Zero K

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Zero K is not the normal dystopian look at the future. It is a journey into how a father wants to end his life, while a son longs for the type of life he wishes he had. Ross Lockhart is a mogul whose young wife, Artis, is succumbing to a fatal and debilitating disease. He has summoned his son, Jeffrey, to view the stage of cryonics or frozen animation his step mom will soon enter, while breaking the news that he will soon join his wife as well. Jeffrey is stunned by this news, but, at the same time, he’s not completely shocked as this is keeping with his father’s shadowy persona. Jeffrey is informed that Ross’ entire business will be left to him when he dies, if Ross can actually go through with the final process. Jeffrey must make sense of the present and his choices before he can embark on a path to the future.

Don DeLillo’s newest tale is sad, but also hopeful. Ross Lockhart is mysterious and not altogether sympathetic, but he garners the reader’s empathy as time goes on. The heart breaks with his loss. You can feel the same with Jeffrey as the story develops, waiting for him to break out of his emotional cocoon. The relationship with mother and father seems broken, but all is not lost. DeLillo has delivered another timeless gem for all to enjoy.


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Author Don DeLillo
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher Scribner
Publish Date 2016-May-03
ISBN 9781501135392
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Issue May 2016
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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