SciFi Book Review: Zeroes

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

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.

Ethan/Scam can talk his way out of almost anything, until the voice in his head gets him in serious trouble. The Zeroes must come together to help him escape a police interview. But the rescue gets out of hand and dangerous criminals escape and innocents are hurt.

The Zeroes include super-powered teens who have a variety of unique powers, some more of a curse than an ability one would covet. At times the teens seem younger than their ages, but they’re all kids with good hearts who just don’t always make the best choices. Full of suspense, intrigue, and mystery – this is a highly entertaining start to a fun, new series for Young Adults.

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