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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Eleven-year-old Luis is left looking for answers after a city-wide blackout leads him to an electrifying mystery.

Luis Cardenal is toasting a Pop-Tart when a power outage strikes Hampton, New Jersey. Elevators and gas pumps fail right away; soon cell phones die and grocery shelves empty. Cold and in the dark, people begin to get desperate.

Luis likes to know how things work,
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Rebecca McNutt
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Zap! is very reminiscent of 1990's middle grade thrillers, but it also has a modern edge and a surprisingly unexpected mystery within its plot. The chaos and desperation of a city plunged into darkness for no understandable reason provides the perfect backdrop for Luis, an inquisitive kid who might just be the only person who can get Hampton back on the grid before complete mayhem ensues (with the help of some friends in the process). Not only is this a fun read, but it also inspires teen ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Luis is a little concerned when the electricity goes out in his house in Hampton, NJ, but he heads off to school. The power is out there as well, but he runs into his friend Maura and decides to spend the day at her house in the suburbs. When they arrive, they find that Maura's grandfather, Mr. O'Hara, has had a stroke, at just about the same time the power outage occurred! He ends up in the hospital, and with no electricity to charge phones, pump gas, or to support so
When the electricity goes out in Hampton, New Jersey, Luis isn't concerned at first. After all, most of the time such outages are temporary. It seems like a good chance to enjoy being out of school. He's more concerned about completing his science fair project in hopes of winning the prize. But as days go by with the power still out, and authorities seemingly clueless about how to fix it, Luis becomes curious. After helping his friend Maura get her grandfather to the hospital after he suffers a ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Okay, but expect most middle-graders would find it slow
A blackout hits New Jersey and two kids try to figure out how it happened and how to fix it.
The level is middle-grade and moves along at an okay pace. The cause of the blackout comes down to computers, and the solution is relatively straightforward without seeming too simplistic. Good interesting characters, for the most part.
There's a plot hole in the solution -- without
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-reads
I enjoyed this book, intended for for primary - early middle school readers. It was a easy-to-follow mystery with plenty of information about how power grids and electric circuits work, combined with casual emotional prods such as: "Not having something focused your mind, he thought, like how you think of nothing but food when you're hungry." (p. 41) "It was always true, Luis guessed, but the power outage had made it real: Your world could flip over in an instant." (p. 75) "How was a person ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read as an ebook from NetGalley, and images did not show, so while I read all that I had, I did not read every word of the book.
Luis, Maura, and Carlos are 6th graders in New Jersey when a widespread blackout occurs. At first delighted that school is cancelled, they soon realize that the lack of electricity affects more than their freedom; Maura's grandfather has a stroke and needs hospitalization, parents lose pay when they can't work, the local bodega gets held up. The mayoral candidate also
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eleven year old Luis Cardenal isn’t too upset when the power goes off one morning in Hampton, New Jersey; he gets the day off from school and figures the power will be back on soon enough. But as the hours tick by, Luis and his friend Maura learn that the outage is growing, and the electric company and local authorities have no idea what caused it - and no way to restore it. As paranoia deepens, dangerous rumors begin to spread. Luis and Maura are not sure if the outage was an accident, or ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I picked this for a flight, and it exceeded my expectations for in-flight entertainment. Despite being written for someone two decades younger than me, it was engaging AND educational, and the characters rang true. Young Luis and his cohorts reminded me of middle schoolers I used to work with, and I found it impossible not to root for him. Next up: a second purchase of the book to share with my nephews!
Heather Brown
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like Zap!, with a timely premise and unusual characters, it should have been interesting. Unfortunately, the writing was clunky and far too pedantic to keep me reading with any alacrity. Luis is an intelligent and curious kid living in New Jersey when a hacker causes a power failure that cascades out of control. Luis and his friends Carlos and Maura do the best they can to help themselves, their friends&families, and their neighborhood.
Daniel Guo
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Zap! Luis is living his own life in his little town of Hampton, but all of a sudden, the lights go out. Literally. The power mysteriously cut out, and nobody knows why. Luis and his friends have to get to the bottom of this, or the town's people will miss their precious Tvs and phones. Out of all the times the power could have gone out, it happened before the election of mayors. Very bad timing, or was the power cut out on purpose? Read Zap!
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Zap and I was completely blown away! It was a compelling and interesting plot. I love all the social and political issues that were incorporated, and the way kids can learn along with Luis. Luis’s note to readers at the end made me tear up. This is exactly what kids need to be reading!
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Actually didn't finish it because there was wayyyyy too much explanation of the grid system and electricity for this MG 'dystopia', which made it wayyyyy too slow of a read. If that had been lessen and the plot moved along quicker, I think I would have quite enjoyed it.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is a good book. If you are a fan of end of the worlds book this a goods read.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I almost DNF'd this, but it was easy enough to skim. The book read more like someone trying to explain electricity and the dangers of simply clicking on an image or link than anything else. Luis' questions felt so forced that it was really a science class clothed in a mystery.
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