Book Review: Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

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Title: Zero Day 
Author: Jan Gangsei 
Release Date: January 12th 2016 
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★1/2
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Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping of the decade. Addie vanished—and her high-profile parents were forced to move on.

Mark Webster is now president of the United States, fighting to keep the Oval Office after a tumultuous first term. Then, the unthinkable happens: the president’s daughter resurfaces. Addie is brought back into her family’s fold…but who is this sixteen-year-old girl with a quiet, burning intelligence now living in the White House? There are those in the administration who find her timely return suspicious.

When a national security advisor approaches Darrow Fergusson, Addie’s childhood best friend and the son of the president’s chief of staff, he doesn’t know what to think. How could the girl he’s missed for all these years be a threat to the United States? Still, at the risk of having his own secrets exposed, Darrow agrees to spy on Addie.

He soon realizes that his old friend is much more than the traumatized victim of a political fringe group. Addie has come with a mission…but will she choose to complete it?


My Review: 

What's good about it:

Engaging: I found the story really entertaining, despite it's shortfalls and kept me engaged throughout, even though a lot of the plot lines and situations confused me and had me questioning the plot. 

What's bad about it:

The Characters: I found most of the characters to be one note and lacking the complexity that anyone would have in those situations. The main character, Addie, deals with trauma with being kidnapped and having Stockholm Syndrome but it doesn't come across with the way Addie is written.

Plot: The premise of the story is intriguing and interesting, but once the plot starts going, it veered too much into pointless and superficial drama and it took away from the political thriller that it set up in the beginning of the story.

Final Thoughts:

Unfortunately, Zero Day is one of those books where the premise is better than the execution. I found the situations involving hacking, cyber terrorism, and politics too absurd to suspend my disbelief to enjoy the story and the ending too perfect to feel satisfactory.

Zero Day is available now and you can grab a copy here.

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