Swarm (Zeroes #2) by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti.
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 3.5 stars
Synopsis: They thought they’d already faced their toughest fight. But there’s no relaxing for the reunited Zeroes.
These six teens with unique abilities have taken on bank robbers, drug dealers, and mobsters. Now they’re trying to lay low so they can get their new illegal nightclub off the ground.
But the quiet doesn’t last long when two strangers come to town, bringing with them a whole different kind of crowd-based chaos. And hot on their tails is a crowd-power even more dangerous and sinister.
Up against these new enemies, every Zero is under threat. Mob is crippled by the killing-crowd buzz—is she really evil at her core? Flicker is forced to watch the worst things a crowd can do. Crash’s conscience—and her heart—get a workout. Anon and Scam must both put family loyalties on the line for the sake of survival. And Bellwether’s glorious-leader mojo deserts him.
Who’s left to lead the Zeroes into battle against a new, murderous army?
My opinion on the book:
In the second book of the series, we meet our group of Zeroes again, but this time we also get to meet some new characters and powers. Sure, our Zeroes are now trying to manage their powers, they have a new place to practice, an illegal nightclub where they use their powers on people (or at least some of them). But when a weird incident happens there everything goes to hell.
Now the Zeroes are facing new people with powers, some of them more powerful than the others, and the powers are loathsome.
The story sound, yet again, amazing. As i already commented on my Zeroes review, these books are perfect for me, they are exactly the kind of books i love. I just cannot enjoy them.
There’s something about the writing that i can’t seem to work through, it just bores me to death for most of the book, like i read it because even though it felt as a huge filler all the way through it made me like the characters more than before. Now i have some favorites i truly care about, but that’s just the thing, it ruined me… i shouldn’t care about them.
Oh, my poor little heart.
So, these books are mostly about the powers and the problems they bring to the Zeroes, but there’s also a little romance or a kind of almost-romance… don’t worry, it isn’t much, otherwise, i wouldn’t like it.
(sure, one of my favorite series is romance all over the place but just that one i think).
I really don’t know ow to explain it, it isn’t that the writing is bad, it just doesn’t seem to work for me.
Anyway, as in the previous book, as much as the first 85% of the book seemed dull and just random things happening the last 15% was pure craziness. Honestly, i think all the reading was worth it because of those last chapters that were incredible. I was fangirling so badly i couldn’t handle myself almost and that ending, oh my… now i don’t know how will i manage to wait until the next book.
I’m still not sure if it is a trilogy or there will be more books and that kind of annoys me, so if you have any idea please tell me.
There was something really cool about the characters in this book, i could actually visualize them and make them more “real” than with the previous book. I even decided that though i cannot remember the description of how Bellwether (Glorious Leader)looks if it got an adaptation i want David Castro to play him. All those Spanish words Glorious Leader said and such, made me feel right at home.
One of my biggest problems with the series is that it appears to have no fandom (?), or at least i didn’t find people that talk much about it apart from the reviews and i really need someone to talk about these books ASAP.
Seriously, there was so much going in the last few chapters, after finishing the book last week i was left with a hollowness in my heart that i still feel whenever think about it.
So, do i recommend the book? Did you read the previous one? Did you enjoy it? Do you enjoy Scott Westerfeld writing style? … those are the things you need to think about before reading these books. Honestly, there’s something that keeps bringing me back to them, but the pace is pretty slow (at least for me) so i recommend it to you if you enjoyed the previous book and/or have a little patience with the pace and you can wait until it gets really good.
Anyway, that’s all for now!
‘Til next time 😉