Released on 19 May 2016.

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Zero K

3.22 based on 6006 ratings & 978 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

Jeffrey Lockhart's father, Ross, is a billionaire in his sixties, with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to a life of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say "an uncertain farewell" to her as she surrenders her body.

"We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn't it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?"

These are the questions that haunt the novel and its memorable characters, and it is Ross Lockhart, most particularly, who feels a deep need to enter another dimension and awake to a new world. For his son, this is indefensible. Jeff, the book's narrator, is committed to living, to experiencing "the mingled astonishments of our time, here, on earth."

Don DeLillo's seductive, spectacularly observed and brilliant novel Zero K weighs the darkness of the world -terrorism, floods, fires, famine, plague - against the beauty and humanity of everyday life; love, awe, "the intimate touch of earth and sun."

In the media

The novel I liked best was Don DeLillo's Zero K for its sombre tones, its perfect cadences and its rich storyline
Irish Independent
In his most ­funereal novel, DeLillo describes a wealthy man determined to save his dying wife by keeping her frozen in cryonic suspension for millennia. The trademark DeLillo themes are coolly updated for the Internet age
Washington Post
Humanly moving . . . sentence by sentence brilliance of phrasing and cadence
Literary Review