ARC Review – The Zanna Function by Daniel Wheatley

Title – The Zanna Function

Author – Daniel Wheatley

Publisher – Jolly Fish Press

Genre – Middle Grade, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

My Rating – 5/5

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Goodreads Link

When fourteen-year-old Zanna Mayfield gets an acceptance letter from St. Pommeroy’s School for Gifted Children, she jumps at the chance to put her considerable intellect to good use. But nothing can prepare her for the first day, when she discovers that she is a Scientist —one able to see and bend the basic functions of the universe like velocity, gravity, and chemical reactions to her own purposes. 

As Zanna struggles to make friends and learn how to use her abilities at her new school, her troubles multiply when a mysterious stranger begins stalking her, dead set on keeping Zanna out of St. Pommeroy’s. If Zanna has any hope of finishing her first year, she’ll need to master every function she can get her mind around—including the one that defines Zanna herself.

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I received an e-ARC of The Zanna Function by Daniel Wheatley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Zanna Function is the story of a scientifically inclined fourteen year old girl who gets accepted into St. Pommeroy’s School for Gifted Children, a school that was quite reminiscent of Hogwarts albeit, with Scientists instead of magic-wielders. This is quite possibly the reason I loved the book. More than all the adventures in Harry Potter, I loved the day-to-day descriptions of Hogwarts and it was kind of refreshing to read about St. Pommeroy’s – a whole new world to discover.

As for the characters, Zanna was a pretty decent character but what I actually loved was the relationship she has with her grandfather Pops. Not a lot of books represent strong familial relations, but Zanna confides in Pops about everything and trusts him immensely and I found that adorable.

Another character that I want to mention here is Cedwick. Cedwick is a boy in Zanna’s class and bore quite a few similarities (minus the Slytherin upbringing) to Draco Malfoy. What kind of troubled me was how rude Zanna was to him without giving him a single chance. Just because Cedwick looked mildly arrogant to her, she immediately cut him off and treated him quite poorly and somehow that infuriated me slightly.

Lastly, there were a few parts in the middle where there was a lot of Science and while most of the book handled it well, it did get slightly boring at one point.

The book or the Goodreads page don’t clear whether there will be a sequel to the book but I sincerely hope so as I do want a lot more world-building regarding St. Pommeroys and Scientists, and would love to read more about Zanna’s adventures.

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And that’s all for today! Hope you have a great day! Until next time –

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  1. Lovely review! ❤ I haven’t heard of this book until now, but I love science-focused books and if it has family involved too, then I’m truly sold! I’ll have to check it out soon! ❤

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