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Zero Sight (Zero Sight #1)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,630 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
Meet Dieter Resnick. Dieter is the sole child of an abusive single father, a perennial schoolyard brawler, and Ted Binion High's number one academic prospect. Dieter is terrified of staying poor. He has few friends and is absolutely obsessed with earning a college scholarship. He's also a latent mage--one of the few humans left that can bend the manaflows to their will.

Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 236 pages
Published March 24th 2011 by Astraeus Press
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I ended up loving this book. It showed promise from the first page, and that promise held through to the last. I know I'm going to devour this series, and probably anything else B. Justin Shier writes. He knows just how to keep me excited about a book.

If you liked "The Magicians", you might enjoy this one. I liked it even more.

A good mix of coming of age, magic, science fantasy, and snarky humor. It earns five stars from me.

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Oct 24, 2011 Mihir rated it it was amazing
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Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

PLOT OVERVIEW & ANALYSIS: This book wasn’t a review request and I would have missed it, had it not been for Amazon’s recommendations. Whilst I was searching for some other title, Zero Sight popped up on my screen as a book I might like, based on my previous buys and search history. Never having heard of the book or the author before hand, I looked up some of the reviews on Amazon as well as Goodreads and got myself a copy.

The book was tremendously f
Not a HUGE Young Adult reader, but when I read about this book as a "gritty modern-day Harry Potter" I had to do it! I think this book is a bit uneven but REALLY interesting. It is definitely a less rosy view on a teen with magic, I really loved the love interest and how she was an outcast, and the precocious lead character was really engaging, especially considering his somewhat challenging past. Towards the end of the book I wanted the characters to grow a bit more, but all in all a really fun ...more
Feb 21, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
Dieter Resnick is the man. The story opens up en medias res. It grabbed me from the beginning and held me down. This was a 1000 plus pages on the Nook and I read it in a day, because it was so engaging and witty.

So, Dieter is a senior in high school that wants nothing more than to escape Las Vegas. School is his golden ticket and Dieter and Dieter has to have perfect scores and grades if he wants to make it out the desert and into an Ivy league institution. In Shier's world America is experienc
Jul 10, 2012 Lark rated it did not like it
For life of me, I could not read another word of this book. I seriously don't understand the rave reviews this book has gotten, but I have to emphatically disagree with them.

There are definitely editing errors that detract from the flow of the book, but that's the least of the problems.

The greatest problem is actually the characters - and when your whole book is centered around developing your two protagonists, that's a bit of a problem.

Dieter is a boy struggling to make it out of his crap town
John Conroe
Apr 23, 2012 John Conroe rated it it was amazing
Best new series I've read in years. Much better writing than my own, much as it pains me to say. Love the characters (especially Rei Acerba).
Jan 21, 2012 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Holy cow, this book was great! The premise sounds like a typicalintrepid-hero-attends-a-magic-academy that clutters YA. But it's YA in the same way that Ender's Game is - which is to say that it magnificently transcends the age of the protagonist. And the voice is a lot more Harry Dresden than Harry Potter. I can't recommend it enough.

Zero Sight is the first books in the Zero Sight Series and Shier's debut novel. It's set in a broken-down, near-future America. Dieter Resnick, the protagonist, i
Nayan Patel
Oct 26, 2011 Nayan Patel rated it it was amazing
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WOW!!!! Three letters to sum up my experience and my first 5 star rated book of the year (Dont call me stingy now). Thanks Mihir for this really awesome recommendation on FantasyBookCritic. Its been a really long time since I felt like reading a book in a single sitting and just when I felt that this year I had ultimately exhausted my options of discovering the next big thing, I found this.

The book grips you right from page 1 and doesnt let go till the last word of the last page. I refuse to bel
Mar 23, 2012 Beth rated it did not like it
This book just went on and on. One third of it was the bus ride from Las Vegas to Connecticut. I get it, he doesn't like the burgers at the bus stops! This story did not move fast at all. I will not be reading the sequel.
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Mar 30, 2012 Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead rated it really liked it
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Jul 27, 2011 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zero Sight by B Justin Shier start off in Las Vegas following Dieter a kid who just wants to get out of town and make something of himself. He attends a pretty rough highschool and is literally fighting just to get by. Dieter is a special kid, he has some unique abilities on top of being a very smart guy. He hits some pretty massive speed bumps on the way, but he does get into college and on his bus trip across the country he meets Rei, a beautiful girl with whom he has no idea how to act. The i ...more
Sep 27, 2013 Elspeth rated it liked it
I loved it, even with a few typos its still one of the better books I have read in a while.
It filled my need for sarcasm perfectly!
Jul 20, 2011 Jenna rated it really liked it
I just finished Zero Sight and I have to say that I was impressed.

The story centers on Dieter who lives in Las Vegas and whose whole goal is life is to bust his hump in high school so can get out of Vegas by going to college on a full ride. Dieter is extremely intelligent, but also a scrappy guy who is not afraid to throw down if there is a demand for it. Oh yeah, and he has this nifty little advantage of the Sight which allows him to see energy flows so he can tell when a punch is coming and h
Steven Pemberton
Dec 04, 2011 Steven Pemberton rated it really liked it
Another addition to the "wizard boarding school" subgenre, this is darker and more realistic than Harry Potter. If you thought Voldemort lacked ambition, this may well be the book for you - the author has clearly put a lot of thought into answering the question, "If I was a bad guy who could use magic, what would I do with it?"

Dieter, the protagonist, initially doesn't know he's a wizard, except that he has what he calls his Sight - if someone's attacking him, he can see what they're going to do
Jun 01, 2013 Josh rated it really liked it

This book was an engaging read, but definitely a bit different than I'd expected.

For some reason coming into this I thought that it was YA. However, after a page or so I realized this definitely wasn't YA... The language, the violence - never would this book get published as YA. Then again, I think this book definitely appeals to teens and young adults and can see them reading it. Such a paradox is solved by the author's method of publishing - online.

The "independently-published on iBooks an
Jun 13, 2011 Dean rated it it was amazing
So good I decided to read it twice!

Quick disclaimer: Although Zero Sight is billed as a young adult, it's got some graphic gore in it, so I personally would put it on the high end of young adult, it properly probable belongs in new adult.

That being said, I loved the storyline. Shier does an excellent job with the development of the characters and the pacing. Things moved along at a good clip without leaving you feeling like you didn't know what was going on.

Best of all was the magic system-it ha
Josh Meadows
Aug 16, 2011 Josh Meadows rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of the independently published books on the Kindle. Though these books that have not passed through professional editing systems tend to have more misspellings and formatting errors than the mainstream releases, the stories can still be just as good.

Shier did a fantastic job with Zero Sight by creating a humorous novel in the sense of Harry Potter that took conventions and examined them in a scientific manner. Why does magic work? How? These questions propelling this particular boo
Aug 04, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it
4.5 I picked this book up because it would satisfy the letter z in one of my challenges and it I saw it shelved as stand-alone on one of my friends review(WHICH IT IS NOT A STAND-ALONE) I had no expectations and was reading it as a double dipper while BRing. Freakin loved it! The book sucked me right in from page one. And although it was supposed be the lesser of the two books I was reading (probably is) I had trouble putting it down. Deiter has the power of sight which kind of gives him a ...more
Jul 12, 2011 Veronica rated it it was ok
It is a good idea, and I liked the main characters. But I was bored a lot. A lot. To much needless mind numbing detail about nothing.
Phillip Brooks
Dec 22, 2014 Phillip Brooks rated it did not like it
For the life of me, I can't figure out why this book has such good reviews.
The story is derivative, the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes, and the premise is formulaic.
But that's not what made me hate the book. I can enjoy a good popcorn book if it's well-written. Such is not the case here.
I know you're supposed to "write what you know," but it was clear that Dieter was a cipher for the author with minimal development tossed in. Dieter utterly fails at sounding even remotely believabl
May 09, 2012 MarsianMan rated it it was amazing
Dieter Resnick is the son of a alcoholic and physically abusive father and a mother who left when he was just a kid. He lives in a post-apocalyptic America, a dilapidated Las Vegas to be specific. Resnick is smart and determined to go to a great school and get rich. Until his expectations are dashed when every university turns him down...except a completely unknown, expensive, private college called Elliott accepts him on full scholarship. Given no other option he decides to escape Las Vegas and ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Victoria rated it liked it
One of the few Urban Fantasy series that I've been able to really like recently. There are a few things that I liked about this book that raised it above other series for me.

1st - Dieter, the main character, is strong in the sense that he has a strong sense of self and understands what he needs to do to get ahead - Work hard and earn your way. He comes from a troubled background which has only made him work harder to achieve what he wants.

2nd - the main character is smart, not snooty holier than
Dec 26, 2012 Justin rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
The story is a bit of a mixed bag and pretty derivative, but overall it was an enjoyable read that was at times hard to put down. I would have preferred a bit more of a self-contained story with some closure rather than the very open-ended set up for the sequel, but overall I was pleased by the time I finished the novel.

As you would expect for a relatively short, young-adult novel most of the characters lack any type of development. Dieter, the protagonist and narrator, is the only character tha
J. Barneck
Oct 25, 2012 J. Barneck rated it it was amazing
With Dieter starting out in High School, this book seems on the brink of being a Young Adult Fantasy book, but don't make that mistake. It is Adult Urban fantasy.

The main character, Dieter Resnick, is very likable.

I love how the book is formatted in three parts and each part introduced you more into the fantasy world. Part 1 starts out with a normal world, only Dieter is slightly different. Part 2 the fantasy side of the world is slightly revealed and in part 3 Dieter fully enters this fantasy w
Jeffrey Poole
Nov 01, 2011 Jeffrey Poole rated it it was amazing
What's this? A story with a vampire in it that I actually enjoyed!!

I can’t really expand on too much more that hasn’t already been covered. What we have here is a really well written urban fantasy novel that introduces us to young Dieter Resnick. He’s a young man that has the gift of “Sight”, namely he can see auras on other people and as such, can “see” when bad things are about to happen.

Without giving anything away, when a new facet of his ability manifests in a terrifying way, Dieter is acc
Sara Meehan
Mar 26, 2012 Sara Meehan rated it really liked it
"Zero Sight" will inevitably draw comparisons to Harry Potter and, to a lesser extent, Twilight. Like Harry Potter, it's a story of a boy from an unhappy home who goes away to school to be trained in the working of magic. Like Twilight, it's a story about two young adults who find themselves drawn to each other — except one of them is a vampire.

Whether those similarities make "Zero Sight" more or less appealing will likely depend on how you felt about Potter and Twilight. For the record, I enjoy
Ann aka Iftcan
The first book in this new series. Its hero is a Dieter, the only child of a drunken Los Vegas casino dealer.

At the start of the book Dieter is in the process of beating up/being beaten up by a gang in his high school. He's challenged the leader of the gang to a fight, and loses his temper and beats up that leader. When the rest of the gang takes off after him, he tries running away, only to get taken down by a rock to the head. From there, it gets REALLY interesting. . .

This book is set in an A
Mar 06, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
I give this 2.5 stars but I'm rounding it up to 3 since it is a debut novel.

The parts I liked were the beginning with the introduction of the main character, Dieter, and the description of his difficult relationship with his father. I thought this was particularly well done. I also liked the world building.

What I didn't like so much was the pacing. The beginning was detailed but the middle section, where Dieter was at college, seemed rushed. I think this book would have benefited more from havin
Oct 11, 2014 Colin rated it it was amazing
I really, really enjoyed this book. I'm not sure how it came to my attention, but I'm glad that it did. It's an excellent coming-of-age/urban magic story and I was delighted with it. More than vaguely reminiscent of Harry Potter but with the protagonists at college instead of primary school and, frankly, I enjoyed this more. The fight scenes are certainly better and more enjoyable. I ripped through this in less than two days and immediately jumped into the sequel. Admittedly there were a number ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Lawrence rated it really liked it
Right from the first page the action in this one draws the reader in, and keeps them turning the page. At some point about two thirds of the way in, you might think this book is just capitalizing on some popular fads genres: young adult, vampires, magic and a magic school. Did the author seriously just combine harry potter and twilight?

But the reality is that you stop caring because you're turning to the next page to see what is going to happen next! The author does take some pains to distinguis
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B. Justin Shier grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. After cashing in his winnings, he went to study at Washington University in St. Louis. He researched cancer biology for a few years before deciding on a career in medicine. He is currently pursuing his medical doctorate somewhere in California.

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“Let me take a moment to point out the glaringly obvious. Humans are idiots.” 20 likes
“And then Dieter was like, 'Over my dead body!'
"And I was thinking my roomie was about to get his wish.
"And then Rei got super vampy and was like, 'Yield to my power!'
"And then Dieter started grunting and looked super uncomfortable.
"And then Rei took a step forward.
"And then Dieter dropped to his knees, but a moment later he started going 'Reee!'
"And I was like, 'Oh, for the love of God, please don't kill me.'
"And then Rei walked over and elbowed him in the head....
"That's about it. Oh, and there were grenades.”
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