Book Review: Nowhere By Jon Robinson

Author: Jon Robinson
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Puffin Books
Goodreads Summary: ‘No one’s coming for us.
Not our families, not the police.
No one.’

Alyn, Jes, Ryan and Elsa are Nowhere. A concrete cube in the middle of a dense forest. Imprisoned inside are one hundred teenagers from all over the country. They’re all criminals. But none of them remember committing any crimes. Who has put them there. What do their captors want? And how will they ever break free . . . ?


Nowhere is about a group of teenagers who are all imprisoned in “Nowhere”, a prison in the middle of a dense and snowy forest. One hundred teenage ‘criminals’ are being held there, but none of them remembering committing the crimes they’ve been accused of. Convinced that something is wrong, a group of prisoners band together to try and escape and figure out who’s holding them prisoner, where and for what reason.

Nowhere is a relatively short novel with a sort of ‘Hunger Games’ feel. It’s a rather sinister story as the reader is kept in. The dark about why the chasten are being held captive. There are a few chapters which give you a clue as to why these children have been imprisoned, but these chapters are short and infrequent. This is very disappointing as the reason appears to be something really fascinating and I wish the author had elaborated on these passages. I hope that the subsequent books go into much more detail about the reasoning behind their capture.

This story is written in the third person with each chapter focussing on a different person or a different time frame. The chapters are quite short making this a fast-paced novel that I managed to read in one morning.

One of the problems I found with this book is the lack of connection between characters. The chapters are so short that I feel like I didn’t really get to know any of the characters very well or have any connection with them; hence, when things happened to them I just felt incredibly removed without much emotion at all to be honest. There are several main characters and although I could see threads of friendship (or more) between some of them, I still didn’t really root for any characters.

All in all, this is a story that had great potential but it ultimately failed to fulfil it due to the lack of connection between characters and the general lack of depth or detail. This is a great shame as this really does seem like an interesting story and I sincerely hope that the story picks up in the next two books of this trilogy.

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