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Year Zero

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Definitely Needs a Sequel!

Year Zero a sc-fi novel by Rob Reid is a hysterical Hitnchhiker's Guide-esque novel about the Earth's music industry. It seems that aliens all over the universe are totally head over tentacles about the Earth's music. This book had me laughing out loud. The character...
Year Zero a sc-fi novel by Rob Reid is a hysterical Hitnchhiker's Guide-esque novel about the Earth's music industry. It seems that aliens all over the universe are totally head over tentacles about the Earth's music. This book had me laughing out loud. The characters were very "human" and well developed. The plot was crazy but almost believable. The descriptions of alien life forms, worlds and cultures hit a bit too close to home. If you love sarcasm you will love this book. If you know the answer to life, the universe, and everything then this is the book for you. If your favorite cocktail is the trans-galactic gargle blaster then you should run right out and find a copy of this book. Year Zero needs a sequel. What kind of fate can the Earthlings inflict on the universe next?

posted by Han on July 10, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

I just finished this book and I honestly don't know where to beg

I just finished this book and I honestly don't know where to begin. It
starts out with an *excellent* premise and then just falls completely
flat on everything else. Beyond the premise, there's nothing good about
this book. It's terribly written, the characters are u...
I just finished this book and I honestly don't know where to begin. It
starts out with an *excellent* premise and then just falls completely
flat on everything else. Beyond the premise, there's nothing good about
this book. It's terribly written, the characters are unbelievable, the
aliens are bland, and the humor is almost non-existent. The real kick
in the face is the last chapter where you realize you just wasted all
this time for a 20 year old bad joke. First off, the premise is quite
good. It's quarky in a way that reminds you of Hitchhiker's Guide to
the Galaxy. Thirty years ago aliens discovered Earth music. These
aliens value music above all else and Earth music was the most fantastic
thing they've ever heard, so fantastic that every single civilized alien
started listening to all of it. Thirty years later, this means that
every alien for the last thirty years has pirated all Earth music and
every alien owes all the citizens of Earth more money than anyone could
every imagine. Excellent premise! Sadly though, the good stops
there. First, there are the human characters. I know it's silly to
gripe about believability in a Sci-Fi novel, but the humans in this book
just don't act like any person ever would. When confronted with aliens
or an alien conspiracy, a person would act a certain way, not how they
act in this book. It's ridiculous in a really bad and distracting way.
Next are the aliens. It's almost like the author decided to take
Hitchhiker's and turn it up to eleven but really the worlds and the
inhabitants just come off as bland. The author tries so hard to make
these outrageous zany things that they actually come off as completely
unimaginative. Oh, haha, it's an alien that looks like a vacuum and he
doesn't like to be called a vacuum cleaner but he cleans anyways.
Ooooo, you mean the characters can ride in an invisible taxi? Wow, you
can take a snooze fest through the center of the planet? Ugh, every
single alien oddity and encounter just came off as boring and I wanted
to skip ahead to the next page every time the author started describing
anything alien. So I guess that brings us to the writing. Robert H
Reid is just a bad writer. His characters aren't endearing or
interesting in any way at all. There's not one character in the book I
felt anything for and I finished the book maybe an hour ago and I'm
already having trouble remembering most of their names. It's like
someone took The Expendables and then said that was too smart. Finally,
there's the end. I won't spoil it for people but after reading the last
chapter I seriously sat with my head in my hands for five minutes trying
to digest what I just read, trying to understand the people that liked
the book, and trying to understand why I wasted the time to finish the
book. The entire book, THE ENTIRE BOOK, is one long setup for a joke
that was barely funny 20 years ago and has been done to death since
then. Internet cat jokes seem fresh compared to this. After my
mini-breakdown I seriously tried to figure out how I might go about
getting my money back for this awful book. Oh, and if all that isn't
bad enough, the book also sets itself up for many sequels. Because, you
know, the world is just so interesting. Ugh.

posted by twesterm on August 28, 2012

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

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    Definitely Needs a Sequel!

    Year Zero a sc-fi novel by Rob Reid is a hysterical Hitnchhiker's Guide-esque novel about the Earth's music industry. It seems that aliens all over the universe are totally head over tentacles about the Earth's music. This book had me laughing out loud. The characters were very "human" and well developed. The plot was crazy but almost believable. The descriptions of alien life forms, worlds and cultures hit a bit too close to home. If you love sarcasm you will love this book. If you know the answer to life, the universe, and everything then this is the book for you. If your favorite cocktail is the trans-galactic gargle blaster then you should run right out and find a copy of this book. Year Zero needs a sequel. What kind of fate can the Earthlings inflict on the universe next?

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Awesome read

    A wild ride that I thoroughly enjoyed, end notes and all. Rob Reid did an excellent job poking fun at the music industry and the ridiculousness of current copyright law. It was well paced. It was funny. It was a good length (so many books today are overly long). I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes SF, music and wants a good laugh. If you like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy you'll like this.

    The eBook was formatted well with no obvious errors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Io

    Yu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Favorite book

    I wish he would write more this is such a witty fun read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Loved it

    Very funny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Excellent

    Wonderful book, absolutely hilarious and has an incredibly in depth plot.

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