Book Review- Zeroes



Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti
Published by Simon Pulse on September 29, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 546

Don’t call them heroes.

But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart. They can do stuff ordinary people can’t.

Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t—like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends these days.

Enter Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether, the group’s “glorious leader.” After Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. And at the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening installment of a thrilling new series.

Zeroes was non-stop action from the very first page.

Six teens (Ethan, Nate, Riley, Chizara, Thibault, and Kelsie) have amazing powers… powers that they don’t quite understand. Powers that keep getting them into trouble; or at least that’s what always seems to happen when Ethan opens his mouth and his other voice comes out.

Zeroes is full of twists and turns that whip at you with no warning. At any moment there were a million possibilities, and yet somehow the three wonderful authors of this book found a way to steer the story in the perfect direction every time.

It is quite a challenge to write a book about power without having some of the same elements of other books about people with powers. So yes, there are some similarities if you are looking for them. However, I have to say that I have never come across powers that work quite like the Zeroes powers work: that is, on a curve.

I very much enjoyed this book, an recommend it to anyone who loves superheroes, powers, thick plots, and dangerous situations.

I am going to give Zeroes four out of five hearts!

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