Year Zero Book Summary and Study Guide

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Archeologist Nathan Lee has been dubbed a "greedy graverobber" by his peers. Blackmailed into working with his father-in-law, Nathan robs graves from Jerusalem to Egypt, watching his father-in-law grow wealthy selling millenium-old artifacts. Led into the Himilayians, the duo, led by a Sherka guide, seek remains of yeti-like neanderthals. The journey falls apart when Nathan tries to protect a "find" from others, and is pushed off a mountain top cliff. Surviving and injured, he wanders back into civilization, where he is promptly arrested and imprisoned for the murder of his Sherka guide.
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The story starts to unfold dramatically when Nathan wakes to find the prison almost vacant and unguarded. He wanders out into Tibet, to find the people frightened of an approaching epidemic, completely lethal and unstoppable. Nathan escapes back into the Himilayians, finally emerging in China where he witnesses the deadly trail of the virus.

Nathan's journey leads him around the world to Taos, New Mexico, where scientists have sequestered laboratories in search of a cure. Using artifacts Nathan may have illegally unearthed himself, clones are being created from humans who lived two thousand years ago. Hoping these clones may have antibodies that could withstand the virus, Nathan learns their names and languages. And one clone may be the most important man to ever live.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   fighting a disease/illness affecting everyone Story involving clones/duplicates?    -   good clones/duplicates Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Clones    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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