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Exchanging their bodies for machines, these teens will defy expectations, brave danger, and defend civilization. They are The Six.

Adam's muscular dystrophy has stolen his mobility, his friends, and in less than a year 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 hacks into Adam's game. Created by Adam's computer-genius father, Sigma has gone rogue, threatening to kill Adam?and the entire human race. Their one chance to stop Sigma is using the 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 failing 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.

The Six

by Mark Alpert

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Overall Review:  

Six teens fight for their lives.  The author, Mark Alpert, has done a fantastic job merging technology and leading edge life-saving techniques, thinking outside the box, science.  This book deals with terminal illnesses and the emotional roller-coaster families deal with when a loved one has no chance at a future.  Each of these ailing teens has a fighting spirit, and they aren't willing to give up, lay down, or cave in.  They are fighting to the bitter end, trying to save themselves and they are willing to try the extreme and unproven.  The author has done a good job dealing with terminal illnesses and has kept in mind the age demographic when describing lethal medical issues.

The Six is a rapid-paced adventure that's easy to read.  The main voice is one of the dying teens and he's a typical 16/17-year-old.  He has spunk, attitude, and ingenuity.  Each of the main characters goes through their own personal struggle but they grow and mature as the book progresses.  They each come from different backgrounds and have to work at getting along and dealing with each other.  Each of the characters is well-developed throughout the book, yet easy to keep track of.  Book two looks promising.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  4 religious exclamations. 

Violence/Gore:  Death threat to teen boy; character is electrocuted and dies, minor description of burnt hand; death attempt of teen boy, explosions, deadly gas, multiple pages; artificial computer intelligence (AI) program threatens to annihilate civilization; teens dying of terminal illnesses; teens' bodies radiated, results in death, minor blood mentioned, some slightly gory descriptions, several pages; mention of dead body on medical table, minor descriptions; teen girl has multiple flashbacks of being attacked by two teen boys when she was 12, implied sexual assault resulting in extreme anger and violence; teen boy kidnapped, tortured, killed, body dumped, minor descriptions but no blood mentioned; teen boy day-dreams of doing physical harm to a friend's captors; robot teens fight doing physical damage to each other, minor details, no blood; teen robot pushes adult man, minor harm but not permanent; runaway teen girl is abducted, descriptions of minor torture; nuclear missiles launched, a few people die in building collapse; evil robot kills multiple characters, brief and minor descriptions, multiple pages; man has multiple wounds including broken legs, no details, no blood; robot teen violently attacked evil robot, essentially killing, descriptions of battle but not blood; evil AI is intent on killing robot teens; evil AI forces 2 teens to watch as it kills another teen's program, emotional scene; brief mention of foreign soldiers dying as barracks attacked, death but no details or blood. 

Sex/Nudity:  Girl in game simulation is in love with a teen boy, no kissing; teen boy & girl kiss in their computer programing; a teen girl recalls multiple times being attacked at age 12 by 2 teen boys (implied sexual assault, no details), results in violence and extreme anger.

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Overthrowing governments, annihilation of civilization, murder & attempted murder of teens & adults, teens with terminal illnesses, parental abandonment, afterlife, artificial intelligence, hired thugs, kidnapping, torture, death, US military, foreign militaries, internet financial fraud, nuclear weapons, radiation poisoning, anthrax.

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Mention of beer & cigarettes; man drugged with a Rufi.

Reviewed By Beth
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