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“Gates creates a dystopian nightmare setting of technology and greed… a Brave New World with a consumerist edge.”
- Publisher's Weekly

Unprofitables are banished to work camps to pay off their credit. Other tie-men and women look on apathetically. "Fair is fair. Everyone knows you shouldn't use more credit than you are worth to the Company. "They turn their attention to the
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Paperback, 373 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Health Communications
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Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
This was disappointing. There were some elements to the book that could have made for a fantastic YA dystopian story:
- A world where multinational corporations have ousted governments and every person has a company-controlled computer interface surgically implanted
- An enigmatic gay female lead, daughter of the most powerful man in the world,
- Robotic birds of death!

Sadly, these plot elements were wasted. The dystopian storyline was spoiled by the simplistic and patronising tone. The gender and
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Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I recently read other books by J Gabriel Gates The Sleepwalkers being still to this day one of my favorites and the highly enjoyable Karate filled Dark Territory is one I have recommended to friends as well. This author has fast become one of my favorites. Blood Zero Sky was everything that I was hoping that it would be. I recommend this to fans of author Cory Doctorow.

When the Protectorates (Guardians of Freedom, founded by George Washington) kidnap May, each find out more than they were expec
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Samantha Boyette
Sep 15, 2012 Samantha Boyette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
This book was epic fantastic. Call me crazy, but I liked it way better than that old dystopian standby 1984.

So of course the world has gone to crap, government is gone and N-Corp runs it's half of the world. One of only two companies that own the world. With no competition they are the only people to work for and the only people to buy from. Everyone lives on credit and N-Corp is very strict when you become unprofitable.

May Fields is one of the few well off in this new world. Her father is the
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Alexa
Jul 10, 2012 Alexa rated it it was ok
But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love the
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Angela
Loved it. Finally, a book that is described as a dystopian that *is* an actual dystopian and where the author has done his research!

An excellent dystopian novel, honestly one of the better in this genre I have read in recent years. Excellent descriptive writing and an overwhelming understanding of what actually entails a dystopic tale (I've read far too many books that claim to be dystopic but clearly have no idea of the meaning).
J. Gates
Jun 01, 2012 J. Gates rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The anthem of our generation. Epic to the one-hundredth power.
Stephanie Ward
Oct 28, 2012 Stephanie Ward rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Lately I've been really into science fiction novels - especially dystopians, so this book sounded right up my alley. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. The chapters were short, which keeps the reader actively engaged in the story. The narrative is very well-written and the characters are complex and deep; it was really easy to get sucked into the creepy futuristic world that Gates created. The novel is very fast-paced; so even though it was a bit long, it didn't take very long to r
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted on A Reader of Fictions.

I read a lot of dystopian/post-apocalytpic fiction, but, in the last couple of years, I've primarily read YA ones. Sometimes I forget just how much bleaker the adult ones are. Whereas in YA dystopias, the youth with newly opened eyes joins a movement and you know they have pretty good chances of defeating the evil government, in an adult dystopia, odds are a lot higher that the bad guy will win. Blood Zero Sky is one hundred percent dystopian, not watere
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I received Blood Zero Sky by J. Gabriel Gates from NetGalley (HCI publishing) in exchange for an honest review, thanks!

Blood Zero Sky tells the story of May, who is brought up in luxury in a futuristic world where ads and drugs have taken over the population. She works at the Corporation, one of two companies that are taking over the world, and her father is at the helm. Quickly, she finds out that the Corporation is more sinister than she ever was brought up to believe.

I was torn about this bo
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Johanna
Apr 16, 2013 Johanna rated it it was amazing
Blood Zero Sky. An intriguing title for an amazing novel. I found this gem completely by accident. The first chapter was enough to convince me my purchase wasn't a mistake.

Gates's style is clean, his prose impeccable, the plot remarkable. He gives no embellishment, no happy ending. Just a glimpse of realistic hope we can all grab onto, until we realize we hold the power to change everything, or let the world die because of greed. Some readers who reviewed the book thought the whole concept of t
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Sarah Coleman
Nov 07, 2012 Sarah Coleman rated it it was amazing
I’ve never read 1984, but I’ve seen reviews that compare it to Blood Zero Sky. This is not a book you pick up for a little casual reading on the beach – and I dare say that it’s an incredibly creepy book to finish right before Election day.

The movie Contagion was unsettling because of how realistic it felt – I found myself wanting to bathe in Purell in the first five minutes. Had it been more over the top, I wouldn’t have cared. That is precisely the best and most terrifying element of this book
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Melinda
Blood Zero Sky by J. Gabriel Gates is a science fiction/political tale as well as a prophetic, and cautionary novel that extrapolates that the globe has knuckled under to two companies which have defeated the government. These two Companies both run their respective parts of the globe as monopolies – using God and debt to drive worker/slaves to new heights of debt/labor, it's like a combination of 1984 by Orwell and the old Coal Mine plots of yesteryear, where workers were veritable slaves – nev ...more
Mickey
Aug 06, 2012 Mickey rated it really liked it
What the dickens just happened to me? I think I may have just gotten slapped with a halibut, or maybe I just read something completely original. Blood Zero Sky by J. Gabriel Gates has a believable, if unfortunate outlook on the future. Governments have been privatized and cash is pretty much debunk. Instead, everyone is given a line of credit, which they work to pay off. But hard work gives you more credit, opening up opportunity to get new shiny toys and go further in debt. Pretty much, every w ...more
Erin Forson
Jul 30, 2012 Erin Forson rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the text in exchange for an honest review!

May Fields never doubts that The Company is good. Thousands of Company employees have risen from poverty’s clutches, millions have embraced Christ, and innovation continues to create newer and better products for humanity. Proudly, she is part of the mechanics of The Company that makes such prosperity happen. But why then, does May long for something more? May isn’t sure--that is until she is kidnapped by an organization that wan
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Mischelle
Jan 11, 2013 Mischelle rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! The scary part tho is this is starting to happen now. Greedy companies are trying to take society over with promoting worthless products on a continuous people and we as humans are being bombarded by advertising propaganda, so we play into it and are always purchasing something! Most people are in debt up to they're eye balls having to have "stuff" and giving up alot in return mostly working like dogs. I get this feeling of being a piece of cattle often always going with the herd a ...more
Julie
Jan 21, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing
Blood Zero Sky describes a scarily plausible future where two corporations run the world, coopting the functions of government, economy, religion, and every other cultural construct. May Fields, as the daughter of the N-Corps CEO, seems to have a bright and prosperous future with the company, but May has secrets. One of these is her dissatisfaction with her life, as she must hide her differences from the rest of society. May is a wonderful, complex character and Gates does a wonderful job of dra ...more
N K
Jan 26, 2016 N K rated it liked it
While not on the level of Orwell's "1984," Huxley's "Brave New World," or Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" as far as dystopian novels go, this is an engaging tale. In this dystopian future the world is run by two huge corporations - one American in origin and one Chinese in origin. People's lives are pretty much owned by the company that encourages them to buy more and more things while striving to increase their credit level. Go over your credit limit and you're repossessed by the company and sent t ...more
Sam Williams
Jan 11, 2016 Sam Williams rated it really liked it
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Jackie Miller
Aug 11, 2012 Jackie Miller rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon.
P.s. Wow!
John Bascom
Jul 30, 2013 John Bascom rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-books, myreviews
In all fairness, the book was so lame I did not finish it. First the good news: the author has a way with words that is unusual, refreshing and interesting. A good wordsmith.

Now the bad news. The dialogue was largely absent or amateurish and unconvincing. People simply do not talk like that. The characters were interesting enough, though unbelievable. The plot was preposterous, seemingly intent on advancing a leftist, occupy-Wall Street anti-establishment type ideology with little regard for res
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Corinne
Sep 19, 2013 Corinne rated it liked it


I really liked this book until the end where I felt like it got somewhat tea party preachy about our government. I felt like the whole book had a good thing going until May joined the camp and then it just became this long preachy thing about how America has gone to shit and how there's always been the protectorate and they keep America safe..

What I'm saying is that the ideas and concepts explored in this book were really interesting - globalization, hyper religious zealots, hypocrisy , drugs t
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Carla
May 30, 2013 Carla rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This may actually be more disturbing than the movie "Idiocracy" in terms of making me lose hope in humanity. It was an interesting read and well worth the discomfort I felt. Nice balance between heavy railing against corporations run amok to an epic scale and developing a multi-faceted character.
Carol
Jan 27, 2014 Carol rated it did not like it
I really did try to read this. But I did not like the author's style at all. I did not care for the main character. I did read some ways in, but the only thing I liked was the premise.
Anagha
Nov 14, 2012 Anagha rated it it was amazing
Just got a copy of this! Eeek!

A lot of unemotional descriptions a la 1984 that really affected me more than an emotional book might.

Another fabulous book by the amazing Gates!
Lisa Mandina
Oct 16, 2014 Lisa Mandina marked it as dnf
Just couldn't really get into it. Interesting idea, just not my cup of tea.
Amy
Aug 22, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
be warned.....it has one of "those" endings

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Author J. Gabriel Gates is a native of Marshall, Michigan. The son of an English teacher, his passion for the written word began at a young age. During college, another passion – for performing – led him to get his B.A. degree in theater from Florida State University.

During his years in Los Angeles, he appeared in a dozen national TV commercials and penned several screenplays while laying the grou
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“If the world is polluted, we are polluted. If the world dies, we die anyway. I don't pretend to be separate from the world. If she is poisoned, I jump in and be poisoned with her.” 2 likes
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