Zero (Hardcover)

By Marc Elsberg

Doubleday, 9780857525550, 352pp.

Publication Date: July 12, 2018

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'[Exposes] the dark underbelly of social media giants' societal control via the manipulation of data. Elsberg is nothing if not prescient; this is all pre-Cambridge Analytica.' Barry Forshaw, Guardian


The gripping bestselling global thriller for fans of Dave Eggers' THE CIRCLE and Channel Four's BLACK MIRROR.


Welcome to the Freemee lifestyle app:

They can give you confidence, power, fame and all the friends in the world.

But what will they take in return?

When a teenager is shot dead after chasing a criminal in the street, investigating journalist Cynthia Bonsant is led to the popular social media platform Freemee, a competitor to Facebook whose lifestyle app claims to give you everything you need to succeed in life.

But there is someone who warns against its evils: Zero, the world’s most-wanted activist, known for exposing the toxic truths behind social media giants and their pursuit of total control.

As Cynthia gets closer to unravelling the evil mastermind behind the Freemee site, she herself becomes a target. But in this world of hidden cameras, data glasses and hyper-smart phones there is nowhere to hide . . .

About the Author

Marc Elsberg is a former creative director in advertising. CODE ZERO is his second bestselling thriller, first published in Germany. Full of cutting-edge science, its terrifying scenario of the dangers of social media, surveillance and data theft has shown to be fully prescient. His first global thriller BLACKOUT was also published worldwide. Marc Elsberg lives in Vienna, Austria.

Praise For Zero

"A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE MONTH: [Exposes] the dark underbelly of social media giants' societal control via the manipulation of data. Elsberg is nothing if not prescient." - Barry Forshaw - Guardian

"A topical thriller set in the world of online activists pitted against corrupt IT companies who collect and analyse personal data." - - Der Spiegel

"A highly topical nightmarish scenario, which Elsberg says became a reality long ago." - - Hit radio rt1

"A gripping thriller and a visionary story on the subject of 'Big Data'" - - rbb Kulturradio

"With this thriller Elsberg qualifies as the spokesman for perhaps the most important debate in society today." - - Bild