Title: Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions #1)
Author: Gabrielle Prendergast
Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.
His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her…
Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.
Shelter in place.
Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?
Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.
Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…
How do you choose a book? Is it for the cover? The synopsis? If the title catches your eye? Or are you like one of my high school teachers, who insisted that you must read a book up to the 10th percent before you can tell if it will hook you in or not?
Isn’t it fun when a book catches your interest in all four ways?
This is definitely the case with Zero Repeat Forever. The cover is absolutely beautiful, the synopsis catchy, and the title intriguing (I could go on and on about how this is a perfect book title, but alas, spoilers). Also, everyone can forget about the 10% rule – this book had me wrapped around its little finger after the first five chapters. The beginning gripped me in so quickly and the story just kept on getting better and better until I reached the amazing ending. There isn’t a dull moment throughout.
This is a slow burn novel of the best kind; I could call it the sci-fi Romeo and Juliet you didn’t even know you wanted to read. It’s well-paced and doesn’t rush from one scene to another, and instead develops gradually into a complete story. It is the first book in the series, so the reader won’t finish it with all the answers they are looking for, but with enough answers to feel satisfied with the end.
The format of the book is also quite interesting – the point of view flips between Raven, a spitfire heroine that reminded me a little bit of Tris from Divergent, but with a meaner streak; and Eighth, a low-ranked Nahx who is part of the destruction of the human race. Therefore, readers will not only be able to read the point of view of a human throughout an apocalypse, but also about a conflicted soldier who has been drilled to follow orders. The Nahx are very complex beings, and I know that book one only explored the surface of that race. I look forward to finding more about the Nahx and their motives through the next installments!
Go pick it up! It’s a great book from a Canadian author who wrote the first draft during NaNoWriMo – read the north, everyone!
I’d like to thank Simon & Schuster Canada for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.