Zer0es

Zer0es

Book - 2015
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Five hackers--an Anonymous-style rabble-rouser, an Arab Spring hacktivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll--are detained by the U.S. government, forced to work as white-hat hackers for Uncle Sam in order to avoid federal prison. At a secret complex known only as "the Lodge, " where they will spend the next year working as an elite cyber-espionage team, these misfits dub themselves "the Zeroes." But once the Zeroes begin to work, they uncover secrets that would make even the most dedicated conspiracy theorist's head spin. And soon they're not just trying to serve their time, they're also trying to perform the ultimate hack: burrowing deep into the U.S. government from the inside, and hoping they'll get out alive.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Voyager, 2015.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062351555
Branch Call Number: FIC Wendi
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Zeroes

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BWilsoned
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.

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scifiandscary
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.

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KlayDyer
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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scifiandscary
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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