Book Review: Zeroes by Westerfeld, Lanagan, and Biancotti


3.5 stars

They’re Zeroes, not heroes. Six teens from California have powers that make them different from everyone else. Ethan, also known as Scam, has The Voice inside him and The Voice knows what you want to hear, or have to hear, in order to give Ethan what he wants. Which could come in handy if The Voice didn’t start talking in the middle of a bank robbery. The only way out for Scam is to call his former friends. Bellwether, Flicker, Crash, and Anon don’t really have a choice. They have to get Scam out or else The Voice could expose them all. In the middle of it all, they find Kelsie, another teen with the power to take a crowd of people and tame them or let them go wild.

Being almost 550 pages long, I was a bit hesitant to start this book as I was worried it would end up being a long read that would seem to take forever to finish. Thankfully it turned out to be quite an easy book to read, lots of action, good pacing, and before I knew it, I was on the last few pages.

I liked that the book kept jumping POVs from character to character. Scam and Kelsie seemed to get the most focus and their story was where the action really started and stayed, but I enjoyed getting to know the other Zeroes and how having their power affected their lives positively or negatively. My favourites ended up being Anon and Flicker. Their POVs were the ones I felt the most absorbed in and stuck with me.

The book could have easily gone sideways into a story full of tropes and a read-that-before feel but it managed to stay enjoyable and put twists into the story to help it feel new. They were a group of teenagers who found each other, who had powers, who formed missions to learn more about their powers, but they weren’t heroes. There was never a time in the book where I found myself wishing for any of their powers because I could see the cost it had on them. Another plus of the book was all the focus on friendships. These kids were friends once before their falling out and they were working their way back to maybe being friends again. There was romance but when it was present, it was slow and didn’t take away from the friendships and overall story.

As much as I did enjoy reading it, I did find it to be a little over the top at times. Also, there wasn’t much explaining done about certain subjects but that could come later in the series and I’m excited to find out more about them.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



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