Michael's Reviews > Year Zero
by Rob Reid (Goodreads Author)
The story itself revolves around the unfortunately-named Nick Carter, a New York City lawyer who is contacted by two aliens. As it turns out, Earthlings produce the most revered music in the universe and aliens have been pirating Earth music since 1977. They have come to tell him that because of Earth's copyright laws and the universe's own code, the universe may become completely bankrupt. This makes other aliens not too pleased, and so one alien comes up with a plan to have the Earth blow itself up to cancel the debt.
The story itself is pretty funny as Nick learns about alien culture while trying to figure out how to save his own planet. It starts to fall apart a little with the plot. There's never any doubt that the Earth is going to be saved, and a few characters are basically deus ex machina generators.
Still, the references to mainstream and semi-obscure artists is a lot of fun, and the pop culture references are extremely current. It's a fun story to read, and it should rightly appall anyone unfamiliar with copyright law.