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Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus (Book) Review

 
Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus (Book) Review
Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus (Book) Review
Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus (Book) Review

 
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Page Count: 182 Pages
 
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Final Score
 
 
 
 
 
4/ 5


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1 total rating

 

We liked?


  • Short & easy to read
  • Aimed toward children, but enjoyable for adults, too
  • An appendix helps explain terminology

Not so much?


  • Computer terminology may be lost on some readers


Final Fiendish Findings?

Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus is a cute and charming one-minute-long tale that takes place in a computer world during a virus infection. While it’s aimed at children and pre-teens, adults and anybody with some computer know-how will really enjoy it.

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Posted October 19, 2012 by

 
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As an Information Technology manager for a small business of 50-some computers, the word “virus” is utterly terrifying.  Professionally and personally, I pride myself on taking time to make sure the network and the computers that connect to it, are as secured and up-to-date as possible. When the book Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus came across my virtual desk here at GamesFiends.com, I was immediately interested in the title.

After reading it, it turns out there is one virus that I do like.

Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus (Book) Review

Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus is a lighthearted story aimed at children and pre-teens, ages 9-12.  Considering that I am much older than that age range, I can attest that it’s also enjoyable for adults and anybody with a decent amount of desktop support experience and computer know-how.

As computers can perform millions of actions in mere seconds, the 17-chapter tale occurs over a one-minute time span.  A boy named Tom is using his computer during a hot afternoon, and at five past three, his computer begins acting funny.  Tom notices it, but after a short time, the computer returns to behaving normally.  What has unfortunately happened to Tom, is that his computer was infiltrated by the Zutrog-33 (or Zuto) virus.  As the reader, we dive into Tom’s computer during this minute-long tale, and discover a far more sinister threat to the computer, and it’s up to Zuto and his friends to save the world.

Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus (Book) Review

The story is filled with computer references and terminology, which is entertaining to somebody like me who has worked with computers for decades, but may be lost on anybody, especially young readers, who may not be tech savvy.

Zuto is sort of like Tron, where various hardware and software programs are given physical representation and a personality.  The Recycle Bin is something of a mountainous heap of boxes, files, books, images, and discarded software applications.  Antivirus software is represented as a tall and strong silver robot, who brandishes a sword and shield, patrolling the city, like a police officer, on a motorcycle.  It’s quite charming!

Zuto is a quick read, spanning 17 chapters and an epilogue.  Each chapter is relatively short, typically spanning no more than a handful of pages.

Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus (Book) Review

The story was written by Udi Aharoni, who is a real life software engineer with IBM Research, and holds a Masters in Computer Science.  In a way, Zuto is something of a guide to learning about computers in a fun and interesting way.

In order to help give real-life understanding to the various computer terms, Aharoni has included the Zutopedia, an appendix at the end of the book which gives definition to many of the popular terms.

Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus is available in paperback and digital formats.  The paperback is $7.99, and the eBook is available for $2.99, and can be purchased through Amazon.com.


Troy Benedict