Daybreak Zero (Daybreak Series #2)

Daybreak Zero (Daybreak Series #2)

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by John Barnes
     
 

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A year has passed since the catastrophic event known as "Daybreak" began. Seven billion people have died. Washington, D.C., has been vaporized. The United States barely avoided a second civil war between two rival governments that rose from Washington's ashes. And "Daybreak" isn't over...

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A year has passed since the catastrophic event known as "Daybreak" began. Seven billion people have died. Washington, D.C., has been vaporized. The United States barely avoided a second civil war between two rival governments that rose from Washington's ashes. And "Daybreak" isn't over...

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Near-future apocalypse, the second entry in Barnes' projected trilogy, followingDirective 51(2010).

The entity known as Daybreak, apparently dedicated to wiping out humanity, has released biological weapons that destroy oil and oil-based products such as gasoline and plastics; fusion bombs have killed millions in America and billions worldwide; meanwhile, a machine on the moon continues to fire EMP bombs that destroy electronic devices and components. What remains of the U.S. government has split into two disparate and mutually hostile factions, one based in Washington State, the other in Georgia. Others have built fortified compounds known as Castles where, perhaps instructed and encouraged by Daybreak, they rule as petty tyrants. Other than a few scattered communities of researchers, the remaining survivors have formed weird, anti-technology tribes eager to mount appalling human-wave assaults against fortified positions. But what is Daybreak exactly? A terrorist conspiracy? A hostile artificial intelligence? Or an emergent property, a meme, that attained critical mass, vastly intelligent but without consciousness? Daybreak has no leaders, so cannot be confronted or attacked directly; its agents have infiltrated each of the groups dedicated to defeating it; worse, those that study the phenomenon risk being subverted. The story leaps between these and numerous other scenes, employing a cast of thousands. Add in the sheer density of the narrative and the seeming inability of the good guys to mount any meaningful response. It all makes for a tough slog.

A stunning premise that would have benefited from a lighter approach, less baggage and more focus.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937007300
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Series:
Daybreak Series , #2
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
509,576
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John Barnes is a multiple Hugo and Nebula award nominee and the author of The Return with Buzz Aldrin. He lives in Colorado.

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Daybreak Zero 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
sandystarr28 More than 1 year ago
Do yourself a favor and rrad Directive 51 first. The author does a great job introducing the main characters and sets the stage for all the action in this one. It can be a little violent at times, but should something like this were to happen, I'm sure it would be a lot worse. Very beleivable (and kind of scary!)
BabaBrad More than 1 year ago
Without rehashing the story like a few have, suffice it to say this was a good, epic read. If the technical details bore you, find something else to read. They definitely are needed in order to understand why technology is at the point it is in the story and the hardships the characters are going through to make their world work. You don't think a meme can take on a life of it's own? How about Kilroy or LOLCat? Don't think people are disenfranchised with the way material things are taking over our lives? Think again. This is a great story and a can't wait for the next book to come out.
ReadingRoom More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting technothriller with lots of action to keep you interested. It is well written with a cast of interesting characters that run the gamut in personality styles. In some ways the book is eerie, mainly because deep down you wonder if it could really happen. It is a must read for those who like this genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book showing the conflict of the human species against an emergent animin AI that is out to eradicate most of the human race.
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She rushed forward, her amber eyes worried. Cobwebs dangled from her mouth.
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Runs toward snakefire limping "i need some cobwebs and some marigold stat!"
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Hes a shmuckity shmuck shmuck!!!
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