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Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions) Hardcover – August 29, 2017
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Gr 9 Up—Teens will love the pace and dialogue of this sci-fi novel about an alien invasion, told alternately from the human and alien perspectives. Raven, 16, is doing community service at a wilderness summer camp with Tucker and Topher, twins. This is the only reason they live through the start of the invasion by the Nahx. "Our own stars betray us," Raven thinks as she watches the meteor shower and jets race across the sky and try to stop the invasion. Readers meet Eighth before they meet Raven and know only that his mind is a void, but he remembers his directive, piece by piece: dart the humans. Leave them where they fall. Thus begins the fall of humans on planet Earth. Raven and the counselors at camp are able to survive because the kids haven't arrived and all of the food was delivered early. There are guns for protection against wild animals. There is shelter. There is hope. Eighth's mind seems to collapse on itself as readers follow him through his directive and his refusal to obey it. As Raven and Eighth find themselves on an intersecting path, readers will be sucked into humanity's struggle to survive and the Nahx's all too focused efforts to ensure that it doesn't. VERDICT A first purchase for teen collections.—Cathleen Ash, Manor High School Library, TX
"Detailed settings and swift action make this novel an edge-of-your-seat page-turner. Readers who enjoy post-apocalyptic literature and interspecies unrequited love stories will be drawn in to this story immediately." (VOYA August 2017)
"Teens will love the pace and dialogue...As Raven and Eighth find themselves on an intersecting path, readers will be sucked into humanity’s struggle to survive and the Nahx’s all too focused efforts to ensure that it doesn’t. VERDICT A first purchase for teen collections." (School Library Journal September 2017)
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Raven is sent with her Tucker (her bf) and Topher (his twin brother) to work as counselors in a wilderness camp as an alternative restitution for-I believe- arson. While they are at this camp, Earth is invaded by aliens (or Nahx as they have been dubbed). Now all of the campers are essentially hiding out there, awaiting rescue or the Nahx and their fatal darts.
Eighth is a part of that Alien force which operates under a hive mentality with one purpose: killing humans. Eighth is defective, however, and soon crosses paths with Raven.
My Spoiler Free Thoughts:
This book is about survival, loyalty, and love, and G.S. Prendergast has woven these ideals together seamlessly. I think Raven is tough, Eighth is intriguing, and their character growth and bond feels really authentic.
I know the book is being compared to Beauty and the Beast, but I just don't draw that connection between the two. The only similarity is you-are-living-with-a-different-species-you-don't-like and nothing beyond that.
I've read that the story is incredibly slow paced, but I felt for the amount of time that is passing, the pace was very appropriate and even not as slow as it could have been.
I definitely recommend this book, and I've posted a spoiler filled review and discussion on my Instagram: @whitespacebooks
Regarding the story, for once the description that it's for fans of 'The 5th Wave' is pretty accurate. You have your alien human love story where humans & aliens are at war with one another expect for this unique pair of at odds love birds. At times this was a bit difficult to swallow because in this story the aliens do not look human like they do in the 5th Wave. I guess that's where they got the idea to also compare this to 'Beauty & The Beast'. I don't see anything similar there, but whatever.
I loved the 5th Wave series & so far having only read this book, I think the 5th Wave is written better with more believable characters. Depending on what you are comfortable with your kids reading, there is teenage sex, drugs, & drinking plus violence & death. If this is something you don't want your kids to read about, you probably shouldn't get this book for them. If on the other hand, you are comfortable with it, then by all means, get them a copy. I think they will enjoy the story, I know I did, cliff hanger ending and all.
Eighth has no voice and no name, only his rank to identify him. His orders are to dart the humans and leave them where they fall repeated over and over inside his head. His only company, a sixth, has just been killed and now Eighth has no idea what he should do. Now with Sixth gone Eighth begins to ignore his directives humming in his mind and that is when he comes across Raven and her friends.
Zero Repeat Forever is the first book in the new Nahx Invasions young adult sci-fi series by Gabrielle Prendergast. This first book is one that while I enjoyed the story I hesitated on how to rate this one for several reasons and decided to give it 3.5 stars. The first reasoning behind the rating was simply this one heavily reminded me of The 5th Wave while reading. But perhaps even a slower, less eventful version of that story which also brought down my rating a tad since I’m not a huge fan of the slower pace.
But even with the reminders of another story and the slower pace I did find myself quite intrigued with the book and curious if it would end up standing out on it’s own. A few positives in this one is that there’s diversity within the characters and enough world and character building to keep a reader’s interest and prolong the intrigue with wanting to know more.
Then just as I was wondering what the author had in store there was a pretty intense end to this one that left me with that feeling of where oh where is the next book?? So all in all this was a decent start to the series that left me wanting to continue but I do hope the pace can pick up a bit in the next read and really distinguish it’s own story from others.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.