Review: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld


Title: Zeroes (Zeroes #1)
Author: Scott Westerfeld , Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
Release Date/Publisher: September 29th 2015 by Simon Pulse
Finished: August 16th 2015
Pages: 560-ARC Paperback-Given for Review
1. Zeroes
2. Untitled

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

What I Thought:

I was given an advanced review copy of this for free in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve never read anything by these authors, but I was excited to give this one a try. I love books where people have powers and this was a pretty good one!

The POV was through all six characters. Some I liked more than others, “Glorious Leader” was a little annoying to be honest. But I really liked Flicker and Crash! They all had their own uniqueness and personalities. They felt real and even though they had abilities, they weren’t perfect, they all had their flaws which I appreciated.

I loved the idea that modern kids could have secret powers. It kind of reminded me of X-Men in a more subdued way. Their powers weren’t over the top and they all had consequences when they were used. We saw that the most with Scam. Their powers weren’t all great, I especially felt bad for Anonymous. But it was also really cool seeing what they were capable of!

The plot took a little while to get going but when it did I was hooked. The book looks long but I felt like it went by fast the second half. I will definitely be eagerly awaiting for the next one to be out! I think a lot of people will end up liking this.

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One comment on “Review: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

  1. I have yet to crack open my copy of this one but now that I know you enjoyed it, it makes me want to read it soon^^ A subdued version of X-Men sounds right up my alley 🙂 With multiple POVs like that, that’s the downside: you always end up liking certain POVs more than others. I’m glad that it read pretty quickly too, despite it’s massive size LOL Lovely review Kelsey! ♥

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