Year Zero

Year Zero

A Novel

eBook - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
In the hilarious tradition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Rob Reid takes you on a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe--and the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional music industry.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey Ballantine Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345534484
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 357 p.)


From Library Staff

Music copyright infringement on a cosmic scale, and inter-galactic legal shenanigans propel the action in this wonderful SF satire that will appeal to fans of Douglas Adams.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Oct 18, 2016

A clever concept that will be dated quite quickly. The writing is very poor and could have used an editor and grammar check.

Jun 01, 2016

Very interesting read! Nick Carter is visited by aliens who REALLY appreciate Earth music--they think he's "THE Nick Carter" of Backstreet Boys. Turns out the entire universe loves Earth music, and because of galactic copyright laws--we will soon be destroyed. What follows is a silly romp to save the planet. If you enjoy your sci-fi on the light and funny side, pick this one up today.

Oct 06, 2015

Addictingly fun, a modern Hitchhikers Guide. Absolutely must read.

Sep 29, 2013

This book starts out with a reasonably clever hook, and then spends the rest of its pages utterly refusing to admit that there's just not much to it. Roughly a third of the book is devoted to explaining away obvious plot holes, another third is devoted to building an only-mildly-interesting universe, and the last third is interminable foot notes. Unfortunately, all of the aliens and sci-fi and attempts at humor that the book throws at us simply cannot disguise the fact that this is little more than a dry legal battle and a tirade about how the music industry is screwy. Plot points are brought up and cast aside; tension is introduced and quickly thwarted; eventually it feels like every other line is "At least we bought ourselves some time" until the unstimulated reader simply cannot care anymore. A note to the author: readers don't want to watch people "buying time" over and over again. They want to see problems and results, so that it doesn't feel like the bought time is being so bought at their expense.

Jun 18, 2013

A very good book well written and surprisingly very funny

Oct 09, 2012

...AND the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional LEGAL industry.

Jun 28, 2012

Description in review make it sound like a very funny book. Good cover illustration!

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings


Find it at VPL

To Top