Monday, April 4, 2016
Six, by Mark Alpert
The Six by Mark Alpert because the concept of children near death getting a second chance at life seemed fascinating to me. Adam has muscular dystrophy which is slowly paralyzing him. Eventually, he won’t be able to move at all. Adam’s dad works at a technology company called Unicorp. They have developed a neuromorphic transmitter. It work like a human brain. It maps out your brain by injecting Nano probes which attach to different areas of the brain. A blast of radiation shows the parts of the brain and recreates it.
However, the mind is melted in the process. Unicorp has also created an artificial intelligence program that went rouge, called Sigma. Sigma is on the loose and is now threatening humanity. In the book, Adam along with five other children with serious illnesses are undergoing an experiment. They are “the six”. The six are put into giant robots with neuromorphic transmitters in them.
They are the only people who can defeat Sigma. They start to train in the mountains to learn how to either destroy Sigma or reason with it. With their new found powers, they are the humanity’s only hope. I really liked the character of Adam because he is intelligent, brave, and an independent thinker. The beginning of the book is both interesting and technical. As the story progresses, the action grows. The plot is both complicated and intriguing. It challenges the reader to think about the idea that if your mind is taken from you and implanted in another body, are you still you? I would recommend this book to people who enjoy science fiction books. If you like action books, this may be a great way to dive into the world of science fiction.
By Dakota Asuncion