Publisher:Allen & Unwin
Imprint:A & U Children
Pub Date:October 2015
When three highly respected authors collaborate on a novel, you might expect something extraordinary and Zeroes delivers just that. This is a slam-dunk in-your-face novel that brings something quite out of the box to readers.
Meet six unique teenagers:
Nate aka Bellwether – the ‘Glorious Leader’ has a power of persuasion which can bring others to his way of thinking. He is also super-organised and has disposable income.
Ethan aka Scam – with his ‘other’ voice is uncanny, all-knowing and completely uncontrollable
Chizara aka Crash – who can be driven crazy by electronics hammering her senses, can mentally dismantle any circuit and is slowly developing an ability to repair these
Riley aka Flicker – blind twin who can however see through the eyes of others
Thibault aka Anonymous – who is so mentally invisible to other people that even his own family has no memory of him
Kelsie aka Mob, the newcomer – who can infuse a group of people with whatever emotion she chooses.
With their disparate and not always advantageous powers the Glorious Leader has ambitions to blend this group into a force with which to be reckoned.
In just one week, their lives and their shared inexplicable skills are completely revolutionised when Scam becomes embroiled in both the theft of drug money and a bank robbery which has been undertaken by a group of men including Mob’s disreputable father.
This is exactly the kind of scenario for which Nate has been waiting – a chance to weld his unlikely and often unwilling friends into a team.
This is fast-paced and a real page-turner written with a real slickness that will engage teen readers both boys and girls.
Highly recommended for readers from around 13 upwards. Read an excerpt here.