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Day Zero (The Zero Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 29, 2014
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This novella is about Elle (like the letter), a young girl who's been forced to become a fighter and a survivor; she actually reminded me of a the more hardened version of Ellie from The Last of Us. Elle's smart and quick on her feet, but not much of a people person. I like that. Too many times new writers try to make their protagonists a little too perfect, but Elle is flaws - stubborn, a little cocky, sort of awkward, and anti-social. We are introduced to her right off the bat, and soon she stumbles across a group of four other survivors around her age (some a few years younger, some a few years older), while trying to escape a gang called the Klan in post-apocalyptic Hollywood. Her gradual befriending of this group of teens is the catalyst for what follows.
There are elements of Day Zero that reminds me of The Road (except not as depressing), the TV show called Revolution, The Hunger Games (but better, in my opinion), and The Last of Us. I think this is a great book for lovers of Young Adult series, and people interested in post-apocalyptic fiction. Summer's writing is fast-paced and to the point (she won't describe every detail of a blade of grass, for example; she assumes the reader knows what a blade of grass looks like); her character dialogue is realistic; and her style is clean, crisp, and doesn't cause any head scratching moments for the sake of literary experimentation.
Summer Lane is an author I expect great things from.
Now they try to survive together.
I love all the books I have read by Summer Lane. This one had a few editing errors, one specifically obvious one mentioned Flash when it should have been Pix page 134). I deducted a star for that. But I do love seeing this story in the time of the Collapse series. If you read that and liked it you will like this one. If you haven't you really should. They are separate stories and characters but same apocalypse.
I realize the author is young and probably does not want to go into such things, but if she wants to have the books believable, they need to step things up quite a bit. Ms. Lane is not alone, I have read quite a few of these "doomsday" books and I have only found two so far that mention rape and what happens to captured females and only one (written by a woman) that mentions feminine hygiene products when the characters were foraging survival items.
Getting back to the book, I read one review that said Elle seems to have it way to easy, and it didn't seem as hard as it should be for her. I agree with that assessment.
The characters are engaging, and the main character, Elle is interesting enough to pull you along in her journey, in this first installment of the series.
For me, it's good enough that I would like to read more. For others, the story may not be fleshed out enough to keep others interested.
But for a quick and simple, fun read...., it was entertaining enough to want more!