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Going Zero by Anthony McCarten


There are ten contestants and they have been given two hours to ‘Go Zero’ – to go off the grid and disappear. They have thirty days to evade being found, and if are successful they will receive three million in cash. The mastermind of this competition is Cy Baxter, who is a tech wunderkind. He has created a ground-breaking piece of spyware called Fusion, which he believes can track anyone no matter where they are on the planet.


The ten contestants have been carefully selected, and more than one of them might have the skills to evade detection. But Cy is counting on none of them evading being found for the full thirty days. He has a lot at stake for wanting none of them to succeed – a $90 billion contract is on the line.


But for one of the contestants, Kaitlyn Day, a seemingly mild-mannered librarian, the stakes are much higher, and she needs to win this competition to get what she wants – something much more valuable than three million dollars. Will she succeed against all odds?


A high-concept, intelligent, and fast-paced thriller, Going Zero by Anthony McCarten doesn’t let up until the final page. It’s an adrenalin-fuelled, page-turning read that is exhilarating but also thought-provoking.


Reviewer: Karen McMillan

Macmillan Publishers

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