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Title: The Silence of Six
Author: E. C. Myers
Published on: November 5th 2014
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Genre: Mystery Thriller (YA)
Part of a series?: No
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“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 characters were original and each one had their own quirk, which I enjoyed. I could tell that the friendship between Evan and Max was a genuine one, and was both surprised and delighted to read how they hacked together but later drifted apart. Although Evan had never truly made an appearance in the story, his presence was not to be missed. I learned a lot about him as I did every living character. It's amazing how much of an impact Evan has on Max, even when Max decided to disentangle himself from hacking. The memories Max has of them together is endearing and saddening, because it was not until Evan's death that Max remembered how close they were.