Hey guys! This week I’m working with the best people ever over at Rockstar Book Tours to bring you a review of the new YA novel Zero Repeat Forever. As you guys may have noticed, I read a lot of newly released/ soon to be released books, but this is one of the few that has really jumped out at me as a future hit. I have loved plenty of ARCs, but this truly stood out as a book that was going to do really well in the YA market. Trust me people, you’re going to be seeing this book on the NYT bestseller list.
Zero Repeat Forever is set in modern America at the dawn of an Alien invasion. Ruthless, menacing, massive creatures in dark armor called the Nahx descended from the sky, killing every human in their path. The internet and all other forms of communication were cut, and whole cities were simply blown off the map. And where was Raven when all this was happening? Summer camp.
Raven and her boyfriend Tucker have a penchant for getting into trouble. Drinking, drugs, stealing cars, you name it, they’ve done it. But one time they get caught, bringing Tucker’s twin Topher down with them. They are sentenced to community service, volunteering at a summer camp. Ironically enough, this summer camp is themed around surviving the zombie apocalypse. One week into counselor training, the shooting stars begin. When the bombings start the counselors realize they aren’t shooting stars.
This book made me lose sleep. It was 9 o’clock when I started it. I had just finished some homework and I was like hey, may as well reward myself with a bit of light reading before bed. Little did I know that this book was actually an adrenaline-filled, page-turning, stressful, amazing, heartbreaking book that would keep me up until 2 am. You know those books where you’ll be reading and thoughts will cross your mind like “I should be sleeping,” or “I’m really hungry,” or “I have homework,” but you just keep saying “one more chapter”? Yeah, I “one more chaptered” through this whole book.
This had all the ingredients of an amazing YA; badass main characters, complex relationships, an enemy that doesn’t always seem to be the enemy. Prendergast keeps us guessing at every page. Who can be trusted? Who is good? Who is evil? Can some kinds of evil be forgiven? The characters are all deep and well developed, our protagonists have their flaws and villains sometimes have understandable motives. It’s books like this that really stick with me. I like to have characters that drive us crazy wondering why they do what they do. So many YA’s fall into the weaknesses of two-dimensional characters, people who are “good” but feel flat an unrelatable. We have to see the humanity in the characters to understand them, to relate to their motives and their actions.
The setting in this book was also phenomenally described. Most of the book takes place over “winter” (winter comes in September when you’re high in the Rocky mountains), and it felt almost as though the winter were a character of its own; upping the stakes, adding a level of challenge and complexity to everything that our main characters faced. It felt similar to Winter’s Bone or The Road, the cold so insidious and creeping that you wanted to hide under every available blanket.
Overall, I really loved this book. The characters were strong and well developed, the plotting was impeccable, and I truly couldn’t put it down.
My final rating- 5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂
About The Book:
Title: ZERO REPEAT FOREVER
Author: Gabrielle Prendergast
Pub. Date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.
His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her…
Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.
Shelter in place.
Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?
Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.
Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…
In 2014 she was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was nominated for the BC Book Prizes and chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In 2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has also been nominated for the White Pine Awardand the CLA Award.
Gabrielle won the Westchester Award for Audacious. Audacious was included in CBC’s list of 100 YA Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian. A poem from Capricious was chosen for the 2014 Poetry in Transit Program. Pandas on the East Side was chosen as an Ontario Library Association Best Bet for Junior Fiction in 2016. It was also nominated/shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award, The Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award and the Myrca Award.
(1) winner will receive a signed finished copy of ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, US Only & Canada.
(3) winners will receive signed postcards and bookmarks ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, US Only & Canada.
Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!
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