My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Year Zero is about a lawyer named Nick Carter who is having an average day when two not so average people show up at his office. It turns out the two people are in fact aliens who are very concerned about music copyright laws. Apparently, Earth music is very popular in the universe, and every single alien in the universe has a complete playlist of all Earth music. They are a bit concerned about the Earth music industry suing them.
I am struggling a bit with describing how I feel about Year Zero. I enjoyed the book; however, I think my enjoyment of the book came from the audio book read John Hodgman. He read the book with such passion and flavor. Each character felt fresh and quirky. I am not sure I would have felt the same way, if I had read the book on the page.
Although I know the book built its foundation on copyright law, the law aspect of the book got a bit tedious at times. It felt like there was an imbalance between world building (and technical details) with action. Even though Hodgman did a great job reading the book, I definitely noticed a bit of exposition at times.
Publication Date: 2012
Number of Pages: 364
Series Notes: Stand alone
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Reason for Discovery: I saw the author interviewed on Sword & Laser, and the book plot seemed interesting.