Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: P.L. Nunn
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/29/2011
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Apocalyptic/dystopian, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Thriller
Ernest just turned thirty. It’s time for retirement, freedom from the tedious drudgery of his job as a data clerk. Time to explore parts of the city he’s never seen before, and hopefully meet some actual people. And at the end of the month? Time to die.
Will runs the counter at the historic coffee shop, and when he talks, he sounds just like an old-time data feed. Tongues are for talking, and Will’s got plenty to say. He’s nothing like anyone Ernest has ever met—though unfortunately that’s not saying much, since most of Ernest’s interaction to date has been with his artificial intelligence, L0U15E.
Ernest wants to believe Will’s radical notions, but what if Will is just working some angle to take advantage of him? Although he’s old enough to qualify for the senior discount at the VR Palace, Ernest finds his interactions with Will leave him feeling painfully naive.
Zero Hour is a unique and original dystopian story that was excellent in some parts and slow in others. It took me awhile to read this book because it didn’t always grab me and occasionally bored me a great deal.
The novel is set in a future that is reminiscent of the sci-fi classic Logan’s Run. In this world people live for thirty years and thirty days. At the age of thirty they retire and have thirty days to live. This has been going on so long that most people don’t even question it.
People also live in pods and are given everything they need through an IV like tube called a shunt. People don’t eat or drink or even have romantic connections. It doesn’t seem like much of a life but it’s the only thing they’ve ever known.
Ernest has hit his thirty year mark and is ready to explore parts of the city he’s never seen before. One of the first places is a coffee shop of sorts where he meets Will, who is unlike anyone he has ever met. Soon Ernest is discovering things he never imagined, such as oral sex, and beginning to question everything he’s been taught.
There is a ton of world building here. A lot! Readers into that sort of thing will love this book. JCP creates an in-depth setting, leaving nothing out. However, I was more interested in the romance between Will and Ernest than with how the government is lying about how people at their thirty and thirty mark are disposed of.
The actual romance takes up very little of the story, much more time is spent on Ernest’s discovery of the truth and how he, Will and a band of survivors make it out of the city.
JCP is a skillful writer and it’s obvious she did a ton of work with this one. It’s not one of my favorites but it’s still a stellar story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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