Zeroes – Scott Westerfield


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.


Interesting. Exciting. Fresh. This book felt like the start of something new. There was enough of a plot to work as a standalone, but I couldn’t help but feel like this was an introduction more than anything else. There are more adventures in store for these “zeroes.”

I almost fell out of my chair when we learned that they were all born in 2000. That’s right, kids born in the 2000s are now functioning teenagers. How time flies!

I found it easiest to connect to Scam, Anonymous, and Flicker. Friendship and first love, what else do you need in life? Of course, my heart went out to Thibault for all he’s gone through in life.

I wish we got a better understanding of these people and their backstories. Chizara has a family, but they were all background characters. Same with Scam and his mother. I wish we knew more about what happened in their individual lives. For example, Nate’s sisters seemed very interesting.

As for Kelsie… yes, she has reason to feel loyal to her father. He’s all she’s ever known. But he puts her through SO MUCH. Can’t she see that she’s better off without him?

The action was interesting, but I wish the connections and relationships grazed a bit further past the surface. There was a lot going on. Maybe the other books will explore power dynamics, histories, and relationships a bit further. Depending on when they come out and the reception they receive, I’m on the fence on whether I’ll stay along for the ride.

Related Reading

  • Endgame (The Calling) – James Frey
  • I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore
  • How to Lead a Life of Crime – Kirsten Miller

Rating: 3/5


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