Year Zero

Year Zero

by Rob Reid
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Year Zero: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Han More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall: An enjoyable book that with some great one liners, and some meh moments. The Good: A well written book with a good plot and great comedic elements. The Bad: Heavy on 'in' jokes. Has foot notes at then end of each chapter, which don't translate well to the nook. The Ugly: A stretch in the middle in a Douglas Adams style you will either love or loathe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No, it's not another "Hitchhikers". But it was a fun read. If you can't read for fun occasionally, then you're boring, and who gives a rats ass about your banal comments anyway?
twesterm More than 1 year ago
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.
Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
We got ourselves a problem. A huge problem. Well, a worldly huge problem. The Aliens are here. The Aliens love our music. The Aliens have been stealing our music. Now they need someone to help them, and it seems it's Nick Carter. No not the Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, but legal counsel Nick Carter for Music industries seems to fit for the Aliens. The World is doomed!!!!! A funny, hilarious take on the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book and another great alien may be dumber than we think book!! I kind of liked it. Took a while to get into it, but I finished it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just plain techno fun! Goofy, unreal and entirely escapist while still managing to be interesting comentary on our legal system.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Moments of interest and comedy broken up by periods of dialogue that feel like the characters are trying to sound smart while say nonsense and being too silly for the comic effect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. Well written and engaging. And you might inadvertently learn some stuff.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
‘Year Zero’ is a funny and irreverent take on the music industry and our culture as a whole.  Interlaced with pop culture undertones, this story takes the reader from NYC to planets far away on a wild ride that’s certain to entertain.  It's definitely more of a humor book than a sci-fi so be ready to laugh!  Well written I highly enjoyed this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good alien story, not gonna win any awards but who cares? It was an entertaining story. I loved the main character's boss Judy. So over the top, that was the joke! I liked the way the author poked fun at government workers. Would read more from this author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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I wish he would write more this is such a witty fun read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After many favorable comparisons to Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide I bought this book. It didn't live up to such high praise. It's not bad, but not that good either. The main premise is great and has humor in it, but the details are glossed over and events in the book are handled a bit clumsily. Most characters handle the discovery of alien life very well with a shrug and a statement like, "Aliens? Well OK then, we'll change plans." Even with the humor the author works in a good deal of his personal opinions on US copyright laws, and they add little or nothing to the book. While I even agree with much of what he has to say on the subject, it just feels shoehorned into the narrative.
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Very funny
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