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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

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Hey, Where's My Tour De Force?

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.

30 of 45 people found this review helpful

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Imaginative and Emotional

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Should be listed as YA

Spent 4 hours on this and that was more than enough. I don't have a problem with YA books, I've read several, but this just didn't cut it. The whole little kid and sexuality thing plus aliens was a little too twisted. I don't even want to know what fills nearly 19 hours in this book--no way is it comparable to Enders Game like some think.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Mean Spirited and Cruel

Would you try another book from Sara King and/or Liam Owen?

Doubtful for Sara / Yes for Liam

Has Forging Zero turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Any additional comments?

This book is so filled with cruelty, that I found it hard to listen to.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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This book was as annoying as the Hunger Games.

If you liked Katniss in the Hunger Games then this book is for you.
Joe is not a Prince Roger, a Tyler Vernon or an Honour Harrington.
Liam Owen did a standup job narrating the book, maybe that is why Joe annoyed me so much. I could see him at his winy snivelling worst, with a few moments that could have been great.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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great action

interesting story. I'm not the biggest fan of how it finished. perhaps a sequel of some of the characters?

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I was surprised on how much I liked this book

The only problem is that this is the only audio book in the series. I drive a long distance to work and Zero was a great distraction for me. Hopefully she will have the rest of the series made into audio!

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First audiobook I couldn't make it thru....

This was horrible. Didn't seem to written for teens or adults. Not sure who the intended reader is supposed to be!

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Great book narrative an issue

it is my understanding that the author paid to have all of the books narrated or at least she made a down payment to the narrator Liam Owen. I truly hope that Liam is able to complete narrating the remaining books. he's done a great job so far but needs to complete what he has been contracted to do.

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  • BALTIMORE, MD, United States
  • 06-03-17

Decent, and we need the rest

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's okay. Not a legend like Sanderson's works, but not total pulp. It's got an okay world build and a decent story; and the writing is actually pretty good.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This is a good casual audiobook. It's awkward at times, and doesn't put a lot at stake; it also reveals psychics and prophecy and such somewhere early on, enough to make it clear that certain things aren't going to happen. There's no point where you get locked in and drawn along at an ever-accelerating pace, such as in Chaos and Order from The Gap Cycle (the last book of which has the tension wound up right through the last dozen pages, then finally lets you take a breath as it closes out).

Have you listened to any of Liam Owen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Liam is a relatively-flat narrator, but not a terrible one. Unlike Scott Brick or that guy who narrated The Gunslinger, I'd prefer he continue this series.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You have a destiny... with the Space Army!

Any additional comments?

We need the rest of the series narrated by Owen. Why do the books keep coming but the audiobooks aren't?