Title: Zero Repeat Forever
Author: G.S. Prendergast
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Release Date: August 29, 2017
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…
First of all, I’m so proud that this book is Canadian! I love seeing a contemporary fantasy/sci fi novel set in my home country!
This book throws you right into the action, and you’re left to figure out what’s going on. This was exciting because the world was already fully developed, you just have to catch up to it.
Though there are many YA dystopia novels that are popular right now, this one is unique because we get two perspectives: our main character Raven and Eighth, one of the Nahx creatures. So we can see the aftermath from the point of view of a surviving human and her enemy.
I did lose some interest in part 3. It was getting so repetitive and the story stopped moving forward. But once I pushed past that part, it got exciting again. It was quite emotional too. I had tears in my eyes for the last quarter of the book. And the ending was so thrilling and shocking!
Throughout the book I was wondering what the title meant. And wow! When they explain that phrase in the novel I was so excited. It refers to something literary, which I love (I won’t give away any more because I don’t want to spoil it). If you read the book you’ll understand.
This is a great story with an original twist. I highly recommend it. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this book if you’ve read it!