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Zeroes (Zer0es #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  3,211 Ratings  ·  505 Reviews
Five hackers—an Anonymous-style rabble-rouser, an Arab Spring hacktivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll—are detained by the U.S. government, forced to work as white-hat hackers for Uncle Sam in order to avoid federal prison. At a secret complex known only as "the Lodge," where they will spend the next year working as an elite cyber-espio ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Harper Voyager
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Carrie Mansfield I'd give this an R rating. There's language and innuendo a plenty, and there's a decent amount of violence. I never found it excessive or gratuitous…moreI'd give this an R rating. There's language and innuendo a plenty, and there's a decent amount of violence. I never found it excessive or gratuitous (I think it's cleaner than many an HBO show) but it is there. If you're genuinely concerned, you might want to keep looking.(less)

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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In Chuck Wendig’s new techno-thriller novel, Zer0es, five hackers — some highly skilled, some not so skilled — are not-so-innocently going about their daily business when they are unpleasantly interrupted by a tall African-American man who introduces himself as Hollis Copper or (in one case) “Mr. Government.” This motley crew of five consists of Chance, an aspiring Anonymous-style hacker who’s more con man than computer whiz; DeAndre, a talen
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Readers are taken on a wild ride through the dark side of the internet in what might be Chuck Wendig’s most ambitious novel to date. Exploring the world of hackers, cybercrime and artificial intelligence, Zer0es is a sci-fi thriller featuring the largest cast he’s ever written, as well as a scope that spans the entire nation. As a fan of the author, I knew I had to check this one out as soon as I learned about it, and by
Elise (On The Bookshelves)
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Original review post can be found at On The Bookshelves

"The Kardashians are hot."
"They're not. Okay, Kim's kinda hot.
But that one sister looks like a shaved Wookiee.
She's basically a giant thumb with a wig."

Five hackers—an Anonymous-style rabble-rouser, an Arab Spring hacktivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll—are detained by the U.S Government and given two options: spend time in jail, or work for them over the next year. The group are thrown together and it's
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Full Review at Tenacious Reader:

I expect I may have some unpopular opinions on this .

Actual rating for me is a 2.5.

I have a strong regard for Wendig and his other books, so I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it: I was disappointed. I wanted to love or at least really like this book and felt like I hit obstacle after obstacle. Some of my complaints are more minor, but they cumulate to an overall less than positi
Ashley Daviau
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's difficult to put into words how bloody brilliant this book was! I loved the Miriam Black series and thought it was impossible to beat its greatness but I'm pretty sure Zeroes did that and more! It was just so stunningly intricate and my mind is still reeling from everything that happened!

While it was mildly confusing at first having to deal with the many different characters and POVs, I quickly became absorbed by the story and fell in love with each character and their quirks. And let me t
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Five hackers—an Anonymous-style rabble-rouser, an Arab Spring hacktivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll—are detained by the U.S. government, forced to work as white-hat hackers for Uncle Sam in order to avoid federal prison. At a secret complex known only as "the Lodge," where they will spend the next year working as an elite cyber-espionage team, these misfits dub themselves "the Zeroes."

But once the Zeroes begin to work, they uncover secrets that would make
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I was excited to see another book by Chuck Wendig, who is a creative guy, with imagination galore. And a technothriller. This book focuses on five hackers recruited by the U.S. government, who must dedicate a year of their lives to a top-secret program to avoid conviction and jail time for their escapades. Of course, as hackers, they are unable to follow the rules, and are soon asking questions and trying to find answers and an escape. Their opposition is fierce and something new. However, it wa ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was a lot of fun and perfect for my mood. Fast paced, interesting story, and fun characters. Read almost like a movie with short scenes and chapters.

Will continue the series if/when more books come out
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.8 Out Of 5 "conspiracy theory" STARS

Full Disclosure:  I was little confused while listening to this…because I'm not hacker proficient.  Did I enjoy the story despite that…yeah…for the most part, I did.  The characters more-so than the plot.  There is plenty of humor in this, albeit profane and lots of techno-action, and actual action, considering it’s a book about hacking and such. 
The narration is surprisingly good, considering how many main characters there is in this.  Ray Chase manages to
Michael Hicks
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In short, I don’t give a damn what NY Daily News says, Zer0es is a sheer f-ing blast and might very well be my favorite novel of the year. Although, I do reserve the right to change this opinion after I finish reading Chuck Wendig’s next novel, Star Wars: Aftermath, due out in about two weeks, in which Mr. Wendig gets to play around in the SW universe. And that, my friends, could very well be the book of the decade century. But, for now, let us discuss Zer0es.

In case you can’t tell, I’m a huge f
Lilia Ford
I found this next to impossible to put down which was a problem given its length. I adored the set up and the cast of misfit-hackers, who had the great advantage of feeling like genuine misfits, i.e. unlike the usual photogenic, close-up ready Hollywood Misfits played by people like Brad Pitt. My favorite character, to my enormous surprise, was Reagan, the internet troll, and probably one of the nastiest bitches to ever serve as heroine of a bestseller; the effect was downright liberating. She h ...more
Laura Roberts
For the TL;DR crowd I’ll skip straight to the end: Go read this fucking book now!

For the rest of you, strap yourselves in and let’s ride.

See, as soon as I found out Chuck Wendig had written a book about hackers, I was like YES, I’M ALL IN!

I used to love reading books about hackers. When I was in high school, I eagerly gobbled up Neal Stephenson’s early books like Snow Crash and The Diamond Age. My favorite was actually Zodiac, more of an eco-thriller than a cyberpunk book, but I loved the high-s
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i am hopelessly tech challenged. so i normally pass on "cyber espionage" type books. but i was fortunate enough to meet mr wendig at phcc and he was super nice and kind enough to give me an arc of this book. so i figured it would be rude of me not to read it. plus i've always had a hard time putting down one of his books once i start it. zer0es was no different. while there was plenty of tech talk, it wasn't overwhelming or bogged down by insider jargon and it never slowed the intense pace of th ...more
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a pleasant surprise! If you liked Daemon then be sure to give this a read. I actually got this completely by accident, I actually meant to get Zeroes. So a strange twist of fate made me read this wonderful book which I would not have gotten otherwise. Very entertaining and looking for more from the author,

I too was a BBS junkie. So it could relate. :)
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chuck Wendig’s new novel, Zer0es, is more cyber and more thrilling than most cyber thrillers I’ve read. From the very first page, it’s evident that Wendig is either secretly a world-class hacker in his own right, or he’s done so much research that he has become not only comfortable, but fluent in the technical and paranoia-fueled online world that hackers inhabit. Either way, he’s definitely on the NSA’s watchlist — but this book should be on their reading list as well, as Zer0es is an entertain ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
After a brief respite, we were hit by another tropical wave, so this will be very brief review. I picked up this book because of Wendig’s upcoming Star Wars book, Aftermath. Having never read anything by this author, I wanted to check out his writing.

If you want a detailed, thoughtful account of this book, read Mogsy (MMOGC)'s review - it's spot on.

Zer0es is a techno-thriller with sci-fi elements set in the present (Arab Spring is mentioned, for example). If I have to compare it to anything, it
Mark Gardner
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I missed a chance to pick up a paper version of Zer0es while at Phoenix Comicon, but after an email to Harper Voyager, they sent me an eARC via Edelweiss. I love a nice autographed paper version, but eARCs are my preferred reading method.
More than one reviewer has compared Zer0es to the television show Person of Interest, and this comparison is just. I enjoy the TV show, and I really enjoyed the book.

I have yet to read a story by Chuck Wendig that I didn’t like. I’ve not cared for certain aspect
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A disparate group of hackers are coerced into working for the NSA after they are each caught using their hacking "skillz" for illegal purposes. Each person brings a little something different to the team, who name themselves "Zer0es", and they are put to work probing the cyber-security and infiltrating various companies and institutions around the world. They are skilled and they are determined to serve their time at the NSA and then get back to their real lives. However, something else is contr ...more
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a cross between the tv show, Person of Interest (big brother anyone?), and the sci-fi movie, existenz (Cronenberg).

There are a group of hackers hired by the CIA for a secret project. Everyone involved is left in the dark, but this group is hired to peel away the layers of the onion. When they do their job too well, they find themselves on the run from the very program that hired them.

This is fast paced and engaging. I liked where the story took me and I could suspend my disbelief enoug
jv poore
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it

To be fair, I'd buy cereal for the box if Chuck Wendig wrote the Nutritional Information.

To me, when he puts the words on the paper, he can do no wrong and I believe the far-fetched, yet oddly believable narrative spun in Zer0es is a spot-on example of this.!
Tom Swift
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun fast paced sci-fi thriller. The government recruits computer hackers to assist on a secret project.
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

Zer0es was a fun, rather over the top read, and unlike anything I’d ever really read before. I’m not sure how many books I’ve read about hackers – I’m pretty sure this was the first (and since then I’ve now read two more…). Opening with our five ‘Zeroes’ being recruited (or rather apprehended) by the US Government, it easily set up each character’s personality. The hac
Clare O'Beara
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america-crime, sf, i-t
The tale follows five hackers with varying levels of skill and wisdom as the NSA catches up with them and offers them a year working for the government or longer jail time. Each one has a personality and story, which we discover as the story continues. One lad has the least experience and he has to have jargon explained to him, for the benefit of the reader.

I enjoyed the first half of the book with scenes of hacking and information gathering. The atmosphere in the secured camp came across as hi
So an Arab Spring hacktivist, an online troll, a wannabe Anonymous-style hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and a credit card scammer walk into a bar… Well, okay, the bar part isn’t necessarily part of Chuck Wendig’s new novel Zer0es, but wouldn’t that make for a great joke-writing contest?

Instead, Zer0es begins with the five aforementioned digital malcontents getting caught in various acts of online criminality, then being strong-armed by the U.S. government into working for them. The hackers ca
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-series
Techno-thriller, very quick read. A group of malcontents (they settle on the name "Zer0es" to reflect that) is brought in and blackmailed by a shadowy government agency to hack. Some great characters here, motivations and personalities quite different. A lot of fun to read.

The story is hard sci-fi, or perhaps cyberpunk, until about half way through. The bizarre turn it takes throws me for a loop, and my disbelief of that steals one star from the rating. In hindsight, I wish the author had plante
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first venture into one of Mr. Wendig's novels and, suffice it to say, I have purchased just about his entire bibliography based on this novel alone. The book is classified as a technothriller, as it should be, considering it is about hackers and artificial intelligence. But once you really dive deeper into the pages, you begin to realize it is more of a horror story. There is plenty of pulse-pounding action, witty banter between the fellow hackers and enough plausible situations to k ...more
Book Riot Community
Hackers working separate agendas all over the globe - for financial gain, justice, dissent, etc. - find out they're really getting away with nothing when Uncle Sam shows up at their doorstep. The deal: Work for the U.S. government for a year doing secret-y computer stuff, or go to prison for many years. But is the work they're doing for the government on the side of good or evil? Together they'll work to try and escape their watchers and put a stop to the government project - but can they accomp ...more
Ben Babcock
Stories are fascinating because they are co-constructed experiences between teller and audience. Unless you are eating your own tale, your story takes shape not just from your words but also from its form in the minds of your audience. Each audience member contributes their own flavours to the stories. Sometimes, their visions correspond eerily similar to yours. Other times those visions diverge. I’m always fascinated when I read a story and find myself enjoying it despite its plot diverging fro ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Чак Вендиг русскоязычному миру не очень известен. Единственная его книга, имеющая шансы на перевод — «Звёздные войны: Последствия» («Aftermath: Star Wars») Aftermath (Star Wars Aftermath, #1) by Chuck Wendig , которая вышла 4-го сентября и на Амазоне у неё уже почти тысяча отзывов. В «Последствиях» автор рассказывает о событиях, происходящих между шестым эпизодом «Возвращение джедая» и «Пробуждением силы». Мой отзыв не об этой книге, но надо же автора представить!

«Zer0es» Вендиг написал тоже в этом году, и книга вышла 18-го августа. Пять хакеро
Chuck Wendig is one of those writers whose books I always plan to read. I even own one of his books – The Blue Blazes. But, you know how it goes: too many books, too little time…

Then, suddenly, the review copy of Zer0es dropped into my lap (or somehow got downloaded from Edelweiss). It took exactly three word from summary to get me hooked. “When five hackers…” As soon as I found out it’s about the group of hackers, I needed to show my geeky support and read it right away.


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