He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only his duties. Protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting. There is something familiar about the humans, something affecting about the way they scream and fall, but Eighth can’t let that distract him. All he can do is follow his Offside and do what she tells him: kick down doors, tear locks open. He lives to make her happy.
Until a human kills her…
Sixteen year-old Raven has one summer as a camp counsellor to try to repair the damage she’s done to her life, to prove that she’s not just another mixed-race kid who has gone off the rails, to give her boyfriend, Tucker a chance to live up to his promises. But all those good intentions are lost when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, destroying the cities, taking control of half the planet. In their remote Alberta wilderness camp, Raven and her friends might be safe if they can just remain undetected, and find some way to survive the Canadian winter.
But then a Nahx kills Tucker…
Driven by vengeance and fear, Eighth and Raven cross paths in an unfamiliar world, a world forever changed by violent forces neither of them understands. They should hate each other. They should want each other dead. But their grief both draws them together and breaks them down, until all they have left is their shared goal – to get Raven and her friends out of the occupied zone, even though for Eighth, the journey means almost certain death.
Awards and Honors
Winner BC Book Prizes, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize 2018
Listen to my half-baked acceptance speech here.
“Detailed settings and swift action make this novel an edge-of-your-seat page-turner.” VOYA Magazine
“La trama transcurre en plena acción, lo que supone conocer de cerca la incertidumbre de los personajes y las brutalidades de los soldados alienígenas. Sin embargo, la historia no se conforma con documentar este apocalipsis bélico de ciencia-ficción. Se fundamente en las sempiternas brechas que dividen a las gentes de pueblos distintos que entran en contacto. Sangre y fuego, odio y fanatismo, a cuyas llamas la autora infunde el soplo de la comprensión entre un Nahx y una humana. ¿Qué les une y cómo terminará el cruce de sus caminos? ¡Qué emocionante ha sido! (The plot takes place in full action, which means to know closely the uncertainty of the characters and brutalities of alien soldiers… Blood and fire, hatred and fanaticism, to whose flames the author gives the breath of understanding between a Nahx and a human. What brings them together and how will the crossing of their paths end? How exciting it was!)” Review of Spanish edition in Torre de Babel
“This intriguing novel set in Canada will meet all sci-fi lovers needs…A great story that will have readers 14 to adult turning pages and wanting more.” Calgary Herald
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“Teens will love the pace and dialogue.. readers will be sucked into humanity’s struggle to survive and the Nahx’s all too focused efforts to ensure that it doesn’t.” School Library Journal September 2017
“…it really is addictive and hard to put down… I didn’t want the book to end..” Teacher of YA
“Eighth’s character drew me in unlike a male lead has in quite some time. His confusion was so palpable. His alien self-conflicting with human-like emotions is what made for such a strong, realistic protagonist.” Book Swoon
“Un libro que te sorprende por la profundidad que oculta y por la emotividad que desprende, con unos protagonistas diferentes a lo habitual y que te lleva a través de un viaje de sentimientos encontrados. Una preciosa historia que estoy deseando continuar….9/10.” Lectura Directa
“…a gripping novel, complete with a slow build and a gut-punch of a finale that hooks you in and doesn’t let up.” Culturefly
“The main character Raven is so complex and intricate. Prendergast has woven a true, real young teenager in the character of Raven which is this books biggest strength. She makes mistakes and gets frustrated, she’s angry and sad and in love all in one.” The Kindred Reader
“Balls to the walls badass” Write, Edit, Read, Repeat
“…there is poetry to this story, hence my comparison of this novel to an arthouse film in book form. Jarring, raw shots of scenes, each one a window into the hearts of two sentient creatures who find themselves on opposing sides of a planetary invasion.” Alexa Loves Books
“Apocalypse for the win” Reading with Rendz
“The story is strongly driven by well thought-out characters who are not always likeable but nonetheless striking in their complexity. We are given a look at humanity that’s been peeled back a few layers due to trauma, loss, and heartbreak.” She Turns Pages
“The story is not a soppy sci fi romance…What we have is a bleak but also character driven survival tale with a very beating heart at the center.” Online Eccentric Librarian
“I am in love with this book.” Minamac Reviews
“Prendergast is a talented sci-fi writer – her world building is impeccable, her character development is complex, and her pacing is spot on.” Quill & Quire.
“There’s something eerie and complicated about this book, about the story of Eighth and Raven.” Me On Books
“HOLY. SH*T. YOU GUYS. There are not enough words to properly describe how much I LOVED this book! And the more time that passes, the more I love it. I can’t get it out of my head. I thought about it all day the following day after I finished it. I just can’t stop thinking about it! It’s really gotten under my skin in a way that not many books do.” Novel Heartbeat
“It really caught me off guard how intensely emotional it was, and how much it would affect me. The writing style was addicting in a gut-wrenching way; full of intensity and rage and sadness.” She Turns Pages
Zero Repeat Forever is published by:
Simon & Schuster USA/English
Simon & Schuster Canada/English
Simon & Schuster UK/English
Dogan Egmont Turkish
Brilliance Audio Book