Zeroes by Scott WesterfeldZeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Zeroes

byScott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti

Hardcover | September 29, 2015

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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.

Don’t call them heroes.

But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart.

Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t—like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends these days.

Enter Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether, the group’s “glorious leader.” After Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the recue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening installment of a thrilling new series.
Scott Westerfeld was born in Dallas, Texas on May 5, 1963. He received a degree in philosophy from Vassar in 1985. Before becoming a full time writer, he held several jobs including factory worker, software designer, editor, and substitute teacher. His works for young adults include the Uglies series, the Midnighters series, and The La...
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Title:ZeroesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.7 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1481443364

ISBN - 13:9781481443364

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fairly well written "DON'T CALL THEM HEROS. But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart. They can do stuff ordinary people can't. Filled with High stakes action and drama, Zeros unites three power house authors for the opening installment of a thriller new SERIES " I bought this book no less than a week ago, and had just finished reading it. (My normal speed for books with around 500 pages usually takes me 2-3 days) Not saying it's a bad book, however, it does not have that strong grip that doesn't allow you to take your eyes of the page like of the many books I have read. I still do recommend this book to people, especially to those who love a good action/thriller packed book with a dash of romance not too much but just the right amount. Zeros has strong morals and shows the power of a team v.s. a lone ranger. This book really did emphasis friendship in a way and how if you belong then friendship will always find a path back, even if you messed up really bad (*cough cough* Scam) . And the characters had a strong grip in your head, like for example Ethan a.k.a. Scam, the book focused on him a lot. Scam was a boy of 2 faces; Ethan or The Voice on which who says whatever you want to hear whether it's a lie or the truth. Or Flicker who physically blind, but that doesn't mean she's completely blind she can see through the eyes of whom ever she wants. And I found it really easy to picture the descriptions. Like at the beginning of the book when the author(s) were descripting how Crash's shop looked like, or, when the Zeros were planning a brake in to help their old friend Scam. And I just loved how the characters were built, especially Anonymous whom started out well... Anonymous at the very beginning of the book ;) . I thought it was a "fairly written book", However, one thing that had kept me from giving it a 100% was the fact that it wasn't as addicting as I thought it would be. Never the less I did love how the action started early, rather than a slow start. Alas, To conclude my review I do recommend this book. But remember it's a lot to read, so if you're that person who doesn't mind reading long books, go for it! Thanking for taking your time to read my review, hope it was helpful. :) Regards, Rania A.
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Faster and easier to read than expected They’re Zeroes, not heroes. Six teens from California have powers that make them different from everyone else. Ethan, also known as Scam, has The Voice inside him and The Voice knows what you want to hear, or have to hear, in order to give Ethan what he wants. Which could come in handy if The Voice didn’t start talking in the middle of a bank robbery. The only way out for Scam is to call his former friends. Bellwether, Flicker, Crash, and Anon don’t really have a choice. They have to get Scam out or else The Voice could expose them all. In the middle of it all, they find Kelsie, another teen with the power to take a crowd of people and tame them or let them go wild. Being almost 550 pages long, I was a bit hesitant to start this book as I was worried it would end up being a long read that would seem to take forever to finish. Thankfully it turned out to be quite an easy book to read, lots of action, good pacing, and before I knew it, I was on the last few pages. I liked that the book kept jumping POVs from character to character. Scam and Kelsie seemed to get the most focus and their story was where the action really started and stayed, but I enjoyed getting to know the other Zeroes and how having their power affected their lives positively or negatively. My favourites ended up being Anon and Flicker. Their POVs were the ones I felt the most absorbed in and stuck with me. The book could have easily gone sideways into a story full of tropes and a read-that-before feel but it managed to stay enjoyable and put twists into the story to help it feel new. They were a group of teenagers who found each other, who had powers, who formed missions to learn more about their powers, but they weren’t heroes. There was never a time in the book where I found myself wishing for any of their powers because I could see the cost it had on them. Another plus of the book was all the focus on friendships. These kids were friends once before their falling out and they were working their way back to maybe being friends again. There was romance but when it was present, it was slow and didn’t take away from the friendships and overall story. As much as I did enjoy reading it, I did find it to be a little over the top at times. Also, there wasn’t much explaining done about certain subjects but that could come later in the series and I’m excited to find out more about them. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-12-15

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Zeroes CHAPTER 1 SCAM “MORE COFFEE?” Ethan jumped. It’d been a long night. “Okay.” The waitress wasn’t even listening, the coffee pot dipping toward Ethan’s cup. Which was fine. The coffee was crap and he was already wired, but it gave him an excuse to keep sitting there. He’d spent the last two hours hunched in a back booth of the Moonstruck Diner, staring out the window at the Cambria Central Bank. It was right across the street, and it opened at eight. “Want anything else?” the waitress asked. “I’m good. Thanks.” He drank some more coffee. Still crap. At least the bitter java gave him a reason to seem jumpy. Nobody would look at him and say, “Hey, that kid is real jumpy. Must have something to do with the army-green duffel bag under his feet.” Nope. Nobody would blame the bag. He glanced around the diner. Everyone was wrapped up in their own six a.m. thoughts. Nobody was even looking at him. Okay, one girl was looking at him. But she glanced away like she’d been caught staring. So apart from that one cute girl at the front of the diner, nobody was looking at him. Besides, this was the middle of Main Street. Nobody would come rolling in to seize Ethan and his bag and haul them both out into the dawn. Nothing bad ever happened here in Cambria, California, population half a million during a college term. The diner was filling up with delivery guys on breaks, respectable citizens in suits, and the occasional group of clubbers winding down. All Ethan had to do was watch the bank and wait for the doors to open. Easy. As long as the waiting didn’t kill him. “More coffee?” “Seriously, it’s been five minutes. Can you stop with the coffee?” The waitress looked stung. “Sorry,” Ethan said. But she was already gone. He pulled the duffel bag up and wedged it into a corner of the booth like a makeshift pillow. Which was pretty funny, given what was in the bag. It was the stuff in the bag that was keeping him awake. That, and the people looking for it. He’d always known the voice would do this one day—get him into serious trouble. The voice didn’t care about consequences. The voice didn’t weigh up the pros and cons and then say, “Hey, Ethan, this is how you can get what you want.” The voice wasn’t sentient like that; it wasn’t smart. It didn’t negotiate. The voice just went for it. It lied and lied, and most of the time Ethan didn’t even know where the lies came from when they poured out of his mouth. How did the voice know half that stuff? But Ethan had always known that one day he’d pay for all those lies. Right now he was hoping today was not that day.

Editorial Reviews

“With action, romance, and thorny ethical questions, it’s a book with a little something for everyone.”