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… Goodreads.com
You’ll see this book compared to Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave – and that’s more along the lines of what I was expecting. But Zero Repeat Forever quickly set itself apart from the standard ‘alien invasion’ novel.
Raven comes from a troubled past and for most of the book, I struggled with liking her, but by the end of the story, she’s undergone quite a metamorphosis, maturing and seeing the world and people in different ways, understanding that things aren’t always as they seem. On the other hand, Eighth, an alien programmed to kill humans, is lethal, conflicted, defective – and immediately wormed his way into my heart. Such outstanding character development.
Even with a variable pace, this didn’t feel like a 500 page book, and I would have loved to read it straight through. I guessed early on about a reveal at the end, but many questions are left unanswered, especially regarding the Nahx and their motives, which can be a bit frustrating for a reader.
It takes a lot to stir my emotions, but Zero Repeat Forever succeeded, and I most definitely plan on continuing with this series. A wonderful blend of introspection and action with a strong emotional component – highly recommend. This book will stick with you long after finishing the last page and is scheduled for publication August 29th, 2017.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.