Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Baiancotti


Don’t call them heroes.

But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart. They can do stuff ordinary people can’t.

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 rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. And 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.


This book had me at X-Men meets Heroes, and of course as someone who likes superheros and comic books, the synopsis had me hooked and I actually enjoyed reading this book.

I am a fan of Scott Westerfeld’s writing mainly his Uglies trilogy so I wanted to see what other books he has written.

This book was essentially the 2-hour pilot to a TV show. There wasn’t much plot wise but it did do a good job at introducing us to the characters and their powers. If anything Ethan and Nate are co-protagonists in leading this group of teens with powers, which reminded me of Marvels Runaways. The other characters; Kelsie, Riley, Chizara, and Thibault all had their fair share of development and the book did a good jb at introducing them as a group but also as individuals, mainly Chizara’s story of learning how to control her powers.

The reason why I called it the “pilot” episode of a book series. because it served as a way to introduce the characters and the world, but it wasn’t as plot driven as most books I read. The book is very character driven  and it did a good job at developing the characters. It also kinda had a beginning, middle and end, so it felt complete. There is still some questions such as; where did the powers come from? Is there other teens with powers?  Does the world know about these teens with powers?

Hopefully those questions will be answered in future books because I feel this is going to be a series.

In the end I really enjoyed this book, while it wasn’t as plot heavy as I wanted it to be, the characters kept my interests going.

Grade: 3.9/5


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