The Silence of Six
by E.C. Myers
Genre: Thriller/Young Adult
Publication Date: 5 November 2014
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Summary (from Goodreads): “What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?”
These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein’s best friend, Evan: Just moments after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school, he kills himself.
Haunted by the image of Evan’s death, Max’s entire world turns upside down as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting to prove his own innocence, Max goes on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.
Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances, and virtual identities — all while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.
The Silence of Six is a fun, entertaining, and quick read, though if you want to read something that will completely blow you away, then this probably isn’t the book for you.
The plot of this book was captivating. It was pretty unpredictable, and for the entirety of the novel, I was thinking that one thing in particular would happen, but it never did. I think, though, that if you normally read mystery or thriller novels, you may think this book to be predictable, but as this is not my typical genre of choice, I did not find it to be predictable.
I really enjoyed the main characters: Max, Penny, and Risse. They were interesting and while they weren’t wholly original, I still found myself caring about what happened to them. The other characters, however, are pretty standard and not very memorable. There were some things that all of the characters, even the mains, said that were cringe-worthily cliche and cheesy.
Some parts of this book were extremely confusing because I am not a hacker. Some things were explained as if they were completely obvious, even though I had no idea what happened and it definitely was not obvious to me. If you can look past this, you’ll probably enjoy this book, but if you get caught up in the details, it’ll likely be really confusing.
Overall, this book wasn’t spectacular, it was just okay. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t blow me away. If you’re looking for a quick and entertaining read, then I would recommend this; if you’re looking for something amazing and mind-blowing, I’d find something else.