Zero G
Length: 4 h 8 minIt’s one kid versus an entire band of space pirates in this cosmic middle grade caper from New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells.Zero is just one of 20,000 people aboard a spaceship bound for a new planet set to be colonized. The journey is over a century long but luckily, everyone is in stasis, so they’ll be safe and sound asleep during the trip. Everyone that is, except for Zero, whose pod has malfunctioned, waking him up a hundred years early. His initial excitement in roaming the ship alone quickly turns to a heart-stopping interstellar adventure when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and take the colonizers hostage. With everyone he knows fast asleep, it’s up to Zero to think fast and find a way to stop them–all on his own.

Zero G Details

TitleZero G
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 6th, 2018
PublisherAudible Studios
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Audiobook, Young Adult, Fiction

Zero G Review

  • Jennifer (Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー)
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic middle grade fantasy infused with Chinese and Japanese elements, pirates, cryogenic freezing chambers and a navigation robot with a sense of humour. Review to come when I can get out of this reviewing slump.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This was awesome!!!!!!!! Get it, get it, get it!! Such a cute and well produced and well acted story. So much fun. Zero is too cute and clever for words. The space pirates are mean idiots. And the ending shows us Zero getting recognition for his heroics :D Highly, highly recommend. 5 big space pirate stars!
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  • Addi
    January 1, 1970
    Very cute Middle Grade scifi. Home Alone meets space.
  • Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
    January 1, 1970
    This was wonderful! Home Alone in Space - a full cast and sound effects brought this delightful story to life. What a pleasure.
  • Nathan Burgoine
    January 1, 1970
    This was a super-cute audiobook about a young boy who enters a stasis pod with his family to make the 105 year journey to another inhabitable planet, only to wake up before the ship even leaves the solar system.At first, it looks like it might be fun—he gets to man the cannon to shoot rogue asteroids—and he chats with the ship AI, but then things start to get a little worrisome: one, the pilot who should have shot the asteroids is missing, and two? Pirates.At that point, the whimsical nature doe This was a super-cute audiobook about a young boy who enters a stasis pod with his family to make the 105 year journey to another inhabitable planet, only to wake up before the ship even leaves the solar system.At first, it looks like it might be fun—he gets to man the cannon to shoot rogue asteroids—and he chats with the ship AI, but then things start to get a little worrisome: one, the pilot who should have shot the asteroids is missing, and two? Pirates.At that point, the whimsical nature doesn't stop, exactly, but it shifts into a kind of "Home Alone" vibe where young Zero needs to use whatever he's got at hand (since this is a sleeper ship, there's a lot of cargo, but it's not like Zero knows where anything in specific is) to defend the ship, take down the pirates, blast the asteroids, and find himself another place to go into stasis before the ship accelerates for the journey to the new planet and turns him into goo.It's fun, it's cute, and I think even adults will enjoy this full cast production, making it a great choice for a car-trip with the younger family members.
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  • Soo
    January 1, 1970
    Mini-Review:5 Stars for Cast of Narrators & Production Team4 Stars for StoryGreat space adventure story about a kid named Zero. A malfunction caused Zero to be awakened from his pod early. A carefree exploration of the ship turns into a dangerous attempt to save the ship from pirates. Cool tidbits about space and life in on a ship are threaded into the story. A clever tale that kept me entertained from start to finish.
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  • Karen’s Library
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Dan Wells’ Partial series so when I saw an Audible Original, for free, I had to have it. The fact that it was set in space was a huge bonus! I didn’t care that it was middle-grade. It was entertaining! What a cute story, and the production was AMAZING! And even though I read ALOT of sci-fi, I was surprised that I still learned a few new things about gravity and space travel. Well done, Audible!! And Dan Wells!!
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  • D. H.
    January 1, 1970
    I ran out of Audible credits and saw an SF book being offered for free to members, so I downloaded it. The intended target is young, and the plot is a Die Hard, Home Alone, Passengers smash up, but it is a fantastic introduction of common SF themes to young readers (listeners). The bonus is that the performances are good, and it's nice and short.
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  • Neonraate
    January 1, 1970
    This is great for everyone, but especially kids who are into or want to get into science!
  • David
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected for a middle grade book. For a story that is basically Home Alone meets Passenger, Dan Wells writes a credible science fiction adventure, starring a personable twelve-year-old protagonist."Zero" (his nickname, because he doesn't like his given name) is one of twenty-thousand people being put in stasis for Earth's first interstellar colony. The ship will be sent on a 105 year journey to a habitable planet 20 light years away, and Zero and his family will I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected for a middle grade book. For a story that is basically Home Alone meets Passenger, Dan Wells writes a credible science fiction adventure, starring a personable twelve-year-old protagonist."Zero" (his nickname, because he doesn't like his given name) is one of twenty-thousand people being put in stasis for Earth's first interstellar colony. The ship will be sent on a 105 year journey to a habitable planet 20 light years away, and Zero and his family will "wake up" as if it were the next day, ready to start colonizing. Except there is a malfunction in his stasis pod, and he wakes up alone on a ship that has been abandoned by its pilot. The ship's AI is only moderately helpful, Zero gets to blow up some asteroids, and then space pirates out around the Kuiper Belt try to hijack the ship, and Zero has to fend them off. Of course the pirates include a spunky girl Zero's age.Being written at the middle grade level, the story requires a few suspensions of disbelief, but the science is not completely implausible and the characters are credible if juvenile. Like Macauley Culkin, Zero sneaks around aboard the ship, setting up traps for the bad guys, who while a bit comical will definitely kill him if they catch him. Their motivations are not completely silly, and the story hummed along.Is this a worthy heir to the Heinlein juveniles I loved in my youth? It's a bit more juvenile than those, but both the science and the characters are a lot more contemporary, and I really enjoyed listening to this despite the fact that it's a kid's story. I highly recommend it for any budding SF fans.
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  • Eric Allen
    January 1, 1970
    This one was okay, but it was a little too kiddie for me. Some midgrades will do it for me, some won't, this one didn't. It was also a pretty generic plot. I've seen about a thousand movies with almost the exact same plot. Younger kids will probably enjoy it much more than I did. This one just wasn't for me.
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  • Starlah Marlaine
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThe Passengers meets Home Alone.This is a middle-grade, science fiction story about a kid versus an entire ship of space pirates. Zero is one of many individuals aboard a spaceship on it's way to colonize a new planet. While everyone is sleeping safely in their stasis pods, Zero's malfunctions and he is woken up only weeks into century -long the trip. Bad turns worse when a ship of space pirates hijacks the spaceship. It is up to Zero to stop them.While I enjoy science fiction and middl 3.5 starsThe Passengers meets Home Alone.This is a middle-grade, science fiction story about a kid versus an entire ship of space pirates. Zero is one of many individuals aboard a spaceship on it's way to colonize a new planet. While everyone is sleeping safely in their stasis pods, Zero's malfunctions and he is woken up only weeks into century -long the trip. Bad turns worse when a ship of space pirates hijacks the spaceship. It is up to Zero to stop them.While I enjoy science fiction and middle grade, I did not go into this expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Zero is such a smart and brave and fun narrative. The story has many funny, serious, and heart-warming moments. Plus the audio book has a full cast that was just amazing.
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  • Cmoore
    January 1, 1970
    I had never read anything by Dan Wells, but I expected something good from this best-selling author. I was however, rather taken aback at how hokey the beginning was... complete with a "Star Trek" like, grandiose music score. Hahaha! Seriously though, it seemed that the author skimped on plot simply because it was written for middle readers. My husband was laughing at how idiotic it was to have an AI that was brilliant at navigation (by design), and yet completely incompetent at virtually everyt I had never read anything by Dan Wells, but I expected something good from this best-selling author. I was however, rather taken aback at how hokey the beginning was... complete with a "Star Trek" like, grandiose music score. Hahaha! Seriously though, it seemed that the author skimped on plot simply because it was written for middle readers. My husband was laughing at how idiotic it was to have an AI that was brilliant at navigation (by design), and yet completely incompetent at virtually everything else... Once I got into the story however, I became enthralled with the soryline, in part due to the great cast of story tellers, and maybe in part due to my husband no longer snidely commenting about it!  :)
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  • Stacy GeekRemixALot
    January 1, 1970
    This was so cute! I got it for free as part of my Audible membership (not sure I'd be listening to middleschool audio drama otherwise hah), but it was a cute, short listen while I was working on reports at work.I saw a reviewer describe this as "Home Alone in space" which I think it a pretty apt description! Some of the villain acting is a little hammy, but for kids I think it would be pretty enjoyable, and it wasn't so overdone that I couldn't enjoy it. It even made me chuckle out loud in a few This was so cute! I got it for free as part of my Audible membership (not sure I'd be listening to middleschool audio drama otherwise hah), but it was a cute, short listen while I was working on reports at work.I saw a reviewer describe this as "Home Alone in space" which I think it a pretty apt description! Some of the villain acting is a little hammy, but for kids I think it would be pretty enjoyable, and it wasn't so overdone that I couldn't enjoy it. It even made me chuckle out loud in a few parts.
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    A freebie Audio edition with full cast and a roughly 4 hour story. Quite entertaining and I would have loved it even more if I were younger. The story is has a bit of the Home Alone movie theme but taking place on a colony ship just before it leaves the solar system. By that point everyone else is asleep except for Zero, our 12 year old protagonist who is awake by accident. At that point, pirates show up and the story takes off. In contrast to Home Alone with a smarmy little kid, Zero is a smart A freebie Audio edition with full cast and a roughly 4 hour story. Quite entertaining and I would have loved it even more if I were younger. The story is has a bit of the Home Alone movie theme but taking place on a colony ship just before it leaves the solar system. By that point everyone else is asleep except for Zero, our 12 year old protagonist who is awake by accident. At that point, pirates show up and the story takes off. In contrast to Home Alone with a smarmy little kid, Zero is a smart and earnest child who figures how to defeat the pirates. The action is good, the characters are memorable, and tension is built throughout the story until its happy ending.
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  • Boostamonte Halvorsen
    January 1, 1970
    A simple and short story in the classic Dan Wells fashion. I should say, it isn't his "Serial-Killer" fashion, but his "Mirador-Partials" fashion. Sci-fi and humor with a good amount of tension. The practical-ness of what this kid did sometimes suspended my belief in the story, but at the same time, I didn't mind it. Kinda like choosing to ignore it because the story was too fun to care. Good quick read, great for young kids!
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  • Bee Glosson
    January 1, 1970
    Fun listen...or read depending on what you did. Great for kids and kids at heart (like myself). Fun flow to the story, and really cool ideas to think about for the future. Good over evil and all that. I give this a solid 4 stars. Maybe even 4.25. Worth the time for sure
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  • Fawn
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to this book with my kids and they are the ones that would give this book a five star. They lived all the action and funny voices in this. For me - it seemed like a kid version of “Passengers.” It was very enjoyable.
  • Dig
    January 1, 1970
    This was a refreshing little audio drama that I adored.
  • Jen Halligan
    January 1, 1970
    Cute story and great audio performances!
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Home Alone meets Passenger. Nice voice work and kept all four of us entertained on road trip.
  • Elizabeth (Lizzy)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this audiobook, it's a fun middle grade book.
  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    This is an entertaining story - at about 4 hours it was perfect for a weekend road trip audiobook for N and me. There are several narrators and all are great except the narrator for Zero, a 12 year character, sounded much younger than the character's age.
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    Got the audiobook from Audible December Original freebies. Had I been a middle-schooler, this would have been a fun, exciting story. However, I wish I knew the target age before I started reading. Personally, finishing the book was a chore, despite the twists and turns. Decent story, but predictable to me. Found it hard to relate. One dimensional characterizations. Detractors:- The only person supposed to be awake for a 20,000 people trip is the pilot ... that’s idiotic. What if he had had a hea Got the audiobook from Audible December Original freebies. Had I been a middle-schooler, this would have been a fun, exciting story. However, I wish I knew the target age before I started reading. Personally, finishing the book was a chore, despite the twists and turns. Decent story, but predictable to me. Found it hard to relate. One dimensional characterizations. Detractors:- The only person supposed to be awake for a 20,000 people trip is the pilot ... that’s idiotic. What if he had had a heart attack? Tripped and brained himself to death? Never mind the betrayal he actually did. On a ship, there should be countless redundancies and failsafes. No way only one person is left awake. - There are no extra pods. Again, no failsafes??? Dad, you designed the ship. WTF. - In the end, the captain is woken up, and the first people she chooses to wake up is the kids, Nyx and Zero... which while cool for them, makes no sense in a professional. They saved the day, but that doesn’t mean they can help you run the ship you’re in charge of. Get the people who should be running diagnostics, maintenance, something. But, a good choice for parents looking for something for their (young) kids. Audiobook very well produced. Rating for me: 2Rating for kids: 3 Why the disparity: since I feel I was just out of the target audience, and younger folk would probably enjoy this much more.
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  • Alex Shrugged
    January 1, 1970
    This is an audiobook for kids and young teens, but I enjoyed it entirely. The story is about how a kid fights off space pirates while his fellow colonists are incapacitated in their hibernation pods. But frankly, this audio performance sounds a lot like the movie "The Goonies" IN SPACE! Any problems with the story? Not really. If you are looking for hard science fiction, this isn't it, but the author reasonably understands the issues of zero gravity. The main character is a young teen with the n This is an audiobook for kids and young teens, but I enjoyed it entirely. The story is about how a kid fights off space pirates while his fellow colonists are incapacitated in their hibernation pods. But frankly, this audio performance sounds a lot like the movie "The Goonies" IN SPACE! Any problems with the story? Not really. If you are looking for hard science fiction, this isn't it, but the author reasonably understands the issues of zero gravity. The main character is a young teen with the nickname Zero. It is an insult from his peers that he has taken in stride. It doesn't stop him from taking action.As you might guess with a story about space pirates, children are in danger. The pirates discuss killing the main character, Zero. It is not a believable threat. In fact, one of the other characters also does not believe it, but toward the end it becomes believable. Nevertheless, I believed that somehow Zero would figure out a way to survive.Any modesty issues? Not really. Zero and his brother fight and some of the insults are, frankly, childish along the line of children's poop jokes. No vulgar language is used.I will read (listen to) this book again.
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  • Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    Good premise, weak execution. Another free Audible Original audio drama, this one geared more towards younger readers/listeners. A decent premise of a 11 year old boy on a colony spaceship about to embark on a 105-year journey in stasis sleep to a new colony. Unfortunately, his stasis pod malfunctions and wakes him up way too early and he has to defend the ship and its thousands of sleeping inhabitants from pirates and deadly asteroids. The main character of Zero is competently written but the c Good premise, weak execution. Another free Audible Original audio drama, this one geared more towards younger readers/listeners. A decent premise of a 11 year old boy on a colony spaceship about to embark on a 105-year journey in stasis sleep to a new colony. Unfortunately, his stasis pod malfunctions and wakes him up way too early and he has to defend the ship and its thousands of sleeping inhabitants from pirates and deadly asteroids. The main character of Zero is competently written but the characterizations of everyone else (mostly just the pirates) are obnoxiously Saturday morning cartoony even for a YA story. Additionally, the manner in which Zero battles the pirates feels poorly constructed (again, even for a YA novel).On the plus side, the production is better than other Audible Original audio dramas and is more consistent with an audiobook, i.e. a narrator and character voices instead of the characters themselves giving odd stage-direction/exposition ("I am now walking over to this side of the room.")
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  • Thom
    January 1, 1970
    Three stars may look like an indifferent review, but actually and those are very high marks considering that this story is clearly meant for kids and I’m a middle-aged crank. I'm certain that when I was twelve I would’ve given this five stars with three exclamation marks!!!I enjoyed it well enough. The price was right and I finally got around to listening to an audiobook by Dan Wells, one of the hosts of the Writing Excuses podcast. I'm a fan. It's definitely a nice production, well plotted with Three stars may look like an indifferent review, but actually and those are very high marks considering that this story is clearly meant for kids and I’m a middle-aged crank. I'm certain that when I was twelve I would’ve given this five stars with three exclamation marks!!!I enjoyed it well enough. The price was right and I finally got around to listening to an audiobook by Dan Wells, one of the hosts of the Writing Excuses podcast. I'm a fan. It's definitely a nice production, well plotted with lots of suspense and, since it's so short, there wasn't much he could do in the character development department.All things considered, I'm guessing that the movie pitch for this story would be Die Hard in space with the cast of The Goonies. But really Dan, where's Sloth? How can you have The Goonies in space without Sloth?If you have a kid in your life who likes to listen to audiobooks, this would be perfect.
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  • Steph's Romance Book Talk
    January 1, 1970
    OMG starting 2019 off with a bang! This was an Audible Original that I got for being a subscriber. I had no expectations for this book. I had hopes of sharing it with my 10-yr old and I am so very happy that I took a chance. In this story Earth is no longer inhabitable; scientists have created new colonies in faraway galaxies. Zero and his family are in transport to the new colony when something goes wrong with his stasis pod. Zero does a bit of exploring on the ship only to find something isn't OMG starting 2019 off with a bang! This was an Audible Original that I got for being a subscriber. I had no expectations for this book. I had hopes of sharing it with my 10-yr old and I am so very happy that I took a chance. In this story Earth is no longer inhabitable; scientists have created new colonies in faraway galaxies. Zero and his family are in transport to the new colony when something goes wrong with his stasis pod. Zero does a bit of exploring on the ship only to find something isn't right. It is now up to Zero to get his family and the entire ship safely to its destination which is 100 plus light years away. This was such a fun story that was similar to Passenger - starring Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt but written for middle grade readers. This specific video review will be included in the January 2019 wrap-up. For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk.
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  • B.A. Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    This is an absolutely adorable MG sci-fi story that was recorded as an Audible original. The narration is fantastic and includes multiple narrators, as well as sound effects.It tackles important science concepts in simple ways, and it would be a great way to introduce children and/or reluctant adults to the sci-fi genre, specifically space sci-fi. I usually like to learn while I read without feeling like I’m being taught a lesson, so that is my only minor, extremely minor complaint. I let it go, This is an absolutely adorable MG sci-fi story that was recorded as an Audible original. The narration is fantastic and includes multiple narrators, as well as sound effects.It tackles important science concepts in simple ways, and it would be a great way to introduce children and/or reluctant adults to the sci-fi genre, specifically space sci-fi. I usually like to learn while I read without feeling like I’m being taught a lesson, so that is my only minor, extremely minor complaint. I let it go, because there is a lot of science-y stuff that people should understand to enjoy the story and setting more. This has some cultural diversity, a defective cryogenic freezing chamber, a humorous talking navigation system, and an argumentative pirate family. Does it get any better than that? I love this, and I received it free from Audible (even better!). They are doing a great job with creating originals, and I look forward to receiving two free ones every month.
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  • Denae Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Reader thoughts: Fun. Short. It had an interesting and believable 12-year-old boy running loose on a space ship. He paints mustaches on his brother's and sister's cryo pods. He gets picky about which food he wants to eat. He wants to rely on the computer but ends up making a friend of a space pirate instead.Writer thoughts: There was a predictable moment that still worked.The space pirates turned off the spaceship's computer (well, the AI part).No, really, think about it. The AI could do too muc Reader thoughts: Fun. Short. It had an interesting and believable 12-year-old boy running loose on a space ship. He paints mustaches on his brother's and sister's cryo pods. He gets picky about which food he wants to eat. He wants to rely on the computer but ends up making a friend of a space pirate instead.Writer thoughts: There was a predictable moment that still worked.The space pirates turned off the spaceship's computer (well, the AI part).No, really, think about it. The AI could do too much and guide Zero through everything. If an author wants a hero to really grow and solve the problem on their own, the mentor/guide/parent/computer can't be there to theoretically hold the hero's hand. Well-read readers will expect this, but they will still appreciate the plot anyway.
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