Daybreak Zero (Daybreak Series #2) [NOOK Book]

Overview

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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Daybreak Zero (Daybreak Series #2)

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101475898
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Daybreak Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: United States
  • Edition number: 400
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 60,263
  • File size: 399 KB

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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  • Posted June 24, 2011

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    Very exciting!

    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!)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Shape of things to come?

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Amazing

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

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    Daybreak Zero is an exciting thriller starring a force that can either kill or control mankind

    Almost a year has passed since Daybreak made itself known, but those aware of its existence remain clueless as to what it is though its purpose appears to be the extinction of the human race. Fusion bombs explode and fourteen EMPs strike the United States causing the massive black-out and billions of deaths. Nanoswarm attacks destroy petroleum products including plastic leaving more people dead. On the moon, a gun appears that shooting rays at earth so that there is no radio or television; Daybreak is behind the assault.

    In America much of the land has been devastated by the Daybreak attacks. President Graham Weisband and his provisional Constitutional Government in Olympia, Washington and Cameron Nguyen-Peters of the temporary National Government in Athens, Georgia argue over how to get the country back on its' feet.. In Pueblo, Colorado, Heather O'Grainne head of the Reconstruction Research Center prevented a civil war (see Directive 51) and hosts conferences for the candidates wanting to become the next president with the Constitution serving as the basis for a new government. She also wonders how the Tribals are linked to Daybreak who seems to be able to kill anyone in opposition at any time.

    Daybreak Zero is an exciting thriller starring a force that can either kill or control mankind. The story line contains several mysteries re Daybreak as to how it works and who is the powerful wizard behind the curtain. Readers wonder whether Quislings are selling out the government and consequently the people as some of those insiders remain avaricious power hungry addicts. Although a middle book feel as more questions surfaced and no major ones answered, John Barnes shows his talent as somehow the author continues to pique reader interest in his latest super Daybreak chronicle.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Animin hu hostile S1 AI vs Us

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    very technical

    It is boring and buried in technical details not needed to support or enhance the story.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Terrible

    'nuff said

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Longfur

    She grunted and gritted her teeth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Shiningleaf to deathstar

    "This cat is injued he needs to rest i gave him some marygold and cobwebs" i feed him poppy seed" btw may i join lightclan"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Shiningleaf

    Runs toward snakefire limping "i need some cobwebs and some marigold stat!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Amberpaw

    She rushed forward, her amber eyes worried. Cobwebs dangled from her mouth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Snakefire

    Hellllooo?

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    Posted December 17, 2013

    Gm

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    Posted December 17, 2013

    Nvmd

    Hes a shmuckity shmuck shmuck!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Moonlightpelt

    Left the den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Medicine den

    Medicine den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Yellow

    Sorry I ment res17

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Silver

    Shifts human. She looks like the girl cali at blaze res five

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Waste of my time

    I found this very difficult to follow. It was all about politics and did a poor job of explaining what was going on. When I got to the end I felt like I had wasted my time.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 26, 2011

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