Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike any he's ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew - save one. Peter's mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that seems to be Earth's twin. Peter discovers that this mirrored world is indeed different from his home and far more dangerous. Cut off from all support, and with only days to complete his operation, Peter must track his quarry alone on an alien world. But he's unprepared for what awaits on the planet's surface, where his skills will be put to the ultimate test - and everything he knows about the universe will be challenged in ways he never could have imagined.
©2015 Jason Hough (P)2015 Recorded Books
Really dug this book a lot. The author has a talent for super-imaginative world building, and the main characters are interesting, sympathetic, and real. I cared about them.
The story goes places you'll never expect; there are not one, but several plot twists that left me gaping and going, WHAT?? (but in a good way)
Very nicely performed by Gideon Emery, who handles vocal characterization of both male and female characters quite well. Lots of cool action, some thought provoking ideas and moments, and an ending that both satisfies and leaves things wide open for "the further adventures of..."
Solid read/listen! Hough's parlayed his sci-fi cred to push him past "Dire Earth's" tentative upstart energy with an even more clever imagining of a future pock-marked with the consequences of our current sins. "Zero" intelligently comments on some unexpected issues without condensation and a sly wit that winks at convention while brutally carrying out it's main action packed mission. My only complaint... Del Rey should have had more confidence in Hough's progressive vision by adding the real hero to "Zero World's" cover art. A recommended read. Gratitude!
I enjoyed this book right from the beginning. I like the story and the characters. The narrator did great job. If you like sci fi I recommend this book.
Paper-thin "characters", and only two of those. Bland, repetitive action sequences. Plot twist explained in multi-chapter info-dump. Nearly all plot details and action beats are culled from film/TV "sci-fi" (and I do mean "sci-fi"; science fiction at least attempts to include some plausible science). Ridiculous choices by antagonists at every point. Never a real sense of threat for the protagonists. A very disappointing and generally unpleasant listen.
I would go back to something more entertaining and original by Daryl Gregory, John Scalzi, or Ian Tregillis.
Mr. Emery managed to complete the entire reading without once bursting out into laughter at the inane and repetitive plot and dialog. He also managed to create some reasonably unusual accents when needed.
Cutting any of the characters that survive more than a single chapter would leave the story without any focus.
Decided to try something a little different and I'm so glad I did. Plot twists and turns I didn't expect, great characters, nonstop action, excellent reader. Lots of wonderful little touches that stick with you.
Gratitude, Mr. Hough! I'm another fan hoping this becomes a series.
The combination of creativity and scientific reasoning. Certainly there was some stretches and it did require a suspension of disbelief, but not so much so that it rendered the story silly.
One of my first, but won't be the last. He did wonderful work here.
The complex last 3rd of the book, when our hero starts to realize who he really is, was very interesting and made me think about my own self image, candidly.
Highly recommend this. It is clearly the start of a series, but the book stands on its own merits. Spend the credit and enjoy.
Poorly edited books bug me.
I'm sure it's hard to invent captivating new universes, but this one is built on a whacky premise. The reader is great. The story is weak.
I really enjoyed the pace of this book. It wasn't a fast paced nonstop action sort of book, but yet provided a fair balance of action and processing time. The story was great, and I found myself surprised over and over again. The story actually sounds like something somewhat plausible. The characters are interesting without being too complex, and they are cleverly written. The narrator did a wonderful job, and made the main character sound very attractive. I was very pleased with his job on the female voices. I would recommend this to anyone who loves sci-fi and action. Definitely worth the listen.
What can I say? I love books!
The writing was very well done, the story veered this way and that, then twisted far from where I thought it was going, like riding up a mountain on a series of switchbacks. The narrator was superb in bringing this book to life.
Caswell was a very intriguing character, but I had such a great time listening to Melnee, the narrator such a superb job finding her rhythm and voice.
I'd rather not say, I don't want to give any spoilers away for future readers. But, I will say it was in the last third of the book.
Yep. Again. Spoilers!! You'll have to read the book. I'm sure we will all agree how moving the end of this book is.
Already listened to it twice. Excellent choice. This was actually a recommendation from well known author Pierce Brown, and I'm very thankful. Great story, start to finish.
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