Amazon Description: Fans of series like The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, and Divergent will love N.G. Simsion.
Zero prefers to keep his life simple. Although he is easily one of the largest and cleverest boys in his year, he runs from any sign of confrontation. His best friend—his only friend—is nothing like him. Obsessed with the world outside of the city walls, Lefty is always pushing the boundaries set by society’s Elite. It’s only a matter of time before they have gone too far and they’re forced to face the horrors of the “old world” on their own. Can they survive and learn to coexist with the dangerous Remnants of the old world? Are the Remnants of the old world even the worst of their problems, or do the Elite of their own society pose an even greater threat?
Testing Zero is the first book in the Remnants of Zone Four Chronicles by author N. G. Simsion. This is a dystopian, post-apocalyptic series. Only this doesn’t deal with zombies per se.
Zero and Lefty are best friends. Kids are normally called by a letter and number, such as R-111. When you earn a nickname, that’s what you are called. Lefty got his nickname when an alligator outside the fence ended up taking off 2.5 fingers on his right hand and he had to adapt to doing everything with his left hand. Zero got his nickname because he gets into zero conflict and fighting with others and can blend into the background so much that most people don’t know he’s there.
Flea is a bully. He’s the second smallest in their class with Lefty being the smallest. Flea never takes battles on by himself, always having several of his friends with him. Lefty decides that he wants to get even with Flea which he gets even by putting a baby alligator in Flea’s desk. It bites his foot when he opens his desk and it springs out and lands on the floor.
Lefty and Zero are both sent to put it back outside the fence and to close it up and to then report to the principals office. Their punishment is to miss the graduation party that will be happening and to help babysit the new children being brought in. The next day they head off to their testing to decide where they will be living and working. Lefty and Flea end up fighting during the written test which causes Zero to jump in and try to break it up.
All three of them are taken outside the fence and into an area where it isn’t safe. Remnants are infected people. They contracted a virus that essentially kills their brains and turns them into angry, murderous people. They fight off several Remnants before a truck stops on the road and takes the three of them back to the testing area since the Elite that brought them out didn’t have the authority. They are the first three drafted in the draft which shocks them as they didn’t do well on the physical portion of the test and were automatically given zeros on the written portion of the tests.
Zero gets to thinking and has some good questions that leave this book in a cliff hanger.
I thought this book was a good take on a post-apocalyptic and dystopian book. I like the take that the author had on the Remnants and not making them into complete mindless zombies. This book is only 115 pages. I wish it would have been longer as it had so much more potential. Overall an ok read.