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.
I ended up loving this book. It showed promise from the first page, an ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The book grips you right from page 1 and doesnt let go till the last word of the last page. I refuse to bel ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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"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.”