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Day One

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  450 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Cloverfield  meets The Terminator  in this story of one man's escape from New York City as technology becomes sentient

Scandal-plagued hacker journalist John Hawke is hot on the trail of the explosive story that might save his career. James Weller, the former CEO of giant technology company Eclipse, has founded a new start-up, and he’s agreed to let Hawke do a profile on hi
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books
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I can't help but feel that many reviewers have been a little unkind to Nate Kenyon and Day One. It's nothing spectacular, for sure, but it delivers on what it promises to be: a serviceable thriller about technology over-taking us in the fast lane and deciding it doesn't want to have so many resource-consumers pulling on its coat-tails.

It does spin its wheels to begin with as Kenyon insists on trying to technobabble his way through a basic explanation of how what is happening happens, but once th
It’s the end of the world, or so it seems, and it isn’t a plague that does the world in, its technology, man-made technology, so brilliantly done that the program is thinking and evolving on its own, with one agenda, protect itself. How can the world survive the onslaught of a computer attack? Is there any freedom to be found from the prying eyes of "Doe?" An underground group of hackers are on the case, and have discovered that the only way to foil Doe is to be totally and completely removed fr ...more
Emma Sea
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0.5 stars

When I was invited to review Day One, I wasn't sure it would be a good idea, as it's not the kind of book I typically pick up (a.k.a. it's not young adult). However, I thought maybe it would be a good thing to try something totally different and see how it worked out for me. The plot at least sounded pretty interesting, and I've been curious about the concept of "cyberpunk" for a while. Sadly, it just didn't work for me on any level. Here are some of the reasons why:

- The plot is like a
Timothy Ward
The cover sold me, appealing to my love of post-apocalyptic stories. The story begins with a man’s nightmare of losing his son to some unstoppable force, which summarizes the book’s theme well. I need to care about my main character and relate to their desires, and Kenyon’s John Hawke does both very well. He’s a reporter struggling to support his family and has another baby on the way. He is behind on a big story about cyber terrorists, but even if he cashes in, will still be struggling a few mo ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, apocalypse
I'm pretty good with computers, and by that I mean I can turn one on and off without frying the hard drive. When it comes to hackers and all that techno wizardry, it's just so far over my head, you may as well be talking about alchemy ... or small engine repair ... or knitting. So there was a little bit of trepidation as I started to read this apocalyptic techno-thriller, because the protagonist is a computer programmer and a hacker contending with a technological disaster of epic proportions. T ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I will state the obvious saying that the events happen in one day. The cover is one of the best I have seen. If you like the end of the world or the machines take over the world stories than this a great read for you. For the most part of the book the reason behind everything remains unknown keeping the reader waiting for more. Some things still do actually.

Once I started the book I had a hard time putting it down. Things happened really fast and I wanted to see what was going to happen next. It
Debbie Narh
Unfortunately, I couldn't finish this novel but I loved the premise and the idea of it. It's very cool! I just had a hard time connecting with the characters and that was why I couldn't finish it.
Sep 04, 2013 marked it as to-read
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Personal rating: 3.5
I'm a huge fan of books with slightly psychotic characters and weird endings. So I definitely enjoyed this one! It had my eyeballs glued to the page (like to the point where it was SUPER LATE AND MY EYES WERE BURNING but I couldn't stop reading) and I wanted answers dangit. Aaaall the answers.

• A kind of apocalyptic city vibe, where I was 99% sure NO ONE COULD BE TRUSTED.
• John was a really SAD person and I felt for him a lot. His life just got worse and WORSE as the bo
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
*Genre* Science Fiction Thriller
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Jonathan Hawke is a former Times journalist and master hacker whose career path has been anything but smooth because of his reputation. In what he hopes will be the biggest break of his career and with a baby on the way, Hawke ends up being invited by James Weller, the former CEO of giant technology company Eclipse who opened his own business called Conn.ect, to do an expose about his former employer and expose their deepest and darkest se
Megan (The Book Babe)
Other reviews at The Book Babe's Reads. Due to copy and paste, formatting has been lost.

I really thought that I would like Day One. I'm a member of the tin foil hat group, so the idea wasn't really that implausible to me, and I thought that it would a great addition to the dystopian genre. I was a tad bit wrong there - unfortunately, I just didn't love this one. It was okay, it just wasn't what I was looking for.

Let's start with our main character, Hawke. I just couldn't connect with him. He wa
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't have too much in the way of negatives to say about this book. Okay, right? So we have seen the machines revolt against their creators thing before. Not like this. I promise you it is different and was approached from a fresh angle this time. There are multiple things happening in the beginning of this story that all tie in together. Many stories come from recent/current events, this is a very timely story.

Enter strong main character with the attitude to lead a novel like this. One of th
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts firmly rooted in current events. From "Anonymous" to "Occupy Wall Street" to the fact that the NSA is probably reading this as I type it. The author has carefully weaved that knowledge of current events and hacker culture into his narrative. And from there, it quickly spirals into an entertaining end-of-the-world scenario. Not zombies. Not vampires and werewolves. Technology. Technology that has become our undoing.

The author doesn't exactly break new ground with his story. It h
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The technological revolution is over and technology has won. Our lives are dependent upon the artificial things on our desks, in our pockets, and hidden in almost every little thing we use to get through the day. Nate Kenyon looks an hour into the future and shows us how fragile that reliance makes us. Don't mistake this as a retread of The Terminator or The Matrix, though. While DAY ONE's hero, Hawke, is a specialist, he's not the one we're used to seeing, proficient in combat, tactics, and mee ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first, I thought this was going to be similar to Maximum Overdrive, when the coffee maker and printer went crazy. I thought oh no this has already been done, but I kept reading and was pulled in immediately. Believe me when I say this story is different and puts a fresh new swing on these types of events.
I especially like the way we learn about all this awful problems that the main character, Hawke, has to deal with concerning his neighbor across the hall. You can see that this is something t
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
John Hawke is a hacker turns journalist on the trail of the story that can save his career. But what occurs, turns into a nightmare. While waiting to talk to the subject of his story, explosions and chaos rock the city of New York turning it into a war zone with John Hawke and a few others the number one suspect and in the crosshairs of law enforcement. Ho Hum, while this story had great potential and started out decent enough, it did not give me that thrill that comes from reading an exceptiona ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very credible nightmare firmly rooted in current events. Microprocessors and networking capabilities are embedded in all sorts of "intelligent" devices, making it possible to monitor and control from afar. What if someone or something could control everything from consumer products to government equipment?
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
B- almost a B pretty decent book leaves u feeling like a Second one is coming out but not as well written as it could have been
11811 (Eleven)
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Significant potential. Significant disappointment. The story just never sunk its teeth into me.
Deyth Banger
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
It was one long journey, sea with some mysteries, sea of some stuff which are known and unknown. But always something makes one book incrediable!

Time goes slow, everything starts from 6: - something (P.M.). The book is full of new vocabulary. The most interesting is that in the book there is "Hacker Journalist" (Note: As for me sounds interesting like two proffessions or like talants. It's not really said in more details about this person "Hacker Journalist" - so it will be needed one little edi
Adrian Durlester
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A serviceable thriller. Not quite up to the hype, but engaging enough - if you can overlook the slow start, and the endless infodumps attempting to explain and justify the premise. There's promise here - as the author has a deft hand, and I do like the writing style. For what is clearly near-term speculative fiction, it requires quite a bit of willing suspension of disbelief, because the story adheres too close to the now rather dated trope it employs. In their time, things like Colussus: The Fo ...more
Brian Grouhel
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a very pleasant surprize when you pick a book out of the back bin or off the shelf at a local thrift and once you start reading, find that you just can't put it down! Day One is that kind of book. It starts off in a normal way building characters and setting the scenes and then just as you're thinking what is going on, the world as we know it falls apart. Following the main character as he begins to realize what has happened and tries to make his way out of the city to rejoin his family mak ...more
Charles Wheeler
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I think there was a foundation for a much better story here, but the author didn't pull it off. Nevertheless, it was a decent story, though there were no surprises and the secondary characters weren't very interesting. There were a few threads in the story that felt unfinished. Despite the flaws, it was still a good enough story.
Tropey but with the right amount of cheese for an end of the world book.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
A quick read, the set piece style that takes you through the first hours of "Day One" is a page-turning delight but soon after the story becomes all too predictable.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fast, quick read. A terrifying look at the possible future of man and technology.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked the story but the characters were flat.
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine if you woke up and your coffee machine attacked you. Not outright physically jumped on you, but your coffee is blazingly hot and the pot explodes in your hand. You'd chalk it up as a fluke, right? But what if it escalates? Elevators shutting down with people trapped inside, cars driving themselves, and every computer, phone, and camera watching your every move. John Hawke is about to experience this and more.

Hawke, an accomplished hacker and journalist, has cut all his ties with his past
Emily Elizabeth
Day One was a great surprise. When I received an email that raved about the book and its upcoming release earlier this month, I knew I had to request it. The thing I didn't realize before going into the book? It's not a YA novel. Laugh if you will, but I definitely requested Day One thinking it was a young adult book about aliens. …I don't even know. Needless to say, I was worried when I discovered the truth. I'm not the biggest fan of adult. I shouldn't have been worried because I actually real ...more
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Nate Kenyon's latest novel is the techno-thriller Day One (Thomas Dunne/St. Martins Press). Booklist gave it a starred review, calling it "exciting and inventive." Library Journal called it a "must" and Kenyon's "scariest to date."

Kenyon grew up in a small town in Maine. His first novel, Bloodstone, received raves from places as varied as Library Journal, Fangoria, Publishers Weekly,, Ce

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