- 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 (97 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,750 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
All in all a cracking read, possibly one of his best! If I could pre-order book 3 today I would.
"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 ›
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a fabulous read !!! I can't wait to see what happens next to Paul Saul and the human race !Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Not much to say other than found it hard to put down! Some nice space battles and great tech maybe could have had a but more of a space fight if I really had to change somethingPublished 5 months ago by Timothy
It's like Jason Bourne in space. It is very fast-paced, and you would find it difficult to put the book down. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Eddy Young
Good follow-on to the first book but likely suffers from too many extremely powerful characters. Enjoyable Sci fi romp thoughPublished 8 months ago by neekby
Brilliant! Non stop 90 miles an hour thrill ride! cant recommend it enough. On to the final part Jupiters War today -Published 10 months 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 12 months ago by Mr. N. McDiarmid