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Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions #1) by Gabrielle Prendergast
on August 29th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Aliens, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover
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I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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…
Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast is a contemporary sci-fi told from the perspective of Raven and Eighth. A nameless faceless force has come from the skies. Humanity doesn’t know what hit them.
“Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.” is Eighth’s directive, and from the perspective of humanity, that is what all the invaders, the Nahx are doing. Raven is a troublemaker, a delinquent whose acting out has gotten her and her friends in trouble. To keep her, and their, records clear they are given the opportunity to volunteer as camp counselors for younger kids. The Nahx invade while she, her friends, and the other counselors are doing outdoor training in advance of their campers joining them. For a while they subsist on their existing resources, ignored for the most part by the Nahx, but eventually they have to move, find other survivors and do something.
Eighth has no memories, only directives. He protects his “offside”, Sixth. She does the thinking, he does not. But buried inside Eighth is confusion and brokenness. When Sixth is killed, Eighth’s directives lose some of their cohesive force on him. When he sees Raven fighting fearlessly those directives come under more of a hit and his brokenness and lack of cohesive direction increases.
Zero Repeat Forever is definitely one of those stories that is more about the journey than the destination and has a feel of blending Red Dawn with the borg/cylons. Over the course of the book both characters develop and change significantly due to their shifting and changing circumstances. I really felt a love/hate relationship with both of them throughout the book, both are very flawed people who are lost and finding both themselves and each other. Though Raven loses the majority of the people she knows to Nahx darts, I almost feel more for Eighth, his brokenness, curiosity, innocence and brutality make him hard to define.
Overall, Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast brings the dynamics of a brutal invasion story and highlights one unique pair of individuals and their quests to find themselves…and if you want to find out what/who the Nahx are and why those darted do not decay, you are going to have to finish the book. I happily recommend.
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