Review: Swarm by Scott Westerfeld

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Title: Swarm
Series: Zeros #2
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 27 Sept 2016
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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?

REVIEW BY CERYS – YEAR 9

Swarm is the second book in the Zeroes series, and is just as jam-packed full of fantastic adventure, not your average superpowers, and their limits.

Set in modern day America, the story starts when two other ‘Zeroes’ Glitch and Coin, show up at the Petri Dish, the Zeroes club/training grounds, and cause some serious chaos. But, just as the Zeroes sort them out, a new threat appears. Will the Zeroes be able to take on a bigger threat than they’ve ever faced before? Or will this new crowd based power tear the Zeroes apart? Discover the answers in this intense yet charmingly funny, fabulous book.

My favourite character is Thibault (Anon), because he is so peaceful, accepting, and calm, and my favourite part is when Glitch and Coin crash the wedding, as I just found it so funny. The point of view shown from each Zero was really good, as it helped us see glimpses of their personal life’s as well as emotions. The plot was really intense and exciting, and sometimes really unexpected (and there was no middle book syndrome!)!

Scott Westerfield is wonderful at creating a perfect balance between comedy and action, which keeps the reader entertained, and interested at the same time. Everything made sense, and the ending was brilliant, but a little upsetting (I cried)! It leaves the book on such a cliff-hanger, ready for the next book, which is due for release in 2017.

I would recommend this book to any lovers of the Hunger Games or the Maze Runner.

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