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Zeroes by Westerfield, Lanagan, & Biancotti

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.

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3/5

Song For this Book: Loser Like Me – Glee

I read this book a while back, but it was a busy point of my life, and I remembered little more about the book than that I had enjoyed it. So when I came into an ARC of the second book, I figured I should reread this one before tackling the next book. And I’m glad I did. It’s a fun story, and a nice change from the usual stuff we see in young adult fiction.

This book revolves around six teenagers with unique powers. But they’re not superheroes or anything like that – in all honesty, they probably create more trouble than they’re actually able to fix. When Ethan, aka Scam’s, power gets them into trouble, the Zeroes need to starting working together again to help get him out of a bind, and bring another kid with powers into their group.

It’s a fun read, and nice if you’re getting sick of the same old tropes and people saving the world. It’s written by three authors, giving the characters a bit more diversity than you would generally see from a single author. And it’s just a fun adventure, if we’re being honest.

The Good Points of Zeroes:

It steers pretty clear of the major topes we seem to find in everything these days. These guys have special powers, but they’re not particularly good at them, and they mess things up a lot. It’s a nice change, especially when we’ve had people in every book saving the whole world with their special snowflake skills.

With the exception of a few sections in the middle of the book where we’re getting some background, it’s a really high energy book. There are hold ups, explosions, running away from people, and shutting down entire buildings, just to name a few. It keeps you hooked in pretty well.

All of the characters are super unique, and really interesting. I suppose that’s one of the advantages of having multiple authors creating a story. I can’t remember the last time I read a book with such a diverse cast that worked so well together.

The powers that these kids have a rather unique. When we think super powers, we usually think flying or super strength or laser vision or something along those things. But these kids have abilities to manipulate crowds or talk themselves out of situations or see through other people’s eyes. It makes for a really interesting story.

The Downsides of Zeroes:

This book almost comes across as a series of events that everyone is rushing to catch up with, rather than having a plot line. The events all fit together, but it’s not as tight as I’ve come to expect from most young adult fiction.

The story seems to lose it’s momentum about halfway through. We get into a lot of information on how the characters have gotten to where they are, and while it’s important stuff, it gets a little dull for a short period.

The characters didn’t really seem connected throughout. With the exception of Flicker and Thibault, they all seemed to be doing their own thing, and it just happened to be at the same events. Perhaps it was because they group hadn’t been friends in a year, but they didn’t seem as tight as I would have liked.

All in all, I enjoyed this book, both the first and the second time. It’s a nice change of pace from the usual young adult books we run into, and it’s fun to see some superpowers that aren’t saving the entire world. Definitely one worth checking out.

Have you read Zeroes? Let me know what you thought in the comments below! And keep an eye out for my review of Swarm at the end of September!

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10 thoughts on “Zeroes by Westerfield, Lanagan, & Biancotti

      1. So jealous. But so happy for you. Eh, I’m just starting out. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to do that. I just have to be patient.
        And I’m not a patient person. But I’m working on it.
        Let me know what you think!! 👍

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