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NIL 


On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing Charley remembers is blacking out in an Atlanta parking lot, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley hunts for a way out. She discovers desolate beaches and human remains, but no sign of civilization--until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought... and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with hidden dangers, their greatest threat is time.

They can’t stop the clock. They can only hope to beat it.








Praise for NIL:

Matson makes a strong debut with this tense, cinematic struggle for survival on a peril-filled island that may have some readers flashing back to episodes of Lost…
        -Publisher's Weekly

The concept of Nil is very interesting and well constructed . . . While there is conflict and tragedy, Matson seems to have a high opinion of the good nature and resourcefulness of kids left to their own devices. Overall, this book hits its mark. -School Library Journal

What elevates this survival romance is Charley's strong, smart character . . . most readers will be too busy devouring the book in one sitting. -Booklist

*Matson brings a unique twist to a survival story with similarities to the TV reality show Survivor . . . a strongly written fantasty. -VOYA, STARRED REVIEW

The reader is swept along with the characters in just rooting for survival in a setting where taking too long to ponder answers could mean you don't live long enough to do anything with your newfound revelations. -BCCB

Nil is a page-turner and compulsively readable. Lynne Matson has created a winning story with the perfect mix of edge-of-your-seat suspense, romance, humor. -Mary E. Pearson, NYT best-selling author of The Remnant Chronicles

Like Survivor with a body count. Nil is an addicting, fast-paced, thrill of a ride. -Kasie West, author of Pivot Point

Awards:

-VOYA Perfect 10 for 2014, starred review
-Florida Teens Read Nominee 2015-16
-Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award List 2016-17
-Gateway Readers Award finalist in Missouri for 2016-17


NIL UNLOCKED 








On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.


Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil—and possibly destroy the island forever. 

But at what cost? And who will pay the price?







Praise for NIL UNLOCKED:

A fast, tense gift for readers wanting to return to Nil. -Kirkus Reviews

VERDICT- A must-have for fans of the first installment. -School Library Journal



NIL ON FIRE



Despite Rives and Skye's attempt to destroy Nil, the island remains. And back in this world, Nil won't let Skye go. Haunted by a darkness she can't ignore, Skye wrestles with Nil nightmares that worsen by the day and threaten to tear her apart. As the island grows in power, Skye fights to keep her mind intact. Soon Skye realizes that to finally break free of Nil, she must end Nil's vicious cycle once and for all--and she can't do it alone.


Who will return to Nil, and in the end, who will survive? In this thrilling final installment of the Nil series, the stakes have never been higher: everyone's fate hangs in the balance, including Nil's own--and Nil will fight to the death. When the full force of the island is unleashed, Skye faces an impossible choice, a cruel one she'd never imagined she'd have to make. As the island's clock ticks away, one Nil truth becomes painfully clear: only one side can win.

Losing isn't an option, but winning will cost Skye everything.







NIL REMEMBERED



My name is Scott Bracken, and this is my journal.

Scott Bracken has been home for 28 days, but nothing is the same. A month ago, he escaped from Nil, an island of wonder, beauty, and incredible danger. Now, back in his old life, no one believes Scott's story. To deal with his present, Scott must relive his past-whether he wants to or not.

Introduced to readers in Nil Unlocked, here, for the first time, is Scott's journal in its entirety. Delve deeper into the world of Nil-before Charley and Thad, before Skye and Rives-and discover the truth.