The Top Five Songs Behind NIL + ARC giveaway!

Hey everyone! As some of y’all may know, my debut novel, NIL, drops in 26 days. AHHHHHH!!! I’m a *little* excited.:)

Here’s the synopsis:

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

Lost and alone, Charley hunts for a way out. She discovers desolate beaches and human remains, but no sign of civilization–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 to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with hidden dangers, their greatest threat is time.

The short version? Think Survivor meets LOST with dashes of The Maze Runner and loads of feels.:)

I’ve talked before on All The Write Notes about my NIL playlists, because music fueled  my writing process. There are actually TWO NIL playlists, because there are two POVs. Charley, the girl who lands on Nil as the book opens, and Thad, who has already been there for 267 days.

Today I thought I’d share the top five songs behind NIL. I’m not even going to tell you how long I spent choosing, because it’s ridiculous.:) But I love these five. They totally capture the vibe of NIL–each for different reasons.

#1. Underdog by Kasabian

Underdog epitomizes Thad’s fight against the island…and his will to win. What made me love this song? The strength of the melody, the buildup, the DEFIANCE. And the lyrics– OMG! The lyrics!–especially the opening line.

Kill me if you dare, hold my head up everywhere
Keep myself right on this train
I’m the underdog, live my life on a lullaby
Keep myself riding on this train
Keep myself riding on this train
. . .Feels like I’m lost in a moment
I’m always losing to win
Can’t get away from the moment
Seems like it’s time to begin
See for yourself.:

#2. Ready to Fall by Rise Against

Ready To Fall perfectly captures Thad’s perspective as his days run out. The edgy feel, the intensity, the in-your-face feel with an undercurrent of desperation. And the lyrics!

Hold on slow down again from the top now and tell me everything
I know I’ve been gone for what seems like forever
But I’m here now waiting
To convince you that I’m not a ghost or a stranger
But closer than you think
She said, “just go on to what you
Pretend is your life but
Please don’t die on me”Wings won’t take me
Heights don’t phase me
So take a step
But don’t look down
Take a stepNow I’m standing on the rooftop ready to fall
I think I’m at the edge now but I could be wrong
I’m standing on the rooftop ready to fall
Check it out live: 

#3. See You Again by Carrie Underwood
Charley is fiercely optimistic, and this song captures her quiet intensity and unshakeable belief that Thad will make it… plus the ache and longing and hurt of the whole island experience as the ending unfolds. And again, THE LYRICS. So perfect.
Said goodbye, turned around
And you were gone, gone, gone
Faded into the setting sun,
Slipped away
But I won’t cry
Cause I know I’ll never be lonely
For you are the stars to me,
You are the light I follow

I will see you again, whoa
This is not where it ends
I will carry you with me, oh
‘Til I see you again

#4. I Can’t Do This by Plumb
This song portrays Charley in her lowest moments; the chorus is spot-on. The rising vocals full of desperation and pleading, the haunting melody, and THE LYRICS–especially the power in their repetition.
I can’t do this,
I can’t do this,
I can’t do this by myself
I can’t do this,
I can’t do this,
Oh God I need Your help
 Click play, close  your eyes, and listen.:)

#5. The Island (Part 1) Dawn by Pendulum.
This last song? It’s from the islands’s point of view. The island is the greatest antagonist of all. I listened to tons of Pendulum’s album Immersion as I wrote NIL–and this song shows why. The consistently of the melody told me the island was in for the long haul…unhurried, fully aware, and carefully planned. Plus, could the title be more fitting?! And of course, the lyrics. 🙂 

You arrive
In the rising sun
The hidden passenger
That I’ve been taking
Close your eyes
Let’s forget again
As you drag me down
I will take you in

What are you waiting for?
Just surrender here tonight
What are you waiting for?
As we go towards the light

When everything is said and done
To looking for answers if only one
Turn my back the urge has gone
Left with no reason we come undone

Creepy, right? Now check out the video. VERY CREEPY, and the opening was so much like the start of Charley’s Day One  it freaked even me out. The girl even looks a little like Charley. FREAKY. (Watch until the end…so worth it.)

So that’s it! My top five songs of NIL. It’s out on March 4, but you can win an advance reader’s copy (ARC) now! Enter below!

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