Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti (2015, Simon Pulse; 560 pages)
X-Men meets Heroes when New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld teams up with award-winning authors Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti to create a sizzling new series filled with action and adventure.
This young adult novel got to my hands as an advance reading copy, which I devoured in a few days. The novel is more than 500 pages, but it is very fast-paced and well-written, action-packed as well as humorous. The book was written by three authors, a fact that I usually don’t find very attractive, but they have been able to find a unique and homogenous voice in their communal writing: Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Leviathan series, the first book of which was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. Margo Lanagan has been publishing stories for children, young adults, and adult readers for twenty-five years, and Deborah Biancotti has written two short story collections: Bad Power and A Book of Endings.
The story follows six American teenagers, all born in the year 2000. They all have some kind of superpower. The powers are all different from one another. These teens have formed a team and call themselves Zeroes (a sarcastic spin on the word “heroes”), and they attempt missions to learn more about their powers. The difference between Zeroes and superheroes is that Zeroes don’t feel in any way like heroes; quite the contrary. Many of them suffer their superpowers, to the point of impacting their lives in very dramatic ways.
The plot is told from six different points of view, each one of them through the eyes of one of the Zeroes.
This book will appeal to fans of super hero fiction and those wanting to read something to forget about daily life chores. I think it will become a popular book/series.
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Recommended by: Maite