Year Zero by Rob Reid
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Humanity is about to be tricked into destroying itself by musicophilic aliens unless Nick Carter (a lawyer, not the Backstreet Boy) can figure out a way to thwart Earth's absurd copyright laws.
Year Zero is not destined to be a classic like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but it's certainly a breezy, fun read. Lawrence Lessig-quoters who agree that worldwide copyright laws are greedy and penny-pinching will certainly enjoy this send-up (in spite of the hero being a copyright lawyer himself). A few jabs at pop music, and a very funny take on what aliens might do with reality TV complete the fun.
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