Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: ZER0ES by Chuck Wendig

Zer0es (Zer0es, #1)In a world where the lines of good and evil are blurred and mass execution and destruction is initiated at the push of a button, five hackers, unknown to one another are pushed into a unique situation pitting their expertise against one another in a bid to reduce prison sentences and aid the Government in a covert manipulation of power. 

After being caught by Government agency operatives, DeAndre, Change, Reagan, Aleena, and Wade are given an ultimatum; spend years behind bars or one year of service for the government working at the secluded compound known as The Lodge where their illegal tech skills will be put to use for the 'good' of America. They decide, for one reason or another, to work for Uncle Sam. 

As the story progresses, a mysterious computer virus made real is uncovered - Typhoon, a sci-fi artificial intelligence that isn't confined to a computer, rather it's a mixture of meat, mayhem and data that has the potential to craft the world in its ideal. It's a scary notion that doesn't read as being all that far fetched. 

Author Chuck Wendig knows how to write dialog and here he makes each character leap off the page, notably with Reagan as he bitch slaps the reader making you to concentrate on her every action. With such a diverse range of characters it was a pleasure to read them as distinct individuals with unique voices and mannerisms.   

As far as the plotting and pacing goes ZER0ES is faultless. The story evolves from tech thriller to the unearthly sci-fi and then back again with seamless ease all the while keeping the reader glued to the pages. 

I'm a big fan of Chuck Wendig and can gladly say that ZER0ES doesn't disappoint. 

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