Addiction Fiction Friday: Zeroes (Zeroes #1) by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti ~ Review by Fallon

Welcome to Addiction Fiction Friday where we feature a 

book of fiction that will become your new addiction. Today I 

am excited to bring you Zeroes a new book 

by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti. This is a book that 

took all Superhero books and 

modernized the concept with impeccable originality.

Hardcover, 560 pages 
Expected publication: September 29th 2015 
by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC from Publisher 
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Preorder - Zeroes:

Goodreads Description:

Ethan, aka "Scam," has a way with words. When he opens his mouth, whatever he wants you to hear comes out. But Ethan isn't just a smooth talker. He has a unique ability to say things he doesn't consciously even know. Sometimes the voice helps, but sometimes it hurts - like now, when the voice has lied and has landed Ethan in a massive mess. So now Ethan needs help. And he needs to go to the last people who would ever want to help him - his former group of friends, the self-named "zeros" who also all possess similarly double-edged abilities, and who are all angry at Ethan for their own respective reasons. Brought back together by Scam's latest mischief, they find themselves entangled in an epic, whirlwind adventure packed with as much interpersonal drama as mind-bending action.

Fallon's Review:

Thank you you Simon and Schuster for sending me an ARC of Zeroes. This in no way affected my opinion in my review.

I interviewed Scott last year at Yallfest and he had told me of a superhero book he was working on with two other Authors but that it was still top secret at that point. I knew I need to know more and get my hands on the book. I was so excited the day I got the ARC of Zeroes in the mail. This is a lot of book but with 6 POV's it always felt fresh and fun throughout. I enjoyed the Journey and the fact that I could not predict the outcome and just wanted to enjoy the ride. I had three favorite characters even though they were all great I love Flicker, Anonymous and Crash.

Flicker is blind but realized at an early age that she had the ability to see through other people's eyes. Flicker was such an amazing character. She had such an inner strength and I loved her connection with her twin sister. Her parents completely misunderstand her and feel she was illiterate for not learning Braille. Her parents were the opposite of Crash's they seemed more distant from Flicker.

Anonymous is my favorite character of all. I felt so much and was so moved by his story. Anonymous has the ability to be almost unseen and forgettable. This can make life hard in many ways and in some aspects give someone the much needed privacy. Anonymous ability can get him out of almost any sticky situation. His life however is one that may end up lonely at times.

Crash has the ability to connect to all things electric and she makes them Crash. Crash is the most sensitive to the responsibility and consequences of her ability. It is very hard for her to test the boundaries of her power without having huge repercussions. I loved Crash's family dynamics since it seemed more open and very different than the other Zeroes.

Scam is the Zero everyone just wants to shut up. His ability is he has a voice that can almost read people and speaks in ways to get out of sticky situations. The problem is Scam never knows what is going to come out of his mouth when the voice takes over. This makes it very hard for him to have friends since they never know when he will stab them in the back just to save his own skin.

Glorious Leader is the one that tries to lead the zeroes and keep them together. He has the ability to draw people to him and his line of thinking. He has files documenting their abilities. Some of the Zeroes question his motivations. Some do not want to feel like an experiment that is documented for every new thing they do.

Mob is a girl that is the life of the party since she can control and sway moods. The only down side is when she is not in a crowd she feels hollow and alone. She is not affiliated with the Zeroes and finds herself intertwined with them trying to save her dad from the mess he has gotten himself into.

I loved Zeroes. I loved the take and play on having a power and then the repercussions that power might bestow upon someone. Each character was so different but the story wove together seamlessly. I enjoyed this story so much. I was moved by so many of the characters back stories and I think that was one of the most amazing things about this story. Not only did we have characters that had such depth but all three Authors did such an amazing job creating such world building in such a limited amount of pages for 6 POV's that it was spectacular. 

About the Authors

Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation for the 2000 Philip K. Dick Award. So Yesterday won a Victorian Premier's Award and both Leviathan and Midnighters 1: The Secret Hour won Aurealis Awards. Peeps and Uglies were both named as Best Books for Young Adults 2006 by the American Library Association. 

Margo Lanagan, born in Waratah, New South Wales, is an Australian writer of short stories and young adult fiction.

Many of her books, including YA fiction, were only published in Australia. Recently, several of her books have attracted worldwide attention. Her short story collection Black Juice won two World Fantasy Awards. It was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin and the United Kingdom by Gollancz in 2004, and in North America by HarperCollins in 2005. It includes the much-anthologized short story "Singing My Sister Down".

Her short story collection White Time, originally published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2000, was published in North America by HarperCollins in August 2006, after the success of Black Juice.

Deborah Biancotti is co-author of the ZEROES series with Scott Westerfeld and Margo Lanagan. She lives (and writes) in inner-city Sydney, Australia.

Deborah's first collection, A BOOK OF ENDINGS (Twelfth Planet Press), was shortlisted for the 2010 William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Book.

Her first novella, from the ISHTAR anthology (Gilgamesh Press), was shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella.

And long ago, her first short story won an Aurealis Award for Best Horror Short Story.

Her second short story collection, BAD POWER, is available from Twelfth Planet Press. Her new novella, Waking in Winter, will be available from PS Publishing in 2015.


  1. Dear LORD this sounds fascinating. But what would you expect from the mind that dreamed up Polymorph? I'm simultaneously blown away by these super power concepts and completely not surprised that this is what Westerfeld is putting his talent to. I love how double-edged everything is! That is something that a lot of the earliest Superman style heroes completely glossed over, and is becoming more and more important to the verisimilitude of a story. I love it.


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