Review: Swarm, Scott Westerfeld et al

November 14, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review: Swarm, Scott Westerfeld et alSwarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
Series: Zeroes #2
Published by Allen & Unwin on October 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 388
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

EVERY POWER HAS A DARK SIDE

Keep the secret.
Use your power for good.
Keep out of trouble.
Stick together.
Or things will fall apart.

It's the holiday season, but the celebration at the Zeroes's underground nightclub is blown apart when two strangers with new powers take to the dance floor. The Zeroes pursue them, only to discover that they're fleeing an even more sinister power-wielder, Swarm. The Zeroes must learn all they can about this dangerous new player if they are to stay safe.

Meanwhile each of the Zeroes also has their own issues to deal with. Bellwether's confidence is challenged, and Mob questions the nature of her power. Crash's conscience gets a workout, and Anon and Scam face harsh truths about belonging. And it's up to Flicker to pick up the reins and lead the Zeroes into a terrifying showdown.

A terrific sequel with a cracking pace that raises the stakes in this brilliant and unique superheroes series.

angelyas_reviewThe sequel to Zeroes, Swarm, brings us back to the world of six teens with unusual powers. The Zeroes are working on developing their powers in their purpose-built nightclub, but when some unexpected visitors arrive and all hell breaks loose, they discover that they are not the only ones in the world with special abilities. There’s someone out there hunting Zeroes, and he’s coming to Cambria.

Zeroes was an exciting introduction to the group of super-teens. Swarm takes it to the next level, with not only the relationships developing and stretched to their limits within the group, but also terrifying bad guys and dark, fast-paced action. The chapters are short and once again the narration swaps between characters fairly frequently, but that adds to the frantic feeling of the story.

This is a much darker story, with plenty of morose moments from several characters while they are going through some rough and emotional times. Thibault’s story broke my heart over and over, not only for him personally, but for his family.

I still have questions about the nature of the super powers though. The Zeroes still have no idea why they all have them, although it seems to be related to their year of birth. They keep referring to ‘leveling up’ and having their power turn ‘inside out’, which is an interesting twist but doesn’t answer anything. I really hope there are some origin details coming soon because I’m curious!

It all ends on a nail-biting cliff hanger, which has left me begging for book three. More, please!

I received a copy of this book from Allen & Unwin Australia to review. Australian RRP is $19.99.

zeroes swarm Book 3: 2017

Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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