Title: The Nobody People
Author: Bob Proehl
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Page Count: 496
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
When a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities comes out of hiding, their clash with a violent society will spark a revolution—or an apocalypse.
Avi Hirsch has always known his daughter was different. But when others with incredible, otherworldly gifts reveal themselves to the world, Avi realizes that her oddness is something more—that she is something more. With this, he has a terrifying revelation: Emmeline is now entering a society where her unique abilities unfairly mark her as a potential threat. And even though he is her father, Avi cannot keep her safe forever.
Emmeline soon meets others just like her: Carrie Norris, a teenage girl who can turn invisible . . . but just wants to be seen. Fahima Deeb, a woman with an uncanny knack for machinery . . . but it’s her Muslim faith that makes the U.S. government suspicious of her.
They are the nobody people—ordinary individuals with extraordinary gifts who want one only thing: to live as equals in an America that is gripped by fear and hatred. But the government is passing discriminatory laws. Violent mobs are taking to the streets. And one of their own—an angry young man seething with self-loathing—has used his power in an act of mass violence that has put a new target on the community. The nobody people must now stand together and fight for their future, or risk falling apart.
The first book of a timely two-part series, The Nobody People is a powerful novel of love and hope in the face of bigotry that uses a world touched by the fantastic to explore our current reality. It is a story of family and community. It is a story of continuing to fight for one another, no matter the odds. It is the story of us.
Bob Proehl will return with The Somebody People!
The Nobody People by Bob Proehl is the first book in the science fiction fantasy The Resonant Duology. The tale is one that’s a take on comic book type super heroes set in a world that shuns those with the unique abilities.
The nobody people in the book are those who have some type of special ability and they are known to the world as the Resonants. A reporter named Avi has been asked by the Resonants to help them announce their presence to the world. But Avi has a young daughter who has powers herself and he fears what may happen to her.
I actually read this first book of The Resonant Duology quite a while ago and it’s one review I kept putting off because honestly I just don’t like writing them when I didn’t care much for the book. I was curious to pick up a super hero story expecting maybe a ton of action but my take on this was it was slow and just not very engaging to me at all. I always have that fear with lengthy fantasy type of reads so perhaps it was just me but I won’t be continuing the duology myself.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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