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Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti

January 13, 2017

img_20170112_0002Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti. Pub. Allen & Unwin, 2015.

There is a saying that says  you can go from hero to zero in a matter of moments. You could say that about the six teenagers with special powers who are the main characters in this first of three novels for teens. The teenagers have super powers but there is a price to pay.

The group are loosely connected and haven’t seen each other for about a year due to Ethan aka Scam. He has a voice inside him that reflects his wants and desires but with incredible knowledge about anybody he speaks to. He knows them intimately and can disarm and enrage them in one conversation and can con his way out or into anything.

It is Scam who prompts all the action after conning a drug thug out of a duffle bay full of money then being in a bank robbery while trying to deposit the money. Scam calls on Nate Bellwater called Glorious Leader because of his power to organise and placate things, to help him out.

Nate calls on Chizara aka Crash to spring Scam from jail with her powers to shut down any electronic software in a building. She is assisted by Flicker a blind girl who can see through other peoples eyes and together they create chaos.

Scam needs to hide and does so with Thibault or Anonymous who has the power to be forgotten by anyone who connects with him.

The last of the Zeroes is Kelsie who has the power to take control over crowds. She is aware of her powers but has not met the other Zeroes and they are not aware of her.

Thrilling action as the Zeroes get together. Three authors and you cannot tell which of them is writing which parts. All three are great writers and while this is a long book it is easy to read in short sharp chapters with great dialogue and fast moving action.

A totally unique idea with a sequel titled Swarm already out and a third part Nexus out this year. Readers of action will love this series.

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