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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2013
I first read this book as a beta-reader, so I am looking forward to re reading to see what changes have been made. This book is from my favourite author and is the first in a new four/five book series. Zero is set in the near future and follows Joe after he is drafted by aliens and taken back to a training planet along with most of the children from Earth. Once there the children are forced to grow up after suffering harrowing treatment at the hands of their new masters. This book isnt for the faint hearted as it quite graphically describes the horrific time suffered by the children as they become a new army for Congress, but it is well worth getting through the bits that might make you squim slightly, because the storyline is excellent. As usual the character building from Ms King is wonderfull, we are introduced to both human and aliens and both have good and bad sides. So if you are looking for a new series to read give this one a try, you wont be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2013
Wonderful characters- all Sara Kings characters have light and dark- Joe, Libby, Monk, Scott, Maggie and Elf were infuriating, brave, vulnerable and I laughed, cried, wanted to shake them and admired them. The aliens started as the bad guys but life is never so simple as good and bad with this writer. We are immersed in the gray in all it's fascinating shades.

Sara King is a must read for me now and I cannot recommend her books highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2013
Forging Zero is an amazing journey of 14-year-old Joe Dobbs following an alien invasion of Earth. Joe is the oldest of the children drafted from Earth; he is forced into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force—and becomes the focal point in an alien struggle for independence. It has been prophesied that Joe will be the one to destroy the alien government known as Congress.
I thought that Ms King has written a work of art, yet again. I am definitely an avid follower of her work. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. She just brings characters and settings alive in your mind. At moments, this story had me chuckling aloud.
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on 1 July 2013
I was attracted to this book because the setup idea of aliens taking on human children to use as soldiers is a topic I'd written about several times before. I didn't know what to expect from this author and was delighted to find myself sucked into a book that has some fresh takes and made me want to keep turning the pages. I did find it difficult going in the middle part as things sagged somewhat, but the excitement picked up again toward the end.

The writing is simple and uncluttered yet competent. Some of the supporting characters sparkled, enough to give me an emotional wrench at the end. I think the author has plenty more stories planned, and some of forging Zero will have deeper meaning if you read more of the books.

I thought it was a children's book at first, from the writing style and subject matter. I was reminded of 2000AD children's comic from the 70s and 80s, which is no bad thing. Things get more adult as things move on. 2000AD never mentioned rape when it was aimed at ten year olds! But this does make sense as the characters are children in super-adult bodies. I can see how some reviewers have been put off when the book turns more adult. Other reviewers talk of a lack of science or plausibility. For me, this was missing the point. If science fiction for you needs hard sf credentials, 'literary' sensibilities, or deep speculative questions, then stay clear of this book. If you want to try a new series of fun and sometimes disturbing fiction that plays with familiar sf tropes in fresh way, then give this book a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2014
I almost didn't buy this book, because I thought it might be a children's book since the main character was 14 and the others were even younger! I am so glad I did get it - I couldn't put it down. The story was really compelling and the characters were good. Some things didn't turn out the way I expected, so that was a bonus. Always love to be kept guessing. Just starting the next book in the series and will be looking for more from this author. A cracking good read.
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on 19 June 2015
Aliens invade earth and conscript all the kids into their army to kick off this compellingly twisted science fiction adventure.

Fourteen-year-old Joe is unlucky enough to be the oldest of the conscripts, packed onto a spaceship by unpleasant aliens and dragged away to a new life. As the aliens pour misery on their human cargo with a mixture of ruthless efficiency and incompetence, the kids bond and learn to survive. Then Joe finds he’s the subject of a prophecy and is caught in the middle of an alien conspiracy… or he might just be being manipulated.

Well written throughout, this is a darkly satirical take on young adult science fiction. The aliens are properly alien. The humans are properly human. The prophecy angle manages not to be a cheap, over-used plot device. All in all, great stuff — and the whole series is on Kindle Unlimited.

Expect a good deal of violence and a few sexual references.
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on 23 June 2013
In the last few months the type of Scifi that I like reading has largely dried up. Character science fiction with well realised aliens are becoming ever rarer. This however is a novel that is certainly up to the standard. The aliens were actually alien,yet human enough that we could empathise with them, the political structure was well realised and the human interactions. All in all I haven't enjoyed a Scifi book so much since I read Enders Gamema about seven years ago, a book that shares fairly tight links to this book thematically. As one reviewer said this isn't for the faint hearted and the scenes envolving the executions and the Dhasha were particularly disturbing. I would definitely recommend this book however as it is an enjoyable read to those who like character driven Scifi.
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on 23 May 2014
I bought the first in the series of these books and was smitten very early on.
I won't go into specific plot details so as not to ruin anything for anyone, but I had difficulty putting the book down as I just had to see what was going to happen next.

I have bought all of the books in the series so far and enjoyed them all, Sara King has a way of drawing you into her stories that stops you from putting the books down, you have a lot of sleepless nights to answer for Ms King!

Another point I would like to make, this is a full length book, not a chapter from a book that someone is selling off piecemeal to try to increase revenue, its well worth the extra pennies over books of this ilk and I heartily recommend it.
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What's the best way to make a world submissive? Take away the pre-pubescent generation for 10 years. Best way to mess that idea up? Add one person with some brains who's already a teenager. Complete story within itself but not quite enough to make me want to rush out and get the rest of the series. There's a lot of work in this but there's times when it doesn't quite flow. There's also quite a few times when technology gets round a plot hole. A good sci-fi editor would make this excellent, but as it is, it's pretty good.
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on 11 January 2015
I tried this because it was free and didn't expect much but i like military sci fi. I have to say though this is an excellent book and i read it in one sitting which tells you a lot. Its pretty simplistic and follows the usual tropes but it was a blast and i immediately went out and bought the next two books. Any Military sci fi that tugs the heart strings and brings me highs, lows and a tear to my eye is a winner. The author will go in my "buy everyhing they do" list, I look forward to reading the next two.
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