The Legend of Zero begins the epic journey of 14-year-old Joe Dobbs in a post-apocalyptic universe following a massive alien invasion of Earth. The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence.
Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine-chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie. But first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.
©2012 Sara Jean King (P)2013 Sara Jean King
Some stories are plot-based, others are character-based. This story is the latter, and it is the characters that make this story shine. Ms. King does an excellent job of creating a universe so alien from Earth that it is truly alien. Humans are the new species on the block, weak, and defenseless. The horrors the protagonists endure, the losses, and the transformations are all part of a compelling listen. This is different and worth listening to.
Certain sub genres in Science fiction attract so many of us, myself included. Dystopia, Zombie, Space Opera.
However, "Underdog Versus The Overlords" is one that so many readers, listeners and moviegoers truly enjoy. You know it - Fledgling space teen struggles against an overpowering evil space force, and eventually wins. Think Star Wars, Ender's Game, Starship Troopers, and so many others that are worthy the genre, each a "tour de force."
Then, there's those in that genre that fall a bit flat. Sort of a "meh." Yes, they have the overall formula in the mix. Of course, the underdog is firmly in place. The overlords are waiting in the wings, costumed and ready, waiting for their cue. Then, the curtain rises, and it trips, stumbles and eventually falls. And it's not pretty. Perhaps it's poor storyline execution. Might be weak character development. Could be tepid writing. Maybe all of the above.
Now, don' get me wrong - For light reading or listening, it will get a modest following, but for those looking for a "tour de force," in the genre, it falls flat, and any followups in the series are passed over, because the work is, in a word, forgettable.
This is one of those. It has the right elements in place, but it falls short. It's forgettable.
I am TOTALLY confident that I will get negative feedback from some, but if this is an honest review there it is. I must be true to those who expect an honest review. And of course, to myself. For me, the series ends here.
And I was so looking forward to my Tour De Force.
Knowledge is power
It's was a truly awesome book with a very unique universe setup by the author.
The cultures and the alien swearing are great.
Very funny at times.
There's always one, isn't there? In any Science Fiction book, there's one guy, or gal, who isn't the "run of the mill" type. He's ... well... OK. take this the right way... Special.
OK. Stop laughing. Because I'm serious. That's what this is about. From the time the aliens draft our hero, they have to name him "Zero" because they brought him along when they shouldn't have. And he, then, proceeds to show them why they shouldn't have, in spades.
I really enjoyed this book. If you're a Science Fiction fan, I believe you will too.
I can't tell is this is a young adult book or not. There are a few well placed cuss words and a couple of sexual scenes. That doesn't bother me. It was a surprise, this was a fun and imaginative story. I'm normally not a fan of the narrator and almost didn't get the book because of him but he did an amazing job. It kept me up número use nights till I finished it. Her made up words, aliens, and made up bad words are second to none, the story has a couple good twists to it. I didn't find any chapter boring. Well done hope you enjoy as much as I did.
This book was great! It started out with excitement right from the first page and never let go. The author did not pull any punches and kept the reader invested in the characters and the trials they suffered. I could not stop listening! The only complaint I have is that the other two books in the series are not on audible. I will get the kindle version though so I can have the whole story!
Libby is my favorite! She was one tough cookie right from the start and she had plenty of smarts!
The scene where Joe stops the bullying in the cafeteria!! Loved it.
there were a bunch of those.
Terrific story . I followed the list of books read by Liam Owen since I enjoy his character creation. I understand the book has a sequel,( not yet on audible) but this story is complete in itself.
Great story with a great voice performance. With that being said there is a chime used in this production that is loud, brash, and terrifying when not expected. The first time it sounded I almost crashed my car. It had the same effect on my wife...
The story and narrator are good however whoever decided to add a loud Ringtone between sections should be fired. It really distracts from the story flow, especially when you are quietly listening.
Great, amazing story. From start to finish, a gripping, life and death SciFi story. I want more and hated stopping each time. Very good stuff.
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