Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: "Zero Repeat Forever" (The Nahx Invasions #1) by Gabrielle Prendergast


Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary 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 depends on trusting each other…




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REVIEW


This book was one of my most anticipated titles. Ever since the cover reveal and the pitch line of "The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast", I truly wanted to have this book in my hands.
But let's get something clear. While the situation between the "5th Wave" and "Zero Repeat Forever" is similar, Gabrielle's book is far more emotional, touching with no philosophical bul*it about stars.

The story follows Raven, a troubled teen who had issues with drugs and her behaviour and was sent to a summer camp along with her boyfriend and his twin brother. When the Nahx invade and survival becomes vital for all, a group of brave ones along with Raven, begin to travel in order to find rescue and escape the Nahx soldiers who scout the earth, killing the humans in sight.

Enter Eight, a Nahx soldier who feels far more than he is allowed to and he can't help but feel defective and sorry for his existence.

While the pace is indeed slow (and I saw many fellow reviewers mentioning that), the story picks up through the middle of the book and on. But the first part makes a great job on setting the emotional plane of both characters and also outline how the loss of life affects everyone and how devastated and savage humankind can be when reason goes out of the window.



The title is also explained, which was one of the saddest moments in the book and my heart ached for Eight. He is so strong, yet his emotional state and POV made me feel like he was a constantly kicked puppy. His devotion to Raven is beyond words and I also loved the way he could communicate only with sign language. In some scenes his POV was so emotional, I couldn't help but remember the song the Beast sang on the new "Beauty and the Beast" movie!



Both characters also are POC, which I will let you discover it on your own.

The book was a small cliffhanger for me because it gave away a crucial clue about the truth behind everything. I can only pray that the ending of this series won't be like the one on the "5th Wave" because I will be devastated.

A great read with a gorgeous cover, which I would love to have as a tattoo and an amazing story!






About the author:

Gabrielle is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada.  She is represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.