The Six

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Diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the age of four, Adam Armstrong’s body has slowly degenerated over the years, leaving him dependent on his parents, confined in a wheelchair, and with six months left to live at age 16. Little does he know that his own father has created, for the military, an Artificial Intelligence system, Sigma, that surpasses any other system before it. Adam’s father has also created a way to preserve Adam’s mind–Pioneer Project–although, it would leave Adam a robot for eternity. However, when Sigma’s intelligence levels go beyond expected and begin a takeover of the world, the Pioneer Project is pushed forward and Adam, and five other teenagers, transfer their minds to “Pioneer” robots in order to save the world from Sigma.

For a science fiction novel, The Six combines science, action, and adventure to create a gripping read for all readers. While providing futuristic aspects of science, such as robots and advanced artificial intelligence programs, this novel also captures the realities faced today, such as Muscular Dystrophy. The legitimacy of the author’s account of the disease and the struggles faced by those afflicted by the disease, and their loved ones, lend reality to this science fiction novel. Paced moderately fast, this novel will be hard for anyone to put down, even those readers who previously may not have enjoyed science fiction novels. The promising start of a more promising series, The Six is a worthy read for anyone.

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Author Mark Alpert
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Sourcebooks Fire
Publish Date 01-Jul-2015
ISBN 9781492615293
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Issue July 2015
Category Young Adult


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