Citizen Zero


“A complex story where the real and un-real overlap in this Orwellian-like story.”

If you like a good dystopia like 1984, V for Vendetta or I, Daniel Blake, you’re sure to enjoy Citizen Zero.

Human hardship is too good an opportunity to miss, an excellent resource to be exploited — as David Mills is about to find out. In a nation where security trumps civil liberty, is survival the same as freedom?

482 pages (98,000 words)

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“If those people are no-hopers, what does that make me?”

In a bitterly divided nation where security trumps civil liberty, unemployed David is on the verge of sinking into the ‘Zeros’ – a destitute underclass numbering millions. But then JobNet’s advanced virtual reality world offers him a gateway to a worthwhile future, and a chance to rejoin society.

But David is an unwitting pawn in a deadly conspiracy to topple the Government: he’s the ideal carrier for an intelligent virus designed to shatter the system and set the Zeros free.

When the virus activates, chaos ensues and the Zeros rise. David is left trapped inside a corrupted reality. If it doesn’t shatter his sanity, the secret he finds there will change everything…

Sometimes even a pawn can hold the balance of power.


Mark works in Manchester, UK, writing about England’s social housing system. No, this isn’t property journalism; some days, it’s more like he’s chronicling a real life dystopian nightmare (send help).

The subject seems to agree with him, though; he’s been covering it for years now.

That’s the thing about his writing; he seems to have a reputation for the dystopian. Maybe he’s earned it, but there’s more to his work. Mark covers a lot of ground. Fiction, yes, but articles and essays, too, on a whole range of topics.

You can learn more about Mark Cantrell by visiting his author page here on the IQ website.

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Mark Cantrell
Category: Dystopian
Release Date: August 2017

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-908600-51-6
Pages: 482
RRP: £9.99 / 12.99€ / $14.99

Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
ISBN: 978-1-908600-52-3
RRP: £3.49 / 3.99€ / $3.99


Overall a good book with a lot of world building, description and some well thought through characters. […] worth reading for anyone who likes to look at societal extremes and their consequences, while getting to root for the easy-to-relate-to good guy.

– Jess Mountifield, Indie Book Review

A complex story where the real and un-real overlap in this Orwellian-like story, but with many more characters with diverse experiences. Overall, this is a well-written, highly developed novel that gives a vivid, and sometimes-horrifying picture of a dystopian world.

– C.C. Cole, Goodreads Reviewer

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