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546 pages, Paperback
First published September 23, 2015
“These things we have, they aren’t mental issues; they’re powers. Like superheroes have.”
“Sure. We just suck at them right now.”
Every Power Comes With A Price.
“Zeroes, not Heroes.”
Actual Rating: 3.5
This book is the first in a series by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti. The novel follows six teenagers with superpowers. Except, well, there're not exactly super. These teenagers possess superpowers that basically suck. After a summer of separation due to a cause, the Zeroes are pulled back together to rescue one of their members, Ethan. Kelsey's dad went to prison because of Ethan. Now, all she seeks is a way to get her father out of trouble and she thinks Ethan might be able to do this.
The Characters: So, the character's, at the beginning, weren't very developed. However, as the story progressed, Kelsey and Ethan became more living, while Nate, Thibault (tee-bo), Chizara, and Riley stayed flat. Don't get me wrong, they were emotionally developed, just not physically. I had a difficult time picturing the characters other than Kelsey, Ethan, and Thibault. Also, I had a difficult time understanding their powers until about the last 100 pages. I don't know if this was done on purpose, but the superpowers stayed mostly a mystery until the final action sequence explained them. I did experience some character growth from Chizara and was happy to see that all the Zeroes had different personalities that became more prominent when they were with their team.
The Physical Book: The color scheme of the physical book was a little surprising. Now, I've seen different versions of the cover. The one that I am currently writing this portion of my review about is the cover with the bluish-gray, light gray, and neon orange color scheme. I believe that the neon orange text was not a wise decision. It does make the book stand out, but the gray and blue scheme. However, I do like the summary. Most summaries for the book don't give away a lot, but say to little. Although this summary only covers about a quarter of what the book is actually about, I think it leads the reader to wait for the small details that happen later.
The Writing: I've never read any other book by Scott Westerfeld, but now I might. The writing was engaging. Scott Westerfeld was able to tell the reader, just by posture, weather Ethan was using his voice or not, or when Kelsey was controlling the crowd. I do feel like this book could use more world building, but I'll wait for the next novel in the series to make a judgement.
The Plot: I'm going to be honest, I think the plot was eh. It definitely picked up for the last half, but getting the Zeroes back together felt like a long time. There were many scenes where the characters ran into some stupid trouble that they could have avoided, but, of course, they didn't think the whole plan through. I don't feel like there was a whole ton of action through the novel, but when there was, it was something to take note of. Most thinks in this novel led to each other. Something that disappeared in one chapter, you might want to take note of it. Nothing was left out, or left for the reading to wonder where it went.
Overall: Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind a more laid back type of novel. If you don't mind being patient to wait for the book to develop a little more, then this is the book for you.
Hey. Hey. Yeah, I'm talking to you! Thank you so much for reading my review if you made it this far! I hope this helped you get a good idea of what Zeroes is made of!
I would love to hear any recommendations you have for books I could read!
Until next time,