- File Size: 991 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Publication Date: May 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CTQAM6U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Secret Value of Zero Kindle Edition
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I began a lifelong love affair with science fiction at the tender age of 7. I watched Star Trek: the Next Generation and Star Wars over and over again until I memorized every line. (What a nerd I was!) Despite the aliens and intergalactic space travel, I began to understand that the stories were really about human nature. Ever since that moment, I dreamed of writing science fiction stories. It was only in 2011 that I got serious, sat down at the computer and wrote a book. The Secret Value of Zero, my first novel, was the result.
When I'm not writing, I'm hanging out on the Internet. My stomping grounds include Quora, Twitter and occasionally Facebook. The Internet is a wonderful and dangerous place. I love it!
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Top Customer Reviews
Set in a dystopia future, the book immerses you in a world where 23andMe has gone terribly wrong. Genetic testing is used to create a ranking system that all but guarantees your destiny. This is the story of how one strong female protagonist, Meke, sets out to prove them all wrong.
The novel is an inspiring reminder of how everyone is valuable in their own right.
Entertaining, thrilling, and a life lesson. What more can you ask for?
Unless someone believes in you.
Meke Lichota's metamorphosis from battered survivor to empowered leader began with a set of simple words given to her by her mother "No matter what people tell you, you're worth something." This compelling story chronicles the paradigm shift that occurs when an individual realizes how to use truth and democracy to topple hierarchies constructed solely on lies and propaganda. I appreciated that the main character, Meke, seized the dormant truth given to her by her mother and used it to create a potential she could never imagine. Meke is easy to relate to, she is flawed, doubts her abilities, believes lies, and follows the rules like a good girl. Ultimately, when she casts off the imposed identity, she reminds us all that our potential is limited only by our courage to write our own future.
I appreciate an author who gives you a satisfying ending (nothing I loathe more than a new author with a new book that leaves you hanging, since you're never sure if this author will produce again and you'll ever have answers!), but also leaves room for further growth and adventures in her world, if she so wishes. This book has that. There's a hint of romance without letting it become an overriding theme (something that I somewhat disdain, even as the thirteen year old in me sighs with romance). Well worth a read, especially to support a new author in the YA fiction domain.
In the former, the protagonists are part of the system - they accept their social system when they start out, but external events lead them to question it. In the latter the protagonists hate and reject the existing system already and have all the self-righteousness to rebel against it from page one. One puts us in the uncomfortable position of going against social norms, while the other gives us the thrill and satisfaction of destroying a monstrous system.
The Secret Value of Zero manages to do both. Its protagonist, Meke may hate the system, which tells her she is a worthless person, a Zero; but she also accepts it. She battles on two fronts - fighting against her own conditioning to accept the label of a Zero and fighting against the system to bring it down.
This is what put The Secret Value of Zero one step ahead of the usual YA fiction. And this is why it works so well - it's a balanced mixture of pulp-fiction and literature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great little story. It did a good job holding my interest. Written very well.Published 18 months ago by MDS
In a society where your value is determined by your genes, being a Zero means that you are regarded as nothing. Meke, a Zero, has her flaws. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alberto
This book is just not interesting enough to continue reading. I don't think I got through the first 100 pages. It was too vague to be intriguing.Published 21 months ago by Monique Wensch
This is an action/adventure/romance/drama/scifi story about a girl who lives in a world where everyone is tattooed with their rank in society when they're infants. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Samantha Quist
It was a good book. I liked the concept of it and I was ways wanted to keep reading. I enjoyed the romance and the ending felt right. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Cori Meyers
It was an interesting read. I liked a lot of ideas in the book but the story didn't go to in-depth on the majority of them and I was left really confused and wanting to read more. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Leo
The book was a good, quick read. I think it's geared for young teenage girls. No foul language, which was refreshing, and light romance without any descript love scenes. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
In my opinion, the idea of 'seeing' without eyes and a society built on a system of intellectual rankings is a lot more interesting than the storyline of the book. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by JohnLocke
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