Less Than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis

Less Than Zero

By Bret Easton Ellis

  • Release Date: 1998-06-30
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 262 Ratings


Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980's, Less than Zero has become a timeless classic. This coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age.  They live in a world shaped by casual nihilism, passivity, and too much money in a place devoid of feeling or hope.

Clay comes home for Christmas vacation from his Eastern college and re-enters a landscape of limitless privilege and absolute moral entropy, where everyone drives Porches, dines at Spago, and snorts mountains of cocaine. He tries to renew feelings for his girlfriend, Blair, and for his best friend from high school, Julian, who is careering into hustling and heroin. Clay's holiday turns into a dizzying spiral of desperation that takes him through the relentless parties in glitzy mansions, seedy bars, and underground rock clubs and also into the seamy world of L.A. after dark.


  • I like dark. But yeesh.

    By auswizard79
    I enjoy the style that Ellis writes in. It’s fast paced and really fun to read. Until it’s not. I think it went a few degrees darker than I was expecting.
  • Life changing

    By Megdirectioner4
    Favorite book, favorite author. Totally blew my mind. To read a book that is written like the way my mind works is amazing
  • Very good for its time...

    By Justin Kelly Pritchard
    I've been putting off reading this for years. I should have read it in my early 20s. Maybe it didn't catch me at this age like it would have then. It is still a great read full of effect. Especially with the heroin epidemic we have nowadays.
  • This is good!!!!!!:)

    By Eye On My Apple
    This is a good book. I even say the movies is so powerful
  • Pretty lame

    By Jordan Elliott
    Glamorama was my first Ellis read, followed by AP. This was just plain bad. I mean I get he was young when he wrote this and a lot of it is his actual story, but c'mon. It would have gotten one star except I am a huge AP fan. I would not recommend this.
  • Wow

    By Alejandro Herrera
    Wild and Disturbing
  • one of his best books

    By joshxxaaron
    I found this to be one of his better books. If not the best. The plots a little slow to take off but once you get there you're asking why or WTF. Don't care to the movie, and I high recommend it's a good read.