Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti (Zeroes #2)

So this review may contain spoilers for Zeroes so here’s a synopsis for the first book.


Don’t call them heroes.

But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart. They can do stuff ordinary people can’t.

Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t—like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends these days.

Enter Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether, the group’s “glorious leader.” After Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. And at the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

Published: 29th September 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Superpowers

Pages: 546

Rating: Should Read It

Zeroes is a unique kind of superhero book where it isn’t really about heroes but instead young kids trying to deal with their powers which are pretty unusual and diverse. It mainly follows them on their training  missions but we get to delve into the interesting powers and backgrounds of the characters which keeps the story interesting.

If that sounds like your cup of tea then give Zeroes a try.

Now moving onto Swarm.


They thought they’d already faced their toughest fight. But there’s no relaxing for the reunited Zeroes.

These six teens with unique abilities have taken on bank robbers, drug dealers and mobsters. Now they’re trying to lay low so they can get their new illegal nightclub off the ground.

But the quiet doesn’t last long when two strangers come to town, bringing with them a whole different kind of crowd-based chaos. And hot on their tails is a crowd-power even more dangerous and sinister.

Up against these new enemies, every Zero is under threat. Mob is crippled by the killing-crowd buzz—is she really evil at her core? Flicker is forced to watch the worst things a crowd can do. Crash’s conscience—and her heart—get a workout. Anon and Scam must both put family loyalties on the line for the sake of survival. And Bellwether’s glorious-leader mojo deserts him.

Who’s left to lead the Zeroes into battle against a new, murderous army?

Published: 27th September

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Superpowers

Pages: 448 pages

Rating: Must read 

Format: Ebook

Read from 26th September to 4th October

I really enjoyed this book; you get to delve into each of the Zeroes and their past as well as their powers. This time around the team has to deal with someone that is hunting them down and trying to kill them. This comes with a lot of complications and them having to face their own morals and powers face on.

This book does a good job dealing with the bigger issue and the plot and supporting it with character development, relationships and situations that each member of the team has to deal with. I like that there are stories within the group and certain people but that they also fit into the wider story. This book has so quite hard moments to deal with in it that I really wasn’t expecting. There are some graphic scenes in this but I suppose they are in it to make things more dramatic but also to put perspective on the powers. These powers are definitely not a positive and I like that this book that’s that view but not explicitly, you can make up your own mind but it can be really hard to see any of the benefits to this especially considering if you want to use them for good.

I do like that the powers are focused on a group dynamic but I’m waiting for it to be explained why Scams is an individual thing or for a significance to come into it. I don’t want to think it is because the authors couldn’t think up another group dynamic because they proved in this book that they can. I just want something to be tied to it or at least to have someone else for him to bond with. On that note I also would like to know why they have their powers but this is a more minor point. I can deal with it being a millennials thing but at the same time it would be cool to get more information around that but that make be out with the scope and story or this book as it’s not really the goal of the team.

I did enjoy this book and I think that anyone who liked Zeroes would enjoy this too. I think I did prefer it to its first book but I don’t think it would be enough to interest anyone that didn’t like Zeroes.

Have you read this or have you read Zeroes?



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