Zero Repeat Forever: {ARC Review}

Publication date: August 29th, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Series: The Nahx Invasions #1
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley
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…

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

Wow, that was not what I was expecting at all. 

First off, it starts of REALLY slow, like painfully slow. There were a few times when I wanted to stop reading it and pick up a new book, but I kept with it because I really wanted to know what happened. I'm glad that I did, because the story was really captivating. 

We start off with a classic alien invasion, only this time, our story takes place in Canada. They are only given one directive throughout the entire book,"Dart the humans and leave them where they fall." Eighth is with his partner, Sixth, who is higher ranking than he is. Eighth is repeatedly called defective by Sixth and other aliens because he doesn't really do his job, which is darting the humans. In fact, it makes him sad and sick. Most of the time he refuses to fire his weapon. He is a tortured soul, because of all the emotions and thoughts going through his mind. 

Then we have Raven, a human survivor trapped in a survival camp in the middle of nowhere. She is a mixed girl with a troubled life. She is at the camp because she got arrested, and the judge gave her that choice or jail, so she chose the camp. Raven struggled to find her place in the world before the invasion, and now all she wants to do is to find her family. 

As I said at the beginning, this book is slow. Raven and Eighth really do not get together until after 200 pages in. They have brief encounters, but it really comes to a head after those 200 pages. When they did get together, I immediately had Beauty & The Beast vibes because of their circumstances. Raven wasn't a prisoner of his, per se, but she was trapped and dependent on him. 

I really enjoyed reading the progression of their relationship from enemies, to reluctant roommates, to more. It was beautifully done, especially with Eighth's inability to speak. Raven ends up learning his sign language so that they can communicate. 

As most books usually do, it ended on a serious cliffhanger! I wasn't too shocked at the alien reveal because I kind of guessed where it would go, but still. I'm definitely eager to read what happens next, because it was intense. 

There are some more mature themes throughout the story. Suicide, lots of death, racism, talk about a possible rape, drug use, alcohol, etc. I think Zero Repeat Forever would be better suited for older teens that would be able to handle that sort of content. 

Overall, despite the pace, it was a really good read! I enjoyed the story, and the character growth of Raven and Eighth. I look forward to seeing what happens next.


1 comment:

  1. I'm so eager to read this one! Great review!


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