Blood Zero Sky by J. Gabriel Gates

“Gates creates a dystopian nightmare setting of technology and greed… a Brave New World with a consumerist edge.”
- Publisher's Weekly

Unprofitables are banished to work camps to pay off their credit. Other tie-men and women look on apathetically. "Fair is fair. Everyone knows you shouldn't use more credit than you are worth to the Company. "They turn their attention to the next repackaged but highly coveted N-Corp product on the market, creatively advertised on the imager screens that adorn virtually every available flat surface. All the while, their mandatory cross-implants and wrist-worn "ICs" keep them focused on the endless cycle of work and consumption to which they are enslaved.

May Fields the CEO's daughter would like to believe she is above all that. Head of N-Corp's marketing team, the young woman who has almost everything anyone could want spends her days dreaming up ingenious ways to make workers buy more of what they already have and don't need. Even before May discovers that the Company is headed for its first loss in thirty years, she is feeling the stirrings of dissatisfaction with the system that has given her everything she's ever wanted . . . except the freedom to be herself.

When she is kidnapped by a member of the Protectorate a secret order dating back to the American Revolution May is suddenly faced with the frightening truth of what the Company's greed has done to our most basic human rights. Will she embrace who she is and join the battle to restore America's democratic freedom, or put her blinders back on and return to her safe and passionless life?

More prediction than fiction, "Blood Zero Sky "is a riveting, nonstop, and suspenseful gaze into the looking glass, destined to rise with the zeitgeist of our times to become the anthem of a generation.

Paperback, 373 pages

Published October 1st 2012 by Health Communications 
I recently read other books by J Gabriel Gates The Sleepwalkers being still to this day one of  my favorites and the highly enjoyable Karate filled Dark Territory is one I have recommended to friends as well. This author has fast become one of my favorites. Blood Zero Sky was everything that I was hoping that it would be. I recommend this to  fans of author Cory Doctorow.

When the Protectorates (Guardians of Freedom, founded by George Washington) kidnap May, each find out more than they were expecting to find about each other. May's discoveries not only question her loyalty to the Company, but also to her family.

This novel has some scary predictions for what could happen if we allow the big companies to rule us, above the controls of the government. What kind of future does that hold for us?  Most of us ending up like robots, only focused on what we can do for the Company and gain credits to stay in good status with them. But how much control can Companies have over humankind? When is enough, enough?

The Protectorate are battling this overpowering of the Companies over the people. They have been able to control and maintain heads of the government, but the Companies have grown and become a force to be reckoned with, maybe already beyond their control.

Blood Zero Sky is an intense read that will get the reader thinking about our connection to technology and the Companies running our technology today. What we consider entertainment, could very soon lead to control. An intense thriller with a great cast of characters. In my opinion this is an author to watch out for. 

At 384 pages this is not a fast read-but it's engaging and mesmerizing.  It will make you think.

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