Review: Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

December 17, 2015 Book Review, Young Adult 4 ★★★★

I received this book for free from ARC Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Zero DayZero Day by Jan Gangsei
Published by Disney Hyperion on January 12th 2016
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: ARC Tour
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Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping case 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 president’s political circle who find her timely return suspicious.

When the NSA 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 this slip of a girl be a threat to national security? But at the risk of having his own secrets exposed by the powerful government agency, Darrow agrees to spy on Addie.

It soon becomes apparent that Addie is much more than the traumatized victim of a sick political fringe group. Addie has come with a mission. Will she choose to complete it? And what will happen if she does?

Zero Day had a lot of layers that drew me in. I love watching crime and drama television shows and this book encompassed all that. Huge shows like Scandal have really sprung up a new found interest in political thrillers for me and after falling in love with The Fixer earlier this year, I just knew Zero Day would be another hit.

Addie is our focus of the story. In the beginning she is kidnapped at a young age just to escape many years later to return while her father is the president of the United States. Her timing is very suspicious so chapter after chapter we are faced with questions on just what happened to Addie during those years. What was the motivation? Whose side is she really on? All the things I look for in a thriller. I constantly was questioning every action and every person around her, right along with a few other characters who were equally concerned there was more to her return than she was letting on. Her old childhood friend, Darrow, was one of them. The point of view jumps around so we get to learn bits and pieces from all different directions, but Addie was definitely at the heart of the mystery. I found a very good balance with the story as it unraveled- some answers feeling easy enough to solve and others left me a bit surprised when all was revealed.

I must say I did have to suspend some disbelief on a few things. I feel like that can be quite common with thrillers of this nature. I won’t get too much into this because some of it may be a spoiler. I will say though that I felt the psychological aftermath from the kidnapping was there in some ways for Addie but I expected more. She was missing for YEARS and at times I felt like everyone was forgetting this fact.

On a whole, I found a quick and exciting read with an ending that satisfied yet left a lot unresolved, a perfect setup for a sequel that I hope is in the works! There is so much story left to unravel, so many characters I’d like to delve into further, relationships I’ve love to explore!



About Jan Gangsei

Jan Gangsei grew up in small-town Vermont, reading Nancy Drew mysteries, putting on backyard shows with her best friend and dreaming about exploring the world. After college, she landed a job as a newspaper reporter covering politics and the police beat, and was astonished to discover she could actually get paid to write and tell stories. Since then, she’s lived in Key West, New York City, DC and Barbados. She’s now settled with her family in northern Virginia, where she writes full time with a cup of hazelnut coffee in one hand and a Jack Russell terrier named Watson curled under her legs. Her debut young adult novel, ZERO DAY, publishes with Disney-Hyperion in January, 2016.

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