Year Zero Review

Year Zero Review

A talking parrot and his sidekick vacuum cleaner. Boring pluhhhs Funky aliens who are into reality TV- oh, and pirating music from planet Earth. Which apparently has created quite a problem to the survival of the human race. If it sounds good so far, buckle up, you’re in for a wild ride.

From the publisher:
“An alien advance party was suddenly nosing around my planet Worse, they were lawyering up. . .

In the hilarious tradition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galax Rob Reid takes you on a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe—and the inner workings of our absurd dysfunctional music industry.

Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news.

The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity’s music ever since “Year Zero” (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang. The resulting fines and penalties have bankrupted the whole universe. We humans suddenly own everything—and the aliens are not amused.

Nick Carter has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly, and he’s an unlikely galaxy-hopping hero: He’s scared of heights. He’s also about to be fired. And he happens to have the same name as a Backstreet Boy. But he does know a thing or two about copyright law. And he’s packing a couple of other pencil-pushing superpowers that could come in handy.

Soon he’s on the run from a sinister parrot and a highly combustible vacuum cleaner. With Carly and Frampton as his guides, Nick now has forty-eight hours to save humanity, while hopefully wowing the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.”

I absolutely loved this book- it was so off-the-wall unique and completely different than anything I’ve read before, I was absolutely hooked from the first few pages. Rob Reid writes with a confident, laid back style that is very enjoyable to read. Add to that quick-witted smart dialogue, good music, and of course, humor, and you get a sure fire winner.

Now as to the humor, did it have me ROTFLMAO? Not exactly, but I caught myself smirking and chuckling quietly to myself pretty much through the whole book, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s pretty impressive for a sci-fi novel 😀

Bottom line:

Pros: original, funny, fast-paced

Cons: characters could have been a little more developed to show differing POV, speaking voice

Rating: five of five stars

Suggested for: pretty much anyone

Kind of similar to: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

Recommend it? Yes

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