Hey, everyone! Welcome to the final day of and my stop on Inkyard Press’s blog tour for Day Zero by Kelly deVos!
Publication Date: 11/12/19
Publisher: Inkyard Press
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?
About the Author:
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.
Author Website: https://www.kellydevos.us/
Goodreads: Kelly deVos
Jinx is a not-so-typical teenager who just wants to be normal. Trained in survivalism by her doomsday expert/computer genius father, Jinx has been prepared for Doomsday her entire life. But, she’s still not prepared for the day it finally comes – and her step-father’s the one being blamed! Now on the run with danger nipping at their heels, it’s up to Jinx, relying on pure survivalist instinct, to get her little siblings to safety. Along the way, they have many almost-treacherous, very-stressful near misses that had me standing up and yelling out loud at the book several times. 😆
This story is one of scary political unrest, eerily reminiscent of our current, real-world political climate. It’s an aspect I actually loved because the fact that it could all happen IRL made things feel that much more unsettling.
The action started almost right away in Day Zero, and I really appreciated that we just jumped right into things. It left me breathless and trying to find my balance, much like Jinx, Charles, and MacKenna as they flee for their lives. I was literally only ever on the edge of my seat with this book. There was no time to relax! The non-stop action made this read a speedy one.
Jinx is a brilliant badass and I really loved her character. Her dad’s drills really paid off, and this girl is basically a bona fide action star. I loved the dynamics between her and little Charles. I also loved her character arc, as well as MacKenna’s. These girls are pushed to their very limits and step up hard core every time.
There were hints of romance throughout Day Zero, with the promise of maybe becoming something more later. I’m usually big on even the smallest aspect of romance, but it was the adventure in this story that really kept my interest.
Day Zero’s an absolute cyclone of a novel that will leave you frazzled and thrilled at the end, eager for the sequel. I know I can’t wait to see what happens next!!
Where to Buy:
Barnes & Noble
I was provided an eARC copy of this book by Inkyard Press and Netgalley. All opinions expressed are voluntary and my own. Thank-you to Inkyard Press for inviting me on this blog tour!