SUMMARY: Addie Webster, daughter of a US Governor, vanished without a trace eight years ago. Now age 16, Addie managed to escape her captors and is back with her family. What happened to her when she was abducted? Who took her and why? And most of all, can she be trusted? Darrow Fergusson, Addie’s best childhood friend and son of the White House Chief of Staff, is soon recruited by the NSA to find out if Addie is connected to a string of terrorist attacks carried out by a group calling itself Cerberus.
REVIEW: I read this in one sitting–so amazing! I requested this book for review when I read the blurb on NetGalley, but I was absolutely hooked from the very first chapter. This reminds me of John Grisham or Tom Clancy for teens. I love how the story allows readers to make realizations right along with Addie and Darrow. I also love how it was told with flashbacks so we could gain insight on what happened to Addie for eight years.
There is some romance, but the main focus of this story is what happened to Addie while she lived with her captors and how she adjusts (and does not adjust) to life back with her family.
As of this writing in October 2015, there is no sequel to Zero Day listed on Goodreads. But there are several loose plot threads and a cliffhanger ending, so it would be very disappointing if a sequel isn’t planned.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Action-packed, suspenseful, and incredibly difficult to put down! An early 2016 favorite!
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: I plan to get this–will be really easy to booktalk.
READALIKES: Alex Rider series (Horowitz); CHERUB series (Muchamore); Split Second (McKenzie)
- Overall: 5/5
- Creativity: 5/5
- Characters: 5/5
- Engrossing: 5/5
- Writing: 5/5
- Appeal to teens: 5/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
- Language: mild-moderate; 12 sh**, 2 f-bombs
- Sexuality: mild; kissing
- Violence: moderate; terrorism, murder, guns and shooting
- Drugs/Alcohol: very mild; underage drinking in past; teen in drug rehab
- Other: one of Darrow’s friends is gay; photo of two girls kissing; teen suicide attempt