love with him. It seemed too much of the Stockholm syndrome even though I know that was not the author's intention. The dynamics and the depth and growth of the relationship was missing. The idea was good, but I don't think the author gave enough page-space for the reasons behind their emotions. I did not feel that while reading. Generally: Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was definitely an enterntaining science fiction read.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
Nobody is nothing like I thought it would be - this is definitely something that I would not have picked up. I am so very happy that I agreed to review it. I did struggle with the first part of the book, and even though there were things that made me cringe and not understand, it kept me intrigued enough to get through the first 18 chapters, which in my opinion, is when it started to finally flow, connect and got really, really interesting. Jennifer Lynn Barnes' spin on sci-fi has really blown me away. The realistic secret-organization and characters that she created are like no others that I have ever read before. First, here's a brief description of what a Nobody is... a Nobody is a person that has a DNA glitch that allows them to go unintentionally undetected. No one remembers them; they are easily forgotten and no one cares for them. If aware of their abilities, Nobodies can make themselves invisible, enough to be able to walk through things. Nobodies are rarely ever spoken to, acknowledged, touched... or loved. Claire is your typical teen trying to get by. But no matter what she does, every one seems to forget about her. And she doesn't understand why. What did she ever do to the world? Why is she ignored? Forgotten? To the point that her parents have to leave sticky notes around the house in order to remind themselves to inquire about her. She is left alone all the time. Maybe they never wanted to have a child. But Claire tries to keep an upbeat attitude full of hope. Her books are her solace, her escape, her friends. She daydreams of a day that something will happen to her and no one will be able to look away. My heart broke for Claire. Her loneliness rips into you. Why would people not take the time to speak to this smart and pretty girl? Claire has her moments, but only allows herself small periods of self-pity. She's hopeful of something happening to change things for the better. Until she meets Nix. Nix. Nix grew up under the secret-organizations trainers and tutors. From his first memory, he was constantly told that he was nothing and that no one would ever care for him. That he is unlovable because he is a Nobody. He was raised to be an assassin. To kill Nulls. Nulls are soulless people - they can't show emotion, they don't care nor love. Nulls are very selfish and they have the ability to manipulate everyone around them to do their bidding. Nix has to keep the Normals, regular humans, safe. The Sensors, humans with one or more special sense (heightened sense of smell, hearing, etc.) track them down and only Nix is able to get rid of Nulls. His newest Null assignment is Claire. But Claire sees Nix. And she knows what he's about to do. But, he's looking right at her. Nix sees Claire. He must do what he was assigned to do. But she's looking right at him. I do not consider this an insta-love situation at all. The shock of having eye-contact with someone - something that has never happened in their entire lives - this will bring on a huge amount of curiosity  A connection of familiarity, understanding. Jennifer Lynn Barnes' writing really impressed me - the way she was able to break Nix down. Build Claire up. Make them stronger, and weaker. Claire and Nix's relationship is undeniable. The fact that they are similar and quite possibly the only one's to exist draws them together, but can also tear them a part. What if there are other Nobody's out there? What about Nix's other assignments? Were they all Nulls? SO many questions! So many twists and turns! It turned into a page-turner for me and I enjoyed it very much! I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to read something out of their comfort zone, who likes sci-fi, suspense and mysteries. I do have to warn you, there are a few graphic descriptions to some of Nix's assignments and past that made me cringe and squirm a bit.  But overall, a great read indeed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You see I am a love science fiction and this is on my top ten list
TheNerdyJournalist More than 1 year ago
Yikes! There are a lot of negative feelings about this book online. I was certain that there were going to be some really ranty reviews about “Nobody,” but I was genuinely surprised by how harsh some of the reviews were. I guess I’m the oddball here because I actually liked “Nobody.” Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of flaws in this book’s execution, but once you get past some of them, the book becomes a lot more enjoyable. The main problem with this book, the reason for all of the little flaws, is that it takes place in such a short amount of time. The whole plot spans across one week, give or take a few days. Think about it: does one week seem like enough time to destroy an evil institution? To grow as a person? To fall in love? I adore the premise of “Nobody” and the basis of Nix and Claire’s relationship. The idea of two people who have always been invisible meeting the one person who actually sees them is so… Romantic. Yes, the whole fated lovers thing is totally cliché, but I have never denied that I am a hopeless romantic. The transition from kill you to kiss you is really fast. Fast enough to make you question Nix and Claire’s sanity. I really like the idea of them together, but I wish it had happened less abruptly. Barnes had such a great opportunity to give us that tension on which romance readers thrive. The short time frame of the novel also prevented Barnes from developing Nix and Claire fully. Claire becomes more sure of herself and Nix is no longer a cold-blooded murderer by the end of the book, but the nitty-gritty pieces of who they are as people—because they aren’t nobody to each other—remained constant. I saw so much potential for them, especially Nix. “I’m the killer. I am death to all I seek. I am Nobody.” He said it like he meant it. Like he believed it. Like it was the reason for the shadows in his eyes and the scar across his neck. Like this boy—this beautiful, insane, gun-toting boy—could possibly understand what it felt like to be truly invisible. To not matter. To anyone. Ever. Nix had the potential to become such a complex character. Barnes had everything set up, but she didn’t take the opportunities laid out for her. She gave us a guy who resents the fact that he’s a tool for the Institution, one that’s accepted that he is nobody. That’s where she stops. I see the potential for a character that puts on a cold front not because he’s trying to hide, but because he has no one to see his emotions. I want to see a guy who is hurt inside. Now, that is the male lead I was looking for. I didn’t have any problems with the plot itself. A longer time frame would’ve created a more suspenseful plot, but it definitely had enough action to keep me interested. I mean, it’s difficult to make stopping an evil institution boring. Still, I wish I had more. Bottom Line Overall, “Nobody” was interesting and enjoyable. The premise was so unique and Nix and Claire’s quest to stop the Institution had just enough hitched along the way to keep me reading. There was a lot of lost potential that I think could’ve been solved with more ingenuity by the author and a longer time frame. I applaud Barnes for not giving in to the sci-fi trilogy hype, but I think spreading the conflict over multiple books (at least two) would’ve allowed for greater character and romantic development and more suspense and action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I was definitely going to like this novel since Every Other Day was just wonderful but I was terribly mistaken. Nobody was terrible and I only read up to the first 72 pages. Firstly, what on earth was up with the repetition? In some cases, repetition is good but in this novel it was completely overbearing. How can you have a phrase being repeated sometimes 6/7 times every chapter? 3/4 times every PAGE? That's just too much! The execution was so poor I found myself frowning everytime I read a sentence. I could not stand it. I do not recommend buying this novel. You will be greatly disappointed. All this novel deserves is one star for concept.
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lrhubble More than 1 year ago
An Excellent book Contemporary, Young Adult The people you don’t see are the most dangerous ones in the world. Nobodies are the people that are ignored, unloved and practically invisible in every way. The aren’t noticed. No one seems to care about them. They are forgotten as soon as you turn away and they exist under the radar. No one sees them coming or leaving. That is why they make the perfect assassins. Nix is seventeen-years-old and he is very good at his job. He doesn’t ask questions when the organization he works for sends him after a teenage girl named Claire. Claire has led a normal life of being overlooked for sixteen years. She doesn’t have any friends and her parents are absent. She has no idea why anyone would want her dead or what she even is. When Nix attempts to carry out his mission she finds out more than she imagined. They are both caught up in a conspiracy of murder, cover-ups, and betrayal. Nix is a killer and Claire is his target. Everything changes though when he sets eyes on her. Because they are only ones that can truly see each other. And that makes two Nobodies twice as dangerous as one. This is a fun and interesting book of what-ifs. The characters bring the story to life and with all the twists and turns this book takes it manages to keep the reader guessing just what is going on and what will happen next. The pace is so fast that it tends to read more like a short story rather than the full-length book it really is. It will also have readers wanting to read other books by this author.
Absolutely_Awkward More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I got this book thinking it was interesting by the few blurbs it gave on the back, and now I'm upset with myself because I made a mistake.  When I first began reading, the basis of the book was great: three types of energies. Nobodies, nulls, and normals. I mean, there are sensors as well, but they don't really seem to play as big of a role as they could have. This whole idea and concept of the different energies was really cool and I started thinking, "Man, this is great." And then we got to the romance section, which completely shattered any sort of plot that was in the making. When you have two characters who you know are going to fall in love, that's great. Romance is great. But when the characters fall for each other after seeing each other one time, there's a problem. For example, Nix is an assassin. He's a killer. He's been trained since he was three years old to kill without any remorse or thinking, which already puts a strain on the realms of reality as it is. But why would he hesitate to kill a girl just because they met eyes? Sure, Claire sees him, and that's a big thing to a Nobody, but if you're trained to kill without a second thought, you wouldn't take time and wonder why you're target met your eyes. That really isn't what I was getting at, though. After Nix tries to kill her, Claire wants to see him again. Says she thinks he's the hottest guy she's ever seen. Love and lust have a difference, and this girl has a pretty bad case of teenage hormones. Like, within a week they makeout and probably do some other things, though context is a tad hard to read during that part (though there are significant hints). The point it, they fall in love instantly, and /instantly/ their love makes everything better. It makes them stronger and faster and better as people. The Society didn't seem to interested in having them killed, either, or like any other program situated in the United States, they would have them dead within an hour, despite being Nobodies. Character development: 0/5 Plot: 1/5
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. Nobody by Jennifer Barnes gave me mixed feelings. The book switches off between Nix and Clair. The main character, Clair, is very whiny and complains how no one can see and how Nix is confusing her. Since it’s a romance/Sci-Fi book, it makes it ten times more confusing considering that Barnes merges to topics poorly. Barnes goes from a very romantic scene to a very super natural scene in a couple of sentences. Another thing is that the romantic dialog is childish. It suits there age since they have a superficial idea of love but in other aspects of the book, she tries making them mature. Like with the action scenes. Barnes has them as these super heroes ridding the world of evil. As a reader, you forget how old they really are. Clair is 15 and Nix is 16 so even though the romantic aspect is annoying, it suits them. While the Sci-Fi part just don’t seem to go with the book. Those parts are better written then the tween parts. Another thing is that the beginning seemed kind of rushed. The middle on the other hand seemed dragged out. You find out so little in the middle 150 pages. I feel like she should have balanced those two out more. Barnes also did a couple pages at the end that explained what happened to them after word. I liked how it added a piece of mind to the reader that the protagonist will basically live happily even after. Even though it sounds very juvenile it works for the audience it’s aimed at.The protagonist did develop as the book went on but the dialogue was the same throughout: immature.       Nobody, as a whole, had an okay build up but the ending was well written and closed the book nicely. I give it three stars because even though the writing seemed under developed, Barnes ended the book with no loose ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&bull;Descriptive <br> &bull;Detailed <br> &bull;Romance <br> &bull;Action <br> &bull;Suspense <br> &bull;A great story. Recommended. <br> &bull;Introduces ideas of the world that are clearly fiction yet still just as interesting to think about the what ifs (what if [this happened to me][I was a null or nobody or sensor]) <br> &bull; A truly amazing book that deserves way more than only five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was great. I loved claire and nix's story and i thought it was overall good. My favorite part was when he built her the book shelf. I do wish the book would have gone a bit faster in the last few chapters. It got kinda boring with the killing of the society being drawn out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book, and I LOVED IT!!!! The plot line was fantastic and let's admit it, I'm a sucker for romance! Claire and Nix were sooo cute! Sorry, fangirl showing... The only thing I disliked was that it was WAY TOO SHORT! I really liked how conflicted Nix was and was sorry for all he had to go through. If you have not read this book, READ IT. NOW.
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Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
The premise for NOBODY is unique, and upon reading it, even more so.  Unlike previous books by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, which deal with creatures seen before such as werewolves, the author now shares her own creation, Nobodies.  No, we're not talking Kingdom Hearts-esque Nobodies here.  We're talking people that are blink-and-you-miss-them.  The book's tag-line?  &quot;There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.&quot;  There is an organization called The Society that finds Nobodies and trains them to be assassins, because only they can slip away unnoticed. NOBODY is in third-person, so readers get thoughts from both Nix and Claire.  Nix was born knowing he was a Nobody.  He's been put through torturous training to become an assassin like no other--one who can slip in and out of the world unseen.  He believes in his duty to eliminate Nulls, &quot;the ultimate somebodies...soulless, broken monsters. Master manipulators, devoid of human compassion&quot; (pg. 22).  Nulls and their psychopathic tendencies sicken him, and when he is assigned a new target to eliminate, a teenage girl named Claire, he doesn't question it.  Until Claire sees him.  Until Claire questions him.  Until he realizes that Claire isn't a Null, but a Nobody like himself.  Suddenly, he finds himself questioning everything The Society has ever told him, every target he's ever illuminated.  What happens when two Nobodies join forces to stop an evil, corrupt secret organization?  Life as Nix knows it will never be the same again. The amount of detail and creation that has gone into NOBODY is vast.  There are Sensors, five-person units where each member is extraordinarily talented in one of the four senses for tracking purposes.  The Fade is an in-between place where Nobodies are able to slip in and out of when travelling to pass unnoticed.  When touching in the Fade, they can even freeze time.  Nulls are dangerous and evil; when we're introduced to a young Null late in the book, it's chill-inducing.  And let's not forget Nobodies, who are easy to relate to because everyone goes through a period of feeling overlooked and forgotten, even when standing right in front of someone else.   There are so many unique elements to admire in NOBODY.  All of the original lore is by far my favorite aspect of the novel.  There's a bad case of insta-love, and considering that Nix wants to assassinate Claire, it's not necessarily the smartest decision she'll make when she falls for him.  Both Nix and Claire could be impulsive and illogical, especially when it came to one another, which makes sense, because they are teenagers, but at times, it becomes overpowering.  Then again, Nix and Claire have never been able to have a normal relationship because, as a Nobody, no one has ever seen them before, so this is one book where these ups and downs actually make sense, because neither knows how to behave.  It still gets redundant after a while, but can be overlooked because the story is just so unique. The mystery and intrigue as Nix and Claire unravel The Society's motivations was enough to keep me turning pages, especially as deeper truths about Nobodies, Nulls, and even Sensors were revealed.