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The Secret Value of Zero by [Halley, Victoria]
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  • File Size: 991 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CTQAM6U
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The Secret Power of Zero is like Orynx and Crake meets X-Men.

Set in a dystopia future, the book immerses you in a world where 23andMe has gone terribly wrong. Genetic testing is used to create a ranking system that all but guarantees your destiny. This is the story of how one strong female protagonist, Meke, sets out to prove them all wrong.

The novel is an inspiring reminder of how everyone is valuable in their own right.

Entertaining, thrilling, and a life lesson. What more can you ask for?
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When your identity is defined upon birth and shaped by factors beyond your control, it's unfathomable to be anyone else but you. When external factors cause your *potential* to be branded on your person, it's impossible to be anyone but you, anywhere but where you are, anytime but when you are. The limits that someone else describes are as matter of fact as any natural law; unquestionable in their existence. The imposed identity is all that is worth being, even when it's not worth a thing.

Unless someone believes in you.

Meke Lichota's metamorphosis from battered survivor to empowered leader began with a set of simple words given to her by her mother "No matter what people tell you, you're worth something." This compelling story chronicles the paradigm shift that occurs when an individual realizes how to use truth and democracy to topple hierarchies constructed solely on lies and propaganda. I appreciated that the main character, Meke, seized the dormant truth given to her by her mother and used it to create a potential she could never imagine. Meke is easy to relate to, she is flawed, doubts her abilities, believes lies, and follows the rules like a good girl. Ultimately, when she casts off the imposed identity, she reminds us all that our potential is limited only by our courage to write our own future.
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Loved this book. While I really enjoy the dystopian genre, I loved the characters and story concept the best. Most books provide either tropes of characters or deeply flawed characters that make me want to slap them around for "why'd you do that?!" In the Secret Value of Zero, I was never sure what each character would do and was often pleasantly surprised when the character didn't do what I EXPECTED them to do. Fun read and couldn't put it down. I certainly hope that we get more Meke stories...and soon!
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In this book, I felt elements of some of my favorite works of YA fiction along with a nice blend of new ideas and storylines. There is enough of a "familiar" feel to the world and setting so that I didn't feel lost, like I sometimes do when starting a new "world" by a new author. Meke is a strong character without being "too perfect" - she's human enough to relate with. The point-of-view is very loyal to Meke's character - we very much stay with her and her consciousness rather than gaining some extra-knowledge/insight into other characters like we might in other books - and at first, this was a bit frustrating to me (I'll admit, I sometimes like to gain "extra" info and insight into other characters or the background of a story), but as the book wound on, I began to appreciate this more realistic vision of the world through Meke's eyes only. Because of the unique "powers" and experiences she has, keeping our vision solely to her own eyes is more immersive.

I appreciate an author who gives you a satisfying ending (nothing I loathe more than a new author with a new book that leaves you hanging, since you're never sure if this author will produce again and you'll ever have answers!), but also leaves room for further growth and adventures in her world, if she so wishes. This book has that. There's a hint of romance without letting it become an overriding theme (something that I somewhat disdain, even as the thirteen year old in me sighs with romance). Well worth a read, especially to support a new author in the YA fiction domain.
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The book was a good, quick read. I think it's geared for young teenage girls. No foul language, which was refreshing, and light romance without any descript love scenes. There were a good many either misspelled words or misused verbiage, which can be distracting for me, but I still recommend it to the young or young at heart.
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This is an action/adventure/romance/drama/scifi story about a girl who lives in a world where everyone is tattooed with their rank in society when they're infants. She's marked as a "Zero" because she happens to be deaf, but she's tough as nails and overcomes huge obstacles in her efforts to defeat her oppressive society and save the day for everyone.

It reminds me a bit of The Hunger Games -- interesting premise, action packed, highly readable, strong female lead, and a touch of drama and romance to keep it fun. I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking for a fun, easy read.
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It was a good book. I liked the concept of it and I was ways wanted to keep reading. I enjoyed the romance and the ending felt right. I really liked that the main character was deaf and that she also had a ton of character development.
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It was an interesting read. I liked a lot of ideas in the book but the story didn't go to in-depth on the majority of them and I was left really confused and wanting to read more. There is a definite need for more descriptive scenes/words but it's all still pretty good.
There are a few errors (spellcheck?) here and there but they're very few and don't interfere with the story.
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