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Zero Sight

(Zero Sight #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  5,449 ratings  ·  222 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 (Back to the Books)
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of mage in training in modern world stories
Reread in September/October for Action-Adventure Aficionados group read.
I was very distracted when I did this reread, since my life has been chaotic and crazy. I would read it at night in bed. It didn't hit me as powerfully this time, but I think that was a me not it kind of thing. Still love this book and Dieter Resnick and I hope that B. Justin Shier finally writes book 3.
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I ended up loving this book. It showed promise from the first page, an
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers 14 years and older
Shelves: favorites

So Dieter is not a happy high school student. Now granted there probably is no such thing as a happy high school student but Dieter has it worse than most. His father is an abusive drunk, the local gang is out to get him, and Tyrone, the gang’s leader is the schools football hero. Dieter has used his “sight” to help him win all the fights he’s gotten into so far but when Tyrone and he end up fighting something goes terrible wrong. Now Tyrone is dead and the school’s chemistry lab has been destro

Jul 19, 2011 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
Jan 07, 2014 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 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 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).
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow, this book was great!   The premise sounds like a typical intrepid-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 protago
Nayan Patel
Oct 26, 2011 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
Jul 24, 2011 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
Mar 15, 2012 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.
Jan 09, 2012 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!
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker by: Lady Danielle "The Book Huntress" Hill Danielle "The Book Huntress" Hill
Jun 13, 2011 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 15, 2011 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
Jul 12, 2011 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.
May 07, 2013 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
Sara Meehan
Mar 26, 2012 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
Aaron S
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Zero Sight is a somewhat more mature and grittier take on the Harry Potter style magic-school + hidden society + wizard war setting (emphasis on "somewhat," because Zero Sight still falls very squarely into the Young Adult genre and remains a bit juvenile at times). It stands out a bit from other magic school stories by revolving around a magical college instead of high-school equivalent, touching on the themes of moving from one world into another both literally, with the protagonist joining th ...more
Steven Pemberton
Nov 30, 2011 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
Apr 10, 2012 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
May 09, 2012 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
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
Jul 18, 2011 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
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
Aug 13, 2013 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 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great book. I marked it four out of five because I read the second book - "Zero Sum" before writing this review and I held one star back because the second book is even better. Rei and Dieter are now in my top ten favorite characters of all time. Funny, funny moments - lots of snickers, snorts, and just plain laugh out loud moments. Some great pump-your-fist triumphs. Star-crossed love? In spades. Moments of shared grief? Uh huh. Villains who are really more anti-heroes, sympathetic an ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Alright, I have to say I really enjoyed this book! The magic system is well thought out and fits well with all the action going on. I easily formed a bond with the characters and had fun with the the easy banter and actions between them. I am just starting the second book and I am looking forward to so much more. I would say this is easily an American Harry Potter going to college but Dieter is a much cooler main character. I would like to thank the author for creating such a wonderful tale! Now ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I truly love this new Indie author work(s). In fact I cold not put one book down before completing the second. The story, there colorful/depths of character, the on-going emotional force between humor and despair, back-story and main theme are all drawn into the perfect balance. For this level of achievement is the why I read and I know that all Sci-Fic and Fanatical readers are going to crave more...much more from this wonderful author. Mr Shier, thank-you.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The stars say it all. TBH i also just finished the second book and am wallowing in Deiters misery. Yeah, i get in tune with characters like that.
Anywhom, this book was quite amazing, and the characters spectacular.
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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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