To warn off readers who might take offense, I warn you that Asher makes Martin look like a saint when it comes to wiping out characters and just like Martin, bad luck can be a random and shocking thing. So if you get to within an inch of the end of the book, turn the light out and save the rest for tomorrow, or you won't get enough sleep. The end head-to-head battle of the spaceship the Scourge vs. Strikingly, I've never wanted to re-read it. Action switches between Earth, the rebels fleeing Earth for Mars, the struggling Mars colony and the pursuit warship chasing down the rebels.
Fortunately the action ramps up again in the second half, and the sensitive-minded reader can stop worrying about the politics and just enjoy the tension and the explosions. This second book in the series is just as exciting and interesting as the first one. Certain things of his rapid rise to the level he is at in the last book could have been saved for this book, and would have been an opportunity to learn more about him. If the server does not provide a quick download, then we remove it from the list. There, he discovers that though the Prador remain as murderous as ever, they are not anywhere near as treacherous or dangerous as some of his fellow humans. It does allow other aspects to come to the fore and Asher adds more depth to the story, but it changes the pacing of the book and slowing down the events.
So there is definitely Freudian influence at play here. All links from this site were collected in an automatic manner and can not be recognized as affiliated with our site. Subscribe In days gone by, when repeatedly pressed about what my favourite book might be, a banal question seeking an impossible and crude reductionist answer to which I was usually rude in response, I would offer Breakfast Of Champions as a pacifier. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program A book with obvious wear. Victims include the entire Zero asset population, all with id implants, anyone who disappoints the new leader including her own father and all other major rivals, after all she has the perfect person to blame.
I will say this, there is an unnecessary part of her backstory that didn't need to be in. The author also made it perfectly clear that what he was describing wasn't true socialism, but something horribly perverted--in fact, over the course of the epigraphs to each of he 2 books chapters, Asher described plainly just how the world government came about, and just how it all went so incredibly wrong. Serene just cares about the future of an Earth where she's in charge. Now there are many who find fault with Asher's treatment of expendable populations, his -at times sociopathic characters sometimes indistinguishable from machines and wildly, imaginative science. I should add that a reader doesn't have to ponder on the insinuation of world politics, the staggering implications of overpopulation, the state of joblessness and poverty that could derive from over automation and the advancement of technology- to enjoy either of the first two books in the series, because they can be read as gut-wrenching, high-octane, space operas whose tech and weaponry are enough to satiate readers who just want fun!!! I found that, along with a massively expanding plethora of technology, it made the first half of the book hard going for me - I'm still not much of a tech head.
With each page you feel their dread, hope and in some cases, yes even joy! And aboard Argus Station, Alan Saul's mind has expanded into the local computer network. On Mars, Var Delex fights for the survival of Antares Base, while the Argus Space Station hurls towards the red planet. Slowly, as he regenerates, his plan comes into being. But power abhors a vacuum and, scrambling from the wreckage, comes the ruthless Serene Galahad. All this to say, that the rise of the cyborg, Alan Saul in the 'Departure: Book One' was awesome and his growth in 'Zero Point' is stunning as he realizes just what vulnerability is. Asher creates a world that is all too plausible. Is this a vision of what a senior politician will face in our near future? The end, roll credits, everyone lives happily ever after.
Suffice it to say, I think the Owners series should become part of political philosophy University curriculum as a theoretical case study. Indeed, we have here a contender for nastiest villainess ever in any field of fiction. It has heart thumbing action, well thought out pieces of philosophy and most importantly a big dose of speculative technology. And she knows whomever, or whatever, trashed Earth is still aboard. Good novel, even better than the first one. But power abhors a vacuum and, scrambling from the wreckage, comes the ruthless Serene Galahad. But to reach its goals, the Committee will unleash satellite laser weaponry, taking carnage to a new level.
I honestly don't know how much of a political statement Asher was trying to make with this book. Perhaps I was afraid I'd find fault the second time around and wanted to uphold it as a paragon of meta-fiction. Here there are no heroes or villains, only those willing to do what's necessary to survive. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. For the most part, the other characters aren't that interesting now, and I am struggling to remember who they are and what they did. This Zero Point book review was written by. There is a lot to like about this novel and I definitely don´t agree with those that state this was the weakest trilogy by Asher so far.
This was at least as good as the first in the series. Anyway, the break afforded by a foray into further education has proved something of a test for Jasper Gibson and his fiction. Reminded me of the endless horrific stuff portrayed in Ian Banks' The Algebraist. . Zero Point starts where The Departure leaves off. I would venture to say that it is nearly as good as the Gridlinked books, but really it would be like comparing two flawless diamonds in my opinion. And there a certain conveniences that are in the book that Asher may have had planned in the first book, but come across as just that, conveniences.
Now I write science fiction books, and am slowly getting over the feeling that someone is going to find me out, and can call myself a writer without wincing and ducking my head. Geneve muss sich entscheiden: Behält sie ihre Neutralität bei oder nimmt sie den Kampf gegen die Bedrohung auf? Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the zero point the owner trilogy 2 asher neal gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. With Chairman Messina's supposed demise during the assault on Argus Station, Serene seizes control of the remaining Committee assets. From time to time, too, it felt like The Owner was being given little setbacks every time he started pulling too far away from the competition, just for the sake of not showing it as a total walkover.
In the process, he uncovers the ghastly experiments of the Humanoid Unit Development, the possibility of eternal life, and a madman who may hold the keys to interstellar flight. And she knows whomever, or whatever, trashed Earth is still aboard. This is the Departure, Part 1 of the Owner series by Neal Asher. But once you grasp that you are starting to understand Asher. Var must save the base, while also dealing with the first signs of rebellion. The perversely named Serene is an excellent, chilling villain who will stop at nothing to get everything she wants.