Author: G.S. Prendergast
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Series: Nahx Invasions
Release: August 29, 2017
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 depends on trusting each other…
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I remember hearing about this book when it came out, but I pushed it aside. Then this past August I was at the bookstore and saw Zero Repeat Forever on the shelf. I picked it up because the cover was pretty and realized that the plot was exactly what I like. It's basically the plot of a Paranormal Romance except it's sci-fi. While I was excited about the plot, the romance was what dragged me in.
There are two main characters in Zero Repeat Forever. One character changes names partway through the book, so I will use the name used in the first half. The two protagonists are Raven and Eighth. Raven takes up more of the story since she's the only one that's truly able to think for herself. Raven is a troubled teen who's at summer camp when the alien invasion begins. Eighth is one of the aliens, or Nahx, that is doing the invading. They spend the first part of the book separate from each other, but you can tell that they are in a relatively close area of each other. From the moment I met the two characters I super shipped them. They begin their interactions hating each other, but I just wanted to stick their faces together and say 'kiss'. I liked the slow-burn aspect of the romance though, and I can't wait to see it come to fruition in the sequel Cold Falling White.
Zero Repeat Forever takes place in our world, but at times you wouldn't be able to tell. Also, it takes place in Canada instead of in the US like many YA books. The books are set in the Rocky Mountains, which becomes important to the plot partway through. It was interesting to see how the aspects of survival changed in a rural mountain landscape vs the cityscape we often see. There's also the world building of the Nahx invasion itself. From the beginning I had a prediction about a few of the aspects of the world, and I was more or less proved right by the end. That said, these haven't been developed much, so I can't wait to see what happens with them in book two.
Gabrielle is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada. She is represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
Gabrielle writes middle grade and YA contemporary and historical as Gabrielle Prendergast. Her science fiction and fantasy is published as G.S. Prendergast.
In 2014 she was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was nominated for the BC Book Prizes and chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In 2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has also been nominated for the White Pine Award and the CLA Award.
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