- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Tor (2 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230750702
- ISBN-13: 978-0230750708
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 5 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Zero Point (Owner Trilogy 2) Hardcover – 2 Aug 2012
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PRAISE FOR THE OWNER SERIES: 'Playing like a turbo-charged mix of Total Recall and The Bourne Identity, The Departure moves at Asher's usual bullet-speed pace' SFX 'I had an absolute blast with this book ... his work really does get better and better' FalcataTimes blog 'I simply couldn't stop reading until I reached the end' WorldsInInk blog --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This is the second instalment of the ‘Owner’ sequence of novels. These are set on a near-future Earth where the European Union bureaucracy has spread out and taken over the world, stifling creativity, allowing the population to grow to 18 billion, and establishing itself as the ruling elite in the worst possible Stalinist tradition (or the best possible Stalinist tradition, depending on your view of humanity and bureaucracy). Fortunately, thanks to advances in technology, the superman has appeared (as this is a Neal Asher novel) and cut off the head of the bureaucracy – the Committee, killed many millions of its senior staff, stolen a space station, and set off to Mars to look for his long-lost sister – see The Departure (Owner Trilogy 1).
In this volume, we meet a survivor of the bureaucratic leadership who immediately sets out to re-establish control of Earth, taking advantage of the chaos caused by the destruction of the rest of the hierarchy to unleash a manufactured plague that kills off eight or ten billion of the ‘zero asset’ population – those at the bottom of the social ladder who contribute nothing to the system – while blaming it on our erstwhile hero, Adam Saul, and quickly demonises him in the best Big Brother tradition (the other one (though now you come to mention it…)). She quickly establishes her control by killing off her rivals, and anyone who knows about her control over the plague – the ‘Scourge’ – and starts rebuilding the damaged ecosystems of the planet, which usually involves killing off a few hundred million people here and there when no-one is looking.Read more ›
All in all a cracking read, possibly one of his best! If I could pre-order book 3 today I would.
Of course, the Owner Series is about a society that has been on the slippery slope to doom, both societally and ecologically. At the end of the first novel, the protagonist, an anti-hero called Alan Saul, was escaping from Earth on board the Argus Station having decapitated the global bureaucratic dictatorship of 'the Committee' whilst taking the station, and finishing off local controls by dropping their own satellite network on them. The 'zero asset' citizens are freed from Committee oversight, at the cost of the collapse of infrastructure, which potential could lead to their starvation.
This novel meshes three tales together - the emergence of Serene Galahad to reestablish the power of the Committee and the infrastructure of the Earth whilst pursuing a more radical path than her predecessors, the events at the Mars Colony which had effectively declared independence from Earth in the first book, and the events aboard the Argus Station. The plots are brutal, and don't show the nicer side of humanity.
Technology ramps forward without the control of the Committee, as Saul develops his abilities and others have the limits on what they can do released, and the plot twists and turns. Some of the characters - for example Galahad - feel quite two dimensional, but the energy and darkness of the plot drive you forward.Read more ›
"Now the setting up is done I expect much more from the sequel, Zero Point, and I won't be as forgiving if it doesn't meet the expectations I have."
So, the only question that really matters is whether it met those expectations, or did it fall flat in the attempt? Fortunately Zero Point built on the foundation laid out in the series opener, adding plenty to the story that kept me turning the pages to find out what happens next.
Zero Point picks up events immediately following the ending of The Departure. Alan Saul, the Owner, has captured Argus Station and controls it in its entirety, has wiped out a large proportion of the Committee's ruling Delegates on Earth, and is now looking ahead as Argus travels towards Mars. Var Delex is now in charge at the Antares Base on Mars, trying to use everything at her disposal to ensure the long term survival of the base, though not everyone agrees with her views. Earth is in the throws of change with Serene Galahad taking control of the Committee, setting her targets on a reduced population that cannot bode well for the zero assets. And when she discovers what the Owner is up to on Argus Station her focus to eliminate him only increases...
Following on from an action packed finale to The Departure, Zero Point doesn't wait around to get its breath, instead jumping straight into the meat of the story.Read more ›
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Excellent writing and storytelling
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A spectacular trilogy just waiting for you
Oh Neal you are naughty...blood, guts and SF...love it. Can't you write one of these every week? The stories are great, massive space opera, lot's of interesting characters, lots... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles Griffiths
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