SYNOPSIS: “What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?”
These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein’s best friend, Evan: Just moments after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school, he kills himself.
Haunted by the image of Evan’s death, Max’s entire world turns upside down as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting to prove his own innocence, Max goes on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.
Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances, and virtual identities — all while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.
Both of these books read like thriller movies. They were really exciting, but also filled with clichés (maybe ironically, I can’t tell). They were kind of guilty pleasure reads for me, like The Selection series about princesses and the Vampire Academy series about vampires. To me, the Silence of Six duology (for now — I’m expecting a third book at some point) is the hacker guilty pleasure series. I think all I need to say to make you agree with me is that the phrase “I’m in” was used.
I would say the best time to read The Silence of Six is now, because of the presidential election currently going on in the USA — it makes it so much more real and scary because the first book takes place during the election as well.
When I finished the first book, I rated it 3 stars (’liked it’), but changed my rating to 2 stars (’it was okay’) after reading the sequel. Against All Silence was much better in every way, but still didn’t feel worthy of a 4-star rating (’really liked it’) so I took both ratings down by one star. But hey, at least you know you can trust my reviews.
As you can see, my copies don’t match. The series got a cover change for book two, and the Silence of Sixpaperback now has a matching cover to the white Against All Silencehardcover. Not sure how I feel about it. The cover was one of the things that drew me to the first book, as well as the amazing trailer — one of the best book trailers I’ve seen, hands down. (It’s somewhere at the bottom of my review if you want to watch it.)
Against All Silence was not only better written and more thrilling — it had a much more superior plot. The Silence of Six was incredibly weak in comparison, which is actually a compliment to the author: his writing skills improved like crazy in between. There was a lot more action and character development in book two, so I’d say if you are even slightly interested in books like this, power through the first one to get to the second.
I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone — it has a very specific audience. Fans of the TV show Mr. Robot, people interested in technology and hacktivism, and teens aged 13-18 would probably enjoy this more than I did (although I really do love Mr. Robot!).
Rating for The Silence of Six:
Rating for Against All Silence:
Thanks to the publisher, Adaptive Books, for providing me with physical copies of both books in return for an honest review. In no way does this affect my opinion of the books or the content of my review.
After doing a bit of research, I found out that this series has novellas! Two out so far, and available to read for free on WattPad, if you have an account.
“I just don’t see how non-white characters would fit into my book. All the characters in my head are white.”
I see this excuse as a crisis of imagination. Particularly if you’re writing SF, often set in a future when anything can change. When everything can be different than it is now. We’ve already seen our first black president. We’ve seen women in ever more powerful roles. Gays and lesbians are coming out in nearly every corner of society, and universal marriage equality is becoming more and more imaginable.
You can’t imagine a black genetic engineer as your main character? An Hispanic lesbian piloting a starship? Then your imagination needs some revamping. You need to start thinking outside the box. Open up your corner of the world to more possibilities.
Karen Sandler discusses Five Wrong-Headed Reasons for Not Writing Diverse Characters in Science Fiction at Rich in Color.
“Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.”
Sunday Shelfie! // Here is my bookshelf that holds the majority of my YA books.
I’m thinking about getting some Ikea Billy bookshelves to replace this one (even though I really do like it) because a lot of these cubbies are double stacked. Do any of you have the Ikea Billy bookshelves? What do you think of them if you do?