Authors: Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: September 29, 2015
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Adventure
Acquired: Library – Physical Book
Summary (from Goodreads): X-Men meets Heroes when New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld teams up with award-winning authors Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti to create a sizzling new series filled with action and adventure.
Don’t call them heroes.
But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart.
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. 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.
I’ve read so many science fiction/fantasy books that contain magic/powers but they all have one fatal flaw – the characters never experience any consequences of using their powers. Not the case with Zeroes! In that regard, the premise of Zeroes seems more realistic, despite the fact that their powers are anything but. Every power has a price.
The characters are really strong point of this novel. Each character is developed very well throughout the duration of the book. I had a really good sense of who each Zero was and what they stood for. There were individual struggles that broke my heart and triumphs that made me beam. Each character went through a bit of a journey.
One of the smartest things that Scott and crew did was set the novel in our world. This prevented the need to spend copious amounts of time on world building. Even though the only “new” thing was the introduction of Zero powers, it still read like a very original story.
Despite the fact that I enjoyed Zeroes very much, it did have some issues. There was some romance that felt very insta-lovey and unnecessary. As I summarized the novel for my spoiler post (Password: Zeroes), I realized that not a whole lot happened. Because of this, I felt the length was a bit excessive. The length can be attributed to the fact that each chapter is told from a different Zeroes’ perspective, which got a bit tedious.
Overall, Zeroes is an entertaining and intriguing read. It leaves you with questions and sets up for the next novel nicely. A solid 4 stars from me and I will be continuing the series.