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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Strident Publishing; 2nd edition edition (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905537328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905537327
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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'I love this bold, beautiful, terrifying book. One of the greatest young adult books I have ever read.' --David Almond, author of Skellig.

'This uncompromising novel has all the marks of a classic.' --Booklist

'Rivals Lord Of The Flies for horror' --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Nothing was awarded both the Michael L. Printz Honor and the Batchelder Translation Honor from the American Library Association in January 2011. Other awards include the prestigious Le Prix Libbylit for best novel for children in the French-speaking world, and Best Children's Book Prize from the Danish Cultural Ministry. Janne is a Danish novelist of Austrian-German family background who has lived and worked all over the world, working for the UN before becoming a full-time novelist. Since her 1999 debut novel, the highly acclaimed saga Odin's Island, she has published several best-selling and award-winning novels, and her literature has been translated into more than 13 languages.


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I like YA books. I like books written by foriegn writers (i.e.non-UK). I enjoy the difference. But this one I struggled with, not because of the translation, but because of the subject. I found it very dark indeed, and it reminded me of Lord of the Flies - William Goulding, and I didn't like that, either. When a 14 year-old retreats from schoool and home to the branches of a tree because there is just nothing. Nothing happens, nothing to look forward to, just nothing. When he does this, the equilibrium is upset and his classmates search for a meaning, deciding to give up something precious to each of them to prove that there is indeed something more than nothing. How they choose those precious things is a dark, dark tale and whilst I cannot imagine anyone doing the things they did, I am sure that in fact I am wrong, and it would be so easy to take the road they took. The low score is because the book disturbed me, not because it was badly written.
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This is existentialism for people who don't want to read Sartre. And as someone who's read Sartre, I'm telling you, read this instead. Pierre Anthon is in the depths of existential despair. He has come to the conclusion that, as nothing matters, there's no point doing anything. This shakes his classmates to the core as they've always been taught to be something, or someone. They create a pile of meaning, with the aim of convincing Pierre Anthon that life is not meaningless and thus hoping he will stop telling them it is. This starts off as a group of teens with the best intentions but quickly, as most things do, becomes a manipulation, a power struggle, an example of capitalism and a showcase of what humanity is capable of.

This is not an easy book to read. I wont lie, it's disturbed and haunting and downright creepy. But more than that it's though provoking and inspiring and simply breathtaking. It contains so much that people really should think about. At points I did get disillusioned with it, thinking that all it showed was that kids can be a spiteful bunch, but after sticking with it I can definitely say it's a very poignant piece.

Nothing has a very existentialistic theme, to me it said that there is no universal meaning, that no one should force meaning on another person, no one has the right to decide what should and should not matter and how it matters and how much it should matter to us, as individuals. But I guess the great thing about this book is that interpretations of it can be totally subjective. I think so much can be learnt about human motivations and the state of our society from this book, and the beauty is it can be done in such an accessible way.
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i know its meant for teenagers but i really enjoyed it.I bought it to discover why so many schools in Europe didn't want it on there school reading list.I can see why, it is challenging the whole structure of society and in the hands of some questioning teenagers it might be awkward but i do feel that the youngsters need to ask the big questions before life gets in the way. While the mind is young and full of passion i think this book could lead to a journey of philosophy which only means the love of truth.We seem to live in a world that perhaps needs to ask the very biggest questions of itself. now
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I think this must be one of the best young adult novels I have ever read. In fact I think it deserves to become a classic.
The prose - mostly very well translated - is deceptively simple and spare. Perhaps that's what makes the story so moving and morbid and poignant, so heart-wrenching and so painfully, often cruelly, philosophical. "Nothing" was recommended to me by an American friend who tells me it has won awards in the US. Having read it, I am quite surprised it hasn't been a huge hit in the UK. It really deserves to be.
When Pierre Anton decides that "nothing matters" and climbs up into a tree, his classmates decide to prove him wrong by creating a pile of things that matter to them. Since this makes them search their hearts and question their own conflicted and complex desires, the story quickly turns allegorical - in the darkest yet most seductive way. The action takes place in a small town somewhere in the Danish countryside in a low-key world which quickly seems cut out to become nightmarish, as more and more is set at stake.
For me, this amazing novel of teenage disillusionment and existential angst belongs on the shelf next to The Catcher in the Rye.
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A difficult and disturbing read. I love the concept of the book. Still considering it - not a book you will forget easily.
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