All The Right Reads

Fiction Recommendation Experts

2023 Book Review: Day Zero

by Kelly DeVos

YA Science Fiction, 2019 by Inkyard Press, 432 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • There are parts of the history of this Dystopian future that are glossed over, things I’d like to spend more time learning about. Then again, I’m the type of person who would read history books to learn how we got there if it was my world.
  • The politics are just realistic enough to be terrifying. None of this feels like it couldn’t happen, which in itself may be a negative to some readers.
  • The varied kinds of “chapter headers” sort of bothered me simply because I couldn’t figure out when/why we used each of the 3 types. Of course, on audiobook this would be null and void.

What I Did Like:

  • The political side to this book makes it somehow more terrifying and relevant. I loved the detail put into crafting this world.
  • The technology used feels realistic and possible in the best ways. Nothing feels too over the top. 
  • The cast of characters is wonderful. I love the inclusion of step siblings and a child who is a Type 1 diabetic. Too often dystopian books don’t consider those people on medications to live, this one does. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Dystopian fans will enjoy the way this is crafted to be realistic and terrifyingly possible. 

My Rating: 4 Stars

  • I will say that this one came up on my Goodreads as being shelved as “mystery/thriller” by previous readers. Respectfully, this is science fiction. With coding being so relevant and the technology experts the author had to consult, I’m not sure we could see this one as anything else. Add to that the fact that dystopian books are traditionally science fiction and I think my argument is made. 

Tabatha Avatar

Leave a Reply