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Zeroes: A Novel by Chuck Wendig
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Zeroes: A Novel

by Chuck Wendig

Series: Zer0es (1)

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This book has a great start: five diverse persons, roughly related to the IT (very roughly – from hackers to trolls) gathered together by someone, supposedly government-related for a very secret project. They are:
• Chance, white collage guy, script kiddie (yeap, the author knows the word!), who showed that his hometown football team gang-raped girls on parties. Great for hacking people, supposedly the writer sees himself as this guy
• DeAndre, black guy, credit card scammer, not a bad hacker
• Aleena, Syrian-American girl, SJW and hacker extraordinaire, who all by herself helped to Arab spring revolutions. She does not like the US way for promoting democracy and sees it as a new colonial empire.
• Wade, old white guy, who remembers Fortran and punching card machines, libertarian, anti-politcorrectness person, used to support hardware for underground BBS for conspiracy nuts and distribute digital ‘dirty laundry’ wikileaks style
• Reagan, big white woman, a professional internet troll and more or less fine hacker.

Such a diverse cast of cause leads to many heated dialogues and almost to fistfights. The novel is written in an extremely cinematographic style, almost a movie scenario. After the great start, which shows that the author knows a thing or two about hackers if not hacking, the story deteriorates to more general – ‘hackers can do everything’ trope. For example, in a hackers’ camp set by the project starter, cameras are in the network and thus hacked almost instantly.

Overall, a modern cyberpunk novel, a bit on a pop side.
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  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
Chuck Wendig really did his research for Zer0es, the characters really tap into the hacker world and I loved that. However, the plot, setting, and pace didn't work for me. Five hackers are forced to work for the government to hack for vulnerabilities in companies and other countries infrastructure, but it turns out there's more going on. Think Terminator meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo world, with a pinch of The Martian, sounds good, but becomes messy. Things are left hanging, the plot jumps around, unnecessary romance flair up and the hackers are all put together forced to live, work and hang out together like numerous dystopia novels. A lot going on without much depth. ( )
  wellreadcatlady | Oct 4, 2018 |
Corny. A cyberpunk genre devolution. ( )
  josh513 | Feb 3, 2018 |
Hackers are caught, but offered a chance to work for the government rather than go to jail. But once they begin, they start to find there is something very wrong going on, and that they are being used to forward the conspiracy. How to figure out what is really going on, and survive it, is the issue. ( )
  majkia | Jan 15, 2016 |
A super fun hacker thriller. Characters are well developed and their interactions as they are thrown into a very interesting situation are great. Fast paced, culturally diverse, and with a fun sub-plot line that opens and ends the book. ( )
  aachamberlynn | Nov 1, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062351559, Hardcover)

An exhilarating thrill-ride through the underbelly of cyber espionage in the vein of David Ignatius’s The Director and the television series Leverage, CSI: Cyber, and Person of Interest, which follows five iconoclastic hackers who are coerced into serving the U.S. government.

An Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll are each offered a choice: go to prison or help protect the United States, putting their brains and skills to work for the government for one year.

But being a white-hat doesn’t always mean you work for the good guys. The would-be cyberspies discover that behind the scenes lurks a sinister NSA program, an artificial intelligence code-named Typhon, that has origins and an evolution both dangerous and disturbing. And if it’s not brought down, will soon be uncontrollable.

Can the hackers escape their federal watchers and confront Typhon and its mysterious creator? And what does the government really want them to do? If they decide to turn the tables, will their own secrets be exposed—and their lives erased like lines of bad code?

Combining the scientific-based, propulsive narrative style of Michael Crichton with the eerie atmosphere and conspiracy themes of The X-Files and the imaginative, speculative edge of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson, Zer0es explores our deep-seated fears about government surveillance and hacking in an inventive fast-paced novel sure to earn Chuck Wendig the widespread acclaim he deserves.

(retrieved from Amazon Sun, 05 Jul 2015 20:29:42 -0400)

Five iconoclastic hackers are recruited against their will to serve the U.S. government by working as cyberspies before discovering an NSA artificial intelligence program that is rapidly growing out of control.

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