As mentioned in my last review for Mark Lawrence’s Red Sister, I’ll be reviewing a book now and then that I rank as pretty damn spiffy. Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast falls into that 5 star category. Let me tell you a little story…
I applied for this ARC through Edelweiss and was turned down. So when everyone stood in line for the Wonder Woman ARC at Yallwest 2017, I was in line for this! I originally found this whilst scouring the Query Tracker website and I loved the query–turns out it’s also the blurb on the back of the book. Win.
I’m always on the lookout for smart, well written young adult science fiction and Zero Repeat Forever fits into this 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. When the invaders come she’s at summer camp with her boyfriend. And when the Nahx kills him, she’s understandably upset. She’s as moody and morbid as one probably should be when one’s world is ending at the hands of an invasion.
Eighth, the non-verbal Nahx who only goes by his rank, doesn’t know the details of his mission, only the directives that rattle in his head: Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall. He’s a protector, letting his female Offside partner do all the shooting. When she’s killed, he finds himself on a dangerous journey. I wanted to spend more time with this strangely poetic monster, looking forward to his POV chapters.
In a The 5th Wave / Beauty and the Beast-like manner, the two come to rely upon each other for survival. But it’s more complicated than that and, in this reader’s opinion, not quite as juvenile (as BatB).
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! This book is published by Simon & Schuster Canada and is released August 29, 2017.
Usually I end my posts with a line from the book, but this particular ARC is not for quotation. Instead, I’ll use the Edgar Allan Poe line from the Part One title page:
I have no faith in human perfectibility.
Goodnight, dear readers. And adieu.