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The Secret Value of Zero

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  51 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
When men and women in black burst into Meke's room, she must decide if she will go with them. They offer an irresistible chance for Meke, branded a Zero because of her deafness, to prove that she is more than a Zero. In Prosperon, where intelligence and ability reign supreme, deafness is categorized as a defect, placing Meke in the lowest rank. After eight years of endurin ...more
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Published May 16th 2013 (first published May 15th 2013)
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Oshin Dutta
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Who would have thought that ZERO, a "symbol for nothingness" could eventually be a base for such a good novel..?! Miss Victoria Halley has set her story in a dystopian society. Though clearly a YA sci-fic dystopia, the novel may also be classified as action/adventure. As the novel commences, we are transported to Prosperon, a nation crippled by rank system where people are discriminated according to their genes since the tender age of one. Meke Lachota, the protagonist, has been branded a Ze

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Jayant
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Secret Value of Zero depicts a futuristic society, where food is engineered, animals are nearly extinct, and humans are ranked on the basis of their intelligence and ability, as indicated by their genetic composition. This rather dystopian world is based absolutely on the principles of utilitarianism, which can more or less be summarised as "the greatest good for the greatest number". In the face of rapid evolution as a species, and technological advancement, basic human rights like freedom ...more
Dinesh V
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well this is the first book i completed on the Kindle and it was a breeze. In a lot of ways the choices faced by the protagonist are choices we face in our daily lives. The dilemma, the guilt and the relief felt by the character are all brilliantly portrayed. Influence of the Harry Potter(greater good) series and the original master of science fiction Issac Asimov are seen in the book. The ranking system rings closer to the caste system in India. Kudos to Praveen Damore.

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Samantha
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an action/adventure/romance/drama/scifi story about a girl who lives in a world where everyone is tattooed with their rank in society when they're infants. She's marked as a "Zero" because she happens to be deaf, but she's tough as nails and overcomes huge obstacles as she tries to overthrow her government and change the world she lives in for the better.

It reminds me a bit of The Hunger Games -- interesting premise, action packed, highly readable, strong female lead, and a touch of dram
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Abhinav Krishna
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
The secret Value of Zero was my first read in a long, long time and a thoroughly enjoyable one too. Being all too familiar with Victoria Halley’s meticulous style of writing, I dived into the book with the curiosity of a ten year old and she didn’t disappoint! The story surrounds the life of Meke Lichota, a teenager living in a post-apocalyptic age where humans are ranked based on their skills and abilities. As a deaf girl, Meke is rated a zero, the lowest rank among Prosperon’s grades.

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Morgan
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the nation known as Prosperon your value to society is determined very early on in your life. The top scientists (the Stars) have developed a method of genetically testing children at the age of one and categorise them accordingly into a social hierarchy. Those deemed as most worthy get all the advantages, and the scale slides from there until you reach the zeros. Themes similar to Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World except people are elevated or dumbed-down after birth instead of during gestat ...more
Tanya
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved the Book. Inspired by the protagonist, as well as the Author. Meke, the protagonist, is the kind of female role model I'd like my children to grow up reading about. And I'd strongly encourage parents to gift it to their children, or read it themselves. That's just how inspiring and wonderful a role model she is!--And so is the Author, whose depth of thought AND understanding of emotions, is vivid from everything about the way the book is written.
Aarti
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Victoria does a great work in building the characters and their struggles. The idea of labelled people is new and refreshing. The development of Meke, the protagonist, has been done beautifully. The description of combat scenes with the badass heroines is something which isn't very common. I am looking forward to more novels from the author, even if they are not sci-fi.
Disability in Kidlit
The main character is deaf, as is the author.
Zenith Baker
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
The societal structure and Meke's ability are more interesting than the storyline, however, it's not an entirely disappointing read.
Ann Litz
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A little bit of "The Giver," a bit of "The Handmaid's Tale," a smidge of "The Fifth Element." I can't remember the last time I read until my eyes hurt.
Kelly
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good book. Took me months to track down, as it was only on Kindle and not on Nook.
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