Sometimes trying something new leads to amazing discoveries, and that was the case with The Silence of Six. It isn’t my usual read, but I was looking for a book that some of my guy readers might enjoy, and I certainly found it. This one is full of action and suspense. I don’t often give five stars, but I’m still thinking about it a week after I read it. Gals and grown-ups, don’t think this won’t appeal to you. The protagonist and the plot transcend gender and age!
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and Net Galley in exchange for a fair review
When Max’s best friend and fellow hacker kills himself in a very public forum, Max realizes that he must unravel the knot of information left in his charge. This was an awesome YA read. There was plenty of action and, after the first few chapters, it was hard to put down. I seriously read it straight through in just a few hours. I’m not a computer pro, but I was easily able to follow the storyline and the details. The main character was engaging and his narration would appeal to both genders. The threat to the characters seemed imminent and real. I thought this was tightly plotted and well paced, though I did think there was a slight lull while the reader gained important background info near the beginning. It does pick back up pretty quickly, though, so just hang in there! Best, there is some depth to this book with themes about friendship and trust. There are also some messages about personal information and privacy that any citizen in this digital age could stand to hear, but it is not preachy or pedantic. This book was appropriate for all ages, and I know lots of my high school students will love this, but I think it is appealing to an older crowd as well. If you haven’t seen the trailer, you should take a look!
Look for this in our classroom library starting March 19, 2015