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Book Review: Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

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3-out-of-5-stars

Summary: “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…”

Review: This book is very similar to “The Fifth Wave” in the fact that a strange “other” race has come to take over Earth but I felt that it fell flat.  I’ll start off by saying that it took me a while to read this book. I picked it up, put it down and read a few other books in between but last night I was determined to finish it! The reason why it took me so long is because I found it to be slow. There is a lot of time in the book where not much is happening, they are just waiting around trying to figure out what to do. Another issue I had was that there are a lot of unanswered questions that I’m guessing/hoping will be answered in the next book in the series. The most interesting character in my opinion is the Nahx. I’m intrigued by what exactly they are, why they travel in male and female pairs and their ranking system. That is really what I wanted to know more about. I found the human characters to be frustrating and lacking. At times Raven comes off as this badass chick and then other time she seems like a damsel in distress. There is also the weird relationship between Raven, her not so great ex-boyfriend who is idealized and his twin brother that I just couldn’t wrap my head around. The book was decent but I fear that a lot of people won’t be able to get by the slow pace of it. Even though I am curious to find out more about the Nahx I will not be reading the second book in the series.

* I received an advance copy with at Book Expo America

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Book Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Description: “Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.”

Book Review: YA dystopian novels (and their movie counterparts) are overdone, I decided to give this one a shot because of A) the author and B) it sounded intriguing. I  found this book to be a refreshing change from the recent dystopian novels, there was no instalove or love triangles or wars. There is some violence (aka branding a person) and intense scenes in the story.  The first half of the book was a little slow and bland but picked up in the second part. It was an enjoyable read but not one to write home about. Celestine as a character is a little weak, I’ve read some other reviews that declare her to be unbelievable but I felt her back and forth questioning (of who to trust/what to do) is extremely realistic. She grew up with strict societal rules stating that all Flawed are lesser beings, now everything she grew up believing has been turned upside down.  I did find her slightly frustrating though; she was wishy washy and I kept hoping she’d come in her own as a strong female character. The idea of branding people in specific places based upon their crime was interesting and brought me back to my English Lit classes (“The Scarlet Letter” anyone?). I wish there was more information on the other characters, I found them more intriguing than Celestine. Each character had an agenda that was fueled by something personal, I would love to find out more about them (especially the grandfather). I also wish there was more backstory of why/how these society rules came about (more than just one sentence). I will be reading the next book because I am curious about what happens. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to people who liked the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.

*please note that I received an advanced copy of the book from NetGalley

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