Zero Point (Owner Trilogy 2) Hardcover – 2 Aug 2012
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All in all a cracking read, possibly one of his best! If I could pre-order book 3 today I would.
One notable subject in this book which is the most though provoking of all is Neils take on the future of Earth. You can see the extrapolation from these times of austerity to the dystopian future Neil paints so well in this series and its frightening. Highly reccomended!
Zero point carries on from the fantastically nihilistic first book in this series. Every terrible possible manifestation of centralised socialism and totalitarianism is carried onto the most extreme extent - and then some. What makes this so entertaining is the way in which you can see apply the prinicples behind these attrocities every day from the the way in which little hitlers are born and raised in meaningless beurocracies to the dumbing down of education systems.
It is still a little hard to identify with Alan Saul - there is very little to like about him other than his ability to 'kill the bad guys'. Of more interest in the novel is the slippery slide into insanity from the new rulers of earth and the ongoing martian plot. Newer characters on argus station have the potential to develop into something really quite cool in the third novel.
if you are expecting something substantial in the genre of scifi e.g. early (phlebus aside) iain m banks then you will be disapointed
However if what you want is trashy fun scifi then you can't get better than this.
Zero Point launches with all the momentum built up in the final pages of #1 and continues to accelerate. But more than that, it clarifies and consolidates into something more, a story so well crafted that it is (IMO) almost flawless. A revelation after #1. The only minor literary missteps occur in the short off-stage passages of future history and background that preface each chapter, because occasionally they lapse into a tone that makes them read as vehicles for the author's political opinions - never quite appropriate in a novel, no matter how interesting. But this is a very minor criticism. Zero Point is a terrifically well written and well structured story that more than fulfils the promise of its forerunner and makes you eager to read #3 (I have that pleasure to come)
Anyway back to the book. Of the three story lines the Mars one is by a mile the least interesting, it really doesn't go anywhere and adds very little. The Earth story line is flawed but pretty good. As expected though its the Argus story lines that are the most interesting and they keep things ticking along.
Definitely interested to see how the next book turns out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant! Non stop 90 miles an hour thrill ride! cant recommend it enough. On to the final part Jupiters War today -Published 26 days ago by Fortee Coatz
Another great book from Mr. Asher, great characters, large canvas, and a galloping, gripping and nail biting narrative. Well worth the money.Published 2 months ago by Mr. N. McDiarmid
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