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Kaleb Hugo is everything an officer of the Service should be: loyal, expertly trained, unquestioning. He has done everything ever ordered of him and has done so with a pride that comes from knowing you are fighting for the good of humankind… until the day that he made a decision to go against orders to obtain victory and save lives.The battle was won, but Hugo was condemneKaleb Hugo is every­thing an offi­cer of the Ser­vice should be: loyal, expertly trained, unques­tion­ing. He has done every­thing ever ordered of him and has done so with a pride that comes from know­ing you are fight­ing for the good of humankind… until the day that he made a decision to go against orders to obtain victory and save lives.The bat­tle was won, but Hugo was con­demned and dis­hon­ourably dis­charged by Ser­vice com­man­ders for defying regulations. There is no place in the Service for heroes. Their soldiers serve and obey.Officially, anyway.Unof­fi­cially, Hugo is re-​​assigned to cap­tain the crew of the Zero, an eight-​​man craft clas­si­fied as, at best, a pri­va­teer ship and at worst a smug­gling and crim­i­nal enter­prise vessel. But what very few know is that the Zero, and her crew, are con­tracted by the Ser­vice. Their role is to inves­ti­gate and infil­trate the less savoury lev­els of soci­ety. They sell on, buy in, bar­gain, threaten and report back on every­thing the polit­i­cal lev­els the Ser­vice don’t offi­cially want to know about.The Zero’s rag-​​tag crew look to their com­man­der, Ezekiel Webb, as their leader and mid­dle­man between the reg­i­mented expec­ta­tions of the Ser­vice and the harsh and unpre­dictable demands of the under­world of colo­nial space. He has lived in both worlds his whole life and has trouble adjusting to Hugo, as he has every captain before him.Hugo has to find a way to manage this unruly ship and unruly crew as they are pulled deeper into an orbit-​​wide game of pol­i­tics, deceit and cor­rup­tion which will threaten to tear them apart as well as throw human­ity back into a cycle of war and destruc­tion. Hugo, Webb and the crew will have to over­come per­sonal tragedy, insur­mount­able odds and every depraved twist of fate that the Orbit can throw at them in order to survive and prevent events that could threaten the lives of millions.For Kaleb Hugo, nothing will ever be certain again....

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Number of Pages : 372 Pages
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Zero Reviews

  • E.J. Fisch
    2019-03-12 11:27

    I picked this book up without really knowing much about it; it was relatively new and therefore had very few reviews, but the blurb drew me in and struck me as being Firefly-meets-Star-Wars with a little extra military sci fi thrown in. I finally got around to reading it this past week and discovered that was exactly the case!Love the premise. No-nonsense military officer gets thrown in with a rag-tag crew of contractors with their own set of rules and methods of operation. It's a perfect setup for humor and snark as well as dramatic tension and interpersonal conflict. I loved seeing the characters adapt to each other over the course of the story, particularly (and probably obviously) Hugo and Webb. I really enjoyed their relationship; it's not often that you find a story that explores such a deep friendship between male characters, and it was refreshing. I did think the story started out a little slow, and I personally had trouble keeping track of which characters belonged to which criminal organization and who'd been responsible for what, but that may be because I could only read about a chapter at a time until about 60% through. After that I knocked the rest of the book out in just a day, and it was a lot easier to stay engaged. Recommended for any fans of Firefly's characters and the good old fashioned space opera style of Star Wars. I'll definitely be checking out the sequel.

  • Michael Hicks
    2019-02-25 06:22

    After disobeying multiple commands to retreat, in the opening pages of JS Collyer’s sci-fi debut, Commander Kaleb Hugo finds himself publicly disgraced but secretly promoted to captain the Zero. A cobbled-together ship, the Zero is the covert pride of the Service, its motley crew a band of rogue pirates.I’ll be honest – I’m not terribly well-read in the arena of military science fiction, despite it being a genre I enjoy quite a lot, especially on film. Like so many others, I was a huge fan of Firefly, and the overarching war story that unfolded in Deep Space Nine made that series my favorite in the Star Trek franchise. And who doesn’t love the intergalactic dog-fights of Star Wars? Upon starting my read-through of Zero, I was immediately struck by its welcome familiarity of equal parts Timothy Zahn by way of Federation-like intrigue, and Fireflyesque space scavenging crew.While there’s a few familiar tropes at work here – a dyed-in-the-wool Serviceman and patriotic True Believer forced to work with a band of misfits and resolve their differences whilst engaged in harrowing adventure – Collyer’s knack for making it ring both authentic and interesting overcome any risky clichés by virtue of sheer enjoyability. In fact, the author is able to take this well-trod premise and make it feel fresh, focusing on the emotional underpinnings of interpersonal conflicts between Hugo and his new crew, all the while proving she’s a bit like the scrappy underdogs she writes about. It helps that there’s a huge mid-book game changer, which I will not spoil, that packs a wallop and upends the interpersonal conflicts and raises the stakes considerably. There’s a lot more going on under the surface of Zero than initially appears, and it is very dangerous to underestimate Collyer’s remarkable skills and gift of storytelling.In fact, the relationship between Hugo and Webb, his immediate subordinate and Zero’s Commander, is one of the book’s highlights, and there’s a lot of joy in watching the two overcome their initial distrust and rivalry. And while Hugo is the lead, I think Webb often overshadows him through virtue of his strong, scrappy presence.The story itself revolves around these off-the-books Serviceman who crew the Zero under the cover of piracy. Under Hugo’s captaincy, and whose orders come directly from a high-level Service colonel, the crew engages in some terrific bits of espionage and assassinations. As Hugo begins to recognize certain patterns and hidden threads linking their missions, he begins to uncover a rebellion that threatens to tear apart the stability and fragile peace of Earth and its near-orbit colonies.Plot-wise, the books real strength comes from its fascinating and layered portrayal of a future Earth and its colonial space subjects. I really liked the almost small-stage setting, with Collyer’s focus being limited to, as the title suggests, Earth’s immediate orbit. There’s no warp drive or FTL jumps, no galaxy-wide escapades, no aliens, and no technical jargon. Instead, the author concentrates entirely on her strong crew of misfits and high-stakes political intrigue, drafting a strong, compelling work of near-future science fiction.Offhand, I can’t find a single misstep in her execution of the story. There’s a great sense of world-building within Zero, ranging from a brief mention of the Whole World War, and an earlier lunar revolution that helps shape the events of her present story. It’s terrific stuff, and there’s a whole gamut of possibilities and story-telling potential tucked away in these little nuggets of info. The plot is well-crafted, the characterizations are nicely handled, and the action is exciting.Collyer’s work has a very strong cinematic presence about it, and I feel like there were a lot of wonderful influences she was inspired by. She handles scenes of tenderness and trauma with a subtle grace. Webb, for instance, has some serious traumas in his past, and he’s fleshed out with a much-appreciated delicateness. One scene that has really stuck with me involves a brief, almost-romantic interlude, between him and Rami, the ship’s science officer. Collyer gives us a great demonstration of “show, don’t tell” here, allowing readers to catch hold of some of the weight and shared history between these two, without getting bogged down in details or a recitation of their pasts. The attention given to her characters and their developing relationships and interplay allows for one hell of a brutal sucker-punch when trauma strikes, and the weight of loss and sacrifice is palpable.J.S. Collyer is a fresh and welcome voice to the sci-fi genre, and her debut sets the stage for a terrific new series that I will definitely be paying lots of attention to. She’s one to watch out for, and Zero is highly recommended.

  • Marie
    2019-03-21 06:40

    Rarely have I read a novel that integrated plot and character development so well. The story of Captain Hugo and his assignment to the spaceship Zero builds slowly at first, giving the reader time to meet the large cast of characters. Before too long, you're taken on a series of adventures, each one more dangerous than the last. The pace is fast, leaving the reader almost breathless, but Collyer balances action with those in-between times perfect for dwelling on character and relationships. Before you know it, you're invested in the outcomes of the mission as well as the future of the characters. Trust is a huge issue in this novel. It's hard to tell friends from enemies, and in this dark world, sometimes it's dangerous to even trust friends. The relationships aren't superficial or trivial. Every character adds a layer of depth to this dystopian world, and the grudging trust that forms between Hugo and his crew is both believable and welcomed.Much of this novel reminded me of the TV series, Firefly, and what I enjoyed about that series. I grew to care about each character, but I also enjoyed the sheer thrill of their space battles, close calls, and conspiracies. I loved the mix of futuristic technology with good-old basic mechanics when things didn't work just right. Collyer includes these elements in Zero as well, making her novel detail-rich without being pedantic. What I would love is for The Orbit series to be turned into a TV series. A movie would be over too quick. A series could keep me happy for a long time, much like this novel did.

  • Sheri
    2019-03-16 05:37

    **I recieved an ARC of this in return for a fair review.**This book is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. The only reason I don't give it a 5☆ is because it is not something I would go looking for. Miles away from my normal interests.However, that didn't matter. The author took something that would normally be very boring for me and hooked me almost from the first instant. The story is amazingly intricate and so very well done. The world building is fantastic. I would definitely read a second and that is the proof right there. Don't like sci fi? This book might change that!

  • John Abbott
    2019-03-02 03:47

    Goodreads First Reads winner: I really enjoyed reading this book. It didn't have many slow points, and had some twists in it that you don't see from the beginning. The world is well framed and you can see yourself in it.

  • Helena Hann-Basquiat
    2019-03-18 09:24

    My earliest memories of science fiction all revolve around Wookies and green-skinned aliens, and having to learn different languages or else read sub-titles. As a child, I enjoyed the space-battles and futuristic technology, but for some reason, never got into reading this genre. For me, it was always more visual, perhaps because a lot of those stories were created to showcase new techniques in special effects.So, how does a writer carry a story full of action without the benefit of CGI and a John Williams score?Well, in the case of Zero by J.S. Collyer, the answer begins with the characters she creates. This begins as the story of Captain Hugo, a disgraced starship captain whose career is seemingly over, following questionable actions he made, following his heart instead of blindly following orders.This immediately endears him to the reader -- who doesn't love someone who breaks the rules in order to do what they believe to be right? But Hugo isn't a lawless rebel -- quite the contrary, actually. He's a Service man through and through, and I found him equally infuriating and loveable, which made for a great dynamic.The story's other main character, Zeke Webb, the commander of the starship Zero, is a survivor, and something of a pirate. He's learned to adapt his ideals and morality in order to make a living and to protect his crew. He and Hugo make an unlikely pair at first, but the friendship that develops between them becomes one of this novel's great strengths.The crew of the Zero work under the guise that they are space pirates, but are, in fact, working for the Service to carry out under-the-radar missions too risky for above-board operations. As the story develops, we learn about political instabilities on the Lunar Colonies, and factions that would like to exploit that and declare independence from the Service. Zero is sent on missions to thwart these factions, and as each mission seems to be progressively difficult and dangerous, they begin to make some disturbing discoveries.The story is full of political intrigue and subterfuge, and about half-way through, takes a twist that gives the story an entirely new dynamic and causes it to pick up furious speed. Once all the pieces of the story came together, I was unable to put this novel down, reading the last 100 pages in one go -- I had to know how it was going to turn out, and with only 15 pages left, still wasn't entirely convinced I knew how it was going to end.The action sequences are very well written, and don't read like blocking or choreographing, as is sometimes the case with some writers. This is science fiction, but isn't bogged down with pseudo-scientific jargon or strange, inaccessible concepts that only appeal to sci-fi enthusiasts. This is simply a good story -- part mystery, part adventure, filled with great characters and enough twists to keep it unpredictable and interesting.I highly recommend this book -- the writing is solid, the storytelling is easy to follow, and you'll be hungry to read more about the characters.

  • Rowena Hoseason
    2019-03-02 09:38

    This is an ambitious first novel, one which creates a sprawling and credible near-future, a tense and turbulent political situation, and then throws a rogue crew of space pirates into the mix. We’re a long way from old-school ‘hard’ sci-fi which tried as hard to be technically accurate as it did to tell a good story. Nope, think instead of Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Firefly, Farscape and all. Zero certainly aims high.Although Zero is set in space and in the future, it’s not really space-opera as such. This isn’t about galaxy-spanning travel: it’s about human interactions set against the backdrop of a fragmenting social structure. This isn’t the gleaming world of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek where everything is crisp and white and perfectly functional. Instead it’s dark, grubby and corrupt: people scratch out miserable existences on remote way stations and shabby lunar colonies. Author JR Collyer has cleverly created an environment which is entirely her own – but also feels extremely familiar, allowing the reader to follow the plot at a ripping pace without getting bogged down in endless techobabble.There’s a wee bit too much running and shouting and shooting in the several set-piece action sequences. I know I’m probably twice the age of the average Zero reader which might have something to do with my ennui, but it felt kinda repetitive after a while. The narrative really came alive for me not in the extended descriptions of running down corridors and being blown halfway to bits, but in the tense interplay between the two lead characters. Then there’s one gob-smacking I DON’T BELIEVE IT moment (which I can’t reveal cos it’d spoil too much) where I literally squealed while reading. And I’m old. And I really have read it all before. It takes a lot to make me squeal.There's more thoughts on plot and characters over at:http://murdermayhemandmore.wordpress....Overall, then, Zero is an extremely entertaining read. It doesn’t bend any boundaries by extrapolating new technologies, nor does it challenge the reader’s comprehension with experimental styles. I hope that in future Collyer steers her space series more towards the speculative and fantastic aspects of the genre and spends a bit less time choreographing fist fights. It’s definitely a delight to find a talented new author who’s obviously enthused about the genre and has plans to explore it.More spaceships, please. More space battles, please. And some aliens. Can we have aliens next time around?7/10

  • Phillip McCollum
    2019-03-03 10:39

    Disclosure: I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this novel directly from the author.Zero is the debut novel from author J.S. Collyer and the first in a series of what promises to be a restless, back-of-your-skull-pinned-to-the-seat ride for classical science fiction aficionados. If you're looking for hard sci-fi, look elsewhere. Zero is more Star Wars than 2001: A Space Odyssey.When an introductory quote is pulled from Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade, the hint is there: expect a messy affair in which there are players and in which there are pawns.We begin with Captain Kaleb Hugo, a recently disgraced soldier of a military organization referred to only as "The Service." By questioning his superiors, Hugo violates Tennyson's simple role assigned to the soldier and winds up on their sh*tlist.Of course, the normally disciplined Captain is good at what he does and the Service makes use of him on their privateer team. As new Captain of the Zero (the previous ones didn't last long), Hugo must lead covert missions while butting heads with his flippant second-in-command, Ezekiel Webb.By chapter two, Collyer has us by our Service pins and doesn't let go for the rest of the book. She pulls us through a frantic plot involving intrigue and subterfuge, building and destroying relationships in the process.The only "bad" thing I have to say about the book is that I would have enjoyed more background on certain peripheral characters. Webb and Hugo become as familiar as old friends by the middle of the book, but I would have loved to get past the surface for the rest of the crew. Then again, too much reflection would likely slow things down, so I'm betting Collyer knew what she was doing.Zero is due for release on August 16th. The Service requests that you purchase a copy. You wouldn't want to disobey them or you may find yourself sharing a bunk on The Zero (on second thought, that could be fun).

  • Kevin Brennan
    2019-03-15 11:32

    I admit it. Sci-fi isn’t my usual cup o’ tea, so I approached this novel with a little skepticism. Within a few pages, though, I knew I was reading a writer in full command of her craft (no pun intended).Collyer introduces a large cast of characters with perfect clarity and finesse. It doesn’t take long to know who’s who on the crew of the Zero, but knowing who to trust is another matter. It’s a big theme in the book, because many things are not as they seem, and moral boundaries are often ambiguous in this utterly believable world Collyer has created. Fates rise and fall, twist around, and turn themselves inside out as competing political forces swirl through the space-region surrounding earth in a year sometime in the indistinct future. In fact, one thing I really liked about the book was how familiar this world is, with mugs of tea, computer stations, Jeeps, and old-fashioned fire-power, yet it’s also scientifically, if not ethically, advanced. It feels like something of a dystopia, at least on the space colonies orbiting earth, but it’s clearly hitting a moment of transition and rebellion.One thing the author is an undeniable master of is scene-making. Her prose is clear and strong, fresh and dynamic, and each scene has a terrific sense of movement. Tensions are always building and ready to snap, giving the book an energetic pace.There is a great deal of action here too. Truly, there’s never a dull moment. But beneath the action is a sense that the protagonists are real and human, struggling with the urgency of the present but also the complexity of their own pasts. They’re not cartoonish in the least, which will appeal to readers like me who don’t read much in the genre.Zero is a tour-de-force of a space opera. Big, loud, bright, and fun. If that sounds like YOUR cup o’ tea, grab a copy.

  • Gayle Pace
    2019-03-12 05:41

    REVIEW From page one I thought this would be a new series that would be a definite winner. The author used a different approach to sci fi. Commander Kaleb Hugo is disgraced after not adhering to several commands ordering retreat. Even though, he was disgraced he was promoted to be the captain of the ZERO. The ZERO was a ship shod stuck together with whatever was available. The crew was a bunch of pirates that had gone rogue. The Serviceman and the True Believer are forced to work alongside a crew of misfits. They try to settle their differences while on t his terrifying adventure. The book is totally enjoyable as the author puts misfits , Serviceman and TrueBeliever to work together. The author has taken HER plot and arranged it with fresh characters and scenes and has brought about a different approach to other books of the same nature. The author puts a bit of herself in the book showing that she is somewhat like the underdogs that she has in her book. She's willing to fight for what she needs and believes in. The author appears to be a strong willed woman and she brings that forth in her book. You will find a surprise about mid way through the book that will make you look twice.What you see on the surface is not all that is going on. There's more underneath. More for you, the reader to find out. The plot is about the future Earth and its colonial space subjects. It all starts with what the title says, Earth's immediate orbit. There's none of the warp's drive, no wild crazy escapades, no aliens and none of that technical talk that most of us don't understand.The author stays with her bold crew of misfits and the political high stakes, which gives us a science fiction in the near future.I was given a complimentary copy of ZERO from the author, J.S. Collyer for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.

  • Stacie
    2019-03-12 03:40

    Zero: An Orbit Novel takes readers on a fast paced exciting ride through outer space on a quest to protect the Orbit from devastation.The world has changed and many people have left Earth to live in the new colonies created in outer space, known as Orbit. Keeping order is difficult in this new world and The Service has been assigned to undertake this challenging mission. The Zero, a ship commanded by Ezekiel Webb, travels the Orbit building relationships through the exchange of goods. Their "points" as they refer to them believe the Zero is a disavowed ship with an equally questionable crew. The trust the Zero's crew gains from these points is essential to their undercover assignment of gathering intelligence for The Service. Their new captain, Kaleb Hugo, a dishonorably discharged commander for The Service, joins the Zero's crew and together they uncover a sinister plan that could bring about a civil war. Can The Service, with the help of the Zero, thwart this evil scheme before it's too late? J.S. Collyer spins an electrifying web of deception and intrigue. Her vast array of tumultuous characters and gripping plot pulled me in and didn't let go. I found the story to be well organized and original. I don't often read space related science-fiction, but Zero is much more than an adventure through the heavens. Yes, the intense action kept my attention, but I was also drawn to Webb's sense of humor that often lightened series scenes and Hugo's hard corp military training which kept the team on track and saved their lives a time or two. I not only wanted them to keep Orbit out of harms way, but to save themselves as well. Zero is a riveting intergalatic adventure readers won't soon forget. I highly recommend picking up a copy.

  • Stuart Aken
    2019-03-25 05:26

    Wow! This book moves at a great pace, and rarely lets up. This is a space adventure, a fast-moving action piece with little time to spend on explanation of the setting. However, the author cleverly integrates plenty of clues within the action so that the reader is able to envisage the world she has created here. And it is a world of undesirables, military types, skilled and able technicians, heroes and villains in many guises.This is a story that gamers in particular will love. The reader experiences the action as the story progresses. And those who love their scifi films with plenty of combat will find this a very satisfying read. It’s a page-turner, but it’s also a book with plenty of twists and turns. Who can be trusted? Who is telling the truth? Who are the real heroes, here? The characters - and those who know my reviews will be aware this is of real concern to me - are well drawn. The danger of stereotyping has been avoided by giving the people who populate this work individual quirks and sometimes unusual motivations. The mix makes for an engaging and absorbing story.I read this under less than ideal circumstances, with many breaks due to things over which I had no control. But I never lost the thread and was always able to pick up where I left off. It would have been an even better read in one sitting, but at 364 action-packed pages, this was never an option for me. If you like your space adventures full of hard men, and women, with plenty of physical conflict and dark humour, and with an undercurrent of subtly applied moral comment thrown in, you’ll enjoy this tale. I did, and I heartily recommend it.

  • M.C. Dulac
    2019-03-02 04:36

    Intelligent Sci-Fi. Kaleb Hugo is the perfect officer for the Service, an organisation that keeps order in a not so distant future. But after disobeying his superiors in a spacefight with rebels, he is demoted and becomes Captain of the ramshackle spacecraft Zero and its ragtag crew. Officially the Zero is a privateer vessel. Unofficially, it does covert missions for the Service, sailing unnoticed into the darker ports of the universe.The adventures begin with a spine-tingling raid on a data facility in the mountains of earth. Then Hugo and his Commander Ezekial Webb are told to investigate suspicious shipments to the Lunar Strip colonies, once the centre of a revolutionary uprising. Lunar 1, with its damp alleyways and industrial yards, sinister criminals in sparkling spacescrapers and downtrodden ordinary folk, has an almost very, very dark Dickensian feel. It is on Lunar 1 we learn more about Webb’s past and the history of the uprisings.Then comes a HUGE twist. Suddenly we are hurtling non-stop through unexpected secrets, shock discoveries, political intrigue and action sequences that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end.Zero is a breeze to read, with the pace never dropping. The episodic nature of the early story is turned on its head by the midway twist. The action sequences are vivid and full-on (with some characters having a James Bond like indestructibility!). But it’s when the action drops that J.S’s strengths in description and character writing lift the story to a new level. Her empathy makes the disclosure of the character’s darkest secrets particularly powerful. I look forward to the next Orbit book.

  • Anneque Malchien
    2019-03-14 06:33

    In the not-so-distant future, humanity has colonised the Moon. But spaceflight for the everyman is not without its drawbacks: space pirates, mega cities and interplanetary webs of lies – did I say drawbacks? Sorry, I meant AWESOME BENEFITS.The Good: Zero is an interplanetary tale of intrigue. When Kaleb Hugo is booted out of the space military for doing the morally right thing (and the technically wrong thing), he thinks that’s the end of his career. Instead, he’s silently shuffled into the crew of the Zero, a military spy ship hidden in a nest of pirates, lies and dodgy deals. Hugo immediately comes to loggerheads with the Zero’s crew, who are a little too much like the pirates they hunt ... but when the pirates uncover an interplanetary scandal, the real mystery is whether the military wants to know about it – or if the fate of two worlds is in the hands of pirates.Intrigue aside, Zero is remarkable for its portrayal of relationships between the main protagonists. In particular, the hostilities and eventual solidarity between Hugo and his first mate set the rhythm for a dynamic, human story.Improvements: For all its easy charm and action, Zero could use a polish. Scenes could be tighter, dialogue refined, and just a general light edit would really sharpen the prose.Verdict: If you want an exciting space romp with a vivid, engaging cast and plenty of intrigue, Zero is your number one.

  • Trey
    2019-03-10 06:40

    I enjoyed this book. It wasn't amazing but it was definitely extremely enjoyable. I wish we could rate things on a 10 point scale because this would be at about 7.75/10. I would recommend this to someone trying to bust a reading slump or if they were going to be traveling all day. First off. This is not hard sci fi. One of the few things I didn't like about the book was things didn't really seem to scale. At one point they spend a few hours flying from one Lunar colony to the next (which seems like really slow speeds) and then they zip out to the asteroid belt in less than a day (seemingly). I would have enjoyed a bit more description depicting the Lunar colonies. These things seem to be fucking massive. A lack of description may have been to avoid going into too much detail and slowing the book down which I can accept. On that note I enjoyed how there was little time spent describing the various factions and history of this world. I enjoy trying to piece things together myself so this aspect was good.

  • Kelly Smith Reviews
    2019-03-15 03:37

    The debut novel by JS Collyer, (published by Dagda Publishing) is a sci-fi epic that is actually longer than 200 pages! While these types of stories are further down on my "favorite genres" list, this book really appealed to me, with its amazing descriptive text, making me feel like I was there, on the Zero, on the colonized moon. The story is visual, and I could actually see every unique place Collyer took the characters. It would make and excellent movie, and an even better anime! The characters themselves run the gamut from generic to unique and so realistic I felt like I could look up from my ereader and see them standing in front of me. With political overtones, corruption, and covert operations, this is a book for Star Trek fans, Star Wars fans, surprisingly, Cover Affairs fans, and people who are new to sci-fi. Great work and I look forward to more from the author!

  • Dominic O'Reilly
    2019-03-09 11:25

    Ever felt overwhelmed on a new job? Like you don’t quite fit in, people are talking behind your back and, when it comes down to it, you really don’t have the slightest idea what you’re doing? It could be worse. Kaleb Hugo is tasked by the shadowy Academy to captain the legally dubious Zero space ship on a series of desperate (and frequently very violent) missions. Offering his unique brand of assistance is the de facto leader of the ship, Ezekiel Webb who gives all the help you’d expect from someone who has the adoration of his crew and has known all the previous captains to die mysteriously.Amidst the not-too-distant future settings of gritty Moon colonies and war torn European forests, it’s the Platoonesque battle of wills between the by-the-book Hugo and the smartass, gung ho Webb that really gets the ball rolling. That, and unravelling the intrigue of the real purpose of Hugo’s mission.Great debut novel. Enjoyed it immensely.

  • J. Guay
    2019-03-05 09:50

    I really loved this book. I got an e-copy in exchange for an honest review. Usually when I make such a deal I plan on only giving 4 stars because, it is typically breakout and indie author books I'm reading. J.S. Collyer's ZERO might be both of those, but you wouldn't know it going through the pages. This is an expertly crafted story with incredible character depth, and a compelling plot with twists I didn't see coming even at the very end. The scifi elements were evident and important to the story, but there was never a dry moment of technical world building. J.S. Collyer is making herself an excellent start as an author and I will certainly be picking up the next thing she writes, and the one after that too!

  • Jd Atkin
    2019-02-27 07:33

    There are some books you read that you instantly want to see made into a film, to have the images you create in your mind brought alive on the big screen. I have had this with a number of books over the years but Zero went in another direction. I want Zero: The Game.From the first Zero has you wanting to grab a pistol and run alongside Hugo and Webb as they battle Splinters in the Lunar Strip or escape AI enforcers in daring motorbike chases through the forests of Old Europe.Channelling Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Zero’s world is one that opens up before you and I am sure this will not be the last time we launch into the drift.Definitely worth a read for those who enjoy a spot of spacefaring skulduggery.

  • My Book Addiction and More MBA
    2019-03-27 03:39

    ZERO by J. S. Collyer is an interesting debut Sci-Fi novel. An interesting take on sci-fi. While, Sci-Fi is not my favorite genre, I found ZERO to be interesting as well as intriguing. The characters where engaging and entertaining. Well written, with danger, adventure and excitement. A well thought out plot and characters. If you enjoy Sci-Fi, you will probably enjoy ZERO as well. I look forward to more from this author. Received for an honest review.Rating: 4Heat Rating: mildReviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

  • Toby Stainton
    2019-03-19 10:39

    Really enjoyed this book. The characters are well written and the pace bounces along nicely, going up another gear in the final third. I was disappointed to finish it because I know we have to wait a few months till the next instalment! My only criticism is the overuse of 'mumbling' and 'muttering' in the first half of the book in particular. I found that to be slightly distracting, although arguably it's better than writing 'he said' at the end of every speech. It's a minor quibble though and overall the book is excellent.

  • Laura Enright
    2019-03-02 04:26

    When I was younger I enjoyed reading space dramas. One of my favorite authors was C.J. Cherryh. I haven’t had the chance to read a good space novel for some time so when I got the chance, it was a pleasure to dive into Zero, by Jex Collyer. It’s a tautly written thrill ride in which all the elements are there: A ruling, interplanetary force (The Service) trying to retain control, liberation factions wanting to establish self-rule on colonized planets, commando raids on satellites, and a climactic space battle at the end. Mixed up in all this is the ship Zero and her crew made up of former colony orphans with no real allegiance to anyone but their fellow crew members. New to the Zero is Captain Kaleb Hugo who must win the trust of the crew while carrying out undercover missions that the ship is sent on by The Service. When a plot is discovered that threatens the system, he must figure out who he can trust as he tries to solve a deeper mystery buried within his own team. Collyer has a good handle on the characters, avoiding clichés and making them likable without making them overly sentimental. Her action scenes are quite well done too.The one caveat I had was that I initially found the twist with Commander Webb midway through the novel a bit off putting. It seemed to come out of nowhere, used more as a story telling device that I found a bit too convenient at first. But as the novel went on from there, Collyer was able to parlay it into a whole new emotional arc for the character and I could imagine the possibilities from it. All in all it’s a great debut novel. Collyer immerses the reader in this world she’s created toying with the strings of political intrigue while driving the narrative on with well written action scenes and rich character development. I’ll look forward to future installments in the series.

  • Andrea Hinchey
    2019-03-07 04:30

    Being a bona fide fantasy nut sci-fi isn't usually something I seek out but I'm so glad I did with Zero :) The author very successfully creates such an immersive World of technology, subterfuge, tested loyalty and friendship that you find yourself sucked into the novel with no hope of escape until you have finished. Oh and need I say it has space pirates and lasers, who doesn't like those? :)Caleb Hugo is publically demoted for ignoring orders from his superiors during an intense battle, putting the lives of his crew at risk. He should be shamed. However, in private he is promoted to Captain of the Zero, a beaten and laser scorched wreck that hides more secrets than most can know. What will Hugo do, be the Captain they need or the snake in the grass? They face perils none can imagine and attitude flaws none can see...It's authors like this that reinforce my love of literature and give me hope for its future.For my full review please visit www.akhinchey.wordpress.com.Thank you :)

  • Richard Southworth
    2019-03-19 07:25

    There was a lot to like in this book. I enjoyed the diverse and complex sci-fi setting, with its different colonies and characters, which brought to mind other things like Firefly and Mass Effect. The two main characters, Kaleb Hugo and Ezekiel Webb, are well-rounded and develop interestingly: the more emotional moments on their journeys are particularly well written. However, there were some elements that could have been improved upon. Some of it felt rushed, like there was a bit too much action being inserted into a limited space. Most of the Zero's crew members besides Hugo and Webb didn't get much time devoted to them, and I couldn't get much of a feel for who they were as people. Overall, this novel was mixed: it took me a little while to complete, but I'm glad I read it.

  • Ingelin
    2019-03-19 03:37

    Spaceships, lunar colonies and undercover ops. I enjoyed it, but will most likely forget it.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-02 07:51

    A good first book, needs a bit of a proof read as there were a few errors. Story flowed well, good characters and satisfying ending. My only complaint is that I finished it too quickly.