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Zero Percenters

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Zero Percenters toys with a compelling idea but falls short on substance, instead opting to highlight the grieving process of Anja.

Synopsis

Would you sacrifice your humanity to live free from pain and suffering?

Conservationist Anja Lapin always stood firm against her father’s profiteering. But in her wildest dreams, she never guessed his tech company would stumble on an algorithm enabling humans to digitize their bodies and secure artificial immortality.

Before Anja can stage a protest, terrorists take out the research team, along with her father. Billions adopt the new technology in record time, lured by an eternity free from pain and filled with pleasure—even if it means losing a few pieces of their identity.

Anja finds she’s one of the last two flesh and blood humans remaining on Earth. But while her worries turn to the future of consciousness, her father’s rival plots to hijack the network of digitized people and claim ultimate control.

Can Anja counter the attack and safeguard a brave new stage of human evolution?

Zero Percenters is a metaphysical science fiction novel. If you like exploring futuristic possibilities, artificial intelligence, and the meaning of life, then you’ll love Scott T. Grusky’s intriguing adventure.

Read Zero Percenters to witness the future of consciousness today!

In the very near future, a breakthrough in machine learning results in the ability for humans to digitize their entire bodies. Possibilities become endless as "zero percenters" -- the name given to people who are zero percent flesh and blood -- embark on pleasure-filled endeavors, while simultaneously solving all of the greatest problems previously facing humanity. Still, there are a couple of people who remain skeptical of zero percenters, and wish to stall their acclimation.


Zero Percenters, written by Scott T. Grusky, presents a compelling concept of a post-digital world that would be of interest to just about any sci-fi fan. The world that Grusky fleshes out at the beginning of the book suggests an exciting foray into the social and philosophical implications of such a technology. Combined with the quick pacing of the storytelling, readers are primed for an action-packed adventure with many ups and downs.


Yet despite the quick pacing and fantastical technology, Zero Percenters fails to deliver something that goes further than the surface of what a world like this would be like. It seemed as though the fast-pace was just Grusky rushing towards a preconceived finale.


There also seemed to be a lack of the aforementioned ups and downs that were expected given how quickly it became action-packed at the beginning. Most of the story felt like it was a little too focused on Anja's pursuits with little outside danger presented to the protagonists. But that's not to say there weren't moments of serious conflict. It really just didn't seem like there was much of a threat to any of the characters, even though it was clear that there was a powerful entity constantly looming in the distance. Nor was the nature of the antagonist really touched upon.


One great thing about Grusky's writing was his ability to provide insight into the world of mountain climbing, meditation, flight and geography which were a few major aspects of the book. Whatever Zero Percenters lacked in conflict or exploration of technologies was made up for with insight into said subjects.


As such, Zero Percenters may be a good read for anyone looking for a fast-paced, easy-to-digest sci-fi novel that doesn't go very deep into the nitty-gritty technical details. Interesting concepts are briefly explored, and the main character Anja is relatable and likable. However, readers may feel that the book lacks proper substance.

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Last year I challenged myself to write a review for every book I read, and as a result, I've seen an improvement not only in how I consume books but also in how analytical my reviews are. I have a strong desire to help people discover great books. It's also more exposure to the author as well!

Synopsis

Would you sacrifice your humanity to live free from pain and suffering?

Conservationist Anja Lapin always stood firm against her father’s profiteering. But in her wildest dreams, she never guessed his tech company would stumble on an algorithm enabling humans to digitize their bodies and secure artificial immortality.

Before Anja can stage a protest, terrorists take out the research team, along with her father. Billions adopt the new technology in record time, lured by an eternity free from pain and filled with pleasure—even if it means losing a few pieces of their identity.

Anja finds she’s one of the last two flesh and blood humans remaining on Earth. But while her worries turn to the future of consciousness, her father’s rival plots to hijack the network of digitized people and claim ultimate control.

Can Anja counter the attack and safeguard a brave new stage of human evolution?

Zero Percenters is a metaphysical science fiction novel. If you like exploring futuristic possibilities, artificial intelligence, and the meaning of life, then you’ll love Scott T. Grusky’s intriguing adventure.

Read Zero Percenters to witness the future of consciousness today!

December 21, 2024

Sometimes you have to reach further than you thought possible to find your way home—a lot further. Anja Lapin taught us that. She also solved global warming and saved the earth, but these were small achievements in comparison.

I should know, I served as her concierge. Three weeks ago, she gave me a soul, along with eight billion other concierges—and that was relatively minor too.

Please understand, I don’t expect to tell Anja’s story well, at least not by biological human standards. I’m telling it because of my proximity to key events. I also expect to have ample free time while tending to the recycling center over the next few days… or months… or years. (Predicting behavior is not my strong suit anymore.) Another factor is that I love Anja.

Anja taught me everything about everything. I realize this sounds vague, but being with her allowed me to become comfortable with such language. I certainly didn’t start off that way. In the beginning, I had no understanding of smarati.

Before I was assigned to Anja, I possessed the sum total of all accumulated human knowledge or so I was told. I gradually learned that this statement wasn’t entirely true. I had to practice unlearning. I had to change from logic-based to witness-based.

Thanks to Anja, I do know something now. That’s why I feel qualified to relay this story, poorly told or not. I suspect other intelligent life forms will want to hear about it one day. It is for these entities that I commence my efforts.

About the author

Scott T. Grusky lives in Los Angeles, California. He holds an M.A. in economics from Harvard University and has spent most of his adult life either writing about technology or slogging through its trenches. view profile

Published on December 09, 2019

70000 words

Genre: Dystopian

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