Zeroes, by Scott Westerfield, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti

This book has some great reviews. Those who rated it highly appreciated it especially for not being ‘just another superhero’ story. The characters in the novel have powers and face issues with dealing with them, but they are otherwise normal teens. It is also fast-paced, making the book feel much shorter than it actually is.

 

From the blurb:

One bag of stolen drug money. One bungled bank robbery. Six teenagers. Six unique powers. One action-packed week.

These teens have powers that set them apart. But don’t call them heroes. They are the ZEROES.

Ethan, a.k.a. Scam, has a voice inside him that will say whatever people want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, excvept when it isn’t – like when ‘the voice’ starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery and lands him in a whole lot of trouble. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly his best friends these days.

After Scam’s SOS, Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether – the group’s ‘glorious leader’ – summons the other Zeroes for a rescue mission. 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. Can they put aside their differences and work together to keep everyone safe – or will it be the worst week of their lives?’

 

Subjects: superpowers, action, teenagers, relationships, friendship

Read reviews of this book on GoodReads.

 

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)