An unputdownable, action-packed read from internationally bestselling author of the Uglies series, Scott Westerfeld. Every power has a dark side.
It's the holiday season, but the celebration at the Zeroes' underground nightclub is blown apart when a pair of strangers with new powers take to the dance floor. The Zeroes pursue and confront the two, only to learn that they're fleeing an even more sinister power, the Swarm, who uses a crowd's rage to kill – and who loves killing Zeroes.
The Zeroes defend themselves the best they can, learning more about their enemies through a series of crowd disasters – a wrecked celebrity wedding, a bloodbath at a shopping mall, and a funeral for one of the Swarm's victims that goes very, very wrong. In the meantime, each of the Zeroes has their own fish to fry. Bellwether's confidence is challenged by the Swarm, while Mob finds herself drawn to the killing crowd. Crash's conscience – and her heart – get a workout, and Anon and Scam face harsh truths about family and belonging. Flicker must pick up the groups fallen reins and lead the Zeroes into a final showdown with Swarm's army.
'YA's hippest author' Scott Westerfeld is the author of the hugely popular Uglies series. As well as the Midnighters series and three stand alone YA novels, he has written five science fiction novels for adults. He and his wife, Justine, divide their time between Sydney and New York.
Margo Lanagan has been publishing stories for children, young adults and adult readers for twenty-five years. She has won numerous awards, including four World Fantasy Awards. Two of her books have been Michael L. Printz Honor books and she has been shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula awards and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the young adult division. Visit Margo at her blog, AmongAmidWhile.Blogspot.com, or follow her on Twitter at @MargoLanagan.
Deborah Biancotti has written two short story collections, Bad Power and A Book of Endings. She’s been nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award and the William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Book. You can find her online at DeborahBiancotti.com or on Twitter at @Deborah_B.
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