WARNING: This is easily one of my favorite books of all time. Prepare for a raving review.
Superspy Peter Caswell is sent on a mission in space. Pretty standard, right? A spy sent on a mission…IN SPACE…S-P-A-C-E.
What makes Caswell unique among the superspies of old is that he has an implant that not only speeds up his reaction time but erases his memory. Each time he’s given a mission, a timer is set. Once that timer runs out, his memory is wiped and he doesn’t remember anything. That means this guy has no idea who he’s killed or if he’s even the good guy!!!!
I hate spoilers, so I won’t share anymore. But let’s think about this—a superspy who goes on missions so secret not even he knows what they are…IN SPACE.
Even talking about it makes me want to read it again. I know the film rights were purchased, and I think the plan is to make it a TV series. I don’t know when, and I don’t feel like Googling it. Either way, I highly recommend reading the book before it becomes a big fat franchise so you can claim you’re an OG Zero Worlder.
Zero World by Jason M. Hough
GENRE (ACCORDING TO ME):
Adult, Science-Fiction, Spyfi
ALL THE SHITS: This book earns the SIR Seal of Approval
FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE:
sci-fi, futuristic technology, mysteries, thrillers, bad ass spies
IN A NUTSHELL:
A superspy is sent on a mission to find a passenger on a vanished spaceship, only to be sent through a tear in the fabric of space to a completely different universe.
WHY I LIKED IT:
Honestly, I don’t know why I love this book so much. I just do. There’s something intangible about it that sings to me. Almost in the same way Sean Connery’s James Bond does.
It just works.
For the sake of the review, I’ll try to be more specific, but you have to read it. And if you disagree with me, fine, but don’t talk to me about it. Kidding. Mostly.
This thing is a page-turner. I kept wondering where the story was going. When I’d think I knew, I quickly discovered I was more clueless than before. And no, I never did figure it out. I was “forced” to keep turning the page.
The main characters (there’s really two main protagonists—the second isn’t introduced for quite a while, but she’s pretty cool) are well-written. By that, I mean they’re believable and don’t do egregiously stupid things for the sake of the plot.
Don’t get me started on the technology. To sum it up simply—it’s fucking cool.
There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book. Hough totally leaves it open for a sequel…perhaps an entire series. I can’t wait for the second book!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I tweeted at Hough last summer asking him if I could be the president of the book’s fan club. He agreed! It’s obviously not official, but I suppose I could start a Wiki Fandom page for it.
He has another series called The Dire Earth Cycle. I’ve started the first book, The Darwin Elevator, and while Zero World is still number one, I’m definitely lovin’ the read so far.
More about Jason from Goodreads:
Jason M. Hough (pronounced ‘Huff’) is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dire Earth Cycle and the near-future spy thriller Zero World. In a former life he was a 3D artist, animator, and game designer (Metal Fatigue, Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction, and many others). He has also worked in the fields of high-performance cluster computing and machine learning.
The Darwin Elevator began life in 2008 as a project for National Novel Writing Month. The book released on July 30th, 2013 and reached the New York Times Bestseller list the following week. Darwin was Jason’s first published fiction. The subsequent books in that trilogy were released that same summer, along with a prequel novella, The Dire Earth, in 2014.
Jason’s latest novel, Zero World, released on August 18th, 2015 from Del Rey Spectra (US) and Titan Books (AUS/NZ). Publishers Weekly called it “a thrilling action rampage that confirms Hough as an important new voice in genre fiction.”
He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, two young sons, and a dog named Missbuster.
Give Hough a follow and be sure to buy/read this book. Once you do, let me know. I’d love to chat with you about it!
Never stop reading,