Forging Zero

  • by Sara King
  • Narrated by Liam Owen
  • 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Legend of Zero begins the epic journey of 14-year-old Joe Dobbs in a post-apocalyptic universe following a massive alien invasion of Earth. The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence.
Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine-chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie. But first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.


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Great book that up till recently was Kindle only

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I was searching for a military scifi book and came across this book as a new release this week. It only had two reviews that both marked it all 5's and no written reviews so I was pretty skeptical. I decided to look up reviews on and was amazed at the amount of positive reviews for the book. Interestingly enough this book is only available in kindle format, besides audible, no soft or hardcover releases yet.

As for the book please read some of the amazon reviews. As for me I finished the book in one continuous listening. Only a few authors can provoke a response like that from me (Orson Scott Card, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss). I was shocked when I hit part 2 of the book and it was 6am.

The story starts right after Earth is visited and lacking a better word annexed into a large alien "supposedly" republic. As for joining the republic the children of Earth between ages 5 - 12 are forcibly taken at gunpoint from the earth where they will be trained into soldiers for this galactic congress. They are so many interesting parts to the story but it mainly focuses on the children soldiers being trained and the aliens who are training them. Every time I thought I had this book figured out it throws a new curve at you. As an example I find myself at times empathizing with the aliens who at times don't seem to like what they are doing but believe it's for the greater good. Only to then find out they see things totally different from what I expected. The aliens in this book are truly alien in both body and thought process. There not just some humanoid antagonist military that are doing things for reasons we humans would normally consider evil, rather their thoughts and reasonings are just that, alien. You can follow their reasoning up to a certain point, then you get thrown a curve. What's really interesting is that eventually these curves are explained in a way humans can understand without necessarily agreeing with them. This is some of the best alien development I've ever seen in a scifi book. As for the human children think something close to Ender's game without the kids being geniuses. They pought, cry, whine, but it never gets irritating. It really made me think of how when real children experience traumatic things in their lives they are quite resilient. That's not to say the trauma doesn't leave it's scars. With the children in the story, it's just that, they are traumatized but you are with them as that innate human resilience kicks in. You wanna cry for them, cheer them on, and most of all watch them grow. This is a book I probably wouldn't have given a chance but the publisher summary and the reviews on convinced me to take a chance and I am so glad that I did.

As far as Narration, this is the first time I've heard Liam Owen. He does a very good job. He's no Stephan Rudniki or Scott Brick but while the voices among the children don't vary to much and with literally hundreds of children that have maybe 1 or 2 speaking lines you can kinda understand why. Yet he does get a lot of variation with the six main children and also he gets in a lot of variation between the different species of aliens speaking and they're a whole lot of different aliens.

I've noticed the volume tends to drift during the performance. Nothing horrible but maybe once a hour or so you find the volume is now to soft to hear or it stars to get uncomfortably loud. As it only happens about once an hour you can easily adjust your volume to deal with it. I have a suspicion that maybe the recording was done using cheaper equipment or maybe at a home studio. As this is the first release of an audio book for this author I believe it's something that can be overlooked. I do hope in time that here books become more well known and the quality of the recordings will improve. Maybe one day she'll be popular enough to have this book re-recorded with a full cast reading like they did for Ender's Game 20th Anniversary Edition. With all that being said I hope that you will give Sara King's "Forging Zero" a try and enjoy it as much as I have.

One last note is that there is already a sequel and a short story prequel to this book but again they are only available currently on Kindle. If you like this book as much as I do please request that audible carry Sara King's sequel/prequel as well as her other works. You can make a content request by emailing using: Personally I have medical issues that severely limits my ability to read for any extended period and having these books available on audible is a life saver.

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- Josh "“Ah, the outdoors,' Shallan said. 'I visited that mythical place once.” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings"

Hey, Where's My Tour De Force?

Certain sub genres in Science fiction attract so many of us, myself included. Dystopia, Zombie, Space Opera.

However, "Underdog Versus The Overlords" is one that so many readers, listeners and moviegoers truly enjoy. You know it - Fledgling space teen struggles against an overpowering evil space force, and eventually wins. Think Star Wars, Ender's Game, Starship Troopers, and so many others that are worthy the genre, each a "tour de force."

Then, there's those in that genre that fall a bit flat. Sort of a "meh." Yes, they have the overall formula in the mix. Of course, the underdog is firmly in place. The overlords are waiting in the wings, costumed and ready, waiting for their cue. Then, the curtain rises, and it trips, stumbles and eventually falls. And it's not pretty. Perhaps it's poor storyline execution. Might be weak character development. Could be tepid writing. Maybe all of the above.

Now, don' get me wrong - For light reading or listening, it will get a modest following, but for those looking for a "tour de force," in the genre, it falls flat, and any followups in the series are passed over, because the work is, in a word, forgettable.

This is one of those. It has the right elements in place, but it falls short. It's forgettable.

I am TOTALLY confident that I will get negative feedback from some, but if this is an honest review there it is. I must be true to those who expect an honest review. And of course, to myself. For me, the series ends here.

And I was so looking forward to my Tour De Force.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-17-2013
  • Publisher: Sara King