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The Silence of Six (An SOS Thriller) Hardcover – November 5, 2014
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"Teens who are, or wish they were, wired to the teeth will appreciate a thriller that speaks their language." - BCCB
"An entertaining and exciting book with non-stop action…[A] hard-to-put-down read." - The Examiner.com
"With a story built around advanced technology and government conspiracy that is close enough to reach out and touch, The Silence of Six will keep you up all night turning pages!" - Julie Cross, international bestselling author of the Tempest series
"The suspense is palpable in this tour de force mixture of mystery and computer technology that takes readers inside the weird world of hackers and top level secrets. A classic puzzler with a twenty-first century twist." - Michael Cart (Booklist Columnist)
“Suspenseful …Along with pleasing fans of Cory Doctorow’s Homeland and like 'hacktion' thrillers, this offers sobering insight into how fragile our privacy really is.” -- Booklist
About the Author
E.C. Myers is the author of the Andre Norton Award–winning Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, young adult science fiction novels published by Pyr, and The Silence of Six, a young adult thriller forthcoming from Adaptive Books.
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In The Silence of the Six author E.C. Meyers manages to deliver with mixed success on the model. He does so by creating a world that is one part fantastic to two parts real/familiar. Panjea is a Facebook/Twitter-esque social media platform that has a lofty goal of transforming the world through the establishment of an internet nation that is safe and secure. In an election year where social media "fake news" and the predominant candidate's use of Twitter, this is an extremely timely plot device. But unlike the social media of today, Panjea is more than willing to participate in politics, shape the global dialogue, not just sit on the sideline.
But beneath the benign exterior there lurks conspiracies, secrets, and crimes worth killing for and its up to a group of teenage hacktivists to bring the truth from out of the darknet and into the light. This is where Mr. Myers succeeds the most. In capturing the struggles of our teenage protagonist, Max Stein, as he tries to follow a thread that is like a Da Vinci code for geeks, Mr. Myers gives us a plausible hero faced with implausible odds. The plot moves through puzzle after puzzle while Max tries to solve some of the puzzles left by the dead hackers before him (including his best friend Evan) while staying ahead of the net of government agents hell bent on stopping him. The ingenuity, depth of character, and pace really make this a quick an enjoyable read.
However, there are some flaws. Most people with even a remote sense of computer knowledge will question some the hacking that occurs. There are several times where Max hacks cars to steal them, which, although a thing is impossible to due when they enter the Wi-Fi/Cellular dead zones they need to enter to hide out. Max's partners in crime seem to succeed in areas where presumably government hackers and the most powerful corporation on the planet, fails. But hey, if Mathew Broderick could do it in War Games why not Max?
In the end I realized that failures I was being distracted by were nit-picky at best and the successes were far eclipsing them as I burned through this hidden gem of a book.
The pacing is good for a thriller, and the characters are well drawn. It's a really nice standalone novel, and I think that it also brings up ethical issues related to surveillance and hacking without being too preachy.
OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK! It's was so good there was never a dull moment! I wish I could hack like these kids. If you are looking for a good book READ THIS! It's amazing!