Monday, 21 September 2015

Review: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 560
Format: Hardcover, Ebook,
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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.

*Note: This review might contain spoilers for those who have not read the novel*

Teens and adults looking for a stimulating new series with a cast of oddball and eccentric characters will want to read Zeroes by Scott Westefeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti immediately.

"The voice sucked at planning ahead. The voice just knew when Ethan wanted out. It also liked to twist the knife sometimes. " - Zeroes p.6

Six Californian teens that each possess their own remarkable ability.

In Zeroes, readers meet Ethan (Scam), a teen with the unusual ability to speak of things he consciously shouldn't even know, thanks to a strange voice in his head. The voice has caused more than enough trouble for Ethan, and when he goes too far with the wrong people, chaos ensues and the only people who can pull him out are the others - the Zeroes. However, when the Zeroes make their move to help Ethan escape, things get out of control and the teens find themselves facing an array of dangerous criminals. Fast paced, addicting, and completely thrilling - Zeroes was my favourite sci-fi read of the year!

Being a long time Scott Westerfeld reader it was a given I'd be excited for the release of Zeroes. However, not having read anything from Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti previous to Zeroes, I wasn't sure what to expect. Luckily, Zeroes completely wowed me. Told in the alternating perspectives of all six teens, Zeroes was completely bewitching. I found my need to learn more about each character more electrifying as each chapter flew by. Other than Ethan, the other teens were extremely captivating. Mob, Flicker, Crash, Bellwether, and Anonymous each possessed their own unique personality, and I enjoyed each of their perspectives without fail. By far, Anon proved to be the most moving of perspectives. I sympathized with him and cared.

Fans of science fiction in the young adult genre will not be disappointed by Scott, Margo, and Deborah's Zeroes. Ethan's perspective will immediately captivate you from page one, and the Zeroes will completely charm you. Highly recommended for teens and adults with a taste for adventure.

Rating: 4/5 Cupcakes. Recommended

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  1. I got a copy of this from a book blogger friend not long ago and I plan to read it very soon. Thank you for your review Wendy.

  2. this sounds so cool!


  3. I haven't read anything by any of the authors before but I can see myself reading Zeroes in the near future (;

  4. Zeros is on my to read pile.
    Thanks for reviewing.

  5. I am so glad to hear this! I have the ARC, but the size of it forced me to put it aside for a bit.

    Kate @ Ex Libris