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- Listening Length: 18 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Sara King
- Audible.com Release Date: December 17, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HD6B5QC
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Forging Zero: The Legend of ZERO Audible – Unabridged
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On the other hand the plot itself took some turns that felt contrived to me. The kind where you roll your eyes and say, "Really?" Some of the aliens were planted solidly in fantasy, not science fiction. Poison that could kill anything almost instantly, etc.
It's certainly a war novel. If you find tough military types interesting, you will like this novel. I tired of them needing to beat each other up in order to forge a connection. I tired of the tough leaders punishing their recruits, even harming them severely, yet earning their respect. This is part of certain cultures and some readers may enjoy it, but I did not. I hated the people Zero came to respect. Sometimes he hated them, too. I know this is one of e conflicts the author created and she did so well, but all too often it felt like an abused child who lived his parents despite the beatings and psychological abuse.
Without offering a spoiler, let me add that the ending left me at best disappointed and at worst frustrated. Yet even as I offer what is a fairly negative review, I can see more books by Sara King on my screen and I recall enjoying her style. It won't cost you much to see if you like her novels. And her essay on her writing philosophy at the end is refreshing and respected by me.
Usually science fiction books take a while to settle into, not this one. Miss King's visualization grabs you by the throat from page one and doesn't let go. It begins with the numbness and mind-freeze that we all experienced at the devastation of 9-11. No, I am not trying to compare that to this book, just the FEELING. Earth is invaded; people glued to their TV's, dumbstruck as their nations bow to this nightmare, this alien takeover. They call themselves Ooreiki, tens of thousands of the "War of the Worlds", nasty kind. Fourteen year old Joe Dobbs in an attempt to keep his little brother from the aliens grasp finds himself captured; thrown onto an alien ship along with 98% of Earth's children, then transported across the universe.
Forcibly recruited by the alien army, Joe is chosen to lead a ground-team band of misfits: Maggie, Monk, Lizzy, Elf and Scott. Everything they once knew is gone; mom, dad, home and fruit loops for breakfast. In its place is an alien army boot camp, where learning to work together as a team is a matter of survival.
The strong characterizations of both the children and their captors constantly evolve and shift. The fact that nothing is predictable makes it wonderfully unique. You KNOW them, FEEL for them, SEE them becoming adults before their time.Read more ›
I've probably read over 1000 books, with 133 just in my Kindle library, several hundred in my Baen library, hundreds more over the years in paperback, and this series has to be in the top two or three - and possibly the best - series I've ever read. There are only a couple of others that come to mind as being even close.
Do yourself a favor and get these books.
Man, can this girl write. Characters and places that you can smell, taste and hear. Things that make you uncomfortable, that make you squirm, that piss you off, that make you grin. Damn few can write anything that will cause a person to be still thinking about it days latter, Sara can. I didn't agree with where she went with a few things and maybe the underlying logic, like kids getting shot in the face and then forgotten, and Maggie, really? The author has dark, cruel, and fear down pat, and therein lies the only real issue I have with both books. Where is the joy, happiness and positive messages, where is my happy ending? Call me old fashioned, but I like my heroes to win. Poor Joe gets screwed over win or loose, every frign time. Help me here Sara..
I have read a lot of sci-fi in my near 60 years, and there are a many talented new authors out there writing really good books. None however are in the same class as Sara. Editing, punctuation, spelling, dialog, all perfect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Put it down by page twelve. Cliched writing, flat characters, and utterly failed to live up to my most mediocre expectations. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Marie Lennox
This is a fascinating tale of aliens vs earthlings. The earthlings lose but a hero emerges. I had an enjoyable time following the tale of Zero. Read morePublished 4 days ago by smyreviews
Ms King has written a fantastic series, starting with Forging Zero. The story grabs you from beginning to end and captures you even more with such a strong character development... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Pauline Starr
As good as, if not better than, Ender's Game. I like how it was a long book but did not feel like it. Great character development and plot.Published 10 days ago by Badger48
I have been ready science fiction for 50+ years, when I read my first Ray Bradbury book. Since then, the journey has been wonderful and I've been on so many great adventures! Read morePublished 10 days ago by wyldaz
I really did enjoy most of the book, despite the mewling kindergartners and the puppy love which I would have preferred not to have been included in the story. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Burning down the house