Day Zero (Day Zero Duology #1)
If you're going through hell...keep going.Seventeen-year-old coder Jinx Marshall grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she’s ready to relax. Her big plans include making it to level 99 in her favorite MMORPG and spending the weekend with her new hunky stepbrother, Toby.But all that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building. Stuck leading her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles, to safety, Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.In a desperate attempt to evade paramilitary forces and vigilantes, Jinx and her siblings find Toby and make a break for Mexico. With seemingly the whole world working against them, they’ve got to get along and search for the truth about the attacks—and about each other. But if they can survive, will there be anything left worth surviving for?

Day Zero (Day Zero Duology #1) Details

TitleDay Zero (Day Zero Duology #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 12th, 2019
PublisherInkyard Press
ISBN-139781335008480
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Thriller, Suspense

Day Zero (Day Zero Duology #1) Review

  • Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
    January 1, 1970
    WARNING! THIS IS NOT A DRILL.I generally hate anything that even hints at involving politics, whether it be a political thriller, a political scandal story or even a romance involving any sort of politician. Frankly it all bores me. However I really liked this survival/chase story coming on the heels of a politically based attack on the country’s banks. It sort of reminded me of the Terminator movies. There was no evil Sentient machines trying to take over, but the main characters are running WARNING! THIS IS NOT A DRILL.I generally hate anything that even hints at involving politics, whether it be a political thriller, a political scandal story or even a romance involving any sort of politician. Frankly it all bores me. However I really liked this survival/chase story coming on the heels of a politically based attack on the country’s banks. It sort of reminded me of the Terminator movies. There was no evil Sentient machines trying to take over, but the main characters are running for their lives and being chased by a foe that can’t seemed to be stopped.In this story the evil sentient machine was replaced by the new president of the United States, Ammon Carter. The book takes place in the not too distant future and there are two political parties that exist. One is called “The Spark” whose candidate was David Rosenthal, his campaign slogan was “Everyone’s for Rosenthal”. The Spark was all about everyone being equal. The Spark has been in power for ten years and that party is all about taking from the rich and giving to the poor. There are still rich people, but it seems that the party has done so much giving to the poor that the country is now in a New Depression and some people are disgruntled. President Carter’s party is called “The Opposition” and since “Everyone’s for Rosenthal”, it is widely known that Ammon Carter and the Opposition cheated to get into power.Jinx Marshall is the main character. She is a 17 year old girl from a broken home. Her Dad Max Marshall was a genius that got obsessed with the end of the world as we know it and got really int survivalism. He taught his family all sorts of survival skills, took his family along to survivalist conventions, simulations and gave them constant drills until Jinx’s Mother couldn’t take it anymore. Her Mom is now married to the Head of Security at a large bank. Jinx and her younger brother Charles live with them and her stepsister Mackenna. The three are together when banks across the country are blown up. They have to get back together with their family, including Mackenna’s brother Toby who is at the University. Jinx finds some code in a computer that has something to do with the attacks and they end up running from an agent of the Opposition who is singular in his mission to find them.There are so many twists and turns in this book, but it is a book I couldn’t put down until I literally fell asleep reading. The characters are awesome, Jinks was trained for the situation so she can handle weapons and can fight, but she is still a teenage girl so she just wants things to go back. Charles is a kid with type 1 diabetes who will eat sweets whenever he can, he also has a fascination with growing things and is so cute at times when talking about gardening or species of plants. Mackenna wants to be a journalist and was a huge supporter of Rosenthal. The book was just very good. It kept me guessing the entire time. I had no clue who was good and who was bad. The parents were keeping secrets from the kids and I was getting so frustrated but loving it also. There wasn’t really a cliffhanger, it was one of those things where you could technically consider it an and but also a new beginning. I will definitely read Day One.Many thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mischenko
    January 1, 1970
    This book turned out to be great. It literally had me on the edge of my seat!The main character is Jinx Marshall. She's like any other typical teenager and enjoys her junk food and playing video games after school. What makes her different is that she's the daughter of a genius: her father who is a survivalist and has spent years preparing her for doomsday. After an explosion puts her in danger along with a few members of her family, she's trapped in a burning building and all the survival This book turned out to be great. It literally had me on the edge of my seat!The main character is Jinx Marshall. She's like any other typical teenager and enjoys her junk food and playing video games after school. What makes her different is that she's the daughter of a genius: her father who is a survivalist and has spent years preparing her for doomsday. After an explosion puts her in danger along with a few members of her family, she's trapped in a burning building and all the survival skills her father taught her will finally get put to good use. Jinx discovers that her father is said to be the cause of all of this, and now she's on the run with her siblings trying to survive, while simultaneously struggling to uncover the truth. This book is twisty and I came close to reading it in one sitting. The characters were well-developed and I was totally invested in these kids from start to finish. Despite the politics (which I normally try to avoid), this turned out to be an enjoyable thriller that was never predictable. There were some far-fetched parts in the book, but it didn't bother me that much. I have no doubt I'll be reading more books by this author in the future and can't wait to see what happens next.4****I won this book in a giveaway and would like to thank the author and publisher for sharing it with me. This is my own, honest review of the book.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Day Zero by Kelly deVos is the first book of the young adult apocalyptic thriller Day Zero Duology. The duology is set in a future version of our world when political parties have divided folks. One side known as the Spark had taken over and tried to make everyone in the world equal, dividing supplies and goods among all citizens. This however had created a depression in society so you also have the Opposition who are opposed to the Spark’s methods.Jinx Marshall is anything but an average teen Day Zero by Kelly deVos is the first book of the young adult apocalyptic thriller Day Zero Duology. The duology is set in a future version of our world when political parties have divided folks. One side known as the Spark had taken over and tried to make everyone in the world equal, dividing supplies and goods among all citizens. This however had created a depression in society so you also have the Opposition who are opposed to the Spark’s methods.Jinx Marshall is anything but an average teen no matter how much she wants to be and would love to just bury herself in her video games. Jinx’s father though is famous, and that is not necessarily a good thing as a lot think her father is crazy being an overly zealous doomsday prepper.After her parents divorce Jinx thought she was going to be that normal teen however one day when out with her stepsister and younger brother she has to rely on those survival skills her father had taught her when a bomb explodes in the building next to them. Once they hear the news that these explosions are world wide and her father is being blamed Jinx and her siblings end up on the run.Day Zero is one of those young adult novels that take an apocalyptic world and once the story is established the author hits the fast forward button and proceeds into the action and adventure. Sure, even the idea of kids being chased and needing to save the world is far fetched and in turn a lot of the action but it’s still a fun read watching it all happen. With some twists along the way this of course ends a bit up in the air leading into the second book of the duology.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Navidad Thélamour
    January 1, 1970
    You guys may know that I'm not the biggest fan of YA literature - more accurately, it's just not a go-to genre of mine. But, I was really intrigued by this one when HarperCollins asked me to read it. I have to say, this is a phenomenal, roller coaster of a ride! The twists and turns are endless and you WANT to root for these kids - well, teens. :-) It goes for a dystopian-esque sort of feel, while still being very contemporary and modern-day. In fact, the political infrastructure of this novel You guys may know that I'm not the biggest fan of YA literature - more accurately, it's just not a go-to genre of mine. But, I was really intrigued by this one when HarperCollins asked me to read it. I have to say, this is a phenomenal, roller coaster of a ride! The twists and turns are endless and you WANT to root for these kids - well, teens. :-) It goes for a dystopian-esque sort of feel, while still being very contemporary and modern-day. In fact, the political infrastructure of this novel is very sophisticated for YA, and this book has some good moments of social commentary. I've never read Kelly deVos' work before, but I was thrilled to be a small part of the process for Day Zero, and I HIGHLY recommend it to lovers of YA. ****FOLLOW ME HERE:Art + Deco Agency Book Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Art + Deco Publishing Agency
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Raised to survive, no matter what, trained to defend herself for Doomsday, Jinx Marshall is ready for something…but what happened is almost too “science fiction suspense” for her to believe, and it started with an explosion her father is blamed for creating.As the world crumbles all around her, Jinx must lead her siblings on a deadly journey to safety, weaving their way through the clutches of military might, the vigilante opposition and the minefield of deceit from those she should trust the Raised to survive, no matter what, trained to defend herself for Doomsday, Jinx Marshall is ready for something…but what happened is almost too “science fiction suspense” for her to believe, and it started with an explosion her father is blamed for creating.As the world crumbles all around her, Jinx must lead her siblings on a deadly journey to safety, weaving their way through the clutches of military might, the vigilante opposition and the minefield of deceit from those she should trust the most.Hang on for a terrifying and twisted tale of oppression, lies, double-crosses and survival against all odds, as Kelly deVos takes us into a world where no one can be trusted in DAY ZERO!Perfect for young adults who want some larger than life characters, some moments of quirky humor, and proof that teens can be almost totally invincible in an action –packed tale. Jinx is a pretty good teen heroine, her younger brother is an adorable Brainiac and her step-family seems pretty stereo-typical, but the intrigue and political machinations are pretty calculating.A great read that never takes a straight path to resolution! Well-written reading for all ages!I received a complimentary ARC edition from Inkyard Press. This is my honest and voluntary review.Series: Day Zero Duology - Book 1Publisher: Inkyard Press; Original edition (November 12, 2019)Publication Date: November 12, 2019Genre: YA Post-apocalypticPrint Length: 432 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a good read. I'm not into the political portion of it but that's great that 17 year-old girls (characters) have strong feelings for it. I sure enjoyed the humor in this story though. It's interesting how Jinx's mom expect her ex-husband to help out her new husband. Who in this day and age would do that especially when she's the one who left. Jinx's brother has to watch out for his blood sugar all the time so I like that Jinx is a great sister to care for him. Their dad's prep is This book is a good read. I'm not into the political portion of it but that's great that 17 year-old girls (characters) have strong feelings for it. I sure enjoyed the humor in this story though. It's interesting how Jinx's mom expect her ex-husband to help out her new husband. Who in this day and age would do that especially when she's the one who left. Jinx's brother has to watch out for his blood sugar all the time so I like that Jinx is a great sister to care for him. Their dad's prep is unbelievable. The insulin medicine for example, how long has it been there? All of the high tech and survival tactics are great, an adrenaline rush reading their actions and adventures evading captures.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Susan aka Jinx, 17 who likes computer codings just like her dad. Though her dad, a computer professor who not only focus on hacking but also doomsday. He preps his family on what to do when the world ends. Her mom got fed up of the paranoia and got remarried. Jinx's stepsister is MacKenna, 17, who is opposite of prepared. The political troubles are hot on the news and attacks started to happen. All of a sudden, Jinx finds herself, her brother, stepsister, and stepbrother having to utilize her dad's end of the world rule book for survival.
Day Zero is well written and a fast paced read. In reality, when end of world happens, the last thing I expect is for the parents to run off to save themselves and expect a 17 year old daughter to take care of her 8 year old brother, constantly checking his blood sugar while on the run. But yeah, Jinx is definitely a multi talented teen who can pretty much do anything, even work with gunshot wound. I like that Charles, 8 is smart with his interest in plants. I do like those twists, especially when comes to trusting people. Pretty sucks to be in MacKenna's shoes because she has to go along with whatever Jinx says since she doesn't have prep knowledge and Jinx's mom & dad only communicate to Jinx. I like how step-family is portrayed in this book as getting along, more well than not.xoxo,Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    𝓘𝓽’𝓼 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓮𝓷𝓭 𝓸𝓯 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓵𝓭 𝓪𝓼 𝔀𝓮 𝓴𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝓲𝓽 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓘 𝓯𝓮𝓮𝓵 𝓯𝓲𝓷𝓮! Kelly de Vos has written a fast paced, action packed, compelling dystopian thriller. It is sometime in the future and Susan better known as Jinx is walking home from school with her siblings, Charles and Makenna. When they stop at a local market to pick up some snacks on the way home all heck breaks loose. The adjacent imposing Bank building is blowing up and the kids are in the path of the destruction. Fortunately Jinx was raised by a 𝓘𝓽’𝓼 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓮𝓷𝓭 𝓸𝓯 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓵𝓭 𝓪𝓼 𝔀𝓮 𝓴𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝓲𝓽 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓘 𝓯𝓮𝓮𝓵 𝓯𝓲𝓷𝓮! Kelly de Vos has written a fast paced, action packed, compelling dystopian thriller. It is sometime in the future and Susan better known as Jinx is walking home from school with her siblings, Charles and Makenna. When they stop at a local market to pick up some snacks on the way home all heck breaks loose. The adjacent imposing Bank building is blowing up and the kids are in the path of the destruction. Fortunately Jinx was raised by a doomsday survivalist, so she knows just what to do. What follows is a thrilling game of cat and mouse filled with action, suspense, secrets, and lies. The story is tense and riveting with some political overtones. The book was definitely a little far-fetched at some points, but this did not bother me in the least. My heart was pounding, my palms were sweating, I was all in! A book like this with teenagers saving the world can go terribly wrong,, but fortunately this book was an exceptional gem. The main reason for this I think was the characters, they were also well developed and authentic. Jinx was a typical teenager with all the insecurities and angst that go along with it. She just knew how to hack a computer, handle a gun, and survive on next to nothing. Makenna her stepsister was her perfect counterbalance, I thought these two had such a realistic typical relationship. Little brother Charles stole the show, he was so adorable and his love of plants was endearing. I appreciate it that the adults were involved in the story, but very rarely overshadowed the teens. The story ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, but nothing too major. However I am definitely eagerly awaiting the next book in this duology! This book in emojis 💥 🎒 💾 💉 🏜 *** Big thanks to Ink Yard Press for my copy of this book ***
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  • Hristina
    January 1, 1970
    Read more about Day Zero, as well as an excerpt of the book on my blog illbefinealone reads.Review to come soon.
  • Wendi Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Jinx is just a typical teenager. She just wants to go home from school, play video games, and indulge in soda and junk food. But unfortunately, Jinx is also the daughter of high-profile Max Marshall, a computer genius and doomsday prepper. A lot of her childhood has been spent running survival drills in the case of a catastrophic event. What starts out as a normal school day turns out to be the end of the world as they know it, as Jinx and her siblings try to navigate the dangerous political Jinx is just a typical teenager. She just wants to go home from school, play video games, and indulge in soda and junk food. But unfortunately, Jinx is also the daughter of high-profile Max Marshall, a computer genius and doomsday prepper. A lot of her childhood has been spent running survival drills in the case of a catastrophic event. What starts out as a normal school day turns out to be the end of the world as they know it, as Jinx and her siblings try to navigate the dangerous political rhetorics, bombings, betrayals, and a Terminator-like government official who will not die, and will not stop his mission to capture Jinx. I really like dystopian fiction, and I thought the politics were interesting, if not a little confusing. I also really liked many of the characters, particularly Jinx, her younger brother, Charles, and stepsister, MacKenna. Jinx's father also turned out to be a really interesting character, too. There were also some great twists at the end of the novel, making the second book a compulsory need!I did have issues with how tied in Jinx's family was with the highest level of officials. It was explained that Jinx's father was instrumental in Ammon Carter's rise to presidency. But some of the other events (no specifics, so I don't spoil anything) seemed almost too convenient, especially for a family not living in DC, with no prior ties to politics. Was it so implausible I didn't enjoy reading this book? No, definitely not. But it was a stumbling block.Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Post-apocalyptic*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Day Zero is the first installment in author Kelly deVos's Day Zero Duology. 17-year old Susan "Jinx" Marshall is the daughter of Dr. Maxwell Marshall aka Dr. Doomsday who wrote the book called Doomsday Guide to Ultimate Survival. Jinx and her brother Charles grew up spending weekends drilling with their paranoid father for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Post-apocalyptic*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Day Zero is the first installment in author Kelly deVos's Day Zero Duology. 17-year old Susan "Jinx" Marshall is the daughter of Dr. Maxwell Marshall aka Dr. Doomsday who wrote the book called Doomsday Guide to Ultimate Survival. Jinx and her brother Charles grew up spending weekends drilling with their paranoid father for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she’s ready to relax. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Okay, you had me at Krav Maga, and prepping. If I’m going to read a doomsday book, having a character who knows that they are up against is my kind of book. Day Zero has all the destruction, terror and political unrest you would expect from a book about the end of civilisation as we know it. Along with lots of action and tension, Day Zero plunges readers into a world that is scarily similar to our own, as political fractions rip society apart.Jinx doesn’t much care for politics, 3.5 stars. Okay, you had me at Krav Maga, and prepping. If I’m going to read a doomsday book, having a character who knows that they are up against is my kind of book. Day Zero has all the destruction, terror and political unrest you would expect from a book about the end of civilisation as we know it. Along with lots of action and tension, Day Zero plunges readers into a world that is scarily similar to our own, as political fractions rip society apart.Jinx doesn’t much care for politics, history or who won the recent election. She’d rather focus on her upcoming campaign in her favourite computer game. But then she, her younger brother and her step-sister are caught up in one of five building explosions that kills thousands and sends the population into a terror-driven run on the banks. When her step-father is arrested for the explosions and her mother taken as part of the investigation, Jinx knows their only chance of survival is finding her father, a doomsday survivalist expert, a computer genius and best friend of the man who is currently trying to hunt her down. The terror and emotions in Day Zero are very authentic. Jinx and her siblings spend the majority of the first half of this book either freaking out, trying to figure out what to do next or arguing. The stress-induced tension was very realistic. And despite all of Jinx’s training with her father, including Krav Maga, weapons handing, drills for survival and exit strategies, she doesn’t get much time to get her head around what’s happening or what to do next, so she and her siblings spend a lot of time bouncing from one near miss to another. Along the way, we readers learn a little about the political climate of the book’s setting. The political unrest is the basis for the societal meltdown - two political parties, one newly elected president who seems to be there because of a rigged election, the other side in hiding in fear for their lives, explosions attributed to the losing political side, martial law declared, and a hunt for those deemed responsible. Jinx and her family are the targets and she must do everything she can to survive. Day Zero is the first book in a planned duology and the conclusion of this first book gives readers an exciting climax and a big twist to set the scene for book two. Day Zero is the perfect book for readers who love action-drive YA. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished this sci/fi dystopic political thriller and all I can say is - this author has Meryl Streep level RANGE. Her last book, FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, was a witty, scathing look at the fashion industry and a feminist call-to-arms over the need for a revolution when it comes to body positivity. DAY ZERO is something COMPLETELY different (which has cemented deVos as one of my favorite authors, not only for how smart her writing is, but because I know I'll never be able to predict what genre Just finished this sci/fi dystopic political thriller and all I can say is - this author has Meryl Streep level RANGE. Her last book, FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, was a witty, scathing look at the fashion industry and a feminist call-to-arms over the need for a revolution when it comes to body positivity. DAY ZERO is something COMPLETELY different (which has cemented deVos as one of my favorite authors, not only for how smart her writing is, but because I know I'll never be able to predict what genre she'll master next). DAY ZERO is a fast-paced thrill ride that follows teenaged Jinx's evolution from a passive high schooler during a time of dangerous unrest in the U.S. (with the nation split into two diametrically opposed factions - sound familiar?) to a kick-ass political revolutionary bent on revenge and social change. There were poignant (and sometimes cleverly hilarious) parallels to real-world politics sprinkled throughout this ambitious novel, and the action scenes were Bourne-level exciting (this would make a really good movie/graphic novel). Highly recommended - looking forward to the sequel (and to see what the cover will be - because DAY ZERO's cover is one of the best I've seen).
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  • Stacie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an arc of this book from Net Galley and will post my full review closer to its release date.
  • Mari Johnston
    January 1, 1970
    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.Content Warnings: violence, bombings, medical procedures, classism, death of a parentDay Zero started out so great! And then kind of fizzled off…Kelly deVos puts us into the action pretty quickly but not before properly introducing us to the characters. This was something I greatly appreciated because it helped me form a connection to the story from the very beginning. Everybody had their own unique personalities that This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.Content Warnings: violence, bombings, medical procedures, classism, death of a parentDay Zero started out so great! And then kind of fizzled off…Kelly deVos puts us into the action pretty quickly but not before properly introducing us to the characters. This was something I greatly appreciated because it helped me form a connection to the story from the very beginning. Everybody had their own unique personalities that stayed until the end.Other than Charles, though, I mostly felt very meh about the characters. None of them really stuck out to me long-term and they were forgettable. They easily could have fit into any other post-apocalyptic story and not felt out of place.The beginning action was incredibly exciting and I had a hard time putting the book down in order to go to sleep. This definitely isn’t a story you want to start at midnight unless you’re already planning on staying awake all night. deVos’ writing kept me on the edge of my seat and I really didn’t know where she would take things.I wish the entire thing had the same excitement as the start of the story but it didn’t. This is clearly set up to be a two part series and it feels forced. Around a third of the way into it I started to lose interested – things were dragging on too much.The arguments between the characters and action scenes started to feel too repetitive. And during the major times that politics were discussed it became a major info dump. I definitely wish that had been weaved more seamlessly into everything. The story could have easily been just one book and I think it would have worked better.This is also a book that clearly does not need romance thrown into it. Both instances were awkward and unnecessary – adding more clutter and complicating things. It didn’t feel natural for the characters and the way it was brought up so sporadically felt jarring.Overall, if you enjoy post-apocalyptic books then give Day Zero a try! I don’t think I’ll be reading the second book when it comes out but if it were adapted onto the screen I’d definitely be interested.A digital ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Brittney Monroe
    January 1, 1970
    First things first, thanks to NetGalley for approving me for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. All Susan "Jinx" Marshell wanted to do when she got home from school was get her guild ready for battle and maybe finish her history book report. The only thing she needed to grab was some Strawberry Jolt and salty snacks from the minimart to complete her weekend plans. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems. During their shopping trip, the bank next door explodes and she is forced into survival First things first, thanks to NetGalley for approving me for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. All Susan "Jinx" Marshell wanted to do when she got home from school was get her guild ready for battle and maybe finish her history book report. The only thing she needed to grab was some Strawberry Jolt and salty snacks from the minimart to complete her weekend plans. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems. During their shopping trip, the bank next door explodes and she is forced into survival mode to protect her step-sister and younger brother. Thankfully she's had years of training from her father, Dr. Doomday. Susan's whole life begins to spiral and she must adjust because that is all her father would allow her to do. A fantastic action-packed book that kept me turning the pages (or in my case, swiping right)! Very rarely was there a dull moment in this novel. I loved Jinx and how overprotective of her brother she was. Being the eldest sibling, I can definitely relate to her. The huge, crazy plot twist at the end had my jaw dropping to the floor. I had my suspicions but clearly was off my game. Great read and I can't wait to see what MacKenna and Jinx decide to do in the next novel.The only thing that confused me was how long Carver was in office. I was expecting this election to have been long done and over with, but in the book, it stated that he was in office for only three days. It could very well be my interpretation, but if that is my only issue with this then Kelly has done brilliantly!
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I binge read this book over the last two days. I may be late to the review party, but I'm right on time to give you the gist just in time for you, dear readers, to get your hands on it.Everything that can go wrong seems to for poor Jinx. The girl wants to get some snacks and play her video game when the world explodes around her. Luckily (unluckily?), her Dad is a published survival expert, and she and her family have been running "drills" of different apocalypse scenarios for as long as she can I binge read this book over the last two days. I may be late to the review party, but I'm right on time to give you the gist just in time for you, dear readers, to get your hands on it.Everything that can go wrong seems to for poor Jinx. The girl wants to get some snacks and play her video game when the world explodes around her. Luckily (unluckily?), her Dad is a published survival expert, and she and her family have been running "drills" of different apocalypse scenarios for as long as she can remember. They are the center of the investigation into the wave of terrorism, which adds another element of intrigue to this adventure story. By following the rules that her Dad grilled into them, they survive multiple disasters, because she's learned to think for herself, she can stay one step ahead of the political unrest that her social experiences. I thought that the different reactions to the chaos were accurate. Speaking of her world and society: it's so close to ours that it scared me a bit. There's this new President who seems to have been elected by cheating his way into the office. Can you imagine? The country is polarized into taking sides when the wave of terrorism begins, and everyone panics. The chaos centers around technology, banking, and in general, made me quite uneasy about our situation in the United States.I thought that it all played out very realistically and cannot wait to read what happens next in the concluding novel. The last 20 % of my ARC had me up reading well past my bedtime- what a ride!
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  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    Warning: Only read this book if you have several uninterrupted hours. Otherwise, you'll forget or ignore everything else requiring your attention.It all starts out normal enough with Jinx and her stepsister picking up her brother after school and stopping for an errand before going home. Minutes after, life will never be the same for them. Political unrest (eerily similar to our current political climate), a rigged election, a country torn apart by differing viewpoints, doomsday prep, twists Warning:  Only read this book if you have several uninterrupted hours.  Otherwise, you'll forget or ignore everything else requiring your attention.It all starts out normal enough with Jinx and her stepsister picking up her brother after school and stopping for an errand before going home.  Minutes after, life will never be the same for them.  Political unrest (eerily similar to our current political climate), a rigged election, a country torn apart by differing viewpoints, doomsday prep, twists that jump out of nowhere - I flew through this book in two days.  These characters are on the run almost immediately, and there's rarely any downtime.  Jinx's father, "Dr. Doomsday", had prepared her and Charles (the adorable younger brother you just want to hug) so well, I was tempted to write down and laminate his rules for survival and stick it on my fridge.Jinx and MacKenna's character arcs are fantastic.  When pushed to unfathomable limits, they discover what they're capable of and the lengths they're willing to go to survive.  The relationships between the siblings and step-siblings is done extremely well.  Something I missed was a bit more explanation on the connection between Navarro and Jinx, but maybe it's something that will be expanded on in the next book.Day Zero is a thrilling whirlwind of intrigue that grabs hold of you from the first page.  The next book can't be released soon enough for me.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  •  Nyarlathotep Twelfth Month The Haunted Reading Room
    January 1, 1970
    DAY ZERO is fascinating! I've been devoted to Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic genres since I devoured Philip Wylie's TOMORROW at the age of ten and was rendered permanently terrified. DAY ZERO has been compared to Susan Beth Pfeffer's LIFE AS WE KNOW IT Series, but I am pleasantly reminded of Emmy Laybourne's MONUMENT 14. Two siblings (one diabetic and likely Asperger's) and their stepsister; teacher mom; emotionally distant stepdad; and prepper-survivalist dad--in a world suddenly erupting in DAY ZERO is fascinating! I've been devoted to Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic genres since I devoured Philip Wylie's TOMORROW at the age of ten and was rendered permanently terrified. DAY ZERO has been compared to Susan Beth Pfeffer's LIFE AS WE KNOW IT Series, but I am pleasantly reminded of Emmy Laybourne's MONUMENT 14. Two siblings (one diabetic and likely Asperger's) and their stepsister; teacher mom; emotionally distant stepdad; and prepper-survivalist dad--in a world suddenly erupting in inexplicable violence, anarchy, and chaos. Tell me: what is there NOT to love? Absorbing in-the-midst-of-Apocalypse Dystopiana: find it right here. It is Day Zero, indeed.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    It was the cover of this book that originally attracted me to it, along with the title, Day Zero. I wanted to know why it was Day Zero and what Day Zero was too, so this curiosity led me to read the blurb. I find prepping fascinating, so when the blurb says that the main character whose nickname is Jinx is used to doing drills that her father thinks necessary for an impending doomsday that interested me even more.I like the rather desolate looking cover, with the one female character on it, whom It was the cover of this book that originally attracted me to it, along with the title, Day Zero. I wanted to know why it was Day Zero and what Day Zero was too, so this curiosity led me to read the blurb. I find prepping fascinating, so when the blurb says that the main character whose nickname is Jinx is used to doing drills that her father thinks necessary for an impending doomsday that interested me even more.I like the rather desolate looking cover, with the one female character on it, whom I would say is Susan, the main character in the book. Though throughout the majority of the book she is being called Jinx by her family and friends even though she hates the nickname and what it suggests. The genres I have seen listed for this book are Teens and YA, which though I agree with, as an adult reader I have to point out I really enjoyed reading this book, so think Adults would read this book too, I would also add post-apocalyptic to the genres.The books main character is Susan Marshall, but everyone calls her by the nickname of Jinx even though she really hates it. Susan/Jinx lives with her younger brother Charles, her mother and her new husband Jay and his two children from his previous marriage, Toby, who is older than Susan/Jinx and Mackenna who is the same sort of age as her. Jinx takes refuge in her own room a lot and plays video games such as Repulicae. Jinx has been planning a marathon session with her computer and Republicae all day at school, right down to calling at the Halliwell’s store for snacks and energy drinks. It’s whilst she is at the Halliwell’s with step sister Mackenna and little brother Charles that there is the first indication that something strange is going on. Their biological father Dr Maxwell Marshall is a computer science professor and is really into “being prepared” and as part of their childhood both Jinx and Charles have re-enacted so many possibilities for natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Dr Maxwell Marshall has even written a book on the subject called Dr Doomsday’s Guide To Ultimate Survival. So, when there’s an explosion nearby, whilst everyone else panics, Jinx and her brother Charles slip straight into “drill mode.” However, this is only the very beginning of things turning bad for the combined Marshall-Novak family. Jinx see’s a cryptic message, and It seems with all evidence pointing towards Jay Novak being the guilty party that sent the computer malware to the bank along with being involved the bombing of the bank, he will be charged and convicted. When he is arrested and his wife Stephanie Stephanie (Jinx & Charles mum) decides she goes wherever he is being taken, it leaves Jinx, Mackenna and Charles to fend for themselves and try to keep one step ahead of those trying to capture them too. Stephanie manages to call Jinx and instructs her to stay on the move and find her father, apparently Maxwell Marshall may be the only one who can help Jay and restore the banks to what they were before the political terrorist attack. Stephanie seems to think that her ex-husband Maxwell can help to clear Jay’s name somehow, or knows someone who can help. The book covers the journey, adventures and misadventures that Jinx, Mackenna, Toby, Charles have whilst trying to lay low, yet find their way to Dr Marshall.Their odds of staying hidden do improve when Dr Marshall aka Dr Doomsday sends them some help and an evacuation plan in the form of Gus Navarro. Navarro attended a convention that Jinx was at with her father and had kept in touch with Dr Doomsday ever since. My favourite character was of course Susan aka Jinx, the way she slips straight into the drills her father has had her and her younger brother doing is what protects her and those around her. Jinx and Mackenna begin their journey being at odds and having lots of differing opinions. When it comes to Charles, the two girls do come together to protect him, though Mackenna and her older brother Toby tend to let him eat whatever he wants despite the fact he has type 1 diabetes. Jinx ends up having to be the bad guy and try to find healthy food, test his insulin levels and give him his injections too. Jinx and Mackenna do end up coming together and displaying a united front when them and their little family are under threat. In fact, Jinx has to do something she would have never thought herself to be capable of to save her step sisters life at one point in the book. I immediately loved the character of Gus Navarro, and was hoping he would feature more as the book and plot developed. I loved the relationship slowly blossoming between him and Jinx. I hope there is much more of this couple in the next book.The character I enjoyed hating was of course, Tork, the ruthless guy who is tracking Jinx and her group, as well as seemingly wanting to speak to her father too. He always seems to be that one step ahead. At one point the possibility of “someone on the inside” the banking system is mentioned, and yes, I did have that in the back of my mind as well as thinking that Dr Maxwell was too obvious to be the culprit. Having said all that, when it gets to a certain point in the book when the “insider” is revealed I was, like wow! I hadn’t thought of that, but it is an amazing twist.My immediate thoughts upon finishing the book were Wow I really didn't see that end coming! Seriously looking forward to reading more!! Brilliant, this book held me firmly from first word to the last.To sum up I really did enjoy this book, it grabbed my attention within the first few words and kept a hold of me until the very last words. I honestly did not see that ending coming at all. I felt so sorry for Jinx, she had lost a lot by the end of the book. I can’t wait to find out what she will do in the next book. She has proven herself more capable than she ever thought she was in this book, and hopefully she will have the help of Navarro as well as her step family.
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  • Nancy Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    A smart, twisty, ambitious thrill-ride that makes you think! I can’t wait to read the sequel and follow Jinx’s evolution and revolution. - Nancy Richardson Fischer, author of The Speed of Falling Objects.
  • Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, Harlequin Presents, and Inkyard Press for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.This technically should have been my second DeVos book but I still haven’t gotten to my Fat Girl on a Plane ARC (oops) so this is going to be my first book. And honestly, I’m not disappointed with it. I Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, Harlequin Presents, and Inkyard Press for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.This technically should have been my second DeVos book but I still haven’t gotten to my Fat Girl on a Plane ARC (oops) so this is going to be my first book. And honestly, I’m not disappointed with it. I like the snark that I got from Jinx and I could totally feel where she’s coming from on the personal side of things.I guess I could be a little bit more specific on that, oops.We first meet Jinx at high school, where her stepsister is in her history class and her mother is the teacher. Clearly this is some time in the future, but things haven’t been okay because while their technology seems advanced, it’s not working at 100% capacity. There’s also been really major budget cuts that even the high school population seems to be negatively affected by it. To the point that I’m actually really surprised by it.But not even just that. Apparently Jinx’s dad – her biological dad – is some sort of conspiracy theorist that was able to bring the country to its knees by creating a code that just messed up everything. He didn’t do it to be malicious, but to show that that technology could be easily hacked and affected, and that everyone needs to be ready for the end of the world. Since he wrote his survival manual and published it though, the world kept going on… business as usual.But he was right. Things were going to end as we knew it, and I don’t think anyone was as prepared as they should have been.The synopsis for this novel said that fans of The 5th Wave would like this novel. I personally only read the first book (The 5th Wave) and I loved it. So, I guess they were on the nose with that. I did really like this novel, and I was pretty proud of Jinx for remembering what her father taught her, even if she didn’t want to think about how that period in her life was what led to her family’s end. It may have been etched in her brain with all the drills and practice runs that they did, but for her to actually execute them was impressive to me. I’m so curious about how this duology will end, and I’m glad that I finally got to read a DeVos book.
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  • Alyson Stone
    January 1, 1970
    Book: Day Zero Author: Kelly DeVos Rating: 4 Out of 5 StarsI would like to thank the publisher, Inkyard Press, for sending me an ARC. I went into this book knowing nothing about. The summary sounded really interesting. This book follows Jinx and her family as they struggle to survive against a very corrupt government. Her father has them all trained to survive in bad situations. They have spent their entire life drilling for this moment, but, only this time, this is not a drill. The government Book: Day Zero Author: Kelly DeVos Rating: 4 Out of 5 StarsI would like to thank the publisher, Inkyard Press, for sending me an ARC. I went into this book knowing nothing about. The summary sounded really interesting. This book follows Jinx and her family as they struggle to survive against a very corrupt government. Her father has them all trained to survive in bad situations. They have spent their entire life drilling for this moment, but, only this time, this is not a drill. The government is really after them. This is a more of a political book than anything. It is action packed as the characters try to survive in a world where everything is not prefect nor is it really what it seems. We have a fast paced plot with a complex world and complex characters that is bound to suck in you. Once you are in, it’s really hard to get out. As I was reading, I really was taken back to The Hunger Games, Legend, and Divergent-even though this book really isn’t like them. it’s been awhile since I’ve read a good dystopian and this is just what I needed. Plus, Kelly just has this way of sucking you in. The way that Kelly writes it is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat. I mean, you will be pulled in and will be shocked how quickly time passes as you are reading. The action and the characters just kept me going and going. I found myself flying through this book because I just had to know what was going to happen. I just couldn’t put it done until I reached the end of the action sequence. If you decide to pick this one up, you will find out what I am talking about. The characters were pretty well developed and great at hiding their true actions. I mean, the big reveal at the end just left me stunned. I guess if I had been expecting it to actually go down that way, there were pretty clever clues throughout the story. I just don’t know what to think. These characters will be memorable-even the side ones. I’m just throwing that out there. Overall, a great read if you are looking for something in the science fiction genre. I know I really enjoyed it. Now, this book is out now so if you want to, go ahead and pick it up. You will not be sorry.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    "What happens when a predator tries to raise its own prey?"If that doesn't get your juices flowing how about we think of doom and gloom and how survival is not just given it must be earned!Even better think of it this way:If you could pick anyone to save you from Armageddon who would you choose?Now that I have the thinking tanks going let's change gears literally to a Terminator style atmosphere with technology at play.I'm a mom of three teens so please stand by....Ok, lets go!Revenge is so "What happens when a predator tries to raise its own prey?"If that doesn't get your juices flowing how about we think of doom and gloom and how survival is not just given it must be earned!Even better think of it this way:If you could pick anyone to save you from Armageddon who would you choose?Now that I have the thinking tanks going let's change gears literally to a Terminator style atmosphere with technology at play.I'm a mom of three teens so please stand by....Ok, lets go!Revenge is so SWEET!Choices must be made and you must never quit moving or in this case fleeing because the evil opposition is on your tail.It's a 'Run for your Lives' feel with such trepidation as everyone seems paranoid and delusional fearing for safety and political motives might just be part of their fight or flight responses.What if the US President is in on it all and what if there's two political parties at odds - one known as the 'SPARK' the other 'OPPOSITION.'Regardless of your aisle seat I'm sure you'll agree the last thing you expected was politics here but before you go lets just say you can't cheat your way to power nor is it right to give all the wealth away.Sure this creates chaos, unrest, disgruntled people with mixed emotions.Ironically, the ones who know the truth are divorced and in a fluster with a mom married to head of bank security and a dad seeking new ways to hide information for the future with doomsday on the mind round the clock.So, now what?Well you see we can't sit idle.With perhaps the entire families involvement including the step sisters and brothers we might find what we need by looking within or at least by becoming knowledgeable without anger or guilt.Not to ruin too much but this was smooth like silk and packed with gusto.Loved it all and appreciate the author allowing me to have an early sneak peek because I'm anxiously awaiting 'Day One' to be released.Job well done!A must read!
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  • Energy
    January 1, 1970
    Susan, aka Jinx, is a coder, daughter of a coder and prepper who has run drills with his two children for as long as they can remember. So when a disaster at a bank ends up with her step-father being taken in, she knows this is not a drill, that under their new president, things just got even more serious. The opposition has arisen, their leader who cheated his way into office is none other then Ammon Carter, their new president. Is her father, prominent coder and prepper responsible? She would Susan, aka Jinx, is a coder, daughter of a coder and prepper who has run drills with his two children for as long as they can remember. So when a disaster at a bank ends up with her step-father being taken in, she knows this is not a drill, that under their new president, things just got even more serious. The opposition has arisen, their leader who cheated his way into office is none other then Ammon Carter, their new president. Is her father, prominent coder and prepper responsible? She would ask him but he's not easy to get ahold of. She must figure out what is going on and who is at the bottom of it, to stop the madness that is descending on their family and the world. I'm a fan of dystopian, post-apocalyptic type worlds and this really seemed to fit the bill. The political parties were unique, and I liked that neither of them got things quite right (because they never do, do they?). I liked how much the world had changed as far as the technological advances with health care, and yet, the struggle to get meds was still ever-present and very telling of the world we live in now. I appreciated that deVos took real-world issues now and made them relevant in Day Zero. This was well-written with interesting scenarios, technology, and characters. There was a bit of humor thrown in which helped to ease some of the tension going on in the book. When the action picked up so did the pace, because you just needed to find out what was going to happen. Typical of books in this genre, this ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I say a bit because some things did get resolved, but not everything. Because of that, I am very anxious for the next book because I want to see this family succeed. Nicely done.
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    Trapped in a never ending series of catastrophes, Jinx and her siblings must rely on her father's prepper training to help get them to safety.This is an odd one, and difficult to rate. Although on the surface there's nothing wrong with it, it's a perfectly good adventure story, the more I think about it, the more problems appear. For instance, when is it set? Presumably it's some way in the future; cars have autodrive and all the textbooks seem to be on tablets. The American parties have given Trapped in a never ending series of catastrophes, Jinx and her siblings must rely on her father's prepper training to help get them to safety.This is an odd one, and difficult to rate. Although on the surface there's nothing wrong with it, it's a perfectly good adventure story, the more I think about it, the more problems appear. For instance, when is it set? Presumably it's some way in the future; cars have autodrive and all the textbooks seem to be on tablets. The American parties have given way to The Opposition and The Spark with no hint of any other options. However, there are still books around, there doesn't seem to be any other especially impressive tech, and Mac needs "several tablets" to handle one class, rather than multitasking as we can nowadays.I didn't think much of Jinx. Granted, things were going wrong everywhere she turned, but she was disdainful of Mac, who didn't have any of her training, for not reacting well in crisis, and even as her father's training and supplies repeatedly saved her life she was still complaining about them. I actually thought Mac had the better storyline, going from pampered to willing to do whatever it took.I'll pick up the next book, because it's an interesting storyline and I like that it doesn't (quite) demonise preppers. I hope it clears things up a bit.
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  • Fiona the Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I was thrilled to be asked by Kelly deVos if I wanted to read an ARC version of Day Zero without compromise. This is my first request of this type so I couldn't resist.To be completely honest, Young Adult is not a genre that I'm normally interested in, but I must say that it was a lot of fun taking this ride and here's why.The Book starts with an action pack sequence that propels you right into the middle of the story. It is a discovery of the nature of survival with great tips to follow during I was thrilled to be asked by Kelly deVos if I wanted to read an ARC version of Day Zero without compromise. This is my first request of this type so I couldn't resist.To be completely honest, Young Adult is not a genre that I'm normally interested in, but I must say that it was a lot of fun taking this ride and here's why.The Book starts with an action pack sequence that propels you right into the middle of the story. It is a discovery of the nature of survival with great tips to follow during such an extreme environment.Day Zero is the story of Jinx, a girl whose interests are those of a normal person her age even though her life has been a bit of an odd ride. She learned a few very unusual things from her Father and now leaves with her mother who remarried, but aside from that, her life was quite normal.Her story is about broken relationships, trust and fraternal love. About learning to know yourself, understanding where your values lie, what you are willing to do to keep those you care about safe and where the last two collide and why.Like Dr. Doomsday says "It's always a surprise when you realize that Love can do more damage than Hate.That said, I loved this book! Thank you Kelly for thinking of me!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!Thank you to Inkyard Press for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.This book does a great job in setting the story by making it abundantly clear who the main political forces are and what their power plays are about. The action gets moving quickly with our heroine playing the lead role of keeping everyone safe and on the move. However, that's when the story falls apart. My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!Thank you to Inkyard Press for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.This book does a great job in setting the story by making it abundantly clear who the main political forces are and what their power plays are about. The action gets moving quickly with our heroine playing the lead role of keeping everyone safe and on the move. However, that's when the story falls apart. 
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  • Inkyard Press
    January 1, 1970
    CategoriesYoung Adult Action & Adventure, Young Adult Family, Young Adult Science & TechnologyMiniseriesDay Zero Duology (Book #1)
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    I have read Fat Girl on a Plane and after reading the summary of this book was intrigued by the very different subject matter of Day Zero by the same author. Day Zero gives way to an families worst nightmare of being separated from each other and facing an apocalyptic disaster. I enjoyed the relationships between all of the siblings and the ability for them to work together under such dire circumstances. A must read for young adults who enjoy end of the world books!Thank you to Edelweiss and the I have read Fat Girl on a Plane and after reading the summary of this book was intrigued by the very different subject matter of Day Zero by the same author. Day Zero gives way to an families worst nightmare of being separated from each other and facing an apocalyptic disaster. I enjoyed the relationships between all of the siblings and the ability for them to work together under such dire circumstances. A must read for young adults who enjoy end of the world books!Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review an E-arc copy of Day Zero.#DayZero#MustReadYA2019
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  • Savannah Worman
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a doomsday prepper as a dad? How about a technological genius? Well in Kelly DeVos’ book Day Zero we get to find out exactly what it would be like. When society begins collapsing around Jinx and her family she is left to save herself and her siblings using the knowledge instilled in her by her father.Jinx is an introverted gamer with a serious knack for technology. Her father, Dr. Doomsday, is a prepper/technology extraordinaire, her mother a Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a doomsday prepper as a dad? How about a technological genius? Well in Kelly DeVos’ book Day Zero we get to find out exactly what it would be like. When society begins collapsing around Jinx and her family she is left to save herself and her siblings using the knowledge instilled in her by her father.Jinx is an introverted gamer with a serious knack for technology. Her father, Dr. Doomsday, is a prepper/technology extraordinaire, her mother a teacher, and her 8 year old brother named Charles who is a serious green thumb. We come into Jinx’s life in a time of massive change. Her mother has left her father for a man named Jay who works as a security guard at a massive bank owned by the new president. Jay has a daughter in high school, like Jinx, named MacKenna and a son in college named Toby. Their world has recently been rocked by an upset election taken by ‘The Opposition’, a seemingly shady political party opposing the people’s choice, ‘The Spark’. Well when the freshly inaugurated president Ammon Carver’s banks are blown up in a terrorist attack ‘The Opposition’ is quick to blame ‘The Spark’. In the midst of this MacKenna’s dad Jay is being framed for executing the terrorist attack. As the country descends into chaos and the two party system collapses, Jinx’s mom orders her to find her father and help them prove Jay’s innocence.I have a lot of opinions about this book, some good and some bad. I feel like the politics in this book are very heavy handed and sometimes it ripped me out of the adventurous nature of this story. It would be borderline boring when MacKenna would argue politics with everyone and anyone. This book is definitely a commentary on the current political climate and doesn’t try and mask it in any way. Every turn we take ‘The Opposition’ is there to glare at us and the authors political stances are quite clear. She writes this early on in the book while Jinx is in class,“I scroll to page 187 and stare at a picture of a nearly abandoned suburban neighborhood below a headline that reads “The Dangers of a Two-Party Political System.”While I enjoy an interesting or unique political message I found this to be very heavy and made me feel anxious. I understand that many people believe that this could be the future of the U.S.A but to me it just caused anxiety and made me want to put the book down. I want to reiterate that I don’t hate a political stance in literature because some of the greatest works in history have underlying political messages, but this felt like it was being force fed down my throat. It’s already a discussion we are having, this is not the spark that will cause a forest fire of discussion.One aspect of the ‘Hidden Message’ in this book that I do enjoy is the difference in generations. Like the modern world we see a distinct difference between who we could envision as the Baby Boomers and who we could view as the Millennials. One of the antagonists, an old motel owner, feels like a clear representation of the Boomers. He says to the kids,Don’t you talk about things you don’t understand. You. You. Kids like you in your copper houses. Sitting in coffee shops drinking ten-dollar, almond-milk-caramel-mocha-whatevers. Talkin’ about whether monkeys have rights and how we all need self-driving cars. And we’re out here…Does this not sound exactly like a Facebook argument between a Baby Boomer and a Millennial? I really liked that subtle detail. There is such a massive divide in this book, between political parties, families, and generations. I felt like DeVos did a good job of acknowledging this dynamic without cramming it in our faces.This books is full of useful survival knowledge like, “Breathe. Because the calm survive” and “Trust no one”. The common sense approach to survival in this book is something I enjoyed and the use of Dr. Doomsday’s rules of survival were very reminiscent of the movie Zombieland. I hate when dystopian or apocalypse novels use overly complicated or long winded explanations for survival. Keep it simple and you’ll survive.I have one last bone to pick and it is with the character MacKenna and Jinx’s mother. MacKenna is so unlikable and has zero sense of survival. It feels like she’s just flopping around screwing things up for Jinx and almost killing one of the other protagonists. When she goes on her eventual redemption arc, it doesn’t feel like enough. Jinx’s mother is a whole different issue. Their mother seems to have no regard for her children’s lives. She abandons them to be with her detained husband and then tells Jinx,“Don’t get caught by the police. They’ll want to hold you. Perhaps use you as leverage to force Jay to take a plea. Find your father,”To me, it came off as if Jay was more important than both her children and Jay’s children. I don’t know a single responsible mother who would choose being unnecessarily detained over helping her children survive the collapse of society. It seemed silly and out of character for a mom who has been previously portrayed as both intelligent and caring.Enough of my complaining.This book is very well written and has an interesting plot to drive through the parts I didn’t enjoy. When you read Day Zero you will find yourself in every scene and you will catch yourself holding your breath during action sequences. I felt very engaged with what was happening inside the book. I was invested in what would happen next and whether Jay would be executed or exonerated.This book is gritty and sometimes a little bit dense to read through but it is all worth it in the end. The plot and vivid scenery really make this book a winner. It’s fast-paced for the majority and will keep you asking questions. Who will win? ‘The Opposition’ or ‘The Spark’?A huge thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing and Inkyard Press for allowing me to take part in this book blog tour! I thoroughly enjoyed working with them and reading Day Zero. I give this book a 4/5 stars and look forward to what happens next.
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