A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Offers an unusual take on teen superheroes. Could lead to discussion of how great power comes with great responsibility. Uses Mardi Gras in New Orleans as a setting.
With great power comes great responsibility. Manipulating people is wrong. Friends need to stick together when faced with adversity.
Positive Role Models
Each of the Zeroes wants to be able to use his or her power without hurting anyone else. Their actions, however, all have unexpected consequences. They each learn something important about themselves and how other people see them.
Violence & Scariness
Although some characters are preparing for an apocalypse, there's not a lot of violence, and description of mayhem is generally understated. A character uses her powers to stop another character's heart.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Ethan has a crush on Sonia and eventually embarks on a romance with her. Two young women are overheard while making love. One character has the ability to make himself irresistible.
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Variants of "f--k," "bitch," "a--hole," and "s--t" used infrequently (up to five or six times); "damn" and "hell" appear more frequently, up to a dozen times each.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, where people drink. The main characters, however, don't indulge.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nexus: Zeroes, Book 3 concludes the tale of teen superheroes begun in Zeroes, written by Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Afterworlds) in collaboration with Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti. The book is more thoughtful than many about the consequences of wielding superpowers. It contains scenes of violence -- someone kills an enemy by stopping her heart -- but the description of the mayhem is generally understated. Strong language includes five or six uses of variants of "f--k" and "s--t"; "hell" and "damn" appear more frequently, up to a dozen times each. The book is set during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, so people are drinking, but not the main characters. Sexual content ranges from a suddenly reciprocated crush to a love scene between two young women overheard by others.
Is It Any Good?
Readers want more from a superhero trilogy than just a big fight at the end, and this clever take on psychic teenagers delivers a winning series of last-minute revelations and resolutions. Co-authors Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti waste no time kicking off the action, while emphasizing that it's the weird, tragic, and funny interplay between the disparate characters that makes this series special.
Because the authors withhold the nature of the monumental threat in New Orleans for a while, the opening chapters feel slightly unfocused. But that's a quibble. Nexus brings the trilogy to a highly satisfying conclusion, full of action, suspense, and heart.
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