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Oct 29 2015

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

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Zeroes bk 1. Allen and Unwin, 2015. ISBN 9781925266955
(Age: 12+) Highly recommended. Thriller. Super heroes. Six teenagers have awesome super powers and when one of them gets into trouble, the Zeroes pull together as a team to sort out some dangerous criminals. Ethan aka Scam has a voice inside him that blurts out things people often don't want to heart. The Voice has gotten him into trouble when it divulged things about his four friends, and they are not very keen on being his friend. However when Ethan comes to grief during a bank robbery, they decide to come to his aid, and in the process find Kelsie who can manipulate a crowd and who is desperate to help her father who was involved in the robbery. Led by Nate, aka Bellwether, the group's 'glorious leader' and ably helped by Anonymous, the handsome boy that everyone forgets, Crash who can wreck anything electrical and Flicker who can see through other people's eyes, the Zeroes team face danger and adventure as they chase the mob in an attempt to rescue Kelsie's father.
Written by three outstanding authors, Zeroes will immediately grab the reader with its fast paced action and great characters. Each of the six is so well described that it is easy to become engaged with them, to see how they use their fabulous powers but also to see their fears and weaknesses as well. Each chapter is narrated by a different character who gives a description of the action that is going on and the reader gains insight into how the differing teens operate and feel.
This is a powerful combination of fantasy as the teens use their superpowers and crime thriller as they chase the dangerous gang. There are some explosive moments and thrills galore.
I really enjoyed this story - the rollercoaster action and the characters' superpowers were gripping. Zeroes is a stand alone novel in a trilogy and this makes it a winner for me. I will be sure to pick up others in the series and look forward to more adventures and fun.
Pat Pledger

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