Review: Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti - Zeroes

Briefly before I left for our road trip, I was able to finish a book about teenagers with superpowers. Zeroes is a book written by three authors, and I found it on a Goodreads list full of superhero books. As you (may or may not) know, I am a big fan of super-humans and super-villains. I therefore had some expectations when I started reading this book.

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The story introduces teenagers that seem to have superhuman abilities. Most of them can do things with crowds of people. Others seem to have more 1-to-1 capabilities. So the build-up for this book was great. I expected even more as the story began. It didn’t fill in those expectations though.

The book throws you in a story where the main characters seem to get themselves in a lot of trouble. They are actually their own worst enemies. They have superpowers but they don’t really learn to use them better, even though that’s exactly what one of the zeroes is hoping for.

When I was halfway through the book, I started doubting whether I should finish it. But then I thought this story might be a background story of some kind, since it’s the first of a trilogy. But there was no background. There was barely character build-up. It was sad, actually.

I ended up finishing the book mostly because I did not have the time to read something else before our road trip. In the end, I was really really disappointed. What I like most about superheroes, are their supervillains. In this book there were none. There was hardly any character build-up. I have given it some thought, and decided to give this book 2 stars. That should be plenty.

Have you read Zeroes? Do you (dis)agree with my review? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!