Who says writing is a profession for those who like to work alone? Written by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti I believe that Zeroes would adapt itself nicely to the big screens. The plot is wonderful and never lets you down for an instant. It starts with a bank robbery and a boy (Ethan) who can’t control his own mouth. This quickly sends it spiraling into a botched attempt to cover up the robbery and ends up with a few teens trying to survive against the mob. As things spiral out of control a small group of special kids are given a chance to re-knit themselves back together into the team they once were. They may even have a new girl, one who is used to being on her own amid crowds. She’s special too and could easily become one of their own if she doesn’t decide to kill them for getting her father into trouble for his armed robbery.
The characters come to life nicely although it is rather confusing in the beginning. The narrative alternates between six people and it would be simple to follow since their name is at the beginning of each chapter. However, each character goes by three to four names. They have their real name and a nickname. Then they have code names that they use between each other when on missions and often a code name to go with that. So don’t let this prevent you from reading the book just be aware that it takes time to sort it out and remember who is who. By the end you’ll know everyone very well no doubt. I like how well developed the main characters are. On the general whole we get a good sense of who they are, what they want and what their family life is like, among other things. There’s only one character, Nate, who didn’t seem to get quite the same analysis as the others. He is present and just as important as the others but he remains elusive. You know what you need to know but he never gives you more than that. It fits with who he is as a character, however, so I can accept and respect it even if it is irritating (I just want to know everything!).
I’d give this book a 4.5 out of 5 star rating because of the rocky start that just throws you in and lets you flounder until you figure out what way is up. Other than that I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this book. I really enjoyed it and would read it again some day!