Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions #1)
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 depends on trusting each other…

Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions #1) Details

TitleZero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 29th, 2017
PublisherSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781481481847
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction

Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions #1) Review

  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this one! I will warn you that the pace is a rather slow pace, and the book may not be for everyone because I am sure there will be complaints about some of the subjects within... BUT I don't care because it was so good. Eighth did get pretty emo at times, but I probably would too in his situation. The bond between Eighth and Raven wasn't always flowers and roses either which felt more real to me.The one thing out of everything that I was like noooooooo was this line... "That's a I really liked this one! I will warn you that the pace is a rather slow pace, and the book may not be for everyone because I am sure there will be complaints about some of the subjects within... BUT I don't care because it was so good. Eighth did get pretty emo at times, but I probably would too in his situation. The bond between Eighth and Raven wasn't always flowers and roses either which felt more real to me.The one thing out of everything that I was like noooooooo was this line... "That's a lot of chocolate and marshmallows. Diabetes might be another way to die." Only because sugar does not give you diabetes!There is a cliffhanger though, and I need book two to knowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!Full review on my blog https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20...
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Raven, her boyfriend and his twin brother were sent away to a summer camp when the teens got into some trouble at home. While at camp however the attacks from those known as the Nahx began happening around the world. With little communication those at the camp chose to stay where they were and hope for rescue but that comes to an abrupt end when Raven's boyfriend is found with a Nahx dart in his back, it seems their safe haven is no longer safe. Eighth has no voice and no name, only his rank to Raven, her boyfriend and his twin brother were sent away to a summer camp when the teens got into some trouble at home. While at camp however the attacks from those known as the Nahx began happening around the world. With little communication those at the camp chose to stay where they were and hope for rescue but that comes to an abrupt end when Raven's boyfriend is found with a Nahx dart in his back, it seems their safe haven is no longer safe. Eighth has no voice and no name, only his rank to identify him. His orders are to dart the humans and leave them where they fall repeated over and over inside his head. His only company, a sixth, has just been killed and now Eighth has no idea what he should do. Now with Sixth gone Eighth begins to ignore his directives humming in his mind and that is when he comes across Raven and her friends. Zero Repeat Forever is the first book in the new Nahx Invasions young adult sci-fi series by Gabrielle Prendergast. This first book is one that while I enjoyed the story I hesitated on how to rate this one for several reasons and decided to give it 3.5 stars. The first reasoning behind the rating was simply this one heavily reminded me of The 5th Wave while reading. But perhaps even a slower, less eventful version of that story which also brought down my rating a tad since I'm not a huge fan of the slower pace. But even with the reminders of another story and the slower pace I did find myself quite intrigued with the book and curious if it would end up standing out on it's own. A few positives in this one is that there's diversity within the characters and enough world and character building to keep a reader's interest and prolong the intrigue with wanting to know more. Then just as I was wondering what the author had in store there was a pretty intense end to this one that left me with that feeling of where oh where is the next book?? So all in all this was a decent start to the series that left me wanting to continue but I do hope the pace can pick up a bit in the next read and really distinguish it's own story from others. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start off this review by telling you all a little fact about myself. I like to begin reading new books at midnight. I don't know why, but something about inconvenient hours of night makes me want to pick up a good story and start reading. So, it was at around midnight on a Saturday, well, technically Sunday, that I decided that I was going to read this book. I lied and said I would only read a few chapters, but we know that's never how it goes. So, someway, somehow, I ended up reading thi Let me start off this review by telling you all a little fact about myself. I like to begin reading new books at midnight. I don't know why, but something about inconvenient hours of night makes me want to pick up a good story and start reading. So, it was at around midnight on a Saturday, well, technically Sunday, that I decided that I was going to read this book. I lied and said I would only read a few chapters, but we know that's never how it goes. So, someway, somehow, I ended up reading this 496 page novel in one sitting. I didn't stop reading until 5:30 a.m. when I finally read that last heartbreaking sentence. So, clearly, I liked this novel.Now, be forewarned, this books slow. And I do mean slooooow. And yet, it's so addicting. It is told from two different points of view, a human girl named Raven, and an alien boy with no name, only the rank of Eighth. Both of which are trying to survive in this post invasion world as they try to figure out their true allegiances. It's all very 5th Wave-esque when you start reading, but also very different. I am sure that there will be those that compare the two, but I think that they each bring something new to the table and I am curious to see where this book goes in its future sequels. Also, I must admit that I liked The 5th Wave a bit more, giving it a full five stars, instead of the four this one got, but that had to do with the slow beginning. Seriously, the two main characters don't "officially" meet until the 50% mark. But, it's all good, I promise.Despite how slow it seemed to go, the pacing of this book was absolutely perfect. I loved seeing the gradual deterioration of the world (does that make me sound crazy?) and the slow build up in the main character's relationship. I loved seeing Raven and Eighth interact with one another, especially since Eighth was unable to speak through entire time. I loved seeing how he would sign things to her and how Raven slowly began to understand his language. Really, I loved it all. The characters were heartbreaking and real and all that good stuff. Admittedly, at first, there was something about Raven that kept rubbing me the wrong way. But, as I read and got to learn more about her, the more I liked her character. Also, can we just take a minute to a appreciate the fact that she is a person of color? A badass, butt kicking, person of color? I was not expecting that at all. Also, the fact that it's set in Canada. I don't think I've ever read a sci-fi book set in Canada.Then there was Eighth, who was tragic and sad and painfully pathetic in a way that just makes you want to hug him and never let him go. He was also unfailingly loyal, and sweet and extremely naive, but also lovable. Sure, he got a little emo at times and had a tendency for being over dramatic, but given the circumstances, I think he handled it all fairly well.Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It has action, mystery, diversity, and awesome character. Be warned, that it also mentions topics such as suicide, drugs, racism, and death. Those aren't the main focus of the novel but know that they are mentioned often, in case that is something you tend to avoid.In the end, I'm just sad that I am going to have to wait an entire year to see what happens next. I was not ready for that ending. **I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**
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  • Crazy4Books
    January 1, 1970
    This was a thrilling alien invasion story with a diverse cast of characters. We get a gay couple and characters from different ethnic groups. The mysterious aliens were very captivating and I loved how they used sign language to communicate. The pace was slower than I usually like, but I didnt mind too much since it worked for the story. The way the story and the characters were written made this crazy alien story feel more real. The grief and hope gave it a lot of depth and the whole wilderness This was a thrilling alien invasion story with a diverse cast of characters. We get a gay couple and characters from different ethnic groups. The mysterious aliens were very captivating and I loved how they used sign language to communicate. The pace was slower than I usually like, but I didnt mind too much since it worked for the story. The way the story and the characters were written made this crazy alien story feel more real. The grief and hope gave it a lot of depth and the whole wilderness camp made their survival more believable. I liked how despite having martial arts training the main character Raven wasnt invicible and good at everything. She was a relatable and well developped character. The story focuses more on Rave being a badass, surviving and fighting aliens, but we also see a bit of the racism she has to endure for being biracial. Showing us what she would likely deal with in our world added another layer that made this story more believable. I wasnt a big fan of the cheating and I feel like the story could have done without it since it wasnt important to the story. I also thought it was pretty freaking stupid that she confided in Topher.In the summary it mentions the 2 main characters teaming up so I kept expecting it, but it didnt happen until halfway through. I wish the summary hadnt mentionned it. I really enjoyed the aliens perspective. He was intriguing. I rarely like relationships that develop after a kidnapping. Their was a couple things about the relationship that rubbed me the wrong way, but at least he knew it was wrong. Their was also some really cute moments that ended up making me root for them. I was also afraid that throwing stuff off the balconie would alert the others to their location.I loved the meaning of the title and its always a pleasure finding a book written by a fellow Canadian. Plus its set in Canada and thats definitely a huge bonus, especially since I read mostly scifi and high fantasy which are never set in Canada. Not to mention, the plot and characters were fantastic. The part with the babies and dogs made me so sad. I loved how the mystery surrounding the aliens compelled me to keep reading. The ending was fantastic. I can't wait to read the sequel and learn more about these aliens. Id love to see some fanart of these aliens and the cast of characters. I would definitely recommend this.*received in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    "There is no age of majority after an apocalypse."The pitch for ZERO REPEAT FOREVER is basically THE FIFTH WAVE meets BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. This is pretty damn accurate so I should be over the moon, right? Wellllll.His bluster gives me a strong next-to-die vibe, like he's that guy in the movie who has to fly one last mission, or retires the next day. I wish I weren't sitting right across from him, in range of any potential blood splatter or flying organs.Even though things aren't the same, the s "There is no age of majority after an apocalypse."The pitch for ZERO REPEAT FOREVER is basically THE FIFTH WAVE meets BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. This is pretty damn accurate so I should be over the moon, right? Wellllll.His bluster gives me a strong next-to-die vibe, like he's that guy in the movie who has to fly one last mission, or retires the next day. I wish I weren't sitting right across from him, in range of any potential blood splatter or flying organs.Even though things aren't the same, the setting has changed, our aliens are different, etc, there are a lot, a lot, of similarities between the first book this series opener is being compared to. Except I didn't like it as much. I have conflicting feelings over that other scifi series but it can't be denied that it opened with a bang and kept the reader glued to the pages. This one.. less so.The differences with Prendergast's offering, though, is diversity. We have a lot of it. And it's excellent. Though I'm starting to think we need to stop praising this because it should just be the damn norm. But sadly we aren't totally there yet. Close though. Anyway, yes, lots of diversity, a MC who is a mixed person of colour, various ethnicities and representation throughout the story and, woop, Canadians. "What do those signs mean?""He just apologized. He does that a lot.""How very Canadian."And then there's the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST aspect. It didn't show itself until closer to the end of the book but it's definitely a feature. But one I was almost more on board with than the former because it's a realistic element. Except that Raven, our leading lady, made it a bit of a hard sell to see how it would end favourably. I almost wondered if it wouldn't. And it sorta.. didn't? #nospoilersMaybe I should be comforted by his protection from others of his kind, but there's something horrifying, too, about being the secret consort of a monster.Where ZERO REPEAT FOREVER really sparkled for me was the communication element. This had some shades of the movie Arrival and I really liked that. It was also darker, a little more realistic than the straight-shooting YA that was THE FIFTH WAVE, and dealt with some tricky emotional issues that could've become a total trope but didn't. And I appreciated that, too. Yet overall there weren't a lot of things that I loved even if some of the tongue in cheek observations said by some of the characters, which almost made this a satire, was pretty fun. But basically the only character I enjoyed was the alien POV. I honestly didn't think I would be interested enough to continue on with the series."What kind of creature would try to annihilate an entire species, destroy a civilization, then take benevolent interest in one ordinary girl?"But.. but. Then the ending happened. And while part of me went 'I knew it was something like that!' another part of me went, 'oh shit, hello, where's book two'. So this was definitely mixed for me and I have no idea if the second book (is this a trilogy? duology? who even knows) will satisfy. But I'll definitely be picking it up.2.5 "I don't like my own people. I don't like your people. but I like you" stars** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    NEVER have I been this happy to have stuck by a book til the very end! This book did such a 360 & now I'm left NEEDING BOOK 2!!!!! Review to come shortly, thoughts I have a plenty! ;) (Blog link is in the bio)UPDATED FULL REVIEW: 4.5 STARS!!!!Full review can also be found on Lair Of Books: https://lairofbooksblog.wordpress.com...PLOTZero Repeat Forever is THE book that demanded patience of me in return for a nice pay-off. Slow paced yet instantly addictive, I couldn’t quit this book. The sto NEVER have I been this happy to have stuck by a book til the very end! This book did such a 360 & now I'm left NEEDING BOOK 2!!!!! Review to come shortly, thoughts I have a plenty! ;) (Blog link is in the bio)UPDATED FULL REVIEW: 4.5 STARS!!!!Full review can also be found on Lair Of Books: https://lairofbooksblog.wordpress.com...PLOTZero Repeat Forever is THE book that demanded patience of me in return for a nice pay-off. Slow paced yet instantly addictive, I couldn’t quit this book. The story follows Raven, her boyfriend Tucker, his twin brother Topher, and a few other friends who were sent away to Summer Camp after getting into some trouble back home. While away, planet Earth is invaded by the Nahx aka alien forces. The killings begin and don’t show any sign of stopping. Humans are hit with darts that turn their veins black & rob them of life. Raven & her friends were informed to stay in place until they can be rescued however, that seems less likely with each passing hour. Opting instead to move in order to survive, their group finds that they know very little of the Nahx. Gathering info from Kill videos circulating on the web, they know the Nahx can be killed with much difficulty. Getting close to a Nahx however proves to be near impossible until Raven gets injured & captures the attention of one Nahx soldier. Eighth has been one directive...”Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.” & yet the sight of Raven is enough to make him go against his very nature. Not only is he unable to dart Raven…he sets out to protect her from his own.CHARACTERSThe heart of this story lies within its characters, with wonderful character development Zero Repeat Forever was achingly beautiful to read. Raven is considered to be a bit of a troublemaker but she’s really just your average teen. She wants to do better for her parents especially now that the world has been taken over but she’s also a free spirit. Raven is loyal to those she cares about & she also harbors a ton of anger towards the Nahx (rightfully so). Raven meeting Eighth wasn’t easy & I loved seeing the progression of their very complex relationship. I don’t want to reveal too much about Eighth for fear of spoilers so I’ll just say, this character broke my heart with his sadness and guilt. Some scenes are hard to get through because there’s a communication barrier (the Nahx can’t speak) & Raven has a ton of anger. What I loved about their story is that it wasn’t rushed & it went through stages making the reader feel all of the emotions both characters are trying to cope with.WRITING & FINAL THOUGHTSTold in alternating POV chapters between Raven & Eighth, Zero Repeat Forever is not your typical fast paced action packed sci-fi. Instead we get a heartbreaking story of death & destruction, friendship, love, and the unlikeliest of bonds. Prendergast also covered some serious topics such as suicide & racism. Raven our MC is bi-racial & she does bring up (via internal monologue) the racism she’s experienced back home. Suicide does get introduced in the latter part of the book as a thought both Raven & Eighth have struggled with. I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did because of the slow pace. However, when I finally reached the last page I was left flipping blanks looking for more story. Zero Repeat Forever with it’s melancholy tone & Edgar Allen Poe quotes sprinkled throughout is now in my very top Sci-fi favorites. I recommend to all who enjoy a good sci-fi (think SyFy’s Falling Skies), love good character development, don’t mind a bit of melancholy every once in a while ;)*HUGE Thanks to Simon & Schuster, Netgalley, & Gabrielle Prendergast for the eGalley of Zero Repeat Forever in exchange for an honest review
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  • Kath (sheturnspages)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars"Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall."I'm quite taken aback by how much I loved Zero Repeat Forever. It delivers everything one would hope for in a science fiction involving an alien invasion:-aliens (but of course)-weird alien suits and weapons-lots of frightening post-apocalyptic scenarios that make you ponder the fragility of the human race-some spunky kids who are fighting terrible odds of survival but never quit trying But what I didn't expect at all was the beauty I would 4.5 stars"Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall."I'm quite taken aback by how much I loved Zero Repeat Forever. It delivers everything one would hope for in a science fiction involving an alien invasion:-aliens (but of course)-weird alien suits and weapons-lots of frightening post-apocalyptic scenarios that make you ponder the fragility of the human race-some spunky kids who are fighting terrible odds of survival but never quit trying But what I didn't expect at all was the beauty I would find within the pages. It was poetry; surprisingly deep, melancholy, and poignant. It really caught me off guard how intensely emotional it was, and how much it would affect me. The writing style was addicting in a gut-wrenching way; full of intensity and rage and sadness.It took me a few chapters to get used to the slower pacing, but soon I realized that the tension doesn't always lie in the action scenes. It's often more a dark psychological thriller that explores themes of human nature and survival. I did feel like the concept was a little generic at first but it's explored in a very unique way, giving insight to both the POV of an alien invader and a conquered human girl. There are also several mind-blowing twists at the end that completely changed how I saw the story at the start so it's really worth hanging on to the end, I swear! And I gasped out loud when I found out what the title means.The story is strongly driven by well thought-out characters who are not always likeable but nonetheless striking in their complexity. We are given a look at humanity that's been peeled back a few layers due to trauma, loss, and heartbreak. I was surprised that I felt the most pathos for Eighth, the alien POV character. He was so pure and childlike and human in his outlook, and my heart broke for him on so many occasions. There is a lot of diversity as well and touches on themes of racism and prejudice.One of the most exciting aspects for me that I need to mention is that it is written by a fellow Canadian and takes place near Calgary, Alberta. It's so rare to find a Canadian setting in YA and Prendergast does it so much justice in capturing the wild beauty of our country through all four seasons. Also there is this amazing and so very accurate line:"He just apologized. He does that a lot.""How very Canadian."The book was so close to perfect but there were just a few awkward moments and phrases between characters that I didn't love or agree with. Some people may take a bit of an issue with these little phrases but I was able to move past them to see the greater picture of the story. However for this reason I have taken off half a star.All in all it was a very strong start to a new series? trilogy? I'm not really sure so I better do some fact-checking. The ending was such a tease with an incredible cliff hanger and I'm burning to get my hands on book two so I can find out how the story will continue.
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  • Dania
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5Oh.Dear.God. This was a constant whirlwind of emotions! I stared at the last page for a good five minutes after finishing it. If this does not qualify as a book hangover then I don't know what it does.It was absolutely incredible. The writing was superb, captivating, and surprisingly addictive. I read this 500-page bad boy in a day. A post apocalyptic/alien invasion tale narrated from two different POV -- Eighth's (Alien) and Raven's (Human). The story kickstarts right after an alien Rating: 4.5Oh.Dear.God. This was a constant whirlwind of emotions! I stared at the last page for a good five minutes after finishing it. If this does not qualify as a book hangover then I don't know what it does.It was absolutely incredible. The writing was superb, captivating, and surprisingly addictive. I read this 500-page bad boy in a day. A post apocalyptic/alien invasion tale narrated from two different POV -- Eighth's (Alien) and Raven's (Human). The story kickstarts right after an alien invasion. Raven is a summer camp counselor, and Eighth, just alien following orders. And even though, the two MC don't interact much (only a few encounters here and there) during the first half of the book, the buildup and the tension is extremely palpable, thus when Eighth and Raven eventually wind up together, the result is pure magic.However, I'm aware Zero Repeat Forever might not appeal to a bigger audience. There are some elements that are quite strong, especially for younger readers.Fans of the 5th wave and the Maze Runner will love this one.
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  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Eighth has no voice or name, only an offside who it is his duty to protect. When a human kills her the directives that hum in his mind loose their power... Sixteen year-old Raven is away at court mandated summer camp where the outdoors life is meant to get her head on straight. Instead the armored Nahx invade and they are left with the instructions to "shelter in place." Everything changes when Raven's boyfriend is killed by a Nahx. Thrown toget Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Eighth has no voice or name, only an offside who it is his duty to protect. When a human kills her the directives that hum in his mind loose their power... Sixteen year-old Raven is away at court mandated summer camp where the outdoors life is meant to get her head on straight. Instead the armored Nahx invade and they are left with the instructions to "shelter in place." Everything changes when Raven's boyfriend is killed by a Nahx. Thrown together when a mission goes wrong Raven must learn to trust the enemy or risk her survival.The title totally drew me in and I was NOT disappointed!! The cover was really intriguing to me because I wondered at the stark black cover with the fragile dandelion and encasing silver muck. The thing it does well is inspire questions that lingered with me and caused me to question and think about how they apply. My connection to the character was polarizing... I loved the dual POV but wanted to stick with one character over the other! I ADORED Eighth and would follow him anywhere. His emo attitude and ingratiating ways were spot on. His struggles with his offside, without his offside, alone, with Raven, as Raven's partner and then finally as Raven's guardian all WORKED! I was moved and compelled and FEELING every step of the way! 5 STARS FOR THE WHOLE JOURNEY!! I didn't much like Raven. I understood her, I liked that she was diverse, I felt she was REAL but she was more an anti-hero for me... I wouldn't have followed her anywhere and I am always shocked when characters like her have LOYALTY listed as their one redeeming quality. It's hard to earn but its there for life, no matter what was the kind of girl she was. Post apocalyptic books are ALL about the world building and contrasting how things were before the traumatic world event with after... That was well done in this story... The creativity came into play with the nahx. Their development was spot on. I especially loved the armor and the way Eighth communicated. Some special moments were developed around the way he saw words. I loved how we built up what we knew slowly as if we were gathering information from the world as we experienced it. I loved thinking about those details and how they fit together and what their implication meant. I was about to foresee the end because of this but I didn't mind that so much because the journey was so fun. Everything is NOT explained but this is only books one... we're given enough to tantalize and guess but it's obviously only the beginning!The plot was a little ho-hum. It showcased the new world well and every opportunity to show an aspect of their situation was utilized. It didn't wow me though. There was nothing shocking or surprising. Even the twist at the end was foreseen. There is a passage of time where I COULD NOT IDENTIFY WITH RAVEN. Not that I wanted her to grovel but I wanted her to BE HUMAN. We can't help but feel certain emotions when another creature or being shows emotion to us... Eighth was like a dog that Raven kicked repeatedly. As I read I thought it would be really great for women to be so hard and steely in the face of mercy but this isn't a 30 year old accountant... this is a 16 year old! Their emotions are always changing!! This passage is essential to you understanding her change of heart toward Eighth yet I didn't get that at all... Because of this passage their relationship developed unevenly to me, it was hard to buy Raven's emotions in the end. Eighth never really seemed to win her over. This passage also slowed the pacing down to a crawl. Pacing which worked well in all area except this one!As a writer I would love to see some better storycraft and development in "the" passage between Raven and Eighth. The other parts of the book were really good and I enjoyed them... I don't think it needed much changing. It's not a huge overhaul aspect to the story but some of the emotional beats didn't ring any sort of developmental arc. It went from zero to sixty on the turn of a dime... and this isn't how humans are... If this were fixed the book would definitely be a 5 star ALL the WAY even with me not loving Raven... because then at least we could experience her change of heart toward Eighth.So if we take 5 stars and 3 stars that is where I get 4 stars. Raven dropped everything down a notch. Her narrative wasn't irritating for the most part otherwise it would be an even lower rating. She just wasn't pleasurable to follow. But Eighth's narrative was compelling... I was totally enthralled how we learned about the nahx through him and his struggles without info dumping all over the place. He more than anything else built up the world for me. Overall I loved this book! I feel like EVERYONE should read it EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO LOVE FOR ALIENS! Eighth will change your mind... he is such a sweet heart, big and powerful and angry at times but trying to find his way... What is right? Where should he go? Who can help him be different? All questions we as humans face as well and not nearly so bravely. I'm really looking forward to the future of Raven and Eighth... I want to see her loyalty in action for Eighth and learn more about the creepy nahx! I'm dying to understand some of their peculiarities! I have my suspicions but reveal them to me slowly through more adventures with our unlikely partnership...⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Premise & World Building⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Cover & Title⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Development & Storycraft⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing & Narrative⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing⋆⋆⭐⭐⭐ Relationships⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ FeelingsBOTTOM LINE: An Alien Emo worth following as he falls for a Diverse Human!______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter...
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  • Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
    January 1, 1970
    The world is gone. It was taken from us, the way a massive heart attack takes a life. Swiftly, ruthlessly, almost as though there is nothing personal about it.HOLY. SHIT. YOU GUYS. There are not enough words to properly describe how much I LOVED this book! And the more time that passes, the more I love it. I can't get it out of my head. I thought about it all day the following day after I finished it. I just can't stop thinking about it! It's really gotten under my skin in a way that not many b The world is gone. It was taken from us, the way a massive heart attack takes a life. Swiftly, ruthlessly, almost as though there is nothing personal about it.HOLY. SHIT. YOU GUYS. There are not enough words to properly describe how much I LOVED this book! And the more time that passes, the more I love it. I can't get it out of my head. I thought about it all day the following day after I finished it. I just can't stop thinking about it! It's really gotten under my skin in a way that not many books do.I knew exactly three things going in to this book: It had a GORGEOUS cover It was about aliens It had been compared to the 5th Wave I knew next to nothing about the actual story. I'm sure I read the synopsis when I first added it, but let's be honest I'd forget my head if it wasn't attached to my body. So, I went into this with a blank slate and little to no expectations. I hadn't even seen reviews about the book to know whether people were liking it or not. And I was BLOWN AWAY!Zero Repeat Forever was FUCKING BEAUTIFUL. Beautiful writing, beautiful characters, beautiful story. And absolutely BRILLIANTLY written. In the beginning I was intrigued, and it was good, yeah, but I probably could have walked away. It didn't feel particularly unique. But when Raven and August met everything changed. I was HOOKED. I couldn't stop reading. I gobbled up this book in one sitting, which never happens for me these days!The idea of the Nahx was brilliant!! That part was very unique - I loved how they spoke in hand gestures instead of language, and how they had ranks and strange armor that they connected to. I love that we know hardly anything about them - we're not even sure if they're organic or mechanical. Are they robots? Or humanoid? I was super intrigued by the air of mystery surrounding them.AUGUST. Oh my lawd I loved August to pieces. He was so fucked up guys, but he was so tragic and innocent. He thinks he's defective, and refuses his mission: dart the humans. Leave them where they fall. He doesn't want to be a killing machine. His child-like innocence despite being bred as a killer was endearing to me, and he was a very complex and interesting character. I found myself getting attached to him, rooting for him. I wanted Raven to fall for him. Which is probably kind of weird since he's an alien in a mechanical suit. But he was so very human, and struggling with his humanity, it never seems weird.The fact that he did so many things for Raven - everything, really. He did everything for her - was unbearably sweet. And also tragic. It broke my heart that she hated him and he STILL did his best for her despite the torture of her hatred. It was kind of creepy at first, honestly, but his feelings for her were so pure that it was still rather beautiful. I love that she slowly warmed to him, came to understand him. And it happened literally through the course of the WHOLE book - he may have been slightly obsessed with her from the beginning and yes, it was insta-love on his part - but it took her the entire book to come around to where they finally had a companionship. And I found their relationship to be unspeakably beautiful.THE TITLE YOU GUYS. Oh my gosh even the meaning of the title is brilliant and beautiful! I'm not going to tell you what it means because it's spoilery and I want you to find out for yourself too! I even loved the term Nahx because they were basically darkness incarnate and it sounds like nox, which means night!Concerning the complaints/comparisons to The 5th Wave: It felt VERY much like the 5th Wave did and there were honestly a lot of similarities. BUT it was still its own story and I daresay I loved it even more than the 5th Wave (which I loved when I read but the TERRIBLE movie kind of ruined it a bit). This book is pitched as The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast. I didn't really see BatB so much, but I will say that the one scene where Raven and August had their major fight really reminded me of the wolf scene in BatB! It had a very similar vibe to it, where it seems like the end but it's really a turning point (I don't really know how else to describe it).The ending of this book SLAYED me!! I was sobbing, you guys. And there was a nice little twist in there that I so did not see coming - (inserting a spoiler here for both this book AND the 5th Wave so DO NOT READ unless you've read them both!) (view spoiler)[despite the comparisons and similarities to the 5th Wave! IT WAS THE HUMANS OMG. When August pulled his mask off, I was totally expecting him to be human-like. However, what I was NOT expecting was for him to actually BE human! I was totally blown away!! They are clones?! And getting darted doesn't kill humans?! Oh my god I am DYING to know what happens to them! Do they turn into the Nahx?! (hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[I had a sneaking suspicion that August was the Nahx that killed Tucker. I did see that coming. But I was shocked that it was actually Tucker who engaged first, and August was more or less innocent! *sobs a little* (hide spoiler)]This book gave me all the feels (even the title gives me feels now that I know what it means!) and I am DYING to see what happens in the next book! Bravo, Gabrielle!This review was originally posted on Novel Heartbeat. To see a breakdown of my assessment, please visit the full review here.
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  • joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was pitched to me as 'CanLit re: Alberta' and 'aftermath of Alien invasion" and all I could think about was Canadian The 5th Wave....so I'm okay with:Eighth = Silencer/Evan WalkerRaven = Corvus = Cassiopeialalalalala I am trash.
  • Adele
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada, via Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.Before I get into the review, can we just sit and appreciate the beauty that is the Zero Repeat Forever‘s cover? It’s beautiful and I love it. I loved the cover before I read the book, and now that I’ve finished the book, there is so much significance in the artwork. Even the lettering. THE COVER IS BRILLIANT.I was initially drawn into Zero Repeat Forever by the c Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada, via Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.Before I get into the review, can we just sit and appreciate the beauty that is the Zero Repeat Forever‘s cover? It’s beautiful and I love it. I loved the cover before I read the book, and now that I’ve finished the book, there is so much significance in the artwork. Even the lettering. THE COVER IS BRILLIANT.I was initially drawn into Zero Repeat Forever by the comparison someone made to the books The 5th Wave, and Beauty and the Beast. The people who said that about this novel aren’t wrong! Zero Repeat Forever is definitely that and more!Zero Repeat Forever starts off with the the alien invasion – presumably the end of the world, and from there it only seems gets worse. I didn’t know what to expect from Zero Repeat Forever except that there was an alien invasion that has taken place around the world. However, Zero Repeat Forever takes place near Calgary, Alberta. Which is just a province over from me! I was super excited when I read that ZRF takes place in Canada!I really enjoyed reading this book. For some reason I didn’t think that I would end up liking it, but Zero Repeat Forever, –while I do admit that some parts felt longer than others,– held my attention and kept me interested. Both Eighth and Raven have interesting points of view, and I’m glad that they roughly have the same amount of time in the story. I even thought that there was a chance of a third point of view in the book, but I’m so glad that the only views we read from were of Eighth and Raven standpoints.Eighth is a very interesting person, even though we don’t know much about him. Eighth doesn’t even know much about himself, which is the huge reason why we don’t know much about him in general. However, we do see him struggle with himself, who he is, and his internal emotional war.Raven is one hell of a girl, she’s super badass and we read about this several times as she fights for her life. I even wrote in my notes that Raven is something akin to a Nahx evader. Raven managed to survive almost being killed at least 6 times.I liked pretty much everything about Zero Repeat Forever. I loved the writing , which was easy to read. I enjoyed the story line, how everything turned out to be by the end of the book.The only thing that I really don’t like about Zero Repeat Forever is one of the characters. Said character that I absolutely hated, and I’m so freaking glad that they character got what they deserved! While it was disappointing that the story heats up even more towards the end of the book, that just means that I’m looking forward to reading the second book even more.I made a prediction, or rather a guess about the book and it was definitely a long shot and while I was only half right.. That can only mean that we’re going to find out more about the aliens. Which should be super interesting!I cannot wait for the next book. I am so excited!!Happy Reading!Adele
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    This review and more can be found on Living for the BooksFor some reason, alien books have never really been my thing. I think it's because whenever I read something involving aliens it's really weird. I didn't remember enjoying The 5th Wave, even though I never ended up finishing that series, so I was intrigued by the pitch that this is that meshed with Beauty and the Beast. I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings and especially for that specific retelling, so I knew I had to give this book a sh This review and more can be found on Living for the BooksFor some reason, alien books have never really been my thing. I think it's because whenever I read something involving aliens it's really weird. I didn't remember enjoying The 5th Wave, even though I never ended up finishing that series, so I was intrigued by the pitch that this is that meshed with Beauty and the Beast. I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings and especially for that specific retelling, so I knew I had to give this book a shot and I'm so glad I did. While this book might seem that it's going to be mainly romance based, it's not. The plot is fairly character driven, but it's mainly about the survival of the human species during an alien invasion. I thought the survival aspects were really interesting and it seemed realistic to me. I'm no expert on surviving the apocalypse though, so I could be wrong. In the beginning, I really didn't like Raven as a main character. Especially because she's one of those main characters that is kind of like "I'm not like other girls because I hate dresses!" That sort of main character is never my favorite, but she did end up growing on me. I really enjoyed that her emotions were so human and believable given her situation. I especially enjoyed that she didn't immediately fall in love with the Nahx. Her grief for the people that are lost throughout the book is realistic and I also really enjoyed how the people around her reacted slightly differently to everything. I didn't dislike the other main character, Eighth, but he also isn't my favorite. For a lot of it he's just very sorry and while I thought this was endearing at first, it got old after awhile. I did like how his POV is so different from Raven's. It's always really clear when it's his voice and not hers and I really enjoyed how he seems so lost because he believes he's defective. I didn't understand why he ends up falling in love with Raven, it seemed very insta lovey.The writing was honestly one of the best parts because there was very clearly two distinct voices. It was fast paced and intriguing. Just enough information about the Nahx was released throughout the book to keep me hooked and wanting to find out more. I wanted to know the whys and while it doesn't give you a full reason for the invasion, I feel like the information that is revealed is so good that I don't mind waiting for the next book to find out more. I can't wait to see what the rest of the series will bring to this interesting world that Predergast has created. I think this book would be perfect for those looking for a good alien invasion story, and even fans of retellings.*I received this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    Zero Repeat Forever is the Canadian version of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Both are stories of an alien invasion that feature a young woman as she navigates the new world and eventually closely interacts with an alien. The difference between the two stories, and what I think makes Zero Repeat Forever stand ahead of The 5th Wave, is a mixed race (black/white) protagonist and the writing style.The main character, Raven, is a mixed race young woman with a troubled past looking to redeem herself. R Zero Repeat Forever is the Canadian version of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Both are stories of an alien invasion that feature a young woman as she navigates the new world and eventually closely interacts with an alien. The difference between the two stories, and what I think makes Zero Repeat Forever stand ahead of The 5th Wave, is a mixed race (black/white) protagonist and the writing style.The main character, Raven, is a mixed race young woman with a troubled past looking to redeem herself. Race itself is briefly mentioned in the novel when the main character is called a “half-breed”, but then quickly moves on. Perhaps in another story I would have criticized this choice, but its made apparent from the beginning of the novel that the story is about the alien invasion and the things that must be done in order to survive rather than a critique on race and racism in society.The writing style is what really sets Zero Repeat Forever apart from The 5Th Wave. When reading Rick Yancey’s novels, I found them dense and overly wordy. It felt like he was trying too hard to have a complicated writing style so that his books stood apart from what is typical found in Young Adult novels. Prendergast’s writing is accessible and fluid. The scenes flow quickly and keep the reader interested. However, the pacing is inconsistent. The first 100 pages are incredibly slow. The novel then picks up the pace as the main characters interact with other survivors. However, the pace then slows back down for about 70 pages then picks up again until the ending.Throughout the novel, Raven deals with the loss of her boyfriend, the evolving relationship with her deceased boyfriend’s twin’s unwanted advanced, and her own tendencies towards violence and drug use. Raven almost becomes complacent to the unwanted advances as she untangles her complicated feelings of grief and loss all whilst dealing with their inevitable deaths. Drug use is heavily featured throughout the novel. Raven often smokes marijuana with those around her in a normalized way. This puts the novel in a unique position since marijuana is not yet legalized in Canada, so this may be an attempt to normalize usage.The biggest criticism I have of the novel is how little information is divulged. By the end of the novel, a 500-page novel, the reader has little to no solid information about the aliens or their motives. There are a few hints and clues about the aliens, but nothing concrete, which is incredibly frustrating. That coupled with a cliffhanger ending makes Zero Repeat Forever a frustrating read once you realize you have to wait a year for information.The title seems cliché before you understand the meaning behind it. The use of the word “forever”, especially in Young Adult Literature, is overused and cliché, but its use here is truly unique.Overall, if you enjoyed The 5th Wave then you will most definitely enjoy Zero Repeat Forever, especially if you’re Canadian.**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Erin Clemence
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada and NetGalley for an electronic ARC of this novel, in exchange for an honest review. Raven is a teenager, working with a few of her friends at a summer camp in order to honour her community service hours issued to her by the judge. However, before the camp gets underway a group of heavily armoured creatures (Raven and her friends call these strangers “The Nahx”) invade the camp, and Raven and her friends are on the run for their lives. Eighth is a Nahx, and h Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada and NetGalley for an electronic ARC of this novel, in exchange for an honest review. Raven is a teenager, working with a few of her friends at a summer camp in order to honour her community service hours issued to her by the judge. However, before the camp gets underway a group of heavily armoured creatures (Raven and her friends call these strangers “The Nahx”) invade the camp, and Raven and her friends are on the run for their lives. Eighth is a Nahx, and his only directive is to ‘kill all humans’. He doesn’t know why but he does as he is told, until his partner is killed and he abandons his group. When he meets Raven during a raid, he does the opposite of his directive and saves her- even though she makes it very clear that she despises him. Soon the two are forced to work together in order to survive. “Zero Repeat Forever” by Gabrielle Prendergast is an apocalyptic YA novel. It combines a little bit of everything but mostly, I was reminded of “The 5th Wave” and “Divergent”. The problem with YA novels of this particular genre is they are everywhere- the market is literally inundated with novels just like this one. There cannot be complete creativity in a YA dystopian novel, because there are bound to be some similarities with the others, and this novel is no different. I enjoyed the character of Raven (again, a female protagonist- no surprise), and the Nahx creature was creative. The novel was easy enough to read once it got going, and I had some interest in seeing how it ended. Now of course, this is just the first novel in several (my guess, a trilogy) but it would have done its job if it had been just a standalone novel. The characters were likable enough, the plot was engaging and the ending was actually only semi-predictable. Prendergast definitely has some writing talent, I am just getting a little exhausted of this genre.
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  • Rendz
    January 1, 1970
    I have to wait over a year for the next one!! *cries*
  • Reen
    January 1, 1970
    Eighth is Nahx who has no voice and no name. He has only his rank and his primary duty to protect his Offisde. When she is killed, he begins to remember snippets of a former existence. Raven, Tucker and Topher are sent to a remote summer camp after a prank ends badly and they have a choice between the camp or juvie. While they are at camp, the Naxh invasion begins and they and the rest of their group must survive on their own. They join a community holed up underground in an abandoned military s Eighth is Nahx who has no voice and no name. He has only his rank and his primary duty to protect his Offisde. When she is killed, he begins to remember snippets of a former existence. Raven, Tucker and Topher are sent to a remote summer camp after a prank ends badly and they have a choice between the camp or juvie. While they are at camp, the Naxh invasion begins and they and the rest of their group must survive on their own. They join a community holed up underground in an abandoned military station. Raven is spared by Eighth early on in the story and when the group leaves the base to seek their families in Calgary, they encounter more Naxh whose goal is "Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall". Eighth feels a connection to Raven and when she is injured, he helps her recuperate. They forge a way to communicate and Raven names Eighth August when he refers to the eighth moon as the time he was created.Most post-apocalyptic stories deal with before and after a cataclysmic event or invasion and this story does as well. Where it excels is in the way August and Raven's friendship develops and how they learn to communicate through August's signs and Raven's words. The Naxh have a Borg-like mentality and as August becomes more disconnected from them, he becomes more human. There is some humorous moments as well, such as:"What do those signs mean?""He just apologized. He does that a lot.""How very Canadian."The story is written from a dual POV, August's and Raven's. There is a lot of diversity in the characters and the settings of the story. I liked both Raven and August but could not understand why she persisted in thinking Tucker was the love of her life, when he obviously didn't deserve it. But then again, she is a sixteen year old girl. One of the great things about reading book set in Canada is that you automatically relate to the locales, the Rocky Mountains, the west coast and Alberta. Given that this is book one of the Naxh invasion I expected there to be a lead into the next book and it ended the way I expected. The book was a little slow in parts and perhaps could be a little shorter, but I am uncertain what you would leave out. Prendergast's writing style is engaging and the further you read, the more captivated you become with the characters, especially with August. She builds a vision of a post-apocalyptic world that you can visualize through her characters. Many thanks to NetGalley, publisher Simon and Shuster Canada, and the author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lillian
    January 1, 1970
    I received an eARC via Netgalley from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.After spending just under a week reading Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast, I’m not really sure how I feel about it. My initial reaction was that I loved it, but now that I sit to write the review, I find that maybe I didn’t love it as much as I originally thought. Zero Repeat Forever is told in dual POV and takes place over the course of a year after an alien race I received an eARC via Netgalley from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.After spending just under a week reading Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast, I’m not really sure how I feel about it. My initial reaction was that I loved it, but now that I sit to write the review, I find that maybe I didn’t love it as much as I originally thought. Zero Repeat Forever is told in dual POV and takes place over the course of a year after an alien race seemingly invades Earth and begins wiping out the human population. Honestly this seems right up my alley, but the execution was odd and at times hard to follow.What I LikedI really enjoyed the dual POV. Eighth and Raven have distinct enough voices that I did not get confused about whose POV I was reading. It gave the reader a comprehensive look at what was going on in the world and who the Nahx were.Eighth was my favorite character. I know I shouldn’t have liked him as much as I did, but he was compassionate and resilient. It made me root for him. I liked that the author gave us his POV as it helped to flesh him out, understand his motives, and the daily struggle he lived with going against the directives. He was like a child really in his attachment to Raven, snowflakes and dandelions. It was sweet, even if his violent outbursts broke my heart a little.The plot of the story has a lot of promise. An unknown invader, post-apocalyptic type survival, and rebellion….what’s not to like?! I enjoyed the parts of the plot that dealt with the Nahx and what was happening. Every new piece of information that I learned brought up more questions about the invasion and who the Nahx really were. It made for an exciting read.What I Didn’t LikeI was not a fan of Raven, even if a majority of the story was told from her POV. She acted as if the world was out to get her. She was of mixed race (her biological father was white….I think and her mother African American) and she harbored a lot of resentment for bullying she received as a kid. I get that bullying is a thing. What I don’t understand is why it played a role in a post-apocalyptic novel. Shouldn’t those differences be put aside to save the human race? We are all human after all, even Raven makes this point. Yet when one of the characters calls her a “mixed breed” (who does that by the way?! We are people not animals.) and another character tells her that no one thinks of her like that, she takes it to mean because they think of her as white and gets mad about that too…..While this didn’t make a lick of sense to me, it did shape Raven’s character to be an angry person.The romance aspect….I just didn’t buy it. It felt off to me. I may have rooted for it and my heart broke for Eighth because of how Raven treats him, but it was really weird. It felt like stockholm syndrome and not healthy at all. Eighth was obsessed with Raven and Raven was entirely dependent upon him for everything from food to being able to use the bathroom. It wasn’t healthy, and I just didn’t buy it.Ugh!!! The pace of the book was SO slow!!!! It started off promising — lots of action, close encounters with the Nahx, and near death experiences. Then it just stopped. There was barely any forward movement in the plot. Eighth’s chapters were short (sometimes just over a page) and made absolutely no sense, leaving big plot holes. Then suddenly the pace picked up again and the book ended. Frustrating!While this book is billed for YA, I don’t feel it is appropriate for YA…maybe the mature YA, like 16+. There is quite a bit of strong language used, underage drinking and drug use, and sex. It was just a bit much for a YA book in my opinion.My ConclusionOverall I really wanted to like this book. I liked Eighth, and aside from her anger issues I liked Raven as well. The romance could use some work though and the plot holes need to be filled in. However the revelations at the end of the book (some of which were predictable due to some good foreshadowing) have me intrigued and I want to read more of the series. If you enjoy scifi and dystopia, don’t mind a slow pace, maybe give this one a go.
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  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally published on Spinatale ReviewsFor some reason, I thought that Zero Repeat Forever would be a fast-paced action-filled science fiction adventure. It was a low slower than I had expected but I loved how the author delved into the inner turmoil of both Eighth and Raven, exploring how the invasion affected both of them. There is still some action but it takes backseat to the emotional journey of the characters. This riveting series debut ends with a bang. There are just en This review was originally published on Spinatale ReviewsFor some reason, I thought that Zero Repeat Forever would be a fast-paced action-filled science fiction adventure. It was a low slower than I had expected but I loved how the author delved into the inner turmoil of both Eighth and Raven, exploring how the invasion affected both of them. There is still some action but it takes backseat to the emotional journey of the characters. This riveting series debut ends with a bang. There are just enough unanswered questions that readers will be anxiously awaiting the second installment.Zero Repeat Forever begins as the alien, or Nahx, invasion begins. The invasion is utterly brutal and essentially happens overnight. Raven, her boyfriend Tucker, and his twin Topher all survive the initial invasion because they were working at an extremely remote summer camp. However, they're now trapped with the other counselors, waiting for the day when the Nahx find them. After Tucker's death, they decide to see other survivors and set off into the wilderness surrounding them. The plot alternates between Raven's journey and that of Eighth, one of the invading Nahx. After the death of his commanding officer, Eighth wanders alone, attempting to fulfill his directives to dart the humans, until he first sees Raven. In that moment, everything changes for him and he starts to question his orders, struggling against his suit's mind-control.Even though I was surprised at the direction the book took, I really enjoyed seeing the emotional turmoil of Raven and Eighth as their worlds changed. With more action-based novels, the reader is more distanced from how the characters feel about the drastic changes. Additionally, it was intriguing to see the invasion from both perspectives, particularly since Eighth also didn't know why the Nahx were invading. Despite the more introverted approach, there was still enough action in this book to keep me constantly engaged and entertained. I did have a lot of remaining questions about the world, the aliens, and the invasion so hopefully there will be more answers in the sequel.Although I liked both Raven and Eighth, Eighth absolutely became my favorite. His thoughts are so jumbled and murky that I really admired the strength and willpower that he showed in order to even think his own thoughts. I think it was good that the author included both viewpoints because it allowed the reader to understand the intentions behind each action. I wasn't a huge fan of Raven at first but she really grew on me during the last fourth of the book, after she came to terms with herself and let go of a lot of anger. The secondary characters didn't really stand out to me but, after that ending, I have hopes that they'll be more developed in the sequel.Overall, Zero Repeat Forever was a very solid YA science fiction debut that balanced high-stakes action with an exploration of the emotional turmoil induced by an alien invasion. I would recommend to readers who enjoy more character-based novels. While there are some aspects of science fiction, I think this book will appeal to a wide variety of readers.*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • DC
    January 1, 1970
    I applied for this ARC through Edelweiss and was turned down. So when everyone was standing in line for the Wonder Woman ARC at Yallwest 2017, I was in line for this!I'm always on the lookout for smart, well written young adult science fiction and without a doubt Zero Repeat Forever fits into that category. In fact, it rather defied my expectations. I've been finding it hard to connect with books recently, taking a few days to get through the first 100 pages. For this read, 150 pages went by as I applied for this ARC through Edelweiss and was turned down. So when everyone was standing in line for the Wonder Woman ARC at Yallwest 2017, I was in line for this!I'm always on the lookout for smart, well written young adult science fiction and without a doubt Zero Repeat Forever fits into that category. In fact, it rather defied my expectations. I've been finding it hard to connect with books recently, taking a few days to get through the first 100 pages. For this read, 150 pages went by as if time didn't matter. Cue this reader devouring ZRF into the wee hours full of all the emotions. I could not put it down. This book, it had me. Raven is not your typical "I'm badass, so there" protagonist. She's as moody and morbid as one probably should be when one's world is ending at the hands of an alien invasion. Eighth, the non-verbal invader is defective, and he comes into his own as his story unfolds. I wanted to spend more time with this strangely poetic monster. There's an emotional component to this book that I did not expect. Snuck up on me and rapped me around the ears. I had to put the book down at a couple points to catch my breath. Prendergast's voice compels this story forward and it's as tense as it is beautiful.I'm happy to rank this book up there with one of my favorite reads of 2017 and look forward to the reread when book 2 comes out!
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  • Kitten Kisser
    January 1, 1970
    This really isn't a good book as far as novels go, but what it did do was keep me hooked as a reader. I never wanted to put it down because I wanted to know what the heck was going on. So even though it's not a great story, the fact that I was obsessed with reading it rates it 5 stars. After all isn't that the point? To get lost in a book? The ending left a lot unexplained & of course a nasty cliff hanger, which seems to be what all the YA authors are doing lately. For that, I took off a sta This really isn't a good book as far as novels go, but what it did do was keep me hooked as a reader. I never wanted to put it down because I wanted to know what the heck was going on. So even though it's not a great story, the fact that I was obsessed with reading it rates it 5 stars. After all isn't that the point? To get lost in a book? The ending left a lot unexplained & of course a nasty cliff hanger, which seems to be what all the YA authors are doing lately. For that, I took off a star because it's a practice that I loath.Regarding the story, for once the description that it's for fans of 'The 5th Wave' is pretty accurate. You have your alien human love story where humans & aliens are at war with one another expect for this unique pair of at odds love birds. At times this was a bit difficult to swallow because in this story the aliens do not look human like they do in the 5th Wave. I guess that's where they got the idea to also compare this to 'Beauty & The Beast'. I don't see anything similar there, but whatever.I loved the 5th Wave series & so far having only read this book, I think the 5th Wave is written better with more believable characters. Depending on what you are comfortable with your kids reading, there is teenage sex, drugs, & drinking plus violence & death. If this is something you don't want your kids to read about, you probably shouldn't get this book for them. If on the other hand, you are comfortable with it, then by all means, get them a copy. I think they will enjoy the story, I know I did, cliff hanger ending and all.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek ****Huge thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!****I really, really wanted to enjoy this book more because the premise sounds fantastic and I’m always up for a good sci-fi with aliens invading Earth! Unfortunately there really wasn’t much to salvage here and that disappoints me.Trigger Warnings: Racism, Abuse (Mostly Emotional and Verbal), and Suicidal ThoughtsPlot Where do I even star Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek ****Huge thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!****I really, really wanted to enjoy this book more because the premise sounds fantastic and I’m always up for a good sci-fi with aliens invading Earth! Unfortunately there really wasn’t much to salvage here and that disappoints me.Trigger Warnings: Racism, Abuse (Mostly Emotional and Verbal), and Suicidal ThoughtsPlot Where do I even start?First of all the pacing was terribly slow all the way throughout the book, sure there were a few action scenes that were pretty good but they didn’t last very long and we’d get dumped right back into the tediousness. There weren’t really any plot twists to speak of and like I said the action was few and far between. It was boring to be frank.Events that occurred throughout the plot felt really forced and too convenient at times. “Oh you’re going to die out in the cold passed out and your friends have abandoned you? Here is another character that will carry you back towards your friends and build you fire to keep you warm until you wake back up.” Come on, are you kidding me? At least make me worry for the characters a little bit, show me they have actual survival skills since that’s what this book is about!Then to make matters worse it took half the book for Eighth and Raven to even meet up, which is indicated in the synopsis. I didn’t want to wait that long for the “main plot line” to commence. On top of that a good third of the book is just Eighth nursing Raven back to health, seriously, that’s a third of the book. It was so incredibly boring and then there’s even a bit of Stockholm Syndrome too. Why did that need to last so long? Development? Development that didn’t actually develop anything or anyone at all?Then that ending………I liked the cliffhanger it makes me consider reading the sequel but I’ll still probably pass. The only BIG plot twist that happened in the entire book is “revealed” at the end and it was 100% predictable, I am not joking I predicted this twist at the beginning of the book. That’s no fun.As for the world building there really wasn’t much of that at all but what bits there were, were very interesting. Mostly we got some insight into the invading aliens (Nahx) from Eighth’s POV which were the only parts I enjoyed.It only took me 50 pages in to realize I really did not like Prendergast’s writing style, at all. It felt extremely choppy and didn’t flow, it was really forced and I had a hard time reading through it. CharactersThe characters were just as messy, flat, and underdeveloped. If all of them had died during my reading of this book I wouldn’t have cared in the least bit. I actually might have been rooting for the Nahx to take everyone out so I could be finished with this book.Eighth was an okay character and the only moderately likable character since most of the time he’s pretty innocent and adorable because he doesn’t know much.Raven I did not care for, I thought her temper and cruelty were too over the top at times. I understand that she’s a flawed character and she had her reasons for that since she was bullied as a child but I really don’t think there’s an excuse for treating others so abusively. Raven was just a very rude character that didn’t make the best of decisions either, not a fan.The secondary characters were all just as bad too, basically cardboard cut out characters. No one had personality and if they all vanished I wouldn’t have cared either. RomanceSomeone save me! This romance was so cringe-worthy!There was insta-love to the max! Why was he so obsessed with her right away? What’s the reasoning here? Eighth honestly was ready to do anything for Raven, anything! It made no sense!Plus there’s sort of a love triangle since Raven technically has another love interest and also still isn’t over her dead boyfriend. In ConclusionOverall….not too impressed with this book and I’m really disappointed.What I Loved:What little world building there wasEighth was pretty adorable at timesWhat I Didn’t Love:Slow pacingEvents felt forced and too convenientWriting was choppyCharacters were very flatRaven was very verbally abusive to othersThe big reveal at the end was predictableInsta-love, cringey romanceNothing substantial happened with the story Recommend? Sadly I can’t say I’d really recommend “Zero Repeat Forever” since I just had so many different issues with it. Overall I just thought it was poorly executed and very tedious to read through.
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  • Kelly Spoer
    January 1, 1970
    OMG THIS WAS AMAZING AND YOU NEED TO READ IT.Even though SOME of it was predictable. I understand that there needs to be *some* scifi tropes. But overall, this surprised me. also 1. CANADA and 2. POC PROTAGONIST. I didn't know that this was the begining of the series tbh, so I was left wanting to know what happens next. However, it *did* end in a way where if she didn't have another lined up, it would be fine. Well not exactly fine, but it ended. Unlike some series where you just know there is a OMG THIS WAS AMAZING AND YOU NEED TO READ IT.Even though SOME of it was predictable. I understand that there needs to be *some* scifi tropes. But overall, this surprised me. also 1. CANADA and 2. POC PROTAGONIST. I didn't know that this was the begining of the series tbh, so I was left wanting to know what happens next. However, it *did* end in a way where if she didn't have another lined up, it would be fine. Well not exactly fine, but it ended. Unlike some series where you just know there is another book when you get to the last page and it just annoys you. So read this.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished this tonight and it was an excellent book for sure. My only complaint is that it was incredibly slow paced and it was pain to get through for that reason alone. Characters were great. Lack of romance was great (and refreshing). This was definitely a solid read. I will have a full review up here explaining all my thoughts in more detail soon.EDIT! Updated ReviewSo it's been a while since I've a read a dystopian-related read. I believe the last one I read was Delirium by Lauren Olive Just finished this tonight and it was an excellent book for sure. My only complaint is that it was incredibly slow paced and it was pain to get through for that reason alone. Characters were great. Lack of romance was great (and refreshing). This was definitely a solid read. I will have a full review up here explaining all my thoughts in more detail soon.EDIT! Updated ReviewSo it's been a while since I've a read a dystopian-related read. I believe the last one I read was Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Note: I read it a few years ago, so it's been a long time). But I still very much enjoyed Delirium, despite never continuing on with the rest of the trilogy (but that's besides the point). Zero Repeat Forever has been compared to The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and the CW show The 100 and for some reason it's been marketed as a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I can see why it's been geared toward being a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but I wouldn't go as far as saying that this is in fact a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. First off, I just want to express how much I enjoyed this book. I adored the characters and the writing style and the Canadian representation and references throughout the novel as well. However, the major downfall to this book (for me anyway) was that it was  extremely slow-paced. I felt that the book dragged on longer than it needed to be and I found myself less motivated to finish it (for that reason alone). There was a lot of action in this book, which I appreciated,  but that's what most of this book focused on. There was not a lot of character development in this first book and I really wanted to see more of that portrayed in the story. But onto the characterization between Eighth and Raven, I really did like their characters individually. Raven was a head-strong character who wasn't afraid to speak her mind. And I truly admired Raven's independent characteristic. Eighth was a little bit of an emo (a little too emo for my liking personally). But Eighth was still a decent character who I appreciated getting to know more of throughout the story. As for the supporting characters, there were some I did like (Xander) and some I didn't like (Liam and Topher, Topher was an okay character but he got on my nerves at times). Like I previously mentioned, I wanted the characters to be fleshed out more and I wanted just a little more from them. Hopefully the characters are a tad more developed in the next book.I also found it refreshing how romance was not the major focus of this story. Obviously there were hints of potential romances, but nothing was explicitly stated. It's pretty obvious that Eighth and Raven do have a relationship but it's more of a friendship blossoming into a romance. They (Raven and Eighth) only knew one another because of the invasion that has happened in their world and they wouldn't have known each other otherwise. So it was interesting to see their relationship dynamic during the novel and to read their progression going from enemies to possibly friends. I definitely want more from these characters in the next book coming out (mostly likely) next year. The world building was fantastic and I loved the Canadian setting. It was so refreshing to read about a setting I'm already familiar with as I'm from Canada myself. I'm not from Calgary, but I understood some of the references mentioned throughout the book. Most often when reading a YA novel, there all set in the U.S so I don't entirely know where certain places are so I have to make up an imaginary world in my head, even if it's a contemporary novel. And this (creating a set) can become difficult. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and I will definitely be reading the next book in this series. Despite the issues I had with this novel, I appreciated the book for what it was and hopefully my issues are improved in the second book. Now, this book is very plot driven, so if you guys are character driven readers, this book may not be the one for you. I received this as an ARC from Simon and Schuster Canada, so thank you to them for sending this book my way. This book comes out on August 29th, so if you are interested in a book like this, then make sure to buy it at a bookstore near you.  My full review can also be seen on my blog: NicoleHendersonReads
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Okay so I was really interested in the book because the description sounded like The 5th Wave and I did enjoy Zero Repeat Forever a lot, but it was pretty similar to T5W. Don't get me wrong-- this book could stand on its own and it really is a riveting YA sci-fi novel... but as someone who has read and loved T5W series, it's almost impossible to not make comparisons. I'm going to try not to in this review though. Just know that this is a YA books about alien invasions and, at least from my exper Okay so I was really interested in the book because the description sounded like The 5th Wave and I did enjoy Zero Repeat Forever a lot, but it was pretty similar to T5W. Don't get me wrong-- this book could stand on its own and it really is a riveting YA sci-fi novel... but as someone who has read and loved T5W series, it's almost impossible to not make comparisons. I'm going to try not to in this review though. Just know that this is a YA books about alien invasions and, at least from my experience, there aren't a whole lot of them out there, except for T5W which happens to be addicting and popular and sets a high bar for alien YA novels, at least for me.Let's start with the good!I was so into this book. I read it in one morning and just did not put it down the entire time. And that's sort of weird because the pace is on the slower side and the book itself is almost 500 pages. So I'm not entirely sure why I found it so interesting... but it does have that X factor of hmm-this-is-fun-why-don't-I-spend-five-hours-out-of-my-day-unable-to-peel-my-eyes-from-these-pages.I thought the whole idea of the aliens was really cool and original. I don't want to spoil the specifics, but I love when an author can come up with something that's so intricate and unusual that I'm just sitting here like what kind of twisted mind came up with this???Overall, I liked the writing and the creative ideas. I'm going to get into my complaints and it'll look like I didn't like this book that much, but I really did enjoy it. I'm not going to lie-- this wasn't groundbreaking fiction. I just thought it was fun-- I'd probably recommend it to a friend, but I wouldn't consider it one of my favorite books.Now for the elements that I wasn't such a fan of...I know it's strange to like a novel, but just not like almost any of the characters, but that's how I felt. I didn't care for Raven (the main character). I thought she was sort of textbook angsty YA narrator. And I get why-- she's in a really rough situation. And maybe I could have accepted that she is just sort of an unlikable character. BUT then when the love interest(s) describe her it's like she is this sweet, delicate angel. AND THAT IS JUST INACCURATE. I understand that their perspectives were biased based on their own feelings towards her (Eighth's especially, because of his backstory), but I just saw the contrast as more inconsistent and a way of the author trying to make Raven more relatable and likable to the reader, than her making some grand statement about manic pixie dream girls.This also definitely impacted my feelings on the romance aspect of the novel. There was quite a bit of emphasis on it and I just really preferred the whole alien-world-domination plot over the romance bit. I liked Eighth and I liked how he was portrayed as a second main character (even though his chapters were generally much shorter than Raven's). I also liked reading about the scenes when Raven and Eighth were together because they were filled with awkwardness and irony, but I didn't necessarily ship them at all.I plan on continuing on with this series. I'm not quite sure how long it will be, since Goodreads doesn't have the rest of the books in the series up yet, but I'm guessing it will be either a duology or a trilogy. I think this story works well as a series, because there is just no way any part of a worldwide alien invasion could have been resolved in just one book.There are some things I would be especially interesting in seeing Prendergast explore in the next book(s). I'm curious to see the international impact of the invasion. Raven even mentions some of the other characters she interacts with who traveled from different countries and can't return home, so how is everyone else handling it?? The novel takes place in Canada and the characters are in a pretty isolated location. BUT when they do get wifi, I was pretty shocked to see that everyone would just watch gory, alien-murder propaganda. I get that the whole situation is hella traumatic, but why wouldn't they try to reach out to more people??Anyway, try out this novel if you're looking for a fun yet frightening story about killer (and cuddly?) aliens wiping out the human race. Despite my nitpicking, I really did enjoy this novel and am excited for the next one.Current release date: August 29, 2017***I received a free e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***This review is also posted on my blog
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  • Eldon Farrell
    January 1, 1970
    **I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review**Zero Repeat Forever was billed as “The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast”. I’ve never read The 5th Wave but in reading this book I can clearly see a division between two stories. For me, it started off great. The concept of a bunch of teenagers stranded at a summer camp while the world faces apocalypse around them was brilliant. G.S. Prendergast’s writing st **I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review**Zero Repeat Forever was billed as “The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast”. I’ve never read The 5th Wave but in reading this book I can clearly see a division between two stories. For me, it started off great. The concept of a bunch of teenagers stranded at a summer camp while the world faces apocalypse around them was brilliant. G.S. Prendergast’s writing struck a chord with me as she captured the anxiety and intrigue of the event perfectly. I read an undertone of Lord of the Flies in the early prose and loved the back and forth between characters as they approached the situation from different angles. Should we stay and “shelter in place” or go and try to find help. For the first quarter to third of the book I felt this was a solid four stars and possibly higher. And then…The second of the stories began to take the lead. As the narrative encroached further and further into Beauty and the Beast territory the story lost all the excitement and verve that had so engrossed me. The narrative slowed way down and most of the promising threads vanished. Some returned near the end but by then it was too little too late.Aside from the tagline, duality played a major role throughout the book in alternating POV chapters between Raven and Eighth. I enjoyed the present tense choice as I found it lent an immediacy to the story but need to say I found the chapters devoted to Raven were of a higher quality than those of Eighth. This I think had to do with the first person POV choice; as Eighth was confused in the story the writing had to likewise be confusing.As for Raven, I personally found her to be unlikeable. I’d describe her as petulant and whiny and find these are not the traits you want in a solid protagonist. Nor the traits that make a Beauty and the Beast romance believable.An interesting concept overall that squandered some great early potential.
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  • Sunshine
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARE of this book on NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions/thoughts expressed are my own.This book. This. This is the reason why I read. *standing ovation*I do not cry at books. I will tear up and that is usually as far it goes. Last year, I did have tears stream down my face a little at the book "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness. I do not usually react so strongly to a novel.There are books that speak to you. Ones that feature such str I received an ARE of this book on NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions/thoughts expressed are my own.This book. This. This is the reason why I read. *standing ovation*I do not cry at books. I will tear up and that is usually as far it goes. Last year, I did have tears stream down my face a little at the book "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness. I do not usually react so strongly to a novel.There are books that speak to you. Ones that feature such strong voices that you can't wait to get back to them when you are going about your day-to-day. Worlds that you live in in your mind when you aren't reading about them. This book was such a read for me.I was so beyond moved and touched at this work. Mere words don't seem to do it justice.I was sent a review copy and I already can't wait to see what happens next. This series I am an instant fan of.Now, let's get super real here: It wasn't 100% perfect. There were parts that were a bit of a slow build. Some readers may not like that. There were moments were it felt real and so emotionally raw that it was hard to keep reading because I had to keep looking away, frantically blinking through the tears to see what happened next.This story MOVED me.It inspired me.It touched me and felt so vivid that at times I literally had to pause to look off into the distance and just let the ideas and concepts settle in my mind.I read a lot. A lot a lot. Like up to 88 books read so far this year alone and 200 last year and this book is among my top three of the last two years combined for emotionally moving books read.I am so happy that the author decided to make this a reality. To put in the time and effort to craft this story. I don't say that lightly. I am still so in awe of this that I can't wait to be able to talk about it with more people once it releases. *standing ovation continues*Read about other books I have reviewed here:Blog
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  • Tess Prente
    January 1, 1970
    By point of comparison, about 2 decades ago, I started reading the Australian by John Marsden series that began with Tomorrow, When the War Began and went on for many fantastic books. And those books have stayed with me all these years. I can still see those books play out in my mind's eye. That is good fiction! Now, onto this particular book: I am a youth librarian and read a lot of teen and children's lit. I know a keeper when I read one and Zero Repeat Forever is such a book because I just kn By point of comparison, about 2 decades ago, I started reading the Australian by John Marsden series that began with Tomorrow, When the War Began and went on for many fantastic books. And those books have stayed with me all these years. I can still see those books play out in my mind's eye. That is good fiction! Now, onto this particular book: I am a youth librarian and read a lot of teen and children's lit. I know a keeper when I read one and Zero Repeat Forever is such a book because I just know Raven's and Eighth story will stay with me. I can't get some of the incredible scenes out of my brain. It's like I am watching a movie! It might help that I am a Canadian and recognized the settings but more than that, these kids rock, especially Raven. She is a really cool kid with just so much in the way of guts, it is unreal! H0wever, there is nothing she does I can't imagine a martial arts trained teen actually doing if there ever was an alien invasion. If you want to lose yourself in a riveting story, with some action packed scenes balanced with some more introspective scenes and some really fantastic character development, then this is for you. I hate reviews that give away too much of the plot, so I won't do that but I will say, the time you spend on this book will be well worth it. Or hold out for an audiobook, either way, this novel is so worth it. I can't wait for the sequel...and even though I have my own internal movie based on this book, I wouldn't say no to a movie version either!
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  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ I've seen some interesting comparisons for what you find in Zero Repeat Forever - from a "Canadian 5th Wave" to "Alien Warm Bodies." And certainly, the plot does echo what is found in those stories: an alien invasion, a girl who has to survive, and a creature that has little control over itself but becomes obsessed with a girl anyway. But where this book shines is in the pathos: Prendergast tells a story that, although n More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ I've seen some interesting comparisons for what you find in Zero Repeat Forever - from a "Canadian 5th Wave" to "Alien Warm Bodies." And certainly, the plot does echo what is found in those stories: an alien invasion, a girl who has to survive, and a creature that has little control over itself but becomes obsessed with a girl anyway. But where this book shines is in the pathos: Prendergast tells a story that, although not necessarily surprising, is full of nuanced and non-cliche characters. There are no unique snowflakes or Hallmark moments to be found.Away at a remote Canadian forest camp awaiting the arrival of the students they have to watch, Raven and her teen counselor friends are horrified to learn that an alien invasion is occurring - and people are dying en masse. Trapped, unsure of where to go and what to do, with supplies dwindling, the teens are going to have to figure out what to do when survival is becoming increasingly difficult. Meanwhile, a member of the invasion force, Eighth, is killing humans as directed but increasingly realizing he is defective. Conflicted, Unsure, and unable to process and even hide his defectiveness, he will be driven to desperation when he allows a single human girl to escape - and realizes he no longer has the will to kill the humans.The story is not a soppy sci fi romance nor is it silly YA instalove. What we have is a bleak but also character driven survival tale with a very beating heart at the center. Raven, the female protagonist, has a checkered past and is stuck at a Summer camp to make up for her misdeeds. She's there with her boyfriend Tucker and his twin Topher. Eight, meanwhile, wants only to follow his Sixth - the female who gives him orders - but she despises him for his weaknesses and 'defectiveness' in not following the directive completely. She is lethal, unequivocal, and he knows only that she is the most important thing in his life. His agonizing over the free will thoughts that make him 'defective' are what drive most of his narrative. Eighth's POVs are brief but poignant; full of self loathing and confusion. Raven's are also conflicted: surviving, dealing with the death of her friends and family, yet full of fire and desire to live.By the end, these very flawed characters will have gone through great trials but also great growth. Both Raven and Eighth have much to learn about themselves; through their interactions with each other, they come to individual catharsis that are quite grounded yet also very emotional.There is a lot of action but also a lot of harshness. Prendergast doesn't spare the readers and so for that reason, I reminded a lot of what made Hunger Games so good - there's so many small moments but also heartbreak and triumph. It's always a mixed bag. Since this is the first in the series, we are given some ideas of where the story will go but there is still a lot to be answered. The 'twist' at the end certainly wasn't a surprise, especially how the aliens kill the humans. But the book was very well written and kept me reading well into the night. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
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  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    You'll see this book compared to Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave - and that's more along the lines of what I was expecting.  But Zero Repeat Forever quickly set itself apart from the standard 'alien invasion' novel.Raven comes from a troubled past and for most of the book, I struggled with liking her, but by the end of the story, she's undergone quite a metamorphosis, maturing and seeing the world and people in different ways, understanding that things aren't always as they seem.  On the other hand, You'll see this book compared to Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave - and that's more along the lines of what I was expecting.  But Zero Repeat Forever quickly set itself apart from the standard 'alien invasion' novel.Raven comes from a troubled past and for most of the book, I struggled with liking her, but by the end of the story, she's undergone quite a metamorphosis, maturing and seeing the world and people in different ways, understanding that things aren't always as they seem.  On the other hand, Eighth, an alien programmed to kill humans, is lethal, conflicted, defective -  and immediately wormed his way into my heart.  Such outstanding character development.Even with a variable pace, this didn't feel like a 500 page book, and I would have loved to read it straight through.  I guessed early on about a reveal at the end, but many questions are left unanswered, especially regarding the Nahx and their motives, which can be frustrating for a reader.It takes a lot to stir my emotions, but Zero Repeat Forever succeeded, and I most definitely plan on continuing with this series.  A wonderful blend of introspection and action with a strong emotional component - highly recommend.  This book will stick with you long after finishing the last page.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.
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