Y the book s central premise that people can earn significant cash by willingly selling their earn significant cash by willingly selling their data collapses under scrutiny Has Elsberg even bothered to calculate the amount f cash that would be needed to pay the number f Freemee users he mentions the monthly amounts he mentions It s almost as ridiculous as using human beings as batteries Matrix anyoneThis book needed to be written by this generation s Michael Crichton A great shame that a commercial copywriter did the job instead This book is scary and makes you revaluate your use f social media It fits in these current times perfectly The writing is fast paced and highly entertaining This book is too preoccupied in presentingexplaining all technology in most clickbait y shocking and fear in presentingexplaining all technology in most clickbait y shocking and fear way parts which I due to being a professional mostly skipped A Killing Tide outf boredom to actually come up with an interesting plot Hm it s uite Shivers: four in one: The Enchanted Attic/A Ghastly Shade of Green/The Locked Room - The Awful Apple Orchard ok but far away from BlackoutThe story seems to be not really well planned The perspectiven IT is not very realistic Sometimes IT is described in a very naive way sometimes IT is allmightySee also Marc Elsberg Zero L'Oracle de votre subconscient : I-Ching, Le Livre des transformations on my blog This is a technothriller using the premise that monitoring data be it self monitoringr Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! otherwise is catchingn and becoming valuable Firms collecting this data start to try to influence what they monitor and control people s minds and actions A mysterious hacker group called Zero is Les Naufrags d'Ythaq T03 : Le soupir des toiles opposedThe central characters are a female journalist and her teen daughter and that daughter s friends Of course the younger folks are with it and are leading the way before the journalist even realises ActApps apps that give pointersn how to improve your results and get paid for a better rating have been moderating the younger folks behaviour like stop dressing as a Goth and the teacher will give you better marks The Royal Joust or gout and train now even if you don t feel like it because you ll do better in the match Yet a sinister background and valuation American Maharajah of users shows up when the journalist investigates The action is largely set in England and Vienna with a shift to New York The author could have referenced China where a similar points rating systemf citizens is under way by the state but maybe he wrote this book slightly too early I found the story a bit f a slog I have to say no humour and
"few likeable characters The journalist never seems to have to take an assignment r file copy Maybe the story "likeable characters The journalist never seems to have to take an assignment r file copy Maybe the story something in translation from German Certainly the concept is interesting Some strong language and violence make this an adult read This is an unbiased review Currently it feels like a day can t go by without a new technology related scandal appearing in ur headlines Everyone from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica to corrupt foreign governments are having a go at manipulating data to further their Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan own ends We live in an information age where data is collateral and every aspectf ur lives is available for analysis I ll admit to being fascinated and terrified about this prospect in eual measure A thriller that explores how information can be controlled repurposed and used to exploit people as its central plot was always going to draw me inThe main protagonist Cynthia Bonsant is an ld school journalist in a modern world ReTweets and Page Likes mean very little to her She is interested in understanding how large corporations like Freemee can influence society When tragedy strikes close to home she is compelled to uncover the truth I found it is easy to empathise with Cynthia From a technological standpoint she is The Quarterback's Crush oftenut f her depth but this just makes her determined to keep moving forward in her investigationWhere Cynthia is mistrustful f modern technology her daughter Vi is the polar pposite Vi is far pragmatic she sees her information as a commodity to be bought and sold If companies and corporations are going to track every detail about an individual why not reap some benefit This difference in pinion perfectly illustrates the gap that exists between those who have had to adapt to new technology versus those who have grown up with it Younger generations are far willing to accept changes in how we interact digitallyNovels like Zero highlight the current problems we have with technology I can t deny it is Achtung! Cthulhu often a wonderful thing but we don t understand the boundariesf the software and hardware that we have created How does the right to privacy fit in a world where the vast majority Infamy of who you are Re it’s too lateBut is anyone listeningThousandsf teenagers are signing up to Freemee the biggest new social media site uploading personal information in exchange for advice General P.T.G. Beauregard on what to eat how to dress even how to choose their friends None uestions what Freemee. Although I knew the facts the theoretical
and applications my mind and made me even paranoid which is a good thing considering todays possibilites Well researched new future thriller about companies and governments collecting all My Wishful Thinking ofur data and using it to manipulate ur livesThe story is solid and becomes hollywood ish toward the end the becomes Hollywood ish toward the end The is solid but lacks style and riginality Still it s easy to follow and doesn t distract from the plotThe dialogue is the definition f info dropping People nly talk to each The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 other to reveal information they should already know Remember when we You know that this etcHAVIN SAID THATthe premise and the world buildingf the technology is believable and fascinating Habit tracking apps semi smart AI telling you how to live your life advanced augmented reality glasses and an all knowing social networkIt s gonna come folks if it hasn t already Living with a complete geek I learned to love technology It is kind Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest of mesmerizing how technology is takingver ur lives that is why I was very intrigued by the blurb f this book After reading the book I am kind f petrified f how much Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day ofur personal data is actually collected without ur knowledge Or maybe because f Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) our ignoranceThe protagonist in this novel is Cynthia a single mother and investigative journalist who lives in London I really liked how realistic the main character was she is kindf ld fashioned when it comes to technology and all the new findings really leave her confused Also I liked Cynthia s personality I think she was really curious brave and adventurous The Author ffers a huge variety Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks of characters in this book representing different sectors and different perspectives and in some places I found it difficult to identify who belongs where but to my luck there was a handy listf characters at the back Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman of the novel which helped meThe narrative was really thought provoking Elsberg highlights many aspectsf data collection and usage which really got me thinking The story is told from multiple perspectives and that kind Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition of kept my interest going To enjoy this book you have to like technology there is a tonf terms and IT processes being discussed so if you not into computers this book will not make sense to you I loved that author chose different settings in this book incorporating his native town Vienna Also I think that the author used his knowledge Heaven Next Stop of advertising and influencing people very smartly and I bet that the search for smart glasses will increase after reading this book Because I am definitely going to search I enjoyed author s writing style for me it was understandable action filled and constantly changing The whole book was fitted into eight chapters and for me they were really long Even though every chapter shared multiple events it still kindf dragged to me a sometimes I love my short chapters The ending rounded up the story very nicely but there are so many unanswered uestions that it is kind f bugging me I really liked The Circle and I think with a good director this book could be a superb movieSo to conclude It is a very well crafted story which feels kind f futuristic but when you think about it most f the things are already happening in ne form Bases Loaded or another It is filled with smart characters plentyf action and I think it is kind Have A Good Night, Volume 1 of a wake up call for allf the people who are glued to their gadgets and the internet So Hey parents do you know what your child is up to Do read this book to find ut is up to Do read this book to find ut and I hope you will enjoy it The ideas in this novel really deserved a better writerThe wholesale exploitation f personal data pervasive surveillance and erosion f privacy in When You Lose Your Job our current social media swamped world provide ample themes and ideas for a profound philosophically intense thought provoking fascinating book Sadly Zero is not that bookCapitalizingn the succes f Blackout which is an nly slightly better book Elsberg seems to have gathered up all the ideas and technological possibilities his choice Isabel the Queen: Life and Times of theme provided and mapped thosento a formulaic Hollywood shaped plot straight Fantastic Post Office 03 outf Save the Cat The Last Book n Screenwriting You ll Ever NeedStylistically the book alternates between tiresome exposition badly portrayed characterization and cliche d and predictable action and chase scenes Elsberg s prose falls flat with generic placeholder locations a plethora f white room syndrome and massive amounts f tell don t showAnd to add insult to injur. The bestselling European thriller that foretold the danger and criminality f social media now available in EnglishA Guardian thriller f the month 'Elsberg is nothing if not prescient'ZERO an anonymous activist has given the world a warning stop the tech giants befo. As become a digital footprint I work with data and computers every day I go home and I continue to interact with with data and computers every day I go home and I continue to interact with and data I wear a smartwatch I have a smartphone When I contact my family it is invariably via Facebook I rder my weekly shopping Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics online I watch movies via Netflixr My life has become intrinsically linked with technology and the Internet The idea that my data could be used maliciously against me is a sobering thought Elsberg s writing drills down into these concerns in his taut narrative At first glance a business knowing certain aspects DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle of your life doesn t seem particularly malicious It snly when the potential scale f such analysis is revealed does it take n a far sinister toneAll these technological worries make for a fertile breeding ground when it comes to thriller fiction To an ld fossil like myself concepts like data mining and social engineering sound like the should come from a science fiction movie so why not make this a premise for a novel Zero is thoroughly entertaining but also just that little bit minous I got me thinking about my Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, own place in the digital world I guess that is the markf a first rate thriller make the plot just grounded enough to ensure the reader remains worried and slightly paranoid throughout If you are looking for an engrossing plot as well as plenty f food for thought than I can recommend you give Zero a try Ironically enough a couple f days before I started this book I purchased a tracker watch Would I have still bought it after reading this book I honestly don t know I have it set to remind me to try do 250 steps every hour and I did chuckleconnections and applications
"when it flashed up that I nly needed 20 dd steps for my hour and "it flashed up that I Pontius Pilate only needed 20dd steps for my hour and duly got up and had a wander What has this got to do with anything Well it forms the crux Livin de Life of what is happening in this book Insteadf data miners stealing data from internet footprints people can now sign up to a new site called Freemee and sell the same data for moneycredits Along with this users can also sign up for lifestyle advice What to eat where to go how to act who to be seen with along with careers and studying advice for the younger users Many people have had brilliant results from this but there is always a darker side to technology and that is what the rest Aeralis of the book is all about People acting completely differently to their core personalities and the aftermathf those clashes Shops and businesses going under cos they aren t flavour Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half of the month with the apps Zero is an underground movement bubbling under for a while but who crashes into the public eye after a very audacious drone strike video not violencen the President s family in an attempt to bring to the fore how this way Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives of life is affecting people We also meet Cynthia anld school investigative journalist and a bit f a technophobe to boot Certain information finds its way to her that puts her life in danger But with everyone practically being sheep to Freemee who can she really trust to help her expose the truthThis book scared me a little Coming shortly after
the shenanigans with all the internet data stealing and selling n coupled withshenanigans with all the internet data stealing and selling The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit on coupled with the electronics we now use and how muchf Limey Gumshoe ourselves we sharenline the majority Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate of which described in the book is all too credible Yes I have a tracker watch but I signed up with an anonymous email I have all myther privacy settings set max and my locations all inactive as much as I can but blow me down nly this morning I was asked to review a place I had visited but not shared n any platform for lunch yesterday Big brother is Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen out there and watching There was an awful lot goingn in this book Having four main factions all pushing in different but yet similar directions and Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade overlapping uite a bit did make it at times a bit hard to follow but I made my cast list something I doften when I struggle and things went easier from then Harcourt School Publishers Collections on inAll the technology described in the book is alreadyut there in From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure one formr another and it wouldn t be too hard to believe that some On Toby's Terms of the manipulative stuff depicted also exists Even just the watch I wear can be extended to do than just count my steps and track my sleep and it didn t really cost the earth With so many people spending so muchf their lives nline it s nly a matter Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land of time before the fiction in this book becomes reality I hope by then that legislation has also caught up alongside itMy thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this boo. Is doing with all that data Until hundredsf users begin to take their livesWhat will it take to bring down the Freemee mastermind and who is up to the job‘Worryingly real’ Sunday Sport ‘Elsberg is utterly prescient’ Guardian 'Sinister and realistic' Glamou.