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Day Zero

(Day Zero Duology #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  156 reviews
If you're going through hell...keep going.

Seventeen-year-old coder Jinx Marshall grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she’s ready to relax. Her big plans include making it to lev
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Inkyard Press
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Re-read 11/22/2020: So dramatic and just as awesome as the first read!


I generally hate anything that even hints at involving politics, whether it be a political thriller, a political scandal story or even a romance involving any sort of politician. Frankly it all bores me. However I really liked this survival/chase story coming on the heels of a politically based attack on the country’s banks. It sort of reminded me of the Terminator movies. There was no evil Sentien
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
This book turned out to be great. It literally had me on the edge of my seat!

The main character is Jinx Marshall. She's like any other typical teenager and enjoys her junk food and playing video games after school. What makes her different is that she's the daughter of a genius: her father who is a survivalist and has spent years preparing her for doomsday.

After an explosion puts her in danger along with a few members of her family, she's trapped in a burning building and all the survival skill
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Day Zero by Kelly deVos is the first book of the young adult apocalyptic thriller Day Zero Duology. The duology is set in a future version of our world when political parties have divided folks. One side known as the Spark had taken over and tried to make everyone in the world equal, dividing supplies and goods among all citizens. This however had created a depression in society so you also have the Opposition who are opposed to the Spark’s methods.

Jinx Marshall is anything but an average teen n
Felice Laverne
You guys may know that I'm not the biggest fan of YA literature - more accurately, it's just not a go-to genre of mine. But, I was really intrigued by this one when HarperCollins asked me to read it. I have to say, this is a phenomenal, roller coaster of a ride! The twists and turns are endless and you WANT to root for these kids - well, teens. :-) It goes for a dystopian-esque sort of feel, while still being very contemporary and modern-day. In fact, the political infrastructure of this novel i ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is a good read. I'm not into the political portion of it but that's great that 17 year-old girls (characters) have strong feelings for it. I sure enjoyed the humor in this story though. It's interesting how Jinx's mom expect her ex-husband to help out her new husband. Who in this day and age would do that especially when she's the one who left. Jinx's brother has to watch out for his blood sugar all the time so I like that Jinx is a great sister to care for him. Their dad's prep is unb ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
This was a crazy thrill ride cross between a disaster prepper’s YA dystopia, computer hacking and bombings, and politics gone mad. I read Kelly Devos’ “Fat Girl on a Plane” which I also loved, and all I can say is, this book is completely different, and equally amazing. Jinx has grown up in a house with a dad who is constantly prepping for the apocalypse, is friends with a resistance leader and former presidential candidate and may be in trouble. Now her parents are divorced, she and her stepsis ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Raised to survive, no matter what, trained to defend herself for Doomsday, Jinx Marshall is ready for something…but what happened is almost too “science fiction suspense” for her to believe, and it started with an explosion her father is blamed for creating.

As the world crumbles all around her, Jinx must lead her siblings on a deadly journey to safety, weaving their way through the clutches of military might, the vigilante opposition and the minefield of deceit from those she should trust the mo
The story concept held a lot of promise, but, sadly, this one fell short for me. Jinx was a lackluster as a main character to me. Didn't stand for anything, and for supposedly having tons of Doomsday training and drills she made so many stupid mistakes. She didn't take charge and most of the time I wanted to shake some sense into her. I won't be reading the second book.

A copy was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

𝓘𝓽’𝓼 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓮𝓷𝓭 𝓸𝓯 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓵𝓭 𝓪𝓼 𝔀𝓮 𝓴𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝓲𝓽 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓘 𝓯𝓮𝓮𝓵 𝓯𝓲𝓷𝓮!

Kelly de Vos has written a fast paced, action packed, compelling dystopian thriller. It is sometime in the future and Susan better known as Jinx is walking home from school with her siblings, Charles and Makenna. When they stop at a local market to pick up some snacks on the way home all heck breaks loose. The adjacent imposing Bank building is blowing up and the kids are in the path of the destruction. Fortunately Jinx was raised by a doo
Read more about Day Zero, as well as an excerpt of the book on my blog illbefinealone reads.

This book turned out to be exactly what I was in the mood for.
First and foremost, the pacing was great. I like books where something I find intriguing is happening throughout them, and Day Zero was that to me. The twists were exceptionally fun, they kept the plot unpredictable and me on the edge of my seat.
There was something about the writing too, it sucked me in and kept my attention from the start all
Donna Hines
"What happens when a predator tries to raise its own prey?"
If that doesn't get your juices flowing how about we think of doom and gloom and how survival is not just given it must be earned!
Even better think of it this way:
If you could pick anyone to save you from Armageddon who would you choose?
Now that I have the thinking tanks going let's change gears literally to a Terminator style atmosphere with technology at play.
I'm a mom of three teens so please stand by....
Ok, lets go!
Revenge is so SWEE
Wendi Lee
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jinx is just a typical teenager. She just wants to go home from school, play video games, and indulge in soda and junk food. But unfortunately, Jinx is also the daughter of high-profile Max Marshall, a computer genius and doomsday prepper. A lot of her childhood has been spent running survival drills in the case of a catastrophic event.

What starts out as a normal school day turns out to be the end of the world as they know it, as Jinx and her siblings try to navigate the dangerous political rhe
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Post-apocalyptic
*Rating* 3.5


Day Zero is the first installment in author Kelly deVos's Day Zero Duology. 17-year old Susan "Jinx" Marshall is the daughter of Dr. Maxwell Marshall aka Dr. Doomsday who wrote the book called Doomsday Guide to Ultimate Survival. Jinx and her brother Charles grew up spending weekends drilling with their paranoid father for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Okay, you had me at Krav Maga, and prepping. If I’m going to read a doomsday book, having a character who knows that they are up against is my kind of book. Day Zero has all the destruction, terror and political unrest you would expect from a book about the end of civilisation as we know it. Along with lots of action and tension, Day Zero plunges readers into a world that is scarily similar to our own, as political fractions rip society apart.

Jinx doesn’t much care for politics, histo
Mari Johnston
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

Content Warnings: violence, bombings, medical procedures, classism, death of a parent

Day Zero started out so great! And then kind of fizzled off…

Kelly deVos puts us into the action pretty quickly but not before properly introducing us to the characters. This was something I greatly appreciated because it helped me form a connection to the story from the very beginning. Everybody had their own unique personalities that stay
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Trapped in a never ending series of catastrophes, Jinx and her siblings must rely on her father's prepper training to help get them to safety.

This is an odd one, and difficult to rate. Although on the surface there's nothing wrong with it, it's a perfectly good adventure story, the more I think about it, the more problems appear. For instance, when is it set? Presumably it's some way in the future; cars have autodrive and all the textbooks seem to be on tablets. The American parties have given w
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
DAY ZERO is fascinating! I've been devoted to Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic genres since I devoured Philip Wylie's TOMORROW at the age of ten and was rendered permanently terrified. DAY ZERO has been compared to Susan Beth Pfeffer's LIFE AS WE KNOW IT Series, but I am pleasantly reminded of Emmy Laybourne's MONUMENT 14. Two siblings (one diabetic and likely Asperger's) and their stepsister; teacher mom; emotionally distant stepdad; and prepper-survivalist dad--in a world suddenly erupting in ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley-arcs
I received an arc of this book from Net Galley and will post my full review closer to its release date.
Toya (the reading chemist)
3.5 stars.

Susan ‘Jinx’ Marshall is your average seventeen year old girl who is addicted to junk food and just wants to play her beloved video game rather than focus on school work. Jinx is the daughter of Dr. Maxwell Marshall who is a famous computer genius and self-proclaimed doomsday expert. Much of Jinx’s childhood consisted of constantly running survival drills in preparation for catastrophe. Jinx’s mom finally had enough of the paranoia, so she remarried and took Jinx and her younger bro
Brittney Monroe
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First things first, thanks to NetGalley for approving me for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

All Susan "Jinx" Marshell wanted to do when she got home from school was get her guild ready for battle and maybe finish her history book report. The only thing she needed to grab was some Strawberry Jolt and salty snacks from the minimart to complete her weekend plans. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems. During their shopping trip, the bank next door explodes and she is forced into survival m
Jenn of The Bookish Society
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nov-2019
I binge read this book over the last two days. I may be late to the review party, but I'm right on time to give you the gist just in time for you, dear readers, to get your hands on it.
Everything that can go wrong seems to for poor Jinx. The girl wants to get some snacks and play her video game when the world explodes around her. Luckily (unluckily?), her Dad is a published survival expert, and she and her family have been running "drills" of different apocalypse scenarios for as long as she can
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warning:  Only read this book if you have several uninterrupted hours.  Otherwise, you'll forget or ignore everything else requiring your attention.

It all starts out normal enough with Jinx and her stepsister picking up her brother after school and stopping for an errand before going home.  Minutes after, life will never be the same for them.  Political unrest (eerily similar to our current political climate), a rigged election, a country torn apart by differing viewpoints, doomsday prep, twists
Tanya Schwander
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An exciting, dystopian thriller that seems a bit too real given today's political situation. What I really liked is that the female lead, a 17 year old techie, is a strong, intelligent protagonist while also still dealing with regular insecurities of being a teenage girl. Having been raised by a survivalist father, she has the knowledge and skills to survive a totalitarian uprising, and yet she is still struggling to find her own place in the world. I can't wait for the sequel coming out this De ...more
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
not good. far too much telling, almost no showing. characters lecture the reader. it's tacky and i hate it. did not give one singular crapola about any of the characters. also, vomit at the instalove. just, yikes. 2/10 do not recommend. DNF'd at the 75% mark. ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this sci/fi dystopic political thriller and all I can say is - this author has Meryl Streep level RANGE. Her last book, FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, was a witty, scathing look at the fashion industry and a feminist call-to-arms over the need for a revolution when it comes to body positivity. DAY ZERO is something COMPLETELY different (which has cemented deVos as one of my favorite authors, not only for how smart her writing is, but because I know I'll never be able to predict what genre sh ...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was the cover of this book that originally attracted me to it, along with the title, Day Zero. I wanted to know why it was Day Zero and what Day Zero was too, so this curiosity led me to read the blurb. I find prepping fascinating, so when the blurb says that the main character whose nickname is Jinx is used to doing drills that her father thinks necessary for an impending doomsday that interested me even more.

I like the rather desolate looking cover, with the one female character on it, whom
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, library
To sum it up in one sentence, this book wasn’t very good but wasn’t completely without redeeming qualities. The writing was solid. A bit too much tell versus show at times but the narrative was engaging enough that it didn’t bother me. I liked the introductions to all the characters and felt that those early chapters gave me a really good handle on who everyone was. Except Toby, for the first few chapters I kept forgetting who he was and I am still not sure why I couldn’t remember him.

Jinx was a
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Day Zero in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Day Zero is the first novel in a Duology of the same name by Kelly deVos. What do you do, when the end of the world as you know it is looming on the horizon? That’s a question that Jinx Marshall is going to have to answer. Thankfully, being the daughter of a doomsday prepper has left her fairly well prepared for it. Though she never could have prepared for the cause of the downfall.
Day Zero is a novel made up of many eleme
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, Harlequin Presents, and Inkyard Press for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

This technically should have been my second DeVos book but I still haven’t gotten to my Fat Girl on a Plane ARC (oops) so this is going to be my first book. And honestly, I’m not disappointed with it. I
Alyson Stone
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, science-fiction
Book: Day Zero
Author: Kelly DeVos
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher, Inkyard Press, for sending me an ARC.

I went into this book knowing nothing about. The summary sounded really interesting. This book follows Jinx and her family as they struggle to survive against a very corrupt government. Her father has them all trained to survive in bad situations. They have spent their entire life drilling for this moment, but, only this time, this is not a drill. The government i
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Kelly deVos is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband, amazing teen daughter and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. When not reading or writing, Kelly can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on ...more

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