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REVIEW: The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers

The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers
Published by Adaptive Books on 5th November 2014
Pages: 368
Source: *Received from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

“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.
Thrilling, spine-tingling and intelligent, The Silence of Six will blow you away. The cover is what initially made me want to read this novel, though the colours are dark the cover holds a strong presence alongside being rather unnerving.

When Max watches his best friend Evan kill himself live on screen, he takes it upon himself to return to the online world he left behind. Immersing himself into a game run by his best friend and new acquaintance, Max must learn the truth about his fellow hackers, and understand the Government's hidden, online crimes. But most importantly, there alliances with one of their strongest predators.

My only drawback in this novel were our characters; I find it hard to connect with them. They were all incredibly intelligent and aware of security but yet I found them doing some strange and some-what ridiculous things. On the other hand, my enjoyment of the novel was not affected by the characters due to the clever and sophisticated plot line.

The plot Myers created was engaging and thought provoking. He truly made you think about the darker  crevices to the internet and what really is lurking behind them; it unleashed new ideas that could truly happen in real-life. I have always loved novels that deal with espionage and hacking, meaning this was straight-up-my-alley and was done marvellously!

An intelligent and chilling novel that will really make you think about the hidden aspects to the internet and large, online companies.


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