Zeroes (Zeroes #1) by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti.
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 3.75 stars
Synopsis: 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.
My opinion on the book:
Let’s see.. where do i start? When i first heard about this book i instantly thought it was perfect for me. The story is right up my reading alley. I never read a book by any of the writers before, so i decided to give it a chance, especially because everyone loved the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.
So yeah, the story idea was right for my liking, only there was something about the writing i couldn’t stand. The plot was interesting but whenever i tried to read it i got really bored and couldn’t read much of it at a time, which was really upsetting since after a while i started liking the characters, or at least some of them.
There’s a really nice storyline about two of the Zeroes that i completely enjoyed, but i don’t want to spoil the good thing about the book.
It actually took me about a month and a half to finish about 85% of the book when the last few chapters were so incredibly good i couldn’t put the book down. I think there were many parts that were too long or not necessary for the story.
As i said before, the characters weren’t much of my liking, except for two. But their powers were pretty awesome; A guy who no one can remember (Anon), one with an internal voice that says whatever he needs to save himself (Scam), one that can make everyone pay all the attention to himself (Bellwether), a blind girl who can see through others’s eyes (Flicker), a gal who can control electronics, well,… mostly crash them… (Crash) and one who can control masses(Mob).
The thing is, even most of the book was pretty boring for me the ending got me so hung up i was totally decided on reading the next one… yes on my November wrap up back in 2015 i said i wasn’t sure if i would be reading the next one.. it took me a while to decided to actually do it.
I already read it and i’ll be reviewing it in the next few days.
Overall, the idea it’s a very interesting one. But i didn’t like the style or something it was told in, or at least i think that was my problem with the book. The characters grow on you, i assure you because now i’m really hang up on them after the ending of the second book i have some very favorites and all.
I know in goodreads the book got good reviews over all, and i’m really happy others could enjoy it more than i did. I think, the book has a lot of potential, the story has it for sure. And yes, i’ll be reading the third book in the series, which i don’t know if it’s a trilogy or there’ll be more books.
Do i recommend it? Well, it depends on how much you like books about people with superpowers. I love that kind of books so i pull through, if you read any Scoot Westerfeld book and didn’t enjoy it much, i’m not sure this book it’s for you. I say this because after reading Zeroes i tried reading AfterWorlds and i felt the same as while reading Zeroes.