Reboot the present. Save the future.
Max, a data whiz at the Facebook-like social media company Wren, has gotten a firsthand glimpse of the dark side of big tech. When he starts asking quest ...more
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Alright, now that all my screaming is out of the way and I'm calm, gigantic thank you to the publisher for reaching out to me and providing me with an advanced copy of this highly anticipated book of mine.
So I've now read every single book he AND his wife have put out and I have opinions. It would appear that, no matter what, I'm just going to auto-read anything the ...more
The thing I enjoyed the most about this novel was that it kept on surprising me, especially when I thought I had it pinned down. This is a particular pleasure of mine and I don't encounter it often. (See also: THE HIKE by Drew Magary.) At first we start with a Silicon Valley satire, and then it seems like this is turning into a real hero's journey, there's a ...more
I haven't read the author's YA books but I know he's popular.
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I don't usually read thrillers based in Silicon Valley because I know the techno babble will go right over my head (and it did), but I was intrigued about a story centered around how three misfits work together to take down an establishment based on greed, privilege and status.
When Max, a talented programmer in a Facebook-like company, brings his ethical ...more
After questioning his employers, data technician Max finds himself fired and blackballed across the industry. Taking his insider knowledge, he gathers his friends in a daring plan to rip the curtains off the stage and make a stand. When they receive a mysterious invitation from a reclusive tech legend and access to his technology, their plans go further than they cou ...more
I think my main problem with the beginning of the book was that it involves a lo ...more
Have you ever read a book that so desperately wanted to be the next edgy thriller that everyone’s raving about, but it ended up feeling like that book you picked up at the airport on a layover because you forgot your phone charger and you needed something to do on the flight, but listening to screaming babies was better than reading it? Unfortunately, Version Zero is that book, and because I do ...more
This book and I got off to a bit of a rocky start, but once I was in and committed it ended up being absolutely brilliant. I was so glad it worked out, because I really didn’t want to be disappointed by a book from this author.
The rocky start was mostly due to the language, especially the slang, and somewhat the writing style. It is a science fiction, and it took me a while to figure out that this was a slightly alternate world to t ...more
What do you do when social networks are taking over the world? The dystopian ideas contained in Version Zero give some thought, but they are not family-friendly.
Three Friends, Max, Akiko and Shane, are low-level workers at Wren, one of the most wide-spread of the main five social networks, networks that know all of the secrets of people, that offer them little in the way of protection, and when things go wrong, as they always do, will deny any responsibility.
So, when Max discovers something abou ...more
Max works at Wren, which is like Facebook. He was asked to work on a project on wa ...more
The group calls themselves Version Zero and are soon befriended by an internet tycoon who has spent the past three years as a recluse. As their plans to right the wron ...more
TW: use of the word "powow"
Version Zero is a SF thriller that examines just what it will take to shock us. Everyday users from a state of willful ignorance where we don't 'know' what rights we are signing away. What starts out as an attempt to make us aware, quickly devolves into a means to break a system we may just be trapped within. My favorite element of Version Zero has to be th ...more
Max works at Wren, a social media company that's basically Facebook, coming up with new and brilliant ways to trick users into giving up more data. When he learns that some of what Wren plans to do with that data is more nefarious than he thought, he rebels, teaming his best friend, coder and fellow Wren employee Akiko, and her boyfriend, pool cleaner Shane. When the trio hooks up with reclusive tech billionaire Pilot Markham, things get more intense, an ...more
Set in the near future, Max works at Wren, a very successful social media company, whose job is to create new and brilliant ways to trick users into giving up more (and more personal) data. It is not something he is completely ...more
Answer: Verison Zero
Version Zero begins when Max, our main protagonist, discovers some shady going ons at his social media company, Wren. FYI Wren is in Version Zero what Facebook is in real life. Because he is a good person, he begins to question things and we all know what happens when you begin to question the man at the top.
You get fired.
With his two friends and a disenchanted tech guru, the team devise a plan that will shock the wo ...more
This is a fast read and I would attribute that to much of the narrative being taken up with explanations (accurate enough) of how the real-life Internet works. A quick perusal of some other GR reviews confirms my hunch that this style is way too facile for some readers. I went with it, though, because the characters are well-drawn and author, David Yoon has created an original set of circumstances for this thriller. In the world right now, we are talking a ...more
So, I went in thinking of the David Yoon who wrote Frankly in Love. And what I got was, like, SO. NOT. THAT. But I loved it. The tech world is not something with which I have much familiarity, but I feel like a bit of a vet in the industry from having experienced this read! There was just so much to get outta this story, too. The surprise of Brayden, the sociopath ...more
What are you willing to give away to stay connected on the internet? Max, a tech guru was fired after he began questioning his company’s data information practices. He and his friends, Akiko and Shane decide to “fix” the internet. Pilot,a tech mogul with his own agenda offers to help Max and his friends with their plan.
I wanted to like this book, i really did. The story was intriguing, the seedy and dark side of social media and data harvesting. Maybe it’s my age, but the characters are a ...more
I didn't understand Pilot's usage of Mister and Miz, it fe ...more
I really enjoyed Yoon's writing. I think in another author's style the storyline could have gotten bogged down, but Yoon has a sparse sort of way of describing character emotions and setting descriptions that enable the reader to easily read between the lines to understand the larger (and there are many) concepts in the book.
I got a little confused however, with this style of writing towards the end of the book, when the action really ramps up. There are struggl ...more
My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley. This review was written voluntarily and is entirely my own, unbiased, opinion. ...more
Once I got a handle on his writing style (which was maybe *too* clever and parenthetical, but also poked fun at itself a bit, which I appreciate); I thought it brought up some good questions about the internet / our devices / the privacy we willingly give away.
Full review coming for Shelf Awareness. ...more