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  • Published: 16 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780857525567
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $32.99


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

Welcome to Freemee

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

But what will they take in return?

For fans of BLACK MIRROR and Dave Eggers’ THE CIRCLE

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 intelligent smart phones there is nowhere to hide . . .

  • Pub date: 16 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780857525567
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Marc Elsberg

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.

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Praise for Zero

“A topical thriller set in the world of online activists pitted against corrupt IT companies who collect and analyse personal data.”

Der Spiegel

“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 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.”


“As with BLACKOUT Elsberg combines a realistic future scenario with a cleverly constructed plot - a thriller that confronts our fears.”


“Marc Elsberg has a sixth sense for burning issues. So sinister and realistic, it will make you download encryption software immediately after reading.”


“This may be fiction but it is unnervingly realistic.”

Choice magazine

“Zero is a tense tech thriller that reads worryingly real.”

Jon Wise, Sunday Sport

“A captivating read and a very well-researched techno-thriller”

Andrew Hill, Shots magazine

“[Elsberg] takes us on a breathless pursuit of Freemee across the globe.”

For Winter Nights

“A thriller tat explores how information can be controlled, repurposed and used to exploit people... Zero is thoroughly entertaining.”

The Eloquent Page

“[Elsberg] throws everything at you, and it kept me hooked throughout.”

Zooloo Book Blog

“Filled with smart characters, plenty of action... A wake-up call for all of the people who are glued to their gadgets.”

Book Inspector

“Elsberg's writing is intriguing, fierce and smart.”

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