Zero Sum Game

Zero Sum Game

by S. L. Huang


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Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang

A blockbuster, near-future science fiction thriller, S.L. Huang's Zero Sum Game introduces a math-genius mercenary who finds herself being manipulated by someone possessing unimaginable power

Cas Russell is good at math. Scary good. The vector calculus blazing through her head lets her smash through armed men twice her size and dodge every bullet in a gunfight, and she'll take any job for the right price.

As far as Cas knows, she’s the only person around with a superpower...until she discovers someone with a power even more dangerous than her own. Someone who can reach directly into people’s minds and twist their brains into Moebius strips. Someone intent on becoming the world’s puppet master.

Cas should run, like she usually does, but for once she's involved. There’s only one problem...

She doesn’t know which of her thoughts are her own anymore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250180254
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Cas Russell , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 154,675
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

S. L. HUANG has a math degree from MIT and is a weapons expert and professional stuntwoman who has worked in Hollywood on Battlestar Galactica and a number of other productions. Her novels include the Cas Russell series (formerly known as Russel's Attic). Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, and The Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016.

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Zero Sum Game 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Bobbie Kirkland 13 days ago
I received a free copy of Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang in exchange for an honest review. Cas Russell helps people find things. In other words, she’s a thief. When she takes a job to steal someone’s sister away from a drug cartel, things go very, very wrong. The only way to get out of trouble, logically, seems to be to find out who is causing trouble for her. However, the closer to the source she comes, the more trouble she gets in. Cas has a unique perspective; she sees things in mathematical equations, and she’s good at math. Moreover, Cas has complete control over her body and can always actualize any action for which she has the math. What if her superpower can be overwhelmed by someone else’s? How do you escape someone who can control your thoughts and emotions? I liked this book. It went quickly, was full of action, and still had a well-thought-out plot. If you like action and super anti-heroes, you’ll probably like this novel, too. It seems to set things up for sequels, so, YAY, more reading in the future! #ZeroSumGame #NetGalley
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Debbie Modesto More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book but just couldn't get into it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have conflicting feelings about this book. On the one hand, I absolutely LOVED the idea of math as a superpower. The author does a fabulous job of conveying that power, too, from the action-filled opening scene on through "quieter" scenes where she's spying on possible enemies and using ordinary objects to affect sound waves. Very, very cool. I also love that she's operating on the shady side of the law. In some ways, she reminds me of Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Cas Russell works on retrieval--of things or people--and it doesn't matter to her if the person or thing is wanted by the police. She has a living to make, and if someone wants to pay her, she'll take the job. A very pragmatic young woman, Cas is. And yet, the book did not win me over entirely. Once the action settled down, the story felt....flat. Cas didn't get any kind of backstory until the book was nearly over. And the backstory felt rushed and sketchy and a bit too convenient. Cas is also not someone given to introspection, and since we're in her point of view the whole time, that added to the feeling of flatness. The cast of secondary characters were also not quite as fleshed out as I would have liked. They felt more like placeholders, filling set roles in the plot, rather than people. However, I do love the concept and I am interesting in seeing where the author takes this character and how she handles the backstory, so I will definitely want to check out the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book. Fast-paced, engaging mystery, diverse characters-- if it doesn't get optioned as a movie I will be sorely disappointed. Can't wait for the sequel.