Welcome to the blog tour for
NIL Unlocked by Lynne Matson!
Firstly, many many thanks to Macmillan for asking me to be a part of this tour! I really, really enjoyed NIL when I first read it last year and I just immediately got hooked into this weird, creepy island, the great cast of teens, and an exciting and mysterious adventure. When I found out that NIL was going to have a sequel, I was SO excited and even more jazzed when I was asked to be a part of the blog tour! Lynne Matson is so lovely to work with and talk with and I really wanted to help spread the word about her books!
If you’re not familiar with NIL yet, you probably should be! I keep pitching it as a book for fans of the TV show LOST (really! Especially in NIL UNLOCKED) but if we’re making comparisons, it’s also got hints of Survivor, Gilligan’s Island, and Lord of the Flies… But really NIL and NIL Unlocked stand fine on their own! Lynne Matson does a great job at bringing the characters and the island to life and for both books, I was pretty hooked from start to finish.
For my blog tour stop today, I’m hosting Lynne Matson and she’s prepared a guest post all about the island of NIL itself and how it really starts to play out as a character as well as a place in NIL UNLOCKED!
GUEST POST FROM LYNNE MATSON
Today I’m talking about the characters in the Nil world…including the island of Nil itself. *cue creepy music* 😉
As y’all know, NIL UNLOCKED is a sequel to NIL, and yet, NIL UNLOCKED also a companion novel of sorts. Rives and Skye are the main characters in NIL UNLOCKED, whereas Thad and Charley are the main characters in NIL. Like Thad, Rives is a veteran as far as time served on Nil. Like Charley, Skye is a rookie. But the similarities end there. Unlike Charley, Skye arrives on Nil with loads of inside information (thanks to her uncle who visited Nil in the 80’s) and plenty of training, and she shares Rives’s passion for unlocking Nil’s secrets. It’s their mutual obsession with the island that drives the story.
But if Rives’s and Skye’s thirst for understanding drives the story, than the island fuels it.
Because on the most basic level, Nil is the story.
Through the Nil series, the island is at the core; Nil itself is a character. In NIL, Thad hears Nil, or at least he thinks he does, leaving the reader to wonder if Nil truly is alive. This Nil-as-a sentient-being thread grows in NIL UNLOCKED. Skye’s uncle heard Nil during his time on the island; so do Rives, Skye and Dex during their time on the island. But adding another layer of mystery (or creepy, depending on your point of view lol), Nil doesn’t always use words. But the island definitely has something to say…and something it wants. *shivers*
So NIL UNLOCKED? It’s full of feels and full of answers. It’s where you meet Skye, where you get to know Rives, and where you unravel the secrets of Nil. It’s the book where you find out what makes Nil—the island—tick.
Nil is an antagonist creepy enough for an entire series. 🙂
So there you have it! Brittany, thank you SOOO much for having me on your blog today, and for being such an awesome part of the #NILtribe!
A big, big thank you to Lynne Matson! So happy to have you on the blog today, Lynne!
So what do you guys think? Creepy, right? Crazy-interesting, right? I hope your curiosity is piqued!
Want to learn more about Lynne Matson and her books? We’ve got the hook-up below!
And don’t miss the rest of the blog tour!
- Monday, May 11: Adventures of a Book Junkie
- Tuesday, May 12: The Book Addict’s Guide
- Wednesday, May 13: The Eater of Books
- Thursday, May 14: Bookiemoji
- Friday, May 15: Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf
- Monday, May 18: The Reading Nook Reviews
- Tuesday, May 19: Bewitched Bookworms
- Thursday, May 21: MacTeenBooks Blog
- Friday, May 22: That Artsy Reader Girl
Thanks to Macmillan, I have a giveaway today! One lucky US winner will win a copy of NIL (paperback) and NIL UNLOCKED (hardcover)! All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter form below!
Winner must be 13 years of age or older to win. US residents only, please.