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An exhilarating thrill-ride through the underbelly of cyber espionage in the vein of David Ignatius's 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 doesn't 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 it's 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 exposed--and 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.

Publisher: New York : Harper Voyager, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062351555
Branch Call Number: FIC WENDI
Characteristics: 419 pages
Alternative Title: Zeroes


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FPL_AdamL Sep 22, 2020

What happens when you pit underdog hackers against those with all the resources? One fast-paced techno-thriller that just might have you cheering for the zeroes.

Apr 22, 2016

Fast-paced action with hackers facing off with the government-ish evildoers. Well-developed characters, and they aren't all that likeable, nonetheless you end up rooting for them because they are trying to do the right thing. Quite a bit of creative swearing. The "Zeroes" are a good team, once they figure that out--mix of talents and perspectives.

Jan 12, 2016

Zer0es is an intriguing work of hacker-love fiction. At its roots, its your basic “Underdogs overcoming” story. It’s conspiracy theory done right and come true. Finally, its a tale of Artificial Intelligence that is extremely disturbing because its… well, you’ll have to read and find out for yourself.

The pacing is fantastic, the dialogue is always believable. The technological stretches are not too fantastic for believe at the rate we’re progressing currently. The characters are a nicely varied mix that are fleshed out and avoid the typical character archetypes. My favorite two characters were Wade, the not-so-paranoid-after-all survivalist/old school hacker and Chase, the not-exactly-adept hacker. I absolutely couldn’t stand Reagan, but she still got a few giggles from me later on in the book.

Overall, this was a fantastic book that definitely earned itself a place on my shortlist of Science Fiction books I’d recommend.

Oct 18, 2015

A compelling read for anyone with even a hit of paranoia about the pervasiveness of Big Data and AI in our lives. That said, Wendig manages it all with the deft touch of a storyteller who knows his craft and understands the power of careful plotting. Might even make me a fan of techno-thrillers at this rate.


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Jan 12, 2016

” Oh, whatever with justice. Piss on that idea. Justice is some made-up human nonsense, Dalton. And you know it even if you don’t want to admit it.”

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