Zero Repeat Forever

Zero Repeat Forever

Zero Repeat Forever
G. S. Prendergast

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471158056

The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an invasion of murderous creatures and one girl fighting for her life at the end of the world. 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. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn't like feeling helpless, but what choice does she have? Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend. Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other...

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Zero Repeat Forever4/5

Zero Repeat Forever

G. S. Prendergast

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Eighth is a Naxh, a mute with no name. His primary duty to protect his Offside. 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. Whilst at camp, the Naxh invasion begins and they 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 to '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 as does this story. 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.

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. Prendergast's writing style is engaging and the further you read, the more captivated you become with the characters, especially with August. The author builds a vision of a post-apocalyptic world that you can visualize through her characters.

This is a great story and I look forward to the sequel.

496 pages / Ages 14+ / Reviewed by Janet McCarthy, school librarian.

Reviewed by: Janet McCarthy