Feb 4, 2016

Review: The Six by Mark Alpert

The SixThe Six by Mark Alpert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Book description:

To save humanity, they must give up their own.

Adam's muscular dystrophy has stolen his mobility, his friends, and in a few short years, it will take his life. Virtual reality games are Adam's only escape from his wheelchair. In his alternate world, he can defeat anyone. Running, jumping, scoring touchdowns: Adam is always the hero.

Then an artificial intelligence program, Sigma, hacks into Adam's game. Created by Adam's computer-genius father, Sigma has gone rogue, threatening Adam's life-and world domination. Their one chance to stop Sigma is using technology Adam's dad developed to digitally preserve the mind of his dying son.

Along with a select group of other terminally ill teens, Adam becomes one of the Six who have forfeited their bodies to inhabit weaponized robots. But with time running short, the Six must learn to manipulate their new mechanical forms and work together to train for epic combat...before Sigma destroys humanity.

Book review:

I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but I enjoy a good sci-fi book once in a while. The characters sucked me, along with the battles they and their families are going through with the decision to have their dying / failing bodies replaced with a machine. The teen characters are dealing with whether the "real" person, soul, etc. is still alive in the robotic body with just their mind loaded onto the machine, or did the "real" person die with the body's last death. The teens, after batting years of disabilities, are now having to adjust to a computerized body with their mind loaded into it. Some are thrilled while others are having a harder time adjusting. Of course a villain must come into the book during their personal struggles and training ....

I read this book a while back after it was given to me for review. My 10 year old son and I were in a library a few days ago and I pointed it out to hbim. He read a few pages and loved the story as well. I think he is a little more intrigued with the idea of robotic bodies and the possibilities of science in the future.

Great book, and apparently action packed and interesting enough for a 5th grader too. We are both awaiting a book 2.



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