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Zero Point

(Owner Trilogy #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,967 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Earth's Zero Asset citizens no longer face extermination from orbit. Thanks to Alan Saul, the Committee's network of control is a smoking ruin and its robotic enforcers lie dormant. But power abhors a vacuum and, scrambling from the wreckage, comes the ruthless Serene Galahad. ...more
Hardcover, First, 564 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Tor (first published July 24th 2012)
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Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
So here we are at part two of Neal Asher’s ‘Owner’ trilogy and it’s fair to say that this volume takes a while to get going. Whereas the first book was an exciting rush of adrenalin pumping events, racing along as if believing that every one of its readers was addicted to high-octane videogames, this one opens slower, consolidating the ideas raised thus far. This makes (for the first half at least) a much less exciting and riveting book. But it also gives the reader time to ponder the politics o ...more
Paul Nelson
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-books-read
A 3.5 Rating.
Zero point is the second novel in the Owner trilogy and the supporting cast take centre stage as Alan Saul is badly injured in a failed assassination attempt.

On Earth the Committee’s rule has been decimated by Saul’s attack leaving them leaderless and in total disarray, the Zero asset population now threaten the planet and the remaining Committee members are immediately under threat. Out of the ashes rises a new dictator, Serene Galahad who takes the position of evil antagonist with
Chris Berko
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Asher delivers yet again. I found this much darker than his other books but no less fun. Great characters, huge story, and I love the way he layers his battle scenes. You'll have close quarters combat, large scale space battles, and cyberwarfare all happening at the same time. Asher is never boring and has become one of the authors I trust the most to bring multiple storylines together for epic finales. I love this shit. ...more
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
Zero Point is the second Owner novel from Neal Asher, following on from The Departure. While I enjoyed the opening novel in the Owner series, The Departure didn't work quite as much as I would have hoped - it was more a novel of setting things up, establishing the setting, and moving pawns in to place. My closing sentence in my review of The Departure was:

"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
Bryan Brown
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci_fi
Ugh, finally I'm finished with this one.

My biggest complaint from the first Owner book was how unlikeable several of the main characters was. That continues and even doubles down in this book.

First of all, Alan Saul, has become so powerful and outrageous that he has seemed to transcend sociopathy and gone right to weird and random. Also, as a character his abilities are ridiculously overpowered when compared to anyone else in the story. So much so, that for the entire first half of the book he
“Gideon” Dave Newell
Impressively, Neal Asher has managed to up both the quantity as well as quality of the violence in this second installment to his near-future dystopian ‘Owner’ trilogy. Like a hydra, the ruthless ‘Committee’ of Earth’s rulers, quickly sprouts new leadership in the wake of anti-hero Alan Saul’s one-man revolution in ’The Departure’. Chief among these is Serene Galahad, whose Committee bloodletting efficiently secures her role as supreme ruler of Earth. For a genocidal tyrant, this character is su ...more
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
An entertaining read but has a few flaws. The book jumps between the viewpoints of several characters, some of which do not bring a lot to the story and seem almost like filler detracting from more interesting plot points. The main antagonist is also a weakness in the book, she doesn't just do terrible things and be evil but she does so repeatedly and at times it almost feels like the book is descending into torture porn. ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply amazing. If you are into Leviathan Wakes and Altered Carbon, you will feel right at home. Shocking, violent, noir, and simply stunning space opera, this book is a must for hardcore scifi fans.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
This didn't fascinate me as much as the first one, now the primary antagonist is just certifiably, irrationally unhinged and doesn't seem nuanced or reasonable anymore. Half of the book involves an unusual twist, (view spoiler) which was a bold decision by the author, but it makes the book less fun for that portion. The technology was not a sci-fi concept I'm familiar with, had to do some reading up on it, but it was somewhat interes ...more
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
The adventures of Alan Saul continue. Saul is no longer human, nor even really a cyborg. He has become, reminding me of that Johnny Depp movie Transcendence, something more. While still retaining a human body, sort of, he is able to also have a presence in the Internet and robotic beings- a sort of Hyper-AI.

Now in complete control of Argus Station, he renames himself The Owner. It seems that he has raided the Gene Bank of Earth and now has the DNA samples of almost every creature to have ever ex
Tim Hicks
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Sure are a lot of thousand-word summaries of the plot in these reviews. Not here.

Lookit, you already KNOW that Asher's stories are written in large letters in crayon, or perhaps grease pencil, or perhaps a soldier's blown-off leg bone dipped in blood. You already know the science will range from micro-level extrapolations of modern realities to huge macro-level absurdities for which the pseudo-science is almost laughable (but still NOT over the border into silly). So you won't be surprised tha
Sam From the Square Groot
A step up form the first book of this trilogy. The main thing is that it slows down a bit, time is taken to establish more of the characters, especially the main character, Saul a.k.a the Owner. You find out more of his reasoning and logic on certain matters, why he is doing the things he is doing. Certain things of his rapid rise to the level he is at in the last book could have been saved for this book, and would have been an opportunity to learn more about him.

One of the interesting things ab
Martin Waterhouse
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, scifi
Neal Asher is the Jeremy Clarkson of the Science Fiction world: brash, somewhat juvenile and loves blowing shit up, and I imagine that - like with J.C. - I'd disagree with his views on politics, society and everything else, for that matter, on a molecular level, but I enjoy his novels and 'Zero Point' did not let me down. You don't read Asher for the depth of his characters - they're there to either squish or be squished - and if you want your Science Fiction to explore the human condition there ...more
Tom Mccarthy
Jun 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first book was... ok enough to pick up this one. The hero of the first book is pretty much out of commission in this one leaving the story's focus on the not-too-interesting supporting characters. The villain (Serene Galahad of all names) is so comically evil that, after killing most of Earth's population by pushing a button and then requiring the survivors to wear strangulation/decapitation collars that only she controls, I stopped reading a little more than halfway through. ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Asher's fixation on trans-human protagonists doing their thing wouldn't shame David Eddings, but it makes for good reads. I can't quite remember the first book in the series, but this one has an admirably simple cast of largely one-dimensional characters that makes following along straight-forward. 560 pages of light-hearted fun. ...more
Steven Stennett
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it pure pleasure in a book form, for somebody who lives and breaths science fiction this was an ongoing treat that I am looking to continue with the next installment.
Lee Belbin
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was at least as good as the first in the series. There is plenty of action going on with chapter switches between Earth, Mars and the Argoss satellite, serious baddies and the balancing heroes. This is well written, but when I pick up what the author is doing to keep me engaged, it is a slight drawback. You want to be totally imersed and never stop to figure how. A good SF read. I can't wait to get to the third. Some nasties still remain to be resolved. ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book at my local library, so I bought it and read it, even though I knew it was the second book in the trilogy. I wasn't expecting much, but Asher surprised me with vivid details, realistic characters, and a clear plotline.

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Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Published 2013. Asher her fleshes out some short stories on The Owner in a three part series (The Departure, Zero Point and Jupiter War). The first is good, the second stronger the third somewhat a little weaker than the first two - at least to me. I would consider the "Polity" series much stronger overall. ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've just found Neal Asher on Goodreads. I'm not going to leave a review, except to say that I own every. single. one. of his books in paperback. Books are expensive in South Africa, and I *really* don't have a lot of money. I buy them anyway, and cut back on other costs for the month. He's that good. ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not very interesting. Seems to reflect political views of author based on his Twitter posts. Nothing appealing here. Story could have been covered in a couple of short stories. The violence is disgustingly extreme.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Some really dumb plot points made me put this book down unfinished. However, with nothing else to read at some point, I did finish it. It was worth it mostly as a segway into the last book of the series which is easily the best book.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
An awful lot of brutal dystopian, utilitarian fun.
Joel Steele
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-to-read
This was a long read and felt sluggish in comparison to the first. Still a good series so far.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
2nd book in this not-his-best series. Kinda slow. Again, socialists in need of safe spaces might want to give this series a miss. Libertarians will enjoy it.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one too.
Bert De
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Space opera at its best!

Whoever likes stories of epic scale will love this book. Great characters and a wonderful mix of apocalyptic and optimistic.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really brilliant but bloody view of one possible future for humanity.
Ian Wilson
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A better book than the first in the series.
I felt it benefited from a bigger world view and fleshing out the depth of the lead characters.
Warren MacPhee
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story line, tinged with just enough real world events to be creepily believable

Enjoyed the sci fi imagination layered upon a dystopian view of the future Earth but with enough tentacles of current events to be a believable alternative factual account of human history...
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