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The Lab Hardcover – November 1, 2008
"Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. See more
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More About the Author
He has been shortlisted for a Kids Own Australian Literature Award (KOALA), a Young Australians Best Book Award (YABBA), two Aurealis Awards, the Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Award, the National Year of Reading "Our Story" Collection and the Young Australian of the Year Award.
In the course of his research, Jack has gone scuba diving with sharks, traveled through Texas, Russia, and Cambodia, trained with firearms, toured prisons and interviewed guards, examined body parts at the morgue, read only books by women for a year, been a stunt driver, played bass in a rock band and performed street magic for an afternoon. He is also on the board of the ACT Writers Centre.
Jack lives in Canberra, Australia with his wife and their son.
Top Customer Reviews
The Lab starts with a dramatic action scene and continues to be action packed until the very last page. There are seriously very few pages in this novel that don't include a fight scene, chase scene, or danger. All this makes for an undoubtedly exciting and edge-of-your-seat suspense filled story that is quite difficult to put down. As with many purely action novels, the book starts to break down with characterization. Protagonist Six is superhuman, and unfortunately, a cold and distant personality results from it. Six's inability to relate to the normal humans around him makes him almost inhuman and inaccessible to the reader. Heath does attempt to develop Six's character, but it's a little sloppy, especially at first. Six's questioning of this identity, origins, and their significance is awkward and out of place amidst the nearly constant danger Six is usually immersed in.Read more ›
At first, the story drug a little. I wasn't entirely taken in until the action truly picked up and Agent Six realized he was being followed. The chase scene involving running, malls, parking garages and destroyed cars was well written and fast-paced. I was right there with Six.
Towards the latter half of the book, I could not put it down. The action did not cease and Six only became a deeper and more intense character.
I subsequently looked on here for additional books, hoping it was a series, but couldn't find any. I did a Google search on him and found his Australian website. This is the first book in a series of FOUR. His fourth comes out this fall in Australia. I found out that Scholastic has picked up the remainder of the series and will be releasing them over the next few years here in the States. Fantastic!
I would recommend 2 things:
1. Read this book.
2. Check out the guy's website. There are some short stories and details of his other series. Yes, an entire other series based on a brilliant teenaged girl who pulls off high-stakes heists.
I love that I have found a new and engaging writer. Thank you, Scholastic!
But that isn't why Agent Six seems to be so perfect. The truth is that Agent Six was made to have almost super-human powers, to be a killing machine. And now Agent Six must save his country and also hide from the corrupted government officials who are trying to find their super-killers that they created.
Jack Heath writes a mysterious and action-packed novel that is sure to please any 007 fans. He creates a world where people are terrified under a suppressive government and it's up to The Deck, a super-secret organization, to save the innocent civilians and uncover the government's secrets.
With a cliffhanger at the end, THE LAB is sure to be the next Alex Rider series...
Reviewed by: Steph
Positives: Creative names of characters basing them on a deck of cards. Some parts of the novel were engrossing, but these were too few for my liking.
Negatives of novel: First chapter didn't captivate me...I persevered and in some respects I am glad that I did...Did the novel offer any meaningful insights about life or even our possible futures? Maybe. Some parts were overly descriptive and I don't believe there was enough in the 318 or so pages to engross the reader in the story. More depth is needed please Jack.
I rate this novel a 3/5 because it was a good book and it poses some interesting ethical questions regarding cloning, robotics and our future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is fun AND well written. The story makes sense while still being interesting and the characters show growth and development.Published 15 months ago by S. BowerCraft
One of the best books I've ever read! It's so amazing. I haven't gotten the chance to read the sequel yet but I really want to. It is fast paced and you are never bored with it. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by D. Cox
Book arrived in good shape, however, it took a very long time to receive it. Ordered the book 6/20/12 and it arrived on 7/18/12.Published on July 27, 2012 by Judy
It's true that the action doesn't stop in this novel. From page one to the last page the book goes and goes and goes, and there barely is time to stop to take a breath. Read morePublished on July 9, 2010 by Tommy Walters
This book intrigued me from the get-go, but the premise turned out fairly unoriginal. Still, i gave it a chance and i'm glad i did. Read morePublished on November 2, 2008 by rzsiftyxoq