A Review of Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, et al.

What’s it about?

“Ethan, aka “Scam,” has a way with words. When he opens his mouth, whatever he wants you to hear comes out. But Ethan isn’t just a smooth talker. He has a unique ability to say things he doesn’t consciously even know. Sometimes the voice helps, but sometimes it hurts – like now, when the voice has lied and has landed Ethan in a massive mess. So now Ethan needs help. And he needs to go to the last people who would ever want to help him – his former group of friends, the self-named “zeros” who also all possess similarly double-edged abilities, and who are all angry at Ethan for their own respective reasons. Brought back together by Scam’s latest mischief, they find themselves entangled in an epic, whirlwind adventure packed with as much interpersonal drama as mind-bending action.”-Goodreads Synopsis

 

My Review of Zeroes

 Well, I think its safe to say I immediately made a Zeroes to Heroes (the television show that is, unfortunately, getting rebooted/continued/whatever) connection. Though, if anything, I’d say this was the grittier version of Heroes. And better. Definitely better. As an introduction to Scott Westerfeld’s writing (as well as Lanagan and Biancotti’s), I can definitely say it was a great one.4 Star Rating

There are so many things I like about this book that its hard to pick which one to talk about. So let me just ramble for a second. I like that the Zeroes’ reactions to their powers are varied. Some accept it, relish it, while others go between love and hate with their abilities, and some just hate but utilize them anyways. Also, the group is diverse, which I love. There’s not just one token minority character. We need more diversity in books, so this is awesome! I also like that things don’t work out perfectly. I mean, they work out, but not in terms of “happily every after” for everyone involved.  I also like that while this is definitely a book that opens itself to a sequel, it is not sequel-bait! Its definitely a self-contained book (as well it should be, considering the size of it.)

For a good portion of the book – and this is somewhat hard to explain, so bear with me – even though action was happening, it didn’t feel like an ‘action’ book, or a book about people with super powers. It felt like a book about troubled people finding themselves. Now, coming from me that would normally be a “BORING!”, but in this book, it worked really, really well. However, it had the side-effect of keeping a very low-key feeling when I wanted to feel ramped up. Then…then it hit the last hundred pages, and suddenly it was an action book, and I could feel the grin stretching across my face. Here’s the ride I’d been anticipating! Heck, I didn’t even mind the kissy-facing that happened afterwards, and I’m normally very “Aww, c’mon, didya have to include the mushy stuff?” (Yes, I have the maturity level of a 7 year old boy. Deal with it.)

I won’t spoil much for y’all, that’s not my style, but let me just say… I adore Chizara/Crash. That girl has some serious cojones (of the non-sweaty, non-fleshy kind).

Thibault – Anon – unable to be remembered by your average person, including his own parents.
Ethan – Scam – has a voice that almost has a will of its own, and the ability to get him into (and out of) some very deep doodoo.
Chizara – Chaos – Technology is more than skin deep with her. She feels it, needs to support it, and hurts from it. Crashing it feels so very, very good, at least at first.
Riley -Flicker – Blind, but able to see through other peoples eyes. Leapfrogging further and further away until she can see almost anywhere.
Nate – Glorious Leader – Takes ‘charisma’ to a whole new level.
Kelsie – Mob – Her power is sort of a companion to Glorious Leader. She can focus and direct crowds of people by their emotions.

 

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Title: Zeroes | Author(s): Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti | Publisher: Simon Pulse | 2015-9-15 | Pages: 560 | Genre(s): Urban Fantasy & Young Adult | Language: English | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Triggers: Kidnapping | Source: Library

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