Zero by Morgan Dark
Star Rating: ☆☆☆.5 out of 5
Publish Date: June 28th, 2016
“You shouldn’t stick your nose where it doesn’t belong, Kyle.”
Zero follows a teenage boy named Kyle who goes to a fancy boarding school and lives a good life. A string of robberies committed by a masked figure named Zero has the world shocked. The police are at every scene, notified by the criminal himself, yet they can never catch him. Nobody knows who Zero is, or why he’s stealing what he’s stealing, but a trail leads right to Kyle’s school. Soon, Zero’s robberies are taking place in Kyle’s classes, leaving him to look like the prime suspect. But Kyle claims to have nothing to do with the crimes, so why is Zero framing him?
This book has such an interesting concept, unique from other YA suspense books. Character wise, I liked it a lot. I thought Kyle was a really great main character, and I was rooting for him throughout the book. I did not see the ending plot twist coming, which is always one of the favorite parts of books. Going into Zero, I thought it was just going to be a contemporary thriller, but it ended up combining elements of science fiction, too, that I thought added a fun twist. This doesn’t work in all books, but it made sense and was well executed in Zero.
My main issue with the book was how rushed the ending was. This book is split up into four parts, and the final part reveals who Zero is, and why. This plot twist didn’t really make much sense until the end of the book, and I thought it was confusing because of the way it was told. Although clever, I think it should have been planned out better, because everything seemed so rushed and jumbled together.
My other issue was how repetitive the writing got. “Cutting edge” was used to describe the same object, on the same page, twice. This made some of the sentences sound choppy, and I think it would’ve had a better flow is the word choice was more varied.
To conclude, I would recommend this book if you are looking for a fast-paced, suspense-filled read.
[I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review from Rubiños Publishing. This does not affect my opinion on it at all. All quotations were taken from an advanced copy and may not appear in the final publication.]