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Zero Percenters

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Would you sacrifice your humanity to live free from pain and suffering?

Conservationist Anja Lapin always stood firm against her father's profiteering. But in her wildest dreams, she never guessed his tech company would stumble on an algorithm enabling humans to digitize their bodies and secure artificial immortality.

Before Anja can stage a protest, terrorists take out the
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 273 pages
Published December 9th 2019 by Furthest Press
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Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Set in the future year of 2024, the premise for the "zero percent" population is excellent, but the story and the characters were not there. For the greater part of the novel the main characters were climbing a mountain and meditating...with little to no purpose. During this time there were excessive descriptions and no plot progression.

The "zero percent" population refers to those who have digitized themselves and no longer require the basic needs that humans do such as food, water, etc. Each z
Kelly McDonough
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely a page turner for science fiction fans!

Scott Grusky has created a believable science fiction novel that develops mindfulness of robotic humanoids and the fantasy of never experiencing illness, pain, old age or even death. The heroine of the novel, Anya Lapin, is believable as being only one of two flesh and blood humans left on earth. Her strong characteristics help readers understand she is fighting for survival in a world created by her father, who is killed, and who never intended
Ravin Maurice
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am wondering as I write this review, if all great sci fi novels are a commentary on human existence. Because Zero Percenters is both.
When I first started reading I was concerned that I was going to get weighed down by the science; not the authors fault, more having to do with my ability to understand technical terms. But Grusky has a knack for making the sci aspect totally accessible and easy to understand, and so very realistic that you can see it happening in real life. I loved the fact tha
Jan 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Because of the low rating this isn't going to go on my blog. This book was just, no. The blurb sounded interesting but the execution just wasn't what I hoped.

Jovaughn Brown
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
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In the very near future, a breakthrough in machine learning results in the ability for humans to digitize their entire bodies. Possibilities become endless as "zero percenters" -- the name given to people who are zero percent flesh and blood -- embark on pleasure-filled endeavors, while simultaneously solving all of the greatest problems previously facing humanity. Still, there are a couple of people who remain skeptical of zero perc
Sean Phillips
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A friend of mine kept raving about Zero Percenters, telling me I had to read it. I kept putting her off, because I just didn’t feel like dealing with another dystopian world. She insisted it wasn’t at all like typical dystopian fiction and actually was more utopian if anything. That slightly peaked my curiosity, but I still didn’t do anything until finally she got so frustrated that she said she would give me $100 if I read the whole book and truly didn’t like it. Well, I couldn’t turn down her ...more
Team Golfwell
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading “Zero Percenters: A Novel” by a brilliant, imaginative and very talented writer, Scott Grunsky, who, in my opinion, has a refreshing new style in writing dystopian novels.
I enjoy books with reasonably short chapters with a mix of longer chapters. I also like a medium to a fast-paced story that this author delivers in an easy to read and thought-provoking manner.

I felt this book is a highly creative and unique story that is told in the first person by an entity of artificial i
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Certainly more than the dystopia you'd originally think

An economist exploring the nature of our corrupted, polluted, dying world, searching for the capitalist or pragmatic solution to our scourge on earth, to instead find resolve and absolution at the most primal basis of human consciousness? A story almost too profound to put into words, seemingly advertising our solution to an utopian world isn't what we would believe at all. Peel away what we may think to be our problems as the human race and
Vincent Tomas
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hugely impressed on this one! I came in with pretty low expectations and wasn’t sure what to expect. Wow, was I ever surprised. My neurons are still tingling from all the profound philosophical stimulation. If you don’t like having your mind stretched, I would stay away, but if you have some spare mental resources, I can’t think of a better way to put them to use! I think what I most appreciated is the way that Grusky exquisitely rendered the possibility that things could change extremely fast i ...more
Danielle Antosz
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not your typical dystopian - in a good way

Where most dystopian novels spend time building a world where things have fallen apart, Zero Percenters actually starts just a few years from now with issues, like climate change, that we currently face.

Interesting exploration into what makes us human, what it would take for AI to become ‘human’, what a fully digital world might look like, and meditation. Really, the entire book feels like a bit of a meditation.

Slow start, but absolutely worth the rea
Susan  Alpert
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are so many fantasies explored in ZERO PERCENTERS: A NOVEL by Scott T. Grusky including turning into a bird, child, or even David Bowie. There is the more common fantasy of never experiencing pain, illness, old age, or death. Readers of this dystopian novel may never feel the need to daydream ever again.

The novel starts with a horrific mass murder in Silicon Valley that destroys the leaders of an artificial intelligence tech company. In order to save the planet from the terrorists it is d
Tom Challenger
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I deeply enjoyed Zero Percenters. It was a bit challenging for the first few chapters, but I kept at it because I loved the premise, as well as the incredibly detailed and rich writing. I sure was rewarded, as the world Grusky painted not only blew my mind, but offered me tremendous inspiration and hope for the future, which I was not expecting at all! This is one of those one-of-kind books that stay with you forever. I highly recommend it, but only if you are willing to expend some mental effor ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: won-in-giveaway
I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.

I wanted to like it so much more - the premise is utterly fascinating! I'm more than willing to suspend disbelief in reading fiction - especially science fiction - but the idea that everyone would immediately digitize themselves (and upgrade later) and give up all governments, power and routines within a month or two was one I just couldn't get past. In fact, I kept thinking that a storyline touching on the (non-existent) holdouts could be fascin
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The antidote for our difficult world. As a yoga practitioner and meditator, I'm amazed by the originality and wonderful theme of Zero Percenters. I won't spoil the story for anyone, but if you are interested in restoring your hope for humanity, this novel can really help. The characters are so inspiring... I can't get this story out of my mind. Thank you, thank you to the author for penning something like this. ETERNAL LOVING KINDNESS! ...more
Aniko Nagyne vig
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I finished the book, but I wanted to put it down so many times. I expected a science fiction. This was based on an original science fiction idea, but it morphed onto a hiking, tribute to nature and philosophy book. It had so many holes and errors in the science part.
The science and artificial intelligence part poorly thought through. Basically create an AI system to digitize humans in a day. Where did they get the materials and processors and shells needed for 8 billion people? How to perform t
Corrine Cassels
This book was a trip. I loved the concept so so much, and it could of really turned into one of my favorites, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The characters were a little one dimensional and vague at times and the story just didn't go where it could have gone. Overall it was a really intriguing read and I would be open to reading more from the author, just based on the genius concept alone. Just kept waiting for the story to turn into something it didn't. ...more
Rob Targosz
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Great idea horribly executed

So much potential for an amazing story thrown away on a teen fantasy novel with birds, skiing and meditation. Booooorrrrring!
NoNo JoJo
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Preface: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Explicit content: Death, violence
Actual rating: 3.25? Maybe?

This is a weird one, to the point where I'm not really sure how to rate or even describe it. Like a lot of people have mentioned, there's really no plot to speak of. The story is more character-driven and inwardly focused. There's a lot of meditating and philosophy (but not really in any meaningful depth). If you're looking for a story that takes the premise
Mal Warwick
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
OK, so this is a nutty story. I mean, really nutty. It’s as fantastic as the most over-the-top fantasy about mythical kingdoms, zombies, or vampires. Because the characters in this misbegotten novel appear at first to be human, or at least half of them do. Spoiler alert: eventually, none of them are. So, for a devoted fan of hard science fiction, this utopian fantasy is hard going, to say the least. The publisher calls it a “metaphysical science fiction novel,” but that characterization is unfai ...more
Ariel G
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The world stands upon the brink of breakthrough - or disaster. One young woman who still cares about preventing global catastrophe - Anja Lapin - appears on the scene as a savior-to-be, introduced by glowing praise from her beneficiaries in the not-too-distant future. But when she first shows up, she's more petulant than inspiring, getting into a spat with her scientist dad and storming off to be alone.

As ZERO PERCENTERS goes on, however, Anja develops from this unremarkable beginning into a per
Veronica Richard
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
In "Zero Percenters," Scott Grusky poses an answer to the Global Warming problem. Conservationist Anja Lapin has worked tirelessly to solve the worlds economic problems. Unbeknownst to her, her father and his tech company were able to create an algorithm that would allow humans to be digitized - meaning all organs and skin were digital. Humans could now be immortal and no longer left a carbon footprint on the planet. This definitely would solve the Global Warming issue, but if you had the opport ...more
George Crowder
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With dystopic fiction currently the rage, Scott Grusky has daringly created a utopian vision of a future in which the most pressing of global problems are solved in the nick of time. The solution is a technological breakthrough which not only relieves humans from the breakdown of flesh and blood, but also from the necessity of consuming the planet’s scarce resources and polluting the Earth with noxious byproducts. ’Nuff said: it is a challenge to review this novel without giving away more of its ...more
Paul Brian
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Zero Percenters by Scott Grusky is an absorbing science-fiction novel about a digitized future. Grusky does a good job here and tackles some engaging questions about the nature of consciousness, authentic experience and suffering. The novel, told from the point-of-view of an omniscient AI being called Vicia Cassubica who is the protagonist Anja’s “concierge” run by her smartphone. Zero Percenters also brings up timely subjects about the advancement of technology and that are both disquieting and ...more
Mark Smith
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Scott T. Grusky forces readers to choose immortality or humanity. He introduces a new technology that allows humans to live forever – even if it is digitized existence. What are lacking in his storyline are strong characters. Each character reads as the same, with nothing to differentiate from the other. The author should go back to the basics and create a character dossier for each character in the book. Other than this one flaw, the book is a must-read.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book

This is an amazing story of enlightenment and perfection. Leaving the old way is always sad but the imagery of the new life is sublime. The end was even more spectacular. The future in this book is only four years away. Now that is a bit frightening. I loved this book.
C.A. Knutsen
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting and thoughtful

A creative and speculative description of the journey toward the essence of existence. Good descriptions of a number of geographic regions around the world.
SA Krishnan
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The zero percenters are the people who have zero flesh and bones in their body.
The story is science fiction and is about robot becoming aware of their existence and humans using that.
Neat idea and a good storyline.
Samarium Gibson
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
The idea of the book was interesting. The story was setup nicely but the hype began to wane. Especially since I was able to predict some of the events to take place. It had the potential to be a great but it did not live up to the hype.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaway, kindle, own
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Patricia West
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love science fiction because you can go wherever you imagination takes you. And this author took me on a fantastic exploration of humanity and what that means. I recommend this book wholeheartedly
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DRONES, DYSTOPIA AND DHARMA: Scott T. Grusky lives in Los Angeles, California. He holds an M.A. in economics from Harvard University and has spent most of his adult life either writing about technology or slogging through its trenches.

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