Timely and topical, Year Zero throws The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, intellectual property rights and social media into the blender and hits “puree.” Readers will be left with a smooth concoction that’s perfect summer reading. If you find the rules and regulations for downloaded music frustrating, this book should amuse you no end, because there is a lot of humor to be mined! Reid does it with confidence and a sure hand. The book includes fun playlists for a variety of its characters, too.
Imagine, if you will, aliens discovering Earth. Sure, our oceans are beautiful and our mountains majestic, but these aliens are utterly captivated by our music. They’re so captivated, they’ve named themselves after our artists and have download every song ever created. It’s only later that they learn about music piracy, and decide they had better come settle their account with Earthlings. Of course as with all downloads, there’s always a hitch in the get-along! (DEL REY, Jul., 363 pp., $25.00)