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Zeroes
Zeroes: A Novel | Chuck Wendig
An exhilarating thrill-ride through the underbelly of cyber espionage in the vein of David Ignatiuss The Director and the television series Leverage, CSI: Cyber, and Person of Interest, which follows five iconoclastic hackers who are coerced into serving the U.S. government. An Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll are each offered a choice: go to prison or help protect the United States, putting their brains and skills to work for the government for one year. But being a white-hat doesnt always mean you work for the good guys. The would-be cyberspies discover that behind the scenes lurks a sinister NSA program, an artificial intelligence code-named Typhon, that has origins and an evolution both dangerous and disturbing. And if its not brought down, will soon be uncontrollable. Can the hackers escape their federal watchers and confront Typhon and its mysterious creator? And what does the government really want them to do? If they decide to turn the tables, will their own secrets be exposedand their lives erased like lines of bad code? Combining the scientific-based, propulsive narrative style of Michael Crichton with the eerie atmosphere and conspiracy themes of The X-Files and the imaginative, speculative edge of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson, Zer0es explores our deep-seated fears about government surveillance and hacking in an inventive fast-paced novel sure to earn Chuck Wendig the widespread acclaim he deserves.
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Christopher_Tallon
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Several hackers of varying age (and ability) are rounded up by the gov't after breaking the law. They are put in a work-release program--hack for the gov't and their crimes are forgiven. But they discover one of the craziest absolute-takeover plots in all of sci-fi! You'll be turning pages faster than you ever thought possible!
And you'll never look at your devices the same way again.

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ReadingEnvy
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Well, I expected to like this more than I did. Hackers and nanotech should be a win for me but I didn't connect to the characters and the tech part felt vague, if that makes sense. The audiobook narrator had a good manly man action movie vibe. I listened in Hoopla for the Sword and Laser monthly pick.

Foxyfictionista Hmmmmm I have this book in my tbr stack. Luckily , I only bought it from the library for 30p. 12mo
ReadingEnvy @Foxyfictionista it might work for you! 12mo
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taraWritesSci
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A not-quite-so-lofty blend of Person of Interest and Mr. Robot, this was a good techno thriller with a cast of relatable characters who discover they're much more effective as a functioning group than renegade soloists. The rough, at times crass, edginess does feel overdone but the story redeems itself at the end. The ending feels rushed to resolve but it offers a nice hook to sell the next book in the series.

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ReadZenRites
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I enjoyed the first 2/3 of this book. Then it took a turn beyond which it could not recover.

Up until the story became grotesquely bizarre, the dialogue was snappy, the plot was rolling along, and the hacking was understandable. I‘m willing to suspend my power of disbelief for a good narrative, but not when it‘s beyond all reason and literally makes me roll my eyes and mutter aloud, “Oh, please!”

Zeroes earns zero ⭐️s in my book.

RamsFan1963 OH NO!! I've got this on my TBR shelves. I really liked Wendig's Star Wars Aftermath trilogy, I'm sorry to hear this wasn't good. 1y
ReadZenRites Don‘t dispair @RamsFan1963 I‘d say keep it on your TBR. I‘d still give it props for pure entertainment value. It‘s a good thrill ride, and maybe I would have liked it better if I had thought of it as sci-fi instead of a mainstream thriller. I enjoyed the first two-thirds, and the last part I just wanted to throw across the room...BUT I kept reading! That itself is telling. 😬 1y
RaimeyGallant Not stacked! ;) 1y
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ReadZenRites Another Litten reminded me that I could use a Spoiler Alert to fully answer what bugged me about Zeroes, and it‘s up to you @RamsFan1963 if you want to have the big twist (but not the ending) revealed in the comment below.... 1y
ReadZenRites So... @RamsFan1963 the whole “the brain is a computer” thing struck me as too unrealistic to qualify for a thriller, even if you pushed the era to the near future or shoved it into the speculative fiction genre, but he rest of the book too realistic for it to be scifi . I don‘t know enough about hacking to know if the the tech details are possible NOW, but they felt 2015ish-current to me (?). (edited) 1y
ReadZenRites @RamsFan1963 Somehow, that twist, with it being so out-of-genre and beyond credulity, it then seemed almost a short-cut to get to the end & I was mightily disappointed. The sophisticated tech details were what had made the plot unique up to there. After that it was just staying off the grid. I‘ve read that before. But the author also lost credibility. 1y
RamsFan1963 I read the spoiler, and I agree with your comment. If its contemporary, then that is pretty ludicrous. I'll still read it at some point. 1y
ReadZenRites I‘d like to know your thoughts if you do. 1y
Trashcanman Where the hell ya been? Smoking doobies with my brothers? What it is? 1y
ReadZenRites Hey @Trashcanman!! my dad had more chemo & his red blood cells crashed. Then my daughter got suspended from school, my husband landed a new job and I caught a 3 week sinus infection. Could use a doobie or 2. 1y
Trashcanman @ReadZenRites oh I'm sorry about those things, now I feel like an asshole. I hope pops is improving at least. And that your stress level drops. 🤗 1y
ReadZenRites Naw, don‘t feel bad at all @Trashcanman !! It‘s nice you noticed I was gone. My dad had a blood transfusion and is better. I have to stay away from him tho until I‘m not contagious. Sucks. 1y
ReadZenRites It‘s good to be reminded that Litsy is here @Trashcanman !! It‘s one media option that lowers my stress instead of raising it. 👍🏻 1y
Trashcanman @ReadZenRites 🤗💗 well don't be a stranger 1y
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24in48
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LeahBergen Woohoo! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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TK-421
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This was difficult to rate. Although many of the characters were unlikable, I warmed up to most of the "Zeroes" by the end. However, I felt like the characters weren't as well-developed as I would've liked. I rate it a bit higher than a So-So, but since the story kept me interested enough that it was at times hard to put down, I'll call it a Pick. I wasn't completely satisfied by the ending--it seemed rushed--but overall, I liked this book.

TK-421 This was my first #LitsybytheNumbers read! (finally!) @Chelleo 1y
Chelleo @TK-421 Yay! Thanks for the review...it‘s still on my TBR list 1y
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MuddyPuddle
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Creepily interesting....
Great characters. The story/plot either left out some information or took it for granted I understood some that I didn‘t. Since it was about hacking and disturbing government agents and agencies, probably both apply! The first and second halves of the book were very different – I much preferred the first half, and would have rated the book higher if it had continued in the same vein.

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TK-421
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This cute and cuddly penguin blanket doesn't pair well with my current read! 😂 #BookandBlanket #ReadingResolutions

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TK-421
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It's a crappy day so this is the closest I'll be getting for #bookandnature. #ReadingResolutions

ReadZenRites Sorry your day has been 💩. Here‘s hoping things get better 🌸💕 1y
TK-421 @ReadZenRites Thank you 😊 It has improved 1y
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TK-421
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#BookHaul from the Jasper Ave Wee Book Inn (Edmonton, AB)! They have a great selection of sci-fi & fantasy (especially classic stuff). Zeroes is going to be my first book for @Chelleo 's #LitsybytheNumbers reading challenge. #TBR #BookstoreLove #UsedBooks

Chelleo Woohoo! 2y
Chelleo I had this on my list and ended up reading 2y
TK-421 @chelleo How was Zero Day? 2y
Chelleo @TK-421 It was good. Daughter of Governor-turned-President was kidnapped and turns up out of the blue. Her appearance brings all sorts of questions and she finds herself in the middle of all sorts of suspicious activities. 2y
Leftcoastzen Nice oldies ! They can be hard to find these days. 2y
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C.Perone
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First book that came to mind for 🎮
A most interesting and enjoyable read with good bad guys and bad good guys and hacking and conspiracy and all kinds of fun stuff!

#emojimadness

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thatkruegergirl
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My first Wendig book outside of Damn Fine Story. Will I like it? We shall see!

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Chelleo
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Just decided on this as my first book for the #litsybythenumbers challenge #lbtn

MorbidAi This was crazy, but I liked it! 2y
Chelleo @MorbidAi good to know! Thanks! 2y
Zelma Ooh, I haven‘t read this but I do like Chuck Wendig. Blackbirds is fantastic. 👍 (edited) 2y
Chelleo @Zelma thanks for the recommendation. Winding is new to me. 2y
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JessicaThunstromNelson
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I waited A YEAR, and I finally get to read Zer0es!

Is there a way to shelve books previously read here, like on GR, or is it more like a start at the present moment and never look back kind of thing?

JessicaThunstromNelson Nevermind, I figured it out! 😁 3y
VintageSouls I didnt. Halp 3y
MrBook Welcome to @Litsy ! We think you'll like it here, enjoy your stay 😎👍🏻. 3y
MrBook ☺️👍🏻 3y
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Lyndabb
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Really good! Twists and turns that keep you guessing late in the game. Can't ask for more than that. Well done!

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ssravp
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Pickpick

I've never been into hacking, cyber crime kind of books, but man, was this good.

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Heather_Allen
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Cool cyber thriller with 5 misfit hackers trying to save the world from an AI. Fast-paced and pulls on the modern fears of the Information Age.

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AlleyChen
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Chuck Wendig's books are always so much damn fun.

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