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Nil (Excerpt)

, || On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have 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 she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she's naked in an empty rock field. Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people 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 she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly.

Why Islands Win: Hook, Line & Sinker

Confession: I watched way too much Gilligan’s Island as a child.

I was fascinated by the characters—by the ridiculous impossibility of Ginger’s perfect hair, and by the Professor’s brilliant island ingenuity. To this day I’m bewildered by the fact that the Professor could make a working receiver out of coconuts, and yet, he couldn’t figure out a way off the island. The illogical nature of Gilligan’s world mocked me, and yet I tuned in every day to see if THIS episode would be the one where they were finally rescued. Because I was hooked. (Granted, I was in elementary school and had yet to discover The Twilight Zone, so don’t judge me too harshly…)

[Exploring the curious allure of an island setting…]

Why Islands Win: Hook, Line & Sinker

Confession: I watched way too much Gilligan’s Island as a child.

I was fascinated by the characters—by the ridiculous impossibility of Ginger’s perfect hair, and by the Professor’s brilliant island ingenuity. To this day I’m bewildered by the fact that the Professor could make a working receiver out of coconuts, and yet, he couldn’t figure out a way off the island. The illogical nature of Gilligan’s world mocked me, and yet I tuned in every day to see if THIS episode would be the one where they were finally rescued. Because I was hooked. (Granted, I was in elementary school and had yet to discover The Twilight Zone, so don’t judge me too harshly…)

[Exploring the curious allure of an island setting…]

Nil (Excerpt)

Check out Nil, the debut novel from Lynne Matson, available March 4th from Henry Holt & Co.

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have 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 she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people 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 she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly.

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