An Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll are each offered a choice: go to prison or help protect the United States, putting their brains and skills to work for the government for one year.
But being a white-hat doesn’t always mean you work for the good guys. The would-be cyberspies discover that behind the scenes lurks a sinister NSA program, an artificial intelligence code-named Typhon, that has origins and an evolution both dangerous and disturbing. And if it’s not brought down, will soon be uncontrollable.
Can the hackers escape their federal watchers and confront Typhon and its mysterious creator? And what does the government really want them to do? If they decide to turn the tables, will their own secrets be exposed — and their lives erased like lines of bad code?
Combining the scientific-based, propulsive narrative style of Michael Crichton with the eerie atmosphere and conspiracy themes of The X-Files and the imaginative, speculative edge of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson, Zer0es explores our deep-seated fears about government surveillance and hacking in an inventive fast-paced novel.
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“A paranoid, relentless thriller about outcast hackers and the malleable line between renegade and hero.” (Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Tin Men)
“Highly cinematic.” (Library Journal)
“With complex characters and feverishly paced action, ZERØES is a sci-fi thriller that won’t stop blowing your mind until the last page. … It left me rooting for the hackers!” (Daniel H. Wilson, bestselling author of Robopocalypse)
“ZERØES turns ones and zeroes into pure gold – Wendig hacks the action thriller.” (Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Alive)
“Chuck Wendig’s new technothriller Zeroes is a hacker misfit tale in the lineage of War Games and Sneakers, true to the spirit (and often, the minutae) of security work, and exciting as hell to boot.” (Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing)
“Wendig is an ace at pacing, and he hurtles the reader through hacking sequences and action scenes with equal bang. It’s not an easy task to make a sitting-and-typing session feel nail-bitingly tense, but Zer0es‘ high-octane blend of nervy characters, dark humor and bristling dialogue carry the day. Even when he gets his geek on, his well-researched, efficiently-deployed technobabble never threatens to overwhelm.” (Jason Heller, NPR)
“If you’re in the mood to be scared silly by the possibilities we create when we mesh our lives with technology, definitely give this a read.” (Nerdist)
“A sci-fi surveillance thriller with a twisted heart of creepy horror. It grabs you by the throat on page one, and never lets go.” (Ramez Naam, author of The Nexus Trilogy)
“A Matrix-y bit of old-school cyberpunk updated to meet the frightening technology of the modern age… An ambitious, bleeding-edge piece of speculative fiction that combines hacker lore, wet-wired horror, and contemporary paranoia in a propulsive adventure that’s bound to keep readers on their toes.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“ZERØES is a taut, complex techno-thriller with something much darker and deeper at its core than mere espionage.” — Richard Kadrey, New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series
“Wendig wields the tools of suspense and tension with skill. His large cast of characters is entertaining, the moments of horror are sharp and chilling, and the story races to a breathless conclusion.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Wendig weaves together genre tropes like a madman, mixing sci-fi tech, frenetic chases, and elements of horror into a brash, apocalyptic thriller with a wide stroke of black humor.” (B&N SFF Blog)
“…an engaging, diverse cast of characters, a pace that almost never lets up and more than a little of Wendig’s signature humor, ZERØES contains absolutely no dull moments.” (RT Book Reviews)
“Overall, Zer0es is a terrific success: an exciting, scary, and often funny novel that offers fresh insights into what it means and what it’s like to be a hacker. It now has a place among my favorite books featuring hacking, and it has certainly raised the bar for those that follow.” (E.C. Myers, author of Fair Coin and the Silence of Six.)