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Zeroes Hardcover – September 29, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—This may not be the first tale of a group of crime-fighting teenagers with supernatural powers, but its talented writing team get points for creating some fresh and original superpowerd abilities. Scam has a seemingly omniscient inner voice, which can speak for him and get him out of trouble or, all too often, into it. Flicker is blind but can perceive what others see. Crash can take down any computer and finds the experience embarrassingly—and dangerously—enjoyable. Bellwether can control the energies of the group and unite them in a common purpose. And Anonymous—well, never mind, no one seems to remember anything about that guy. These five, plus one unpredictable new addition, make up the Zeroes, a team that split up due to infighting but get called back together to fight a baddie and come to terms with their talents and their place in the world. Told from six different points of view, the plot of this hefty tome slows down at times, but the effort taken to develop each character pays off. With two sequels planned, readers can look forward to spending more time with the Zeroes in the future. VERDICT For fans of superhero fiction looking for a character-driven tale and those who enjoy stellar writing.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA
“Fresh and original superpowered abilities.” (School Library Journal, starred review)
“Intriguing protagonists and cinematic powers.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“With action, romance, and thorny ethical questions, it’s a book with a little something for everyone.” (Publishers Weekly)
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I guess some people are detracting one or more stars because the accidentally-get-in-trouble-with-mobsters plot is a lot smaller than the typical plot in superhero novels. But if this is a negative - and it is, to an extent, as there isn't as much action as you will typically find in this type of book - than it is also a strong positive, because it allows the book to keep a (very) realistic feel. Moreover, the characters are extremely well drawn and compelling. For example, when Anonymous describes crawling from his hospital bed for water at age 13 because everyone has forgotten him, you will be drawn into his plight and care about him. With respect to action, while there are no epic superpowered battles resulting in destroyed buildings or the like, the teens do have to use their powers in tense to life or death situations, and these sequences are sufficiently well done that they may grip you despite what they lack.
Verdict: While there may not be enough action for fans of the traditional superpowers novel, those that like higher quality writing and have superpower novels as a guilty pleasure may find that Zeroes hits a sweet spot in between.
This start to the ZEROES series is based in Cambria, California and features six teens with unusual "superpowers." There is crowd control, anonymity, controlling technology, and more.
The first half (at least) of the book was low-key, introducing readers to the "ZEROES" and to their powers. It was a bit hard to keep track of the characters who have a real name and sometimes more than one superpower name. And it was a bit boring.
The last part of the book amped up and I enjoyed it much more. I probably would have rated this 3 1/2 stars if I could have.
I enjoyed it enough that I'm going to finish the series, reading SWARM next and finishing the trilogy with NEXUS.
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