Zeroes (Volume 1) Paperback – Import, 27 September 2016
|Paperback, Import, 27 September 2016||
Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
“Intriguing protagonists and cinematic powers.” ― Kirkus
“With action, romance, and thorny ethical questions, it’s a book with a little something for everyone.” ― Publishers Weekly
“Cinematic, nonstop action” ― Booklist
About the Author
Margo Lanagan has been publishing stories for children, young adults and adult readers for twenty-five years. She has won numerous awards, including four World Fantasy Awards. Two of her books have been Michael L. Printz Honor books and she has been shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula awards and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the young adult division. Visit Margo at her blog, AmongAmidWhile.Blogspot.com, or follow her on Twitter at @MargoLanagan.
Deborah Biancotti has written two short story collections, Bad Power and A Book of Endings. She’s been nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award and the William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Book. You can find her online at DeborahBiancotti.com or on Twitter at @Deborah_B.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter mobile phone number.
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (27 September 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1481443372
- ISBN-13 : 978-1481443371
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Item Weight : 476 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.81 x 20.96 cm
- Customer Reviews:
Review this product
Top reviews from other countries
Zeroes is an ambitious novel that puts an interesting twist on the superhero genre. Although the protagonists do each have a power, they are "Zeroes" due to the fact that these powers aren't that great, sometimes being uncontrollable, unpredictable or just coming with massive weaknesses. While these lower key abilities helped to add a sense of realism to the tale, I did have a small issue with the fact that some of the abilities weren't very clearly defined. I was particularly unclear with how Bellwether and Mob's abilities functioned, as these weren't as dramatic and visual as the likes of Scam and Crash.
My biggest issue with the story was the shear number of narrators. While the novel was entirely told in third person, the focus flitted between all of the protagonists - Scam, Bellwether, Crash, Flicker, Anonymous and Mob. Personally, I felt that this was just too many. The chapters were rather short and so the way that the narrative jumped around just bogged down the story - particularly in its slower middle section. While the novel did have some exciting scenes at its beginning and climax, my attention started to drift in the space between these.
The ending of the novel is somewhat downplayed, but it did allow space for all of the characters to finally use their powers together and nicely showed how well they work as a team. While it did wrap up this stage of the story quite nicely, the story was still open-ended enough to allow the story to be continued in its sequel.
In terms of character, Zeroes really does shine. While some of the narrative voices can sometimes feel a bit similar, the protagonists are a nicely diverse group. They comprise of a variety of different ethnicities, and also different social backgrounds. This ranges sharply from the fabulously wealthy Bellwether to Mob - a teenager with a criminal father and broken home. It's quite clear in the novel that the only thing connecting most of these characters is their powers, leading to some understandable tension between them.
The small relationships between the characters were, for me, the heart of this story. I very much enjoyed the scenes in which we see Crash testing her abilities, and the relationship between Flicker and Anonymous slowly starting to blossom. Even Scam, who was horribly annoying to begin with, became a more likeable character as he started to open up and reveal his backstory to Mob. These were the things about the story that I truly loved and I look forward to seeing how the authors will take them further in the next book.
Only the villains were a bit faceless in this story, comprising of mindless gangsters and thugs. While these enemies were realistic foes for teenagers to face, they were a bit forgettable in the greater scheme of things and ultimately did not seem threatening in themselves.
So, all in all, Zeroes was a bit of a mixed bag but the concept and characters do make me want to read on. It's certainly one that I would recommend to fans of superhero stories.
In Zeroes - the first in a new trilogy - we meet a group of teens who each have their own power. They’re not always in control of their power, and the after effects of them using their power can be catastrophic.
We open meeting Ethan, Scam, a boy who has two voices; one of which always knows just what to say. Unfortunately this voice doesn’t always think about the consequences that come into play. When he is caught up in a bank robbery and becomes an internet sensation, he has little choice but to contact the friends he hasn’t really seen for the last year. The Zeroes.
There’s nothing particularly new here, but this story of a group learning to use their powers is a thrilling story. It introduces us to a very varied cast and makes us intrigued by all of them, which is no mean feat. There’s also some explosive action, some serious villains and a real need to see what happens next.