Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Big surprises in action-packed thriller about re-dying girl.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Nemesis shows how stress and fear can cause the rise of authoritarian leaders.

Positive Messages

Friends watch each other's backs. Friendships require honesty.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Min is smart, brave, and resourceful in her quest for the truth. She's quick to defend her friend Tack and, to a lesser extent, Noah. However, she firebombs an enemy's car and breaks into a therapist's office.


Violence plays a major role in Nemesis. Min is shot, thrown over a cliff, stabbed, and clubbed in the head. Other students meet similar fates. Soldiers shoot innocent bystanders.


Min and Noah are attracted to each other, kiss, and spend one night sleeping in each other's arms.


Min and her fellow students are under a lot of stress and swear rather frequently. The following are used between six and a dozen times: "damn," "hell," "bastard," "prick," "bitch," and "s--t."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens break into a parent's liquor cabinet.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nemesis is a science fiction thriller by Brendan Reichs, co-author of the Virals series, about a girl who has been killed every second birthday since she was 8 but then resurrected each time to live on just fine. It features multiple murders by gun, knife, poison gas, and more. Characters under stress swear occasionally ("hell," "damn," "bastard," "bitch," "prick," and "a--hole"). Sexual content is limited to passionate kisses and a night spent snuggling.

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Parent of a 12-year-old Written byNicole.burks April 24, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written byBodhiDW September 19, 2018

Unique and amazing!

This is truly a fantastic book full of mystery and adventure. It has a great ending that is very unique and made me want a second book!

What's the story?

Death is repetitive but unpredictable in NEMESIS. Since the age of 8, Min has been killed by a stranger on every second birthday. No matter what she does, the man in the black suit arrives to murder her. Resurrected, she always returns to consciousness as good as new. Now, at 16, she's determined to get to the bottom of a vast conspiracy that involves the 64 members of her high school class, the military, and many of the adults she trusts the most.

Is it any good?

A killer concept drives this intense thriller, as a haunted young woman unravels her small town's secrets. In Nemesis, author Brendan Reichs doesn't waste any time in kicking off the action. Min, Tack, and Noah have different ideas of how to handle their town's natural and man-made crises, and their individual struggles make for compelling reading. There's plenty of twisty plotting, but some readers may be disappointed in the big reveal, depending on how savvy they are when it comes to science fiction. And readers will have to wait for at least one more volume to know how everything turns out. Most will eagerly await the next book.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Nemesis portrays the authoritarian takeover of a small town. Why do people obey dictators?

  • What do you think of the way violence is handled in Nemesis? Is it appropriate to the story or over the top?

  • How do people react to a natural disaster? In what ways can they prepare for such an event?

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