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Version Zero

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A lightning fast and scorchingly observant novel of the moment, Version Zero is a thrilling, humorous adult debut from the brilliant mind of New York Times bestselling author David Yoon.

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
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Sylvain Neuvel
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a world in which the entire Internet is controlled by a handful of shady CEO’s. Oh. Right. Well, imagine someone doing something about it. Imagine a high-speed, edge of your seat adventure with stakes higher than you can measure. Imagine it told in David Yoon’s unique and singularly engaging prose. That’s VERSION ZERO, an addictive, brain-hacking exploration of the tech-run world we live in, and a rollercoaster so fast it will blow your hair off.
Jan 24, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arcs, mindbenders
If "Black Mirror" were funnier, you'd have "Version Zero"! This book, set in the very (VERY) near future, poses some serious questions about ethics and modern morality, but it's written with a great sense of humor and fast-paced action, is incredibly (sometimes horribly) relatable, and leaves the reader guessing. The fun action is perfectly balanced against the dark side of technology, and David Yoon's voice is witty, fresh, and authentic. I'd highly recommend this for anyone who dug "Ready Play ...more
Read as manuscript - will defer review until finished copy is published.
2.5/5 stars. This book was a mixed bag for me. Sometimes it was way too on the nose, at other times it was clever. Sometimes it was really exciting, but a bit later it would become super predictable. I can understand why other people might dig the book, it just didn’t end up being my jam. Im also definitely left with some disappointment as I like the authors first book so much (granted it was a completely different genre).
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Version Zero.

I haven't read the author's YA books but I know he's popular.

** Minor spoilers ahead **

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
*I received a copy via the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.*

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
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-2021, tbr-2021
This was such a fun read! It's like Black Mirror but with a lot of heart and humour injected into it. If you're familiar with Silicon Valley and start-up culture, you'll appreciate the satire. ...more
Margaret Schoen
This is a review of an ARC from Edelweiss.

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
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eidleweiss
***Review e-ARC provided by Edleweiss***

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
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a story about a young man who is employed by a major tech company to develop games that will allow the company to gather personal information about the users, which the company then sells to advertisers. He becomes disenchanted with the process, and, along with a small group of friends, decides to try and educate the general public about how their information is (ab)used. This decision causes him to lose his job, and brings him to the attention of the people who run the major tech compan ...more
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, from 9% straight through to the end. I’d say I dug it! And goddamn! Did it throw a WTactualF right in the end?!? Hell yes it did.

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
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not realize this would not be out until May - I am bummed that it will be so long until we can share it with patrons. This is a timely and smart book - I absolutely love Yoon's unique prose, which I think is the novel's greatest strength. I also loved the characters. But many readers will also be drawn in by the high concept - a group of individuals with tech know-how who set the goal of breaking the Internet. So many thought-provoking insights, and it definitely makes me think twice about ...more
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited for this book because it ticked so many of my sf boxes, and I enjoyed the author's young adult novel. Sadly, it didn't really work for me, it felt too cartoonish and unnuanced, escpecially the ending. Do go read Frankly in Love, though--it's fantastic. ...more
Dec 11, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-release-2021
i've given 2 stars to both of david yoon's other books. will i enjoy this one? i really hope so! ...more
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, arc, february-2021
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