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Division Zero

(Division Zero #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Most cops get to deal with living criminals, but Agent Kirsten Wren is not most cops.

A gifted psionic with a troubled past, Kirsten possesses a rare combination of abilities that give her a powerful weapon against spirits. In 2418, rampant violence and corporate warfare have left no shortage of angry wraiths in West City. Most exist as little more than fleeting shadows and
Paperback, 282 pages
Published March 7th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published March 5th 2014)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Division Zero
(Division Zero #1)
by Matthew S. Cox
I didn't read the blurb before reading the book, I just love everything this writer writes so I dove in, WOW! I was not prepared for this! A team known as Division Zero, (in the future), has the ability to not only see spirits but battle them. They also can read minds but that is a no-no unless necessary. They sometimes, in extreme cases of life and death, have wiped minds clean! Think vegetable! Division zero is feared by all!
This is a story abou
Denise Keef
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a few other books by Matthew Cox and loved them and could kick myself for having not started this series sooner! This is an amazing book and great start to the series! The story takes place in the year 2418 and the world as we now know it, is nothing like it is then! Even the police force which Agent Kirsten Wren is a part of is drastically different. She belongs to Division Zero which investigates paranormal type crimes and is called in more times than not. She is also a psionic which ...more
In a future where adbots chase after an endless stream of hovercars, where bionic enhancement has become commonplace, where telekinesis is an accepted skillset, where any food that isn't based off of the ubiquitous OmniSoy is a luxury, Kirsten Wren still manages to be an oddity. Kirsten is a psyonic in the police force's Division Zero, the psych squad. Her rare talent allows her to look into others' minds and wield literally mindblowing blasts of psionic energy, to see into the astral plane and ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Initial Reaction...
I really liked the characters in Division Zero and the world was fascinating. It was a bit more procedural than I expected or typically like, but if that's your thing you'll probably like it even more than I did.

The Characters...
The main character in Division Zero is Kirsten Wren, a psionic with many g
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

3.5 stars. The idea of mixing cyberpunk, crime, psychic powers and ghosts was really interesting, and in general, I liked what the author created here. The world depicted here seemed true enough to what I expected of such a setting, seen through the eyes of a young police officer who's had her share of difficult moments and knows how far from rosy and sheltered life is. It addressed the matter of consciousness in various ways, th
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for giving me a copy of this e-book to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.

Goodreads Blurb:
Most cops get to deal with living criminals, but Agent Kirsten Wren is not most cops.

A gifted psionic with a troubled past, Kirsten possesses a rare combination of abilities that give her a powerful weapon against spirits. In 2418, rampant violence and corporate warfare have left no short
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Should I give you a short description? I don’t think that’s the case, because the book’s synopsis is more than enough. Anyway, it’s not my style to tell you what happens in the book, and I don’t think that’s the purpose of a review. All that’s left for me to do is the recommendation to read it or not. I don’t usually write negative reviews and I prefer not to post at all if I didn’t like the book. So, if I’m writing these lines, you already know what my recommendation is. Yes, Division Zero is w ...more
Elle Klass
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Division Zero by Matthew Cox is a nonstop action novel based centuries into the future, and not out of the realm of possibility. Kirsten is a Division Zero, those with psionic talents, police officer chasing down a supernatural force that is embodying dolls, and wreaking havoc. Among her psionic talents Kirsten is able to see and communicate with ghosts, mind blast her enemies into temporary paralysis, and use telepathy to speak into the brains of others. Her patrol vehicle is a bit quirky and c ...more
Samuel Alexander
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love mysteries. I love humor. I love action. I love scifi. And… I love this book. It was just fun to read. The characters had depth, nothing flat in these pages. They all had very different personalities. Even the minor characters were interesting. The plot moved along quite well. I do a lot of skimming when I read books, for two reasons, one I just don’t have that gift of stretching a plot out for pages so I skim over what I can’t write, secondly, that stuff I can’t write I usually have no in ...more
Casia Courtier
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an Audible code from the author via Audiobook Boom for an honest review. What follows is my honest opinion of the work. I have not been compensated for this review.This is not my first Cox book nor is it my first book in this scifi/post-apocalyptic world. But I wish it was. The books set in the same world weren't bad and I still highly recommend, but this one helps set the world better. You get a feel of who psionics are and what the government is like. You get a feel of the underbell ...more
DNF at 60%

I apologize to the author, but I can't stand Division Zero anymore. It's giving me a serious bout of nausea. No, it's not due to horrific content or monsters galore. It's simply motion sickness.

This book can't decide what it is. An "In Death" fan? Or a Dante Valentine's one? Is it a thriller or a futuristic Bridget Jones?
Past mid-mark I still don't know. And I fear I don't really care.

Imagine a high-trill chase on your favorite thriller. A killer on the loose. A city on the verge of
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Netgalley. Thank you Curiosity Quills!

Division Zero is detailed paranormal crime thriller set in a futuristic, cyberpunk world. Have I caught your attention yet?

Cox is great at world building, mixing novel ideas with older stereotypes of a gritty technological world set sometime in the future. I do enjoy reading about police procedural stories, especially when they contain a hint of the paranormal.

Kirsten, our heroine, is somewhat different from her collea
Kristelle Elaine
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-review

I received a copy of this ebook from Xpresso Tours in exchange for my honest review.


Division zero tells about psionics (people who are gifted), ghosts, policemen, flying cars and a whole new advanced level of technology and environment. For me, Division zero is the very nice mixed quality of Sci-fi, Fantasy and Crime and is told in a very casual and not exaggerated way of writing. I liked the way how the Science-Fintasy thing blend perfectly into the story th
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Atheistic Ghost Whisperer?

••• Not for the transphobic, homophobic, or closedminded •••

This series must be read in order. Though this is technically the first book I recommend reading Virtual Immortality first as it is set before this book in the same world and a few of the characters make appearances in here :) The short Into The Beneath can be read before or after this book. I can't wait to read Loose Ends!

Kirsten had a horrible childhood... Especially after she came into her powers. Her m
Namrata Ganti
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! That is the first thought that went through my mind. I love this book. The story is wonderful and so well-written it is easy to fall in love with. The story follows Kirsten as she tries to solve a case where dolls seem to be going crazy and randomly killing people. Kirsten is a psionic and has the ability to see ghosts and interact with them. She can also converse telepathically and read people’s minds. We are also given a glimpse into Kirsten’s childhood and the reasons behind who she is ...more
Curiosity Quills Press is fast becoming a favorite publisher of mine. They seem to have that special knack that finds authors like Matthew Cox, who can weave a story that whisks you away, submerging you in the plot and characters, and make your reality melt away for a few precious hours.

Kirsten Wren is a psionic cop from Division Zero in 2148. First off...let's talk about how much I love the fact that the author gave us an exact year. So often, futuristic books are just left as post-apocalyptic
Dallas Mullican
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Division Zero is a wild ride. Full of suspenseful investigation, feeding the reader tasty tid-bits at regular intervals. The action is a punch in the face, hurling you along with the speed of a psionic astral whip. The story revolves around Agent Kristen Wren. A pretty, delicate lass who suffers intense loneliness and the scars of a painful past. But that’s where the fragility ends, she can hold her own with the most vicious of adversaries. Most of her enemies come in the form of ghosts she must ...more
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Guess what?? I have a Wed. Afternoon review for you!! "Division Zero" By Matthew Cox is nothing like I have ever read before, Mixing The Paranormal in the Futuristic world of Cyberpunk. Agent Kirsten Wren is a "Psionic Division Zero Police Detective." She investigates the paranormal in a very special squad because she can see, communicate, destroy or Send to the Silver light, Ghosts. She also has the ability to wipe your mind clean so you can imagine the loneliness of having everyone afraid that ...more
Roxanne Kade
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! What a rush! This book was so freaking exciting.

Once I got used to the Sci-Fi jargon, this book grabbed hold of me and didn't let go until the very end. It played out in my head like a movie with amazing descriptions and electrifying characters. I was sent on a thrilling ride along with Kirsten each time she had to face another evil spirit, and the action never ended. I loved getting to know the world she lived in and the many abilities of Division 0.

But this book wasn't only action and
Bruce Blanchard
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The writer is Matthew Cox, an able crafter in the art of writing who cares for a story providing character build up and growth in the midst of the world they live. In this case, it is Kirsten Wren, a woman with psychological mommy issues and a talent (a gift and a curse) to speak to ghosts and encourage them to move on. The more the dead stick around, the more troublesome they can be. One spirit refuses to move on, inflicting vengeance on a corporation by invading server bots and having them kil ...more
I really had trouble getting into the story as I found the first part of it a bit confusing and almost stopped reading it. Boy am I glad that I persevered!

I loved the rest of the story! So many new original ideas I sometimes had to put the book down for a while just to let them percolate for a bit. I found Matthew's take on ghosts completely enthralling and if I write any more about the book there will be spoilers galore.

Therefore, I'm just going to say that I highly recommend this book to anyo
Jen Estes
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Agent Kirsten Wren is strong, smart, funny and beautiful. But even in a world full of androids and ghosts, she’s the freak - thanks to her psionic abilities. Still, psionics give her an edge as an agent in Division Zero (think Fringe meets X-Files). Her newest case is one of murders being committed by dolls (human-like androids) in futuristic Seattle. Her investigation leads her through twists and turns full of corporate greed, unhinged cyborgs and sexbot sexcapades. Believe me when I say that t ...more
James Wymore
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
PARANORMAL CYBERPUNK MYSTERY! I'm not kidding. This book is as awesome as it sounds. Matthew Cox's debut novel is innovative and emotionally powerful. The characters are fresh and the fast paced story gripped me to the last page.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms

Review to be posted on July 2nd 2014 on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
J.S. Hughes
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Cause I'm a ninja."
Dave Higgins
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Balancing fast-paced, street-level cyber-strife with psychological (and psionic) nuance, Cox makes the reader feel the decaying substance beneath the frenetic style.

Rampant corporations tore the old world apart in their struggle for economic supremacy. Now those same corporations all but rule the technological enclaves scattered across the tainted wastelands that were nations. Caught between these duelling behemoths and a disadvantaged populace, the police are rarely loved. But none are more shu
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to the future 2418 where being a police officer means that you are trying to keep the rampant violence down . But if you are also a police officer that is also a psionic you will be battling the ghosts . Meet Kristen Wren a young psionic and police officer . She has a talent to track and kill ghosts .. When a series of attacks puts Kristen on the case . She is now in the cross hairs for corporate assassins and a vengeful ghost . Will she survive to close the case or will she become one ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the author, Matthew S. Cox, for an honest review.

I really loved this book.

I found myself really engrossed in the life of Kirsten. I found myself wanting to know more about her and her background and had a hard time putting the book down.

The psionic aspect of the story was very interesting as well. Even though the story takes place in the future, the futuristics of it were not over my head. You do not need to be an avid reader of dystopian stories to foll
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a new author for me but I really enjoy what he writes. This isn't any different. Okay rephrase this was really different. Its got cyber punk which I am a fan of. Its also a mixture of supernatural in the way of psychic powers and some other things. Wont give too much away but I think a lot of people will dig this. I wasn't sure at first because going into it I didnt know about the cyber punk :). It was a great surprise. Think Bladerunner kinda if you are familiar with that. It reminded me of ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a world come undone who does protect innocence?

With every technical gadget one could imagine. Still no way to logically deal with paranormal activity. Ignoring it doesn't make it go away. Even one with sight to see can't comfortably accept it. Traditional beliefs tragically tarnished by abusive opportunists. So the innocent become Division Zero.
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Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor wit ...more

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