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Two teens fight for their lives after an alien invasion in this heart-stopping follow-up to Zero Repeat Forever. Humans. Clones. Aliens. No one is safe anymore. It’s the end of the world. Xander Liu survived the alien invasion—just barely. For more than a year, he has outsmarted, hidden from, and otherwise avoided the ruthless intruders, the Nahx, dodging the deadly darts Two teens fight for their lives after an alien invasion in this heart-stopping follow-up to Zero Repeat Forever. Humans. Clones. Aliens. No one is safe anymore. It’s the end of the world. Xander Liu survived the alien invasion—just barely. For more than a year, he has outsmarted, hidden from, and otherwise avoided the ruthless intruders, the Nahx, dodging the deadly darts that have claimed so many. When the murder of his friend leaves him in the protective company of August, a rebellious Nahx soldier, Xander is finally able to make his way back to human controlled territory and relative safety. But safety among the humans is not what it seems. When Raven awakes on a wide expanse of snowy sand dunes, she has many questions. What has happened to her and the other reanimated humans gathered around her? What is the meaning of the Nahx ships that hover ominously above them? And most pressing of all, where is August, who promised to keep her safe? In the shadow of an unforgiving Canadian winter, Xander and Raven find themselves on opposite sides of an alien war. Left with little choice about their roles in the looming battle, they search for answers and allies all while being drawn back to the place where their respective fates were determined, and to the one who determined them: August.


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Two teens fight for their lives after an alien invasion in this heart-stopping follow-up to Zero Repeat Forever. Humans. Clones. Aliens. No one is safe anymore. It’s the end of the world. Xander Liu survived the alien invasion—just barely. For more than a year, he has outsmarted, hidden from, and otherwise avoided the ruthless intruders, the Nahx, dodging the deadly darts Two teens fight for their lives after an alien invasion in this heart-stopping follow-up to Zero Repeat Forever. Humans. Clones. Aliens. No one is safe anymore. It’s the end of the world. Xander Liu survived the alien invasion—just barely. For more than a year, he has outsmarted, hidden from, and otherwise avoided the ruthless intruders, the Nahx, dodging the deadly darts that have claimed so many. When the murder of his friend leaves him in the protective company of August, a rebellious Nahx soldier, Xander is finally able to make his way back to human controlled territory and relative safety. But safety among the humans is not what it seems. When Raven awakes on a wide expanse of snowy sand dunes, she has many questions. What has happened to her and the other reanimated humans gathered around her? What is the meaning of the Nahx ships that hover ominously above them? And most pressing of all, where is August, who promised to keep her safe? In the shadow of an unforgiving Canadian winter, Xander and Raven find themselves on opposite sides of an alien war. Left with little choice about their roles in the looming battle, they search for answers and allies all while being drawn back to the place where their respective fates were determined, and to the one who determined them: August.

30 review for Cold Falling White

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Damn it!!! I need more. And I need more August and Raven for shits sake!! Mel Damn it!!! I need more. And I need more August and Raven for shits sake!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kalyn Woodbury

    First of all, I love Canadian books. As soon as I read a reference to Canada my heart gets all warm and fuzzy, like a kid in a candy store. Wholesome patriotism, if you will. When I saw this book on NetGalley, I was immediately intrigued. The cover looks super cool and the synopsis— though generally not something I’d usually pick up— sounded great. My biggest issue (which eventually branched off into other, more detrimental issues) was that there was nothing on the NetGalley page that indicated First of all, I love Canadian books. As soon as I read a reference to Canada my heart gets all warm and fuzzy, like a kid in a candy store. Wholesome patriotism, if you will. When I saw this book on NetGalley, I was immediately intrigued. The cover looks super cool and the synopsis— though generally not something I’d usually pick up— sounded great. My biggest issue (which eventually branched off into other, more detrimental issues) was that there was nothing on the NetGalley page that indicated this was the second instalment of a duology. If there had been, I wouldn’t have chosen to read this. I enjoyed the writing and there was enough information to keep me from being *too* confused, but I couldn’t really connect with the characters or the world. I feel like the first instalment of a sci-fi series is where most of the world-building occurs, so it’s pretty vital to understanding what’s happening, and I think the author assumed you already had a relationship with the characters so there isn't much information on them. I also felt like it was a tad long and hard to get into, but that’s probably for the same reason I listed above. Not a bad book overall, but I won’t be rating it publicly on Goodreads or bookstores just because my judgement is a bit unfair since I went into it unprepared. A big thank you to the publisher, Simon & Schuster Canada, for allowing me to read this title in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I really loved the first book, Zero Repeat Forever so much! And it felt like forever, literally, for this next book to come out! So I was pumped to get an ARC of Cold Falling White. Let me just say this book is super long! I felt like it could have been scaled back and this was due, for me, to Xander's POV. For me, it bogged down the book because I just was not interested in him. I was hoping for it would have had the two POVs of just August and Raven AKA Dandelion! Not only was I a little I really loved the first book, Zero Repeat Forever so much! And it felt like forever, literally, for this next book to come out! So I was pumped to get an ARC of Cold Falling White. Let me just say this book is super long! I felt like it could have been scaled back and this was due, for me, to Xander's POV. For me, it bogged down the book because I just was not interested in him. I was hoping for it would have had the two POVs of just August and Raven AKA Dandelion! Not only was I a little disappointed with Xander, but it took so very long to get a POV from August and for him to even pop back up in the story! Why??????????? But I will say once he did, things picked up for me because Raven and August just bring the light into my life every time they are on pages together! Loved them so much! There was also some interesting things we uncover along the way with the addition of some new characters. There were some intense action scenes, sweet scenes, awesome dialogue, and excellent sci-fi elements. But I still wish there would have just been the POVs of August and Raven! There is a cliffhanger at the end but not a super bad one!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Cold Falling White Delivered Epic Answers in the Sequel of the Year While Zero Repeat Forever wasn’t a perfect read I was totally taken by our alien point of view and highly anticipated it’s sequel. I’ve been waiting all year for Cold Falling White to learn Raven’s fate and whether August could cope with the end of his mission. I never expected what I’d learn! Did Cold Falling White meet this Fangirl’s high expectations? As we return to wintery Canada we pick up another POV who I’m pleased to say Cold Falling White Delivered Epic Answers in the Sequel of the Year While Zero Repeat Forever wasn’t a perfect read I was totally taken by our alien point of view and highly anticipated it’s sequel. I’ve been waiting all year for Cold Falling White to learn Raven’s fate and whether August could cope with the end of his mission. I never expected what I’d learn! Did Cold Falling White meet this Fangirl’s high expectations? As we return to wintery Canada we pick up another POV who I’m pleased to say added another dimension to the Nahx invasion. We really needed this contrast to Raven’s POV which was really odd, creepy and totally unique. Xander kept us grounded as the mysteries surrounding the Nahx were blown wide open. Unfortunately we miss August terribly, but it’s the humans’ time to shine. Humans aren’t necessarily the victims here. I liked Xander. He’s refreshingly normal in a world that’s gone totally rogue. A regular guy who got caught in the Nahx web, he got offered a once in a lifetime chance to return to the human occupied area. And it’s not paradise. Humans can be quite the elitist, ranking people’s worth in a crisis. Things can’t stay the way Xander finds them. It’s just no way to live. This is important as Xander makes hard choice, after hard choice. The invaders aren’t what they seem either. We learned a pretty big truth about the Nahx in Zero Repeat Forever through August/Eighth. And now, due to what he did to Raven in the end we get a bird’s eye view into the Nahx creators’ true purpose. This is so unique because we so rarely understand what an alien race is thinking. Most authors boil it down to resources. You’ll never guess what the Nahx were really created to do. Raven’s in the thick of it and won’t accept her role until she gets answers. But the darted have unexpectedly powerful allies. Both Xander and Raven pick up an extra special friend. This kind of bond is something I love reading about in fiction. Each one was different and gave us contrasting views about who the enemy really is and who the allies are that humans need. I loved how the two POVs came together. We started with a group of friends and we regain that sense of unity with the allies Raven makes. I won’t say more about them, but this group coming together is quite satisfying. Cold Falling White is better than the first, a real sequel winner. The only thing that gave me pause while reading Cold Falling White is the “dam mission” was a little too long. I ended up slowing over those pages, not as invested, as I became a bit bored. But hang in there. With so many different characters this is a longer book, but it’s totally worth it. Better because… -Raven is a great perspective in Cold Falling White. I didn’t have any of the problems with her that I did in Zero Repeat Forever. I could totally see why Blue decides to follow her, I would be just as fascinated. -It read a bit like a mystery with a heavy side of action. The thing is I didn’t really expect there’s to be mysteries. This was a pleasant surprise. And it created a moral dilemma where Raven had to decide if she wanted to do hard things that were right. -The exploration of friendship in the worst of times was compelling. Raven’s friends have always been imperfect and we get to see the repercussions of their actions. Some are sweet and some are hard, but how often do we get such follow through?! -We learn about August. -We get answers in a middle book…wow! And now I’m totally amped for the final book in this fascinating series. Cold Falling White is one of the best sequels I’ve ever read. Well worth the wait, we actually get answers in a middle book and it’s totally turns this alien invasion, post-apocalyptic story on its head. The Nahx are only the beginning.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Waworga

    This sequel was one of my highly anticipated book on 2019 because I love Zero Repeat Forever, IT WAS ONE OF MY FAV Young Adult SciFIc/Dystopian book on 2018 and I can tell this didn’t disappointed me AT ALL.. I love it almost as much as I love ZRF Even tho this book didn’t really gave me what I wanted (more August and Raven *cough*) I enjoyed it nonetheless because it was so action packed from page 1 until the end This time this book mostly in 2 POVs (Raven and Xander) I didn’t really like Xander This sequel was one of my highly anticipated book on 2019 because I love Zero Repeat Forever, IT WAS ONE OF MY FAV Young Adult SciFIc/Dystopian book on 2018 and I can tell this didn’t disappointed me AT ALL.. I love it almost as much as I love ZRF Even tho this book didn’t really gave me what I wanted (more August and Raven *cough*) I enjoyed it nonetheless because it was so action packed from page 1 until the end This time this book mostly in 2 POVs (Raven and Xander) I didn’t really like Xander on book 1 but I grew to like him on this book, and ofc our Raven.. she grew into “something else” and I love it so much, raven became even more badass on this sequel, August still adorable and amazing as usual tho he didn’t really got a lot of scenes on this book There was a certain scene I love so much and it took more than 500 pages to finally happened, it was so sweet and everything I want on this book Love the writing style so much, its so easy to read and the characters felt relateable HOWEVER the fact this book is duology gave me a sad feeling because it didn’t end up as duology (for I knew since the begining), so I’m a bit confused here, this series certainly need to get the third final book because it left with so many unanswered questions!!!  

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angelica

    *sees release date for October of next year*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    more cliffhangers oh gosh!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

    CAUTION: SPOILERS FOR ZERO REPEAT FOREVER Oh my gosh, why did I put off reading this book for so long?! To be honest I was kind of worried that it would have Second Book Syndrome and would disappoint me after I loved Zero Repeat Forever so freaking much. I needn't have worried, because it was pretty much just as good as the first book! The first book starts off kind of slow in the beginning. This book is almost non-stop action from start to finish! I was never bored because there was always CAUTION: SPOILERS FOR ZERO REPEAT FOREVER Oh my gosh, why did I put off reading this book for so long?! To be honest I was kind of worried that it would have Second Book Syndrome and would disappoint me after I loved Zero Repeat Forever so freaking much. I needn't have worried, because it was pretty much just as good as the first book! The first book starts off kind of slow in the beginning. This book is almost non-stop action from start to finish! I was never bored because there was always something grabbing my attention. Even Xander's chapters, which I wasn't the biggest fan of, went smoothly. Xander did grow on me a bit as compared to the last book - where I really didn't care about him at all (I had tunnel vision with Raven and August, sorry) - but I still can't say I love him. (view spoiler)[I also felt like his romance with Topher came out of left field. If he hadn't already been established as gay in the first book, I would have been suspicious of it being added solely for the benefit of making the book more diverse. But even still, I had JUST re-read ZRF on audio, and there was literally nothing indicating a relationship between them, so I found it a bit jarring. I wish we'd had little snippets in the first book hinting at something - it actually would have made the weird relationship between Topher and Raven make way more sense! (hide spoiler)] Raven was even more awesome in this one! After being darted she is new and improved and she's BAD. ASS! I'm sad that there wasn't more August interaction in the book, though. They were by far my favorite part of ZRF and I desperately wanted more of them together. (view spoiler)[It seemed odd to me that August just left Raven, like wtf?? That seemed really out of character for him. If he thought she was dead, I could see him shutting himself in the dark to die, but he just disappeared knowing she would wake up? From the same dude that got himself captured and tortured just to come back to her? I call bullshit. (hide spoiler)] Because of that, August doesn't show up until at least halfway in. And even then, the relationship between he and Raven was odd and distant. I definitely would have liked to see more of him, and them together! I'm glad they ended up getting past that, though! The re-introduction of Tucker made things really weird, even though Raven clearly had feelings only for August at that point. I honestly hated Tucker, he was HORRIBLE. (view spoiler)[I'm glad he died for real this time *shrugs unapologetically* (hide spoiler)] You are broken. I am broken. Together we are unbroken. I freaking LOVE August and Raven together! They're so messed up, but like I said in my review of ZRF, their relationship is unspeakably beautiful. And ugh, they give me all the feels! It's such a swoonworthy romance. When they finally...you know *eyebrow waggles* I was about to melt! Usually romantic scenes don't do anything for me, but this one definitely pulled me in and made me feel what they felt. It's so beautiful! (view spoiler)[I was SO upset when Raven left him behind to fight! I know she said that he can't handle the low elevation, but there were other Nahx there so wtf?? I AM NOT OKAY WITH THEM NOT BEING TOGETHER. (hide spoiler)] I absolutely LOVED learning more about the Nahx! I wanted more of the world and their story SO BAD! I was super intrigued by their system - it's SO unique - and the Nahx vs. the Snowflakes (darted humans). I have to admit I was a bit confused, though, to be honest. (view spoiler)[The Nahx aren't actually the aliens, because they're cloned humans...so the Fireflies are the actual aliens that made them? But they've been on Earth since the meteor strike?? I was a little fuzzy on the details and I neeeeed more! However, I thought the idea of the cloned humans being literally split in half twelve times - hence the ranking order - was disturbing and awesome! (hide spoiler)] Color me concerned because this book basically ended in a cliffhanger (thankfully not as bad as the first book thought) and THERE IS NO THIRD BOOK EVEN LISTED?! Gabrielle even answered a question on Goodreads saying that it was more than likely a duology like WHAT?! I NEED MORE. This review was originally posted on Novel Heartbeat. To see a breakdown of my assessment, please visit the full review here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Caryn - iam.caryn

    It’s always a treat when a sequel is even better than the first book, and that’s what happened with Cold Falling White. It was nonstop action, stress, terror and intrigue. I found the overall pacing and chapter POVs worked better than it did in Zero Repeat Forever. So I really liked that. I also found having Xander’s POV to be quite special and unexpected. A good conclusion to an exhilarating duology... and yet it leaves wishing for more. Maybe Prendergast will indulge her fans and bless us with a It’s always a treat when a sequel is even better than the first book, and that’s what happened with Cold Falling White. It was nonstop action, stress, terror and intrigue. I found the overall pacing and chapter POVs worked better than it did in Zero Repeat Forever. So I really liked that. I also found having Xander’s POV to be quite special and unexpected. A good conclusion to an exhilarating duology... and yet it leaves wishing for more. Maybe Prendergast will indulge her fans and bless us with a book 3 to wrap everything up.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Do you want to know a reader's biggest disappointment? It's when the wait forever for the second book of a beloved series only to be gravely let down by a mediocre story and detached characters. I can count on one hand how many sophomore novels actually lived up to the first book's expectations. This is one of them. I'd like to thank Edelweiss for the arc, but I waited for the physical book to come out to read it. This book has three POV's, Xander, August, and Raven as they navigate the world Do you want to know a reader's biggest disappointment? It's when the wait forever for the second book of a beloved series only to be gravely let down by a mediocre story and detached characters. I can count on one hand how many sophomore novels actually lived up to the first book's expectations. This is one of them. I'd like to thank Edelweiss for the arc, but I waited for the physical book to come out to read it. This book has three POV's, Xander, August, and Raven as they navigate the world after the Nahx invasion and their friends'deaths. Zander becomes an intriguing character and one to root for and the story bends in ways you did not expect. This book had everything I needed in a sequel. The writing style was unchanged and just as magnificent as ever. The heart of the story was still there and even stretched a little to include some older favorites and my heart....MY HEART. Through all of this, Prendergast manages to squeeze in some heavy topics amongst an alien war and that was refreshing. This book is on par with ZERO REPEAT FOREVER. Please, don't make us wait long for the third. PLEEEEEEEASE

  11. 4 out of 5

    P.M.

    What a great book! I loved it! There were so many great characters - August, Aurora, Blue, and Tenth. My only quibble is that there was not enough of August. I hesitated to put it down and only did so to plug in my heating pad. I got so cold reading this depiction of winter in Canada. According to the blurbs, this is only a duology so I will make my plea to the author. You must write a third book in which I trust both Raven and August will survive! Please get on it right away.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I really thought this was already out because the date indicated on Goodreads is October. I just read Zero Repeat Forever and it ended in a cliffhanger. WHYYYY DO YOU HAVE TO DO THIS TO ME

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christian - Knightingale Reviews

    Stars: 4.5/5 Review coming soon!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura Elizabeth

    Basically a filler book in between the first and the finale (assuming this is supposed to be a trilogy?) I debated whether to mark this as having spoilers, but I’m not too specific about anything so read at your own peril. We learn more about the Nahx, their origins, their purpose, and many questions are answered. Some loose ends from the first book are tied up. We learn more about Xander, Topher, and the rebel hippie pacifist Nahx colony (those defective 11ths and 12ths we heard about before.) Basically a filler book in between the first and the finale (assuming this is supposed to be a trilogy?) I debated whether to mark this as having spoilers, but I’m not too specific about anything so read at your own peril. We learn more about the Nahx, their origins, their purpose, and many questions are answered. Some loose ends from the first book are tied up. We learn more about Xander, Topher, and the rebel hippie pacifist Nahx colony (those defective 11ths and 12ths we heard about before.) There are some new characters, Nahx and human and other, and an interesting relationship you probably didn’t pick up on in ZRF. In many ways, this book felt like being on a road trip from ZRF to the big finale coming in book 3 and not a particularly exciting road trip at that. There were interesting bits along the way, and the author threw us a bone there near the end, but in all I was kind of disappointed. Like, a lot happened, but at the same time not much happened. You know? I loved ZRF for the Raven/August relationship and found the alien invasion/occupation thingy an interesting background for the love story, which is probably why I wasn’t very into CFW. This book puts that relationship on hold for the vast majority and we barely seen August at all. I’m hoping we’ll see him more in book 3, but at this point I’m kind of doubting it. I’m mildly interested to see how the big showdown goes in book 3, but like I said, I’m primarily here for Raven and August. I’m still hoping for more August in book 3 and I’ll definitely read it, but the end of CFW didn’t leave me as desperate to get my hands on the next book as ZRF did. Overall impression: meh.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Henderson-Farr

    Thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Okay let me start by saying that I LOVED Zero Repeat Forever!!! I couldn't wait to read Cold Falling White. Unfortunately this one just didn't grab my attention as strongly as the first installment of the series. There is still lots of action in this volume but I found myself less connected to the story. In this second book of the series we learn more about the Nahx and the motive Thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Okay let me start by saying that I LOVED Zero Repeat Forever!!! I couldn't wait to read Cold Falling White. Unfortunately this one just didn't grab my attention as strongly as the first installment of the series. There is still lots of action in this volume but I found myself less connected to the story. In this second book of the series we learn more about the Nahx and the motive behind their invasion of earth. Our human survivors are going through many changes while learning more about the Nahx. Even becoming friends with their invaders. In all honesty my disconnect with this book could have to do with the fact that I read Zero Repeat Forever two years ago, so it wasn't fresh in my mind. I think that if I had gone right into the second book after reading the first there might have been more of a feeling of continuity which probably would have helped me like the book more. I will be looking for the next book on the series because I have to know how it all ends. In all this is a good adventure series for a younger reader with strong characters. Still love the fact that the story takes place in my home country of Canada! I'm giving this book a 3.5 star rating.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)

    I was one of the lucky ducks who received an ARC of Zero Repeat Forever and absolutely fell in love with August, and Raven, but mostly August. It was such a lovely find and with that ending, I was ready for the next book. Prepare yourself for Cold Falling White. Divided into two narratives, Raven and Xander this time, CFW picks up where ZRF ends. After Raven’s death, August takes Xander under his wing and helps him past the drone web so he can be with the humans still alive in the lower I was one of the lucky ducks who received an ARC of Zero Repeat Forever and absolutely fell in love with August, and Raven, but mostly August. It was such a lovely find and with that ending, I was ready for the next book. Prepare yourself for Cold Falling White. Divided into two narratives, Raven and Xander this time, CFW picks up where ZRF ends. After Raven’s death, August takes Xander under his wing and helps him past the drone web so he can be with the humans still alive in the lower elevations. Meanwhile (not a spoiler) all those darted by the Nahx army and assumed dead are coming back to life, including characters we met in the first book. But they are no longer human--they have a glittery sheen and superhuman abilities. No spoiler, Raven is now one of the glittery superhumans which makes her that much more kickass. Like the first book, CFW keeps the two narratives apart for most of the book. Similar to when I was reading ZRF, I kept chomping at the bit on this one as well: When would these two characters finally find each other??? The answer: It’s complicated. While Raven is trying to figure out what happened--why has she and other humans who’ve been darted evolved into people who can jump ravines and survive injury, and where the hell are August and Xander--she begins to piece together the hows and whys of the Nahx invasion. Hundreds of miles away, Xander finds himself dealing with anger management issues and is soon running with a group of mercenary humans who capture Nahx, then film themselves as they torture and kill the aliens. This part of Xander’s story painfully reminds the reader how horrible humans are and how Internet videos and rapid fans encourage these vile creatures. And August? It’s complicated. This book is thrilling, riveting, moving and bittersweet. There are hair-raising battle scenes, compelling relationships with new Nahx characters, prickly reunions, a touching M/M relationship, painful sacrifices and a mind-blowing answer to the Nahx invasion. And for those of you not keen on cliffhanger endings and prefer to wait for the next book to come out, this is one of them. I don’t regret reading this and now have to wait. Highly recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Clover

    I have owned Zero Repeat Forever for a long time but never read it. When I saw this, I read it as fast as I could and oh boy, that ending. The whole book was amazing. Now this book, what a roller coaster. August is my all time favourite, I am all Team August and not so much Team Tucker. I won't fault you if you're TT, but we all know how TT ends. This book is strong in different ways than Zero Repeat Forever. Raven is different, she's stronger (mentally and physically), so it's interesting seeing I have owned Zero Repeat Forever for a long time but never read it. When I saw this, I read it as fast as I could and oh boy, that ending. The whole book was amazing. Now this book, what a roller coaster. August is my all time favourite, I am all Team August and not so much Team Tucker. I won't fault you if you're TT, but we all know how TT ends. This book is strong in different ways than Zero Repeat Forever. Raven is different, she's stronger (mentally and physically), so it's interesting seeing how she grows in this book. Without spoiling the first book, I'll say it's really good to see her team up with a lot of the gang again. Xander becomes such an interesting character, I am so thankful and excited to read his parts! Sometimes in a second instalment the introduction of new POVs don't work, but this book really makes it work. GS Prendergast is a strong writer and this book showcases that. The idea of the Snowflakes (LOL) is so interesting. It's similar to The 5th Wave in some ways, but I love both of these books regardless. It's still a battle between humans and Nahx but now we get to see it from a new perspective. We have the same enemies, but they're new in ways too. Cold Falling White is about survival. The Snowflakes have to fight a war for their enemy. But why? Who are the Nahx afraid of? But is also about the survival of humanity, of the human race and also the humanity of a person. Raven is not human anymore, but she isn't a Nahx either. So many things she believed were true, turn out to be false in this book. This causes her to constantly grow, to change, to adapt, to see things in a new way. It's beautiful, it's tough, it's sad. It's life. She's trying to find her place in this new world order, with herself as a new person, and among her friends who are in the same situation and others who are not. Do these people survive? Do these friendships survive? Does humanity survive? I love when books talk about one thing, and bring it up in the next book.. This book is full of little bits that make you so excited if you read the first book BUT you do not have to! You can easily read this book right off the shelf, she has artfully woven the backstory into Cold White in a way that is not obnoxious and will help new readers understand or even help you remember if it's been a long time! Honestly, it's beautifully done. The characters keep growing. Xander is fun and cute. Topher is Topher, but there's still interesting things to learn about him. August grows and changes, but he's still my number one. Raven is stronger, braver, but still human despite everything that's happened to her. This book talks about some really good topics that I haven't seen addressed in books before. It's refreshing and exciting. I am so glad I got to read this book. It belongs on the shelves of many. I didn't find it disappointing as some second books are. I might have liked the first one better (that ending was perfect), but Cold Falling White has so many good parts in it, you will love it for a million other reasons. I am excited for the next one! Thank you NetGalley for the arc!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angelique Nish

    3.8 / 5 Cold Falling White by G. S. Prendergast is a continuation of Zero Repeat Forever. Set in the harsh winter of western Canada, this novel deals with themes of identity, love, friendship, racism/specism, and most of all, humanity. I enjoy Prendergast’s writing style. Very succinct, and very descriptive. Although sometimes I had to read some sentences twice as there was a lot of motion in few words. There are a few perspectives in this novel and I think Prendergast does a great job in keeping 3.8 / 5 Cold Falling White by G. S. Prendergast is a continuation of Zero Repeat Forever. Set in the harsh winter of western Canada, this novel deals with themes of identity, love, friendship, racism/specism, and most of all, humanity. I enjoy Prendergast’s writing style. Very succinct, and very descriptive. Although sometimes I had to read some sentences twice as there was a lot of motion in few words. There are a few perspectives in this novel and I think Prendergast does a great job in keeping thought processes and emotions separate. I think the weaving of the stories was fun and really well done. Unfortunately, I didn’t really get truly invested in the story until a certain someone appeared... which was halfway through this almost 600 page book. I also felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster ride in what spanned maybe 3-5 chapters. A lot happens really fast in the book which really threw me for a loop. The world-building expanded in this novel and we got to see/hear a lot more of how other people/places dealt with the Nahx invasion. The issue of humanity in crisis was really interesting and I thought that a lot of humans’ nature was explored through every perspective shown. My favourite aspect of this novel was the weaving of stories, of characters’ journeys and creating this expansive, complex universe in which I hope to learn even more about in the future. Overall, I am excited to see how the story ends in the next (possibly last?) book. If it’s anything like this one, I am sure to enjoy it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Corkin

    I never did a reread of cold falling white which was the first book in this series, I wish I had slightly but then I’m also pleased I never did. It was just a bit difficult remembering certain things after 2 years. I feel like this book started straight after the first one, and overall I feel like the book could have been shorter. I like how we still get to enjoy the adventure with Raven and her friends and to read their point of views throughout the book. But I just feel like it was just I never did a reread of cold falling white which was the first book in this series, I wish I had slightly but then I’m also pleased I never did. It was just a bit difficult remembering certain things after 2 years. I feel like this book started straight after the first one, and overall I feel like the book could have been shorter. I like how we still get to enjoy the adventure with Raven and her friends and to read their point of views throughout the book. But I just feel like it was just dragged on and that half of the characters were just doing stuff to get on my nerves. I liked the part where we got to meet he other snowflakes and fight against some bad guys but then just getting to those moments just seemed to take ages, certain events I felt kept repeating or at least the same activities. Hence why I feel this book could be made a hell of a lot shorter. I loved meeting Autumn again but the scenes just felt forced and complicated and then I was sure how I felt about the love anymore. Generally I felt these characters could have definitely acted a lot more adult like than what they were considering the events that they have experienced. I feel that Raven was quite mature about the events that effected her life but her friends were just so childish and just kept doing things that annoyed me. It was quite nice meeting a new character Mandy and meeting more defective naux as it allowed you to see the different personalities and the difference between the working ones and none working ones. The ending this book makes me tempted to increase my rating but after writing this review I feel like it doesn’t really deserve anymore than a 3.5. I feel like the ending means that there is going to be another book but I’m quite certain that I will not read the third book sadly. I just feel like it is too childish for age now with all the jealousy and childish commotion. Which just shows that my reading style has actually developed in the last 2 years.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have to say, I jumped straight into this book not knowing it was a sequel. I think it stood pretty well on its own. I skimmed over August and Raven’s POV’s because to be honest, the romantic couple in any book will always end up being my least favorite characters. Raven... just didn’t do much. August didn’t appear until almost literally 3/4 of the story. Xander actually interested me, but there weren’t enough of him doing anything. As soon as Aurora appeared, I thought, “Wow! Another straight I have to say, I jumped straight into this book not knowing it was a sequel. I think it stood pretty well on its own. I skimmed over August and Raven’s POV’s because to be honest, the romantic couple in any book will always end up being my least favorite characters. Raven... just didn’t do much. August didn’t appear until almost literally 3/4 of the story. Xander actually interested me, but there weren’t enough of him doing anything. As soon as Aurora appeared, I thought, “Wow! Another straight romance. Thrilling.” but I was pleasantly surprised when that didn’t happen. Also- were there actual descriptions in the first book? I gathered that Xander had black hair and Raven is black, but other than that I am completely confused. Xander can be assumed to be Chinese because of his surname, but everyone else is a mystery. Overall, it was a pretty good book, even though I skimmed probably 70% of it. I probably won’t read the first book, though- I’ve read that it only has Raven and August’s POV’s. I don’t know if I have any actual spoilers in here, so Ill mark it down anyway!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danae

    First off, I would like to thank Simon & Schuster Canada for letting me read this arc. However, I goofed big time and did not realize that you need to read the first book in order to understand what is going on in the second book. The writing is interesting. but I got lost after the first chapter because I have a feeling it picks up after something that happens in the first book. If you have read the first book you will probably like this book, but if you are like me probably read the first First off, I would like to thank Simon & Schuster Canada for letting me read this arc. However, I goofed big time and did not realize that you need to read the first book in order to understand what is going on in the second book. The writing is interesting. but I got lost after the first chapter because I have a feeling it picks up after something that happens in the first book. If you have read the first book you will probably like this book, but if you are like me probably read the first book before this one. 3 out of 5 stars. For my full review check out my blog at https://bookgirlreviewsbooks.blogspot....

  22. 5 out of 5

    Minju Kim

    I found some contrasts between this book and the first one, Zero Repeat Forever. For example, while we still have Raven and August's POVs, there are also other characters' point of views. The plot seemed to be a bit slower than the first until I reached about a third way through the book, and I personally wished some of the events in the book weren't placed so far apart. Besides that, the rest of the story was adventurous and exciting! It felt great to be back in Raven's dystopian world, and I found some contrasts between this book and the first one, Zero Repeat Forever. For example, while we still have Raven and August's POVs, there are also other characters' point of views. The plot seemed to be a bit slower than the first until I reached about a third way through the book, and I personally wished some of the events in the book weren't placed so far apart. Besides that, the rest of the story was adventurous and exciting! It felt great to be back in Raven's dystopian world, and seeing the names of places that usually go unrecognized was fun, too. Thank you to Gabrielle and Simon & Schuster for the ARC!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbra

    Although rather long, this second book did not disappoint. We follow the three main characters, Xander, Raven, and the Nahx called August. As we delve deeper into the story we learn more about the Nahx and their purpose and discover a new being, represented by small flighted lights. As in any war there are resistors, and allies. I loved seeing more to August. However this his not the end. Can't wait for the third book and the big battle and for more to be answered.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    The Nahx Invasion series has become one of my favorites. August holds a little piece of my heart but man, Raven's growth is beautiful to behold. We learn a little more about the Nahx in CFW but still so many questions remain. My only wish was for more August. That said: I cheered, cried, laughed and was on the edge of my seat the entire time. And that end I have no idea how I’m going to wait until the next book. If you love slow burn YA SciFi definitely check this one out! .75ish The Nahx Invasion series has become one of my favorites. August holds a little piece of my heart but man, Raven's growth is beautiful to behold. We learn a little more about the Nahx in CFW but still so many questions remain. My only wish was for more August. That said: I cheered, cried, laughed and was on the edge of my seat the entire time. And that end 😱😱 I have no idea how I’m going to wait until the next book. If you love slow burn YA SciFi definitely check this one out! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.75ish

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roxane

    The book, as the first was amazing ! While I would have liked seeing more of August it was still nice to read. What made me give 4 stars instead of 5 was the ending. I feel as if the book/series isn't over yet, while I've been told it was a duology by the author. It's still in my top ten favorite book for the characters and plot twist !

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Really liked the first one, and this one had a lot of potential but ultimately it feels like the author wasn't sure what she wanted to do. I don't even mind the ambiguous ending, but I do mind a giant plot hole and information dumping at the last 20 pages.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Engel Dreizehn

    ARC Copy...a slow boiler yet exciting trip of a narrative like previous one with some rather SHOCKING discoveries involving "aliens", a portion which is "OWW my stomach" turning (giving gruesome meaning to 8th and the previous novel's title) and felt more like an adult sci-fi fiction in a good way.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jaden

    Ahh I can’t wait for the next one!

  29. 4 out of 5

    M

    Another book I can’t put down. It’s a good book, but almost good as Zero Repeat Forever.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

    *screeches* This book was so good!!!!! I was so excited when I won an ARC back in August. In the move to college it got put in a spot where I didn't remember for a week or so, but then I found it again and read it in less than a day! Cold Falling White is amazing, and I can't wait for book three! Somehow, the ending of this one is even worse than book one!

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