Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ARC Review: Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast

Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast
Published: August 29, 2017
Simon Schuster
335 (earc)
The Nahx Invasions #1
My Rating:
4 of 5 stars

The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an invasion of murderous creatures and one girl fighting for her life at the end of the world.

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. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only 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…

For some reason, alien books have never really been my thing. I think it's because whenever I read something involving aliens it's really weird. I didn't remember enjoying The 5th Wave, even though I never ended up finishing that series, so I was intrigued by the pitch that this is that meshed with Beauty and the Beast. I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings and especially for that specific retelling, so I knew I had to give this book a shot and I'm so glad I did. 

While this book might seem that it's going to be mainly romance based, it's not. The plot is fairly character driven, but it's mainly about the survival of the human species during an alien invasion. I thought the survival aspects were really interesting and it seemed realistic to me. I'm no expert on surviving the apocalypse though, so I could be wrong. 

In the beginning, I really didn't like Raven as a main character. Especially because she's one of those main characters that is kind of like "I'm not like other girls because I hate dresses!" That sort of main character is never my favorite, but she did end up growing on me. I really enjoyed that her emotions were so human and believable given her situation. I especially enjoyed that she didn't immediately fall in love with the Nahx. Her grief for the people that are lost throughout the book is realistic and I also really enjoyed how the people around her reacted slightly differently to everything. 

I didn't dislike the other main character, Eighth, but he also isn't my favorite. For a lot of it he's just very sorry and while I thought this was endearing at first, it got old after awhile. I did like how his POV is so different from Raven's. It's always really clear when it's his voice and not hers and I really enjoyed how he seems so lost because he believes he's defective. I didn't understand why he ends up falling in love with Raven, it seemed very insta lovey.

The writing was honestly one of the best parts because there was very clearly two distinct voices. It was fast paced and intriguing. Just enough information about the Nahx was released throughout the book to keep me hooked and wanting to find out more. I wanted to know the whys and while it doesn't give you a full reason for the invasion, I feel like the information that is revealed is so good that I don't mind waiting for the next book to find out more. 

I can't wait to see what the rest of the series will bring to this interesting world that Predergast has created. I think this book would be perfect for those looking for a good alien invasion story, and even fans of retellings.

*I received this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


  1. I've not heard of these series, but Beauty and the Beast mixed in with some Aliens?! Sounds awesome! Gonna add it to my TBR, thanks! :)

    1. I'd definitely recommend checking this out!

  2. I've never heard of this book but i'm a sucker for retellings too and this sounds so unique what with aliens and stuff! Those kind of female characters annoy me too! I'd like to give this book a try though! Great review :)

    1. Thanks! I definitely recommend giving this a try


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