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Day Zero

(Day Zero Duology #1)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  56 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
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Inkyard Press
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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. I
Navidad Thélamour
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
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 most.

Hang on for a ter
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 av
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
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.
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/>Content
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 pol
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
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
Nancy Fischer
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A smart, twisty, ambitious thrill-ride that makes you think! I can’t wait to read the sequel and follow Jinx’s evolution and revolution. - Nancy Richardson Fischer, author of The Speed of Falling Objects.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Susan, aka Jinx, is a coder, daughter of a coder and prepper who has run drills with his two children for as long as they can remember. So when a disaster at a bank ends up with her step-father being taken in, she knows this is not a drill, that under their new president, things just got even more serious.

The opposition has arisen, their leader who cheated his way into office is none other then Ammon Carter, their new president. Is her father, prominent coder and prepper responsible? She would
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
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
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read Fat Girl on a Plane and after reading the summary of this book was intrigued by the very different subject matter of Day Zero by the same author. Day Zero gives way to an families worst nightmare of being separated from each other and facing an apocalyptic disaster. I enjoyed the relationships between all of the siblings and the ability for them to work together under such dire circumstances. A must read for young adults who enjoy end of the world books!
Thank you to Edelweiss a
Olivia Roberts
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
**ARC provided by NetGalley**

Holy moly this book was INCREDIBLE. This is not my typical genre, but I was hooked from the very beginning.

Day Zero is kind of like a Doomsday type novel, but it's very centered around the end of the world as we know it due to technology. The topic itself is very interesting, but I think the style of writing and intricate characters really made it enjoyable.

I found the characters to be very well-rounded and believable throughout the whole novel. People that were r
Savannah Worman
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a doomsday prepper as a dad? How about a technological genius? Well in Kelly DeVos’ book Day Zero we get to find out exactly what it would be like. When society begins collapsing around Jinx and her family she is left to save herself and her siblings using the knowledge instilled in her by her father.

Jinx is an introverted gamer with a serious knack for technology. Her father, Dr. Doomsday, is a prepper/technology extraordinaire, h
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Review will be posted to my blog on November 17, 2019**

Thank you to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for giving me a chance to read this eARC and inviting me to participate in this blog tour.

Jinx is living during the New Depression. An election recently took place and The Opposition leader, Ammon Carver, won the vote for president. It doesn’t seem like many people in Jinx’s life and in society approved of this choice, most were vying for the leader of The Spark, David Rosenth
Fabulous Book Fiend
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that you really cant compare to anything else you've read because it is so different and so unique an despite the fact that it is a total cliche, this book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

I'll admit that I haven't read a whole lot of books about teen coders surviving doomsday but that's clearly because I never knew I wanted to read about kick-ass girls like that! This book really does have everything, women defying gender stereotypes, villains that do unp
Nov 15, 2019 added it
Another blog tour post. This one is for Inkyard Press and I want to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. I will say that this book is heavy on the political themes. While that would kind of turn me away from that kind of plot line, because I’m not at all political, I’m glad that I gave the story a chance. Heavy on the politics, but still a good read.

The story follows Susan ‘Jinx’ with her mother, Stephanie, step-father Jay, little brother, Charles
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
Robin (ReadItRobi)
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Post-apocalypse/Fall of society is the new survival fiction and I am HERE for it! Thank you NetGalley, Inkyard Press and the author for sharing this work. I did not expect to read this YA in a single day. Should I already know Kelly DeVos? I want to, she writes with such voice!

Jinx and her siblings are on the run after a series of explosions have rocked the foundation of American civilization. Martial law's been declared, society is dividing along political party lines, and all the a
Debbie Smith
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It didn’t take long for this story to catch my attention and run with it. And Kelly deVos did an excellent job of introducing the main characters and their relationships and personalities before the fast paced adventure began.

But for me, it soon slowed. Though the details and conversations were good, I started to lose interest in the dire straits the world was in as well as those running around trying to right all wrongs.

Honesty, the writing is excellent and the story is
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
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 s
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Story of Survival and Political Intrigue

Seventeen-year-old Jinx is trying to settle into her new family with a step-sister, Mackenna, and Toby, a stepbrother. Jinx’s father is a computer genius and survival fanatic. He is also associated with the Opposition, a political party currently in power after ousting the Spark. The political divide leads to violence which becomes personal for Jinx, Mackenna, and Jinx’s little brother Charles.

The siblings are inside a store when explosions rock the ar
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This thriller started out so well!! But as the story went on it suffered from a few things. First it was a set up for book two which was kind of unneeded. It could have been a stellar story on its own and then book two could have come back and finished the story at large. We really didn't need a set up for that. The other issue was that this is just one more title that really didn't need a romance. It felt shallow and just well not needed. I don't know why a lot of ya authors think that every st ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 leaves her inside a building on fire with a few members of her family, she's trapped, and all the survival sk
Fiona the Reader
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was thrilled to be asked by Kelly deVos if I wanted to read an ARC version of Day Zero without compromise. This is my first request of this type so I couldn't resist.

To be completely honest, Young Adult is not a genre that I'm normally interested in, but I must say that it was a lot of fun taking this ride and here's why.

The Book starts with an action pack sequence that propels you right into the middle of the story. It is a discovery of the nature of survival with great tip
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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