Are you ready for one last thrill before 2020?
Be prepared for Day Zero.
Our protagonist, Susan "Jinx" Marshall is a seventeen-year-old gamer girl who has perfected the art of doomsday preparations because of her father, the genius mind behind Dr. Doomsday's Guide to Ultimate Survival. While this compulsive training engrained various survival methods and practices to Jinx and her younger brother Charles, it caused a strain between her father and mother until it broke them apart.
Now with a new school and new family, which includes a stepfather, stepsister MacKenna, and stepbrother Toby, Jinx was doing her best to keep a low profile despite the controversy surrounding her father's legacy.
That is until the day that she is caught in an explosion with Charles and MacKenna. Soon, Jinx realizes that this explosion was one of the many that occurred throughout the country and her father is accountable for it all. As a plot of political turmoil, terror, and social unrest rise, Jinx must try to make sense of the computer code she suspects is the cause of the Opposition's uprising and protect her family from the rising violence in the world
The vivid action sequences and socio-political tension was absolutely thrilling and author Kelly Devos writes an engaging parallelism to our current society. To me, this read like George Orwell's 1984 in the context of how it creates a futuristic portrayal of a very plausible future.
Prepare yourself readers. Day Zero is only the beginning.
Thank you to HarperCollinsPublishers for providing a review copy of the book.
All thoughts and opinions are my own!
About the Book
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?
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.