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CITIZEN ZERO [Kindle Edition]

Mark Cantrell
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

JobNet was supposed to usher in a better life for unemployed David Mills; instead it plunges him into a bitter struggle for survival when he is caught in the midst of a political conspiracy that pushes Britain to the brink of civil war…

A dystopian glimpse at a future born in an age of austerity and political uncertainty, Citizen Zero is a gripping social satire that exposes our deepest fears, presenting a grave warning to any society that abandons the pursuit of social justice...

After austerity came prosperity and stability, but it was bought at a terrible price...

In a surveillance society blind where it matters most, a deadly conspiracy is ready to strike...

A security operative turned terrorist is ready to bring down the man he once helped to seize power...

Now a dictatorial Prime Minister, confident of his grip on power, is about to discover the limits of his strength...

Welcome to Britain, a nation bitterly divided between rich and poor, as it teeters on the edge of chaos...

Unemployed David Mills is caught in the middle, torn from the woman he loves and thrown in to a terrible struggle to survive…

He’s a ‘zero’, a nobody, one of the destitute millions, but he’s also the one man who might salvage some kind of freedom out of the ruins of the future...

A critical pawn in a deadly power struggle, David has no choice but to fulfil a role he never asked for; no wonder the Prime Minister wants him dead...

Citizen Zero blends the stark social commentary of ‘The Boys From The Blackstuff’, the millennial anarcho-chic of ‘The Matrix’, and the uncompromising force of ‘V for Vendetta’ into one devastating portrayal of tomorrow’s Britain…

The future is what we make it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 924 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mark Cantrell (December 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD65HS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars What price hope? April 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Citizen Zero is a story of survival. Mills has been unemployed for ten years and is not an asset to the state. His world warehouses its undesirables in an artificial reality where, it's said, employment is available. It is a story in which hope is raised and dashed again and again. The atmosphere of hopelessness pervades the novel.
I enjoyed Citizen Zero and would have given it five stars except that I had a very hard time keeping track of the government officials and what they are responsible for. Who, if anyone, is a good guy?
I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good dystopian novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complex but overall worthwhile read January 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this e-book from the author in exchange for my promise of an honest review.

It is the future and Britain is under a near-totalitarian rule - all in the name of security, of course. People who are on the dole, or who have in some way trespassed against the Powers that Be are stripped of their citizenship and right, and become Zeros - dependent on the government for very basic support, reviled by Stakeholders (as citizens are called) and generally dispossessed. Constantly tracked by their Nexus card, they are not allowed to assemble or do anything that might destabilize society. David Mills is one such Zero - he has been on the Dole for ten years after his job was taken over by a computerized program. Now he has been contacted by JobMart to come in for a new program, called JobNet - one goes into an artificial reality world, and seeks a job there. In AR, he could search for a new job from companies all over the world, without ever leaving his own mind. However, what he learns about that AR, and the AI that powers it, will shock the reader.

I'm really torn about this book - one the one hand, it is very well written, fairly well edited (there are a number errors of passed/past and your/you're type), the characters are well-done and it is overall technically quite good. That said, I really didn't like the story much. It was hard to follow, although by the end it all made sense (so don't despair while reading it - just keep going, you'll understand!), and really quite depressing. Then again, it is dystopian, so I guess that is to be expected. If you like dystopian books, you should really like this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Interesting, Complex, Disturbing" August 1, 2011
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"Citizen Zero" by Mark Cantrell is a complex story about an unemployed man who enters JobNet, a complex totalitarian realm where the real and un-real overlap in this "Orwellian" like story, but with many more characters with diverse experiences. Overall, this is a well-written, highly developed novel that gives a vivid, and sometimes-horrifying picture of a dystopian world. My critique is that the story could be simplified for a more concise message, but to me it's not a discouragement to potential readers. Four stars!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but a little slow July 30, 2011
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I guess I like my books to be fast paced and fun. This was an interesting story idea. I liked how it was plotted but it seemed a bit slow to mme and I kept putting it away and reading something else then coming bacck to it. I finally finished it so that's good. At least i didn't delete it before I finished right? It just needs something to give it more of a oomph for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Matrix and Terminator Concepts Combined July 15, 2011
By Jake
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This is an interesting and action-filled story about the abuses of governmental power, even though I know it is only intended to be enjoyable fiction. Mark Cantrell does a great job of working the foibles of society and government into his tale of artificial reality.
Needs some better editing, but don't all our indie stories?
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More About the Author

A coffee-guzzling journalist turned novelist and occasional poet, Mark Cantrell has spent a good few years chasing the literary dream in one form or another.

Novels form the main focus of his literary life but he has penned a good few short stories in his time. Many of these have appeared in small press fiction magazines, both in print and online.

Mark is the author of CITIZEN ZERO (2010), a political science fiction thriller in the dystopian tradition, and the dark urban horror fantasy, SILAS MORLOCK (2013).

Away from the literary efforts, Mark is a journalist working for the largest independent publisher of trade journals in the UK's North West region. Prior to this, he undertook a wide variety of freelance roles.

Born and bred in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford, he now lives in Stoke-on-Trent and commutes to the old day job up in Manchester. Mark studied political theory and institutions at the University of Liverpool and following that undertook post-graduate training in journalism at the City University, London.


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