X-Men meets Marissa Meyer’s Renegades when New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series Scott Westerfeld teams up with award-winning authors Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti for this explosive trilogy filled with “cinematic nonstop action,” (Booklist) about six teens with unique abilities.
Don’t call them heroes.
But these six California teens have powers that set them apart.
Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t—like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends these days.
Enter Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether, the group’s “glorious leader.” After Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.
Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening installment of a thrilling new series.
Westerfeld (Afterworlds), Lanagan (Yellowcake), and Biancotti (Bad Power) weave a sprawling adventure about a group of superpowered teenagers who call themselves Zeroes. When one of their number, named Scam for his ability to tell people exactly what he needs them to hear, is detained after being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the others reunite after months apart, some less eager than others. Events quickly escalate, and soon half the group is in hiding, while the authorities and the mob hunt for them. The plot meanders, but the authors give their characters plenty of depth, skillfully blending human dilemmas with superhuman abilities. With the exception of Crash, who can bring down technology with a thought, these aren't flashy, cinematic powers; subtle yet powerful, they largely revolve around coercion and manipulation. Mob and Bellweather can influence the emotions of crowds; Anonymous is nearly impossible to perceive or remember; and blind Flicker telepathically sees through the eyes of those around her. With action, romance, and thorny ethical questions, it's a book with a little something for everyone. Ages 14 up.
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Entertaining romp with an eclectic group of teens and some lighthearted teen angst. It's fun and reads quickly with superpowers that are clever and creatively interact to help bond the characters to each other.
This wasn't the best book I've read, but it has lots of potential. It was refreshing to see something else other than the generic superpowers, and I enjoyed every bit of reading about them. The plot was awesome, it felt fresh and gripping all the time. The characters were relatable and each one brought their own kind of charm into the story. Character development fell short, though. Connections evolved between three of four pairs of characters, but the rest were never explained and it made me feel sort of unsatisfied when the book was finished. Some individual characters had a lot of growth, and others barely had any growth at all. It all felt uneven. When I heard this was only the first book of a trilogy, I was extremely happy because there was now a chance to tie up some loose ends. All in all, this book really deserves a chance. Happy reading:))
This book was on fleek! Like I can't even comprendo how someone can make this book so amazing!!