The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

Publication Info: Expected Publication date September 3, 2019 by Del Rey. Pre-pub Kindle edition courtesy of NetGalley.

Summary: The first time the world learned about the Nobody People was after the rescue of some trapped miners. Sam Guthridge was one of those miners. He and his family had been hiding in plain sight, not letting the world know of their differences, until the mining disaster. His choice was to use his special powers to rescue himself and others or die. He chose to live and because of that, his entire family was murdered by fearful bigots.

A boy named Owen Curry discovers he can make things disappear. He doesn’t make them invisible, he nulls them, as if they never existed. After a mysterious “friend” urges Owen to use his powers on a Baptist church full of black people, Journalist Avi Hirsch starts investigating. He quickly realizes that this is no ordinary hate bombing. In his investigating Avi discovers an entire community of Nobody People, each with unique talents — and most of them good people who want to use their skills to benefit others.

But hate mongers and the government function on fear. Legislation is passed and many Nobody People are captured and shipped off to secluded “camps”, where their skills are restrained.

It isn’t until Avi realizes that his own daughter, Emmaline, is one of the Nobody People that his search for the truth about this fringe group becomes all too personal and dangerous.

Comments: I read several other reviews that compared The Nobody People to X-Men. I’m not a comics reader and I don’t watch many movies, so I don’t have that background.

My view of The Nobody People is that it’s an all too current view of the state of this country, told through a Sci-Fi lens. Unfortunately, we are living in an age where those who are different are shot, deported or caged, all with near impunity and the blessings of some in the highest offices.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but I thought it was a bit too long and could have used some editing, especially in the middle. There was a lot of stuff going on that wasn’t important to the story.

Recommended for readers of superhero stories and Science Fiction

My Goodreads rating is 3.75 stars, rounded up to 4.

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