Synopsis from HarperCollins:
Don’t miss the exhilarating new novel from the author of Fat Girl on a Plane, featuring a fierce, bold heroine who will fight for her family and do whatever it takes to survive. Fans of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It series and Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave series will cheer for this fast-paced, near-future thrill ride.
If you’re going through hell…keep going.
Seventeen-year-old coder Jinx Marshall grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she’s ready to relax. Her big plans include making it to level 99 in her favorite MMORPG and spending the weekend with her new hunky stepbrother, Toby.
But all that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building. Stuck leading her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles, to safety, Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.
In a desperate attempt to evade paramilitary forces and vigilantes, Jinx and her siblings find Toby and make a break for Mexico. With seemingly the whole world working against them, they’ve got to get along and search for the truth about the attacks—and about each other. But if they can survive, will there be anything left worth surviving for?
About: Day Zero is a young adult thriller written by Kelly DeVos. It was recently published on 11/12/2019 by Inkyard Press, an imprint of HarperCollins, 432 pages. The genres are young adult, post-apocalyptic, thriller, and fiction. This is book one in a Day Zero Duology. Book two will be called Day One. This book is intended for readers ages 13 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Inkyard Press offers smart, engaging YA fiction across a variety of genres, from realistic contemporary to epic fantasy. Harlequin TEEN was rebranded and relaunched as Inkyard Press in 2019.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Day Zero on 11/11/2019 and finished it on 11/20/2019. This book is a good read. I’m not into the political portion of it but that’s great that 17 year-old girls (characters) have strong feelings for it. I sure enjoyed the humor in this story though. It’s interesting how Jinx’s mom expect her ex-husband to help out her new husband. Who in this day and age would do that especially when she’s the one who left. Jinx’s brother has to watch out for his blood sugar all the time so I like that Jinx is a great sister to care for him. Their dad’s prep is unbelievable. The insulin medicine for example, how long has it been there? All of the high tech and survival tactics are great, an adrenaline rush reading their actions and adventures evading captures.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Susan aka Jinx, 17 who likes computer codings just like her dad. Though her dad, a computer professor who not only focus on hacking but also doomsday. He preps his family on what to do when the world ends. Her mom got fed up of the paranoia and got remarried. Jinx’s stepsister is MacKenna, 17, who is opposite of prepared. The political troubles are hot on the news and attacks started to happen. All of a sudden, Jinx finds herself, her brother, stepsister, and stepbrother having to utilize her dad’s end of the world rule book for survival.
Day Zero is well written and a fast paced read. In reality, when end of world happens, the last thing I expect is for the parents to run off to save themselves and expect a 17 year old daughter to take care of her 8 year old brother, constantly checking his blood sugar while on the run. But yeah, Jinx is definitely a multi talented teen who can pretty much do anything, even work with gunshot wound. I like that Charles, 8 is smart with his interest in plants. I do like those twists, especially when comes to trusting people. Pretty sucks to be in MacKenna’s shoes because she has to go along with whatever Jinx says since she doesn’t have prep knowledge and Jinx’s mom & dad only communicate to Jinx. I like how step-family is portrayed in this book as getting along, more well than not.
Pro: humor, action and adventure, family
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Kelly DeVos is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband, amazing teen daughter and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. When not reading or writing, Kelly can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane, named one of the “50 Best Summer Reads of All Time” by Reader’s Digest magazine, is available now from HarperCollins.
Kelly’s work has been featured in the New York Times as well as on Salon, Vulture and Bustle. (Photo and info are provided by publicity contact for blog tour).
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