Book Review — The Silence of the Six by E.C. Myers

The Silence of SixThe Silence of Six by E.C. Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What is the silence of the six, and what are you going to do about it?

So starts E.C. Myers’s explosive hacker thriller, and continues with barely a rest through clever escapades, ingenious solutions, and a refreshing touch of human camaraderie and closeness (even when dealing with anonymous and anti-social hacker types).

There is a special emphasis on social media throughout the narrative which I particularly enjoyed. It’s a fictional site that you wouldn’t recognize, but many of the problems and ideas are the same as in our Facebook- and Twitter-dominated world.

The Silence of the Six transcends what most thrillers aim to do and provides societal commentary and more importantly: asks relevant questions (instead of just didactically answering them). It lets the audience come to their own conclusions, which I find is always a more powerful way of eliciting change.

A book with teenage protagonists is all fun and snark, sure, but there’s a deeper layer that gets you thinking about critical issues without throwing them in your face.

Now, this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book, and perhaps it’s my while, male, Canadian privilege speaking, but I just don’t have the same fear of the government or of privacy intrusion. I don’t fear Canada’s version of the NSA (do we even have one?) and I don’t care who grabs my info. I freely offer up much of my personal life online to have an easier experience.

Am I wrong? I haven’t decided yet, but The Silence of the Six sure has me thinking about it.

And let’s talk about all the fun transmedia stuff they’re trying with this book.

There’s a website, a YouTube channel, a CSPAN video, a live street protest in NYC, two blogs that actually appear in the book, and multiple Twitter accounts.

I love seeing boundaries being pushed and seeing the future of books. Despite the conspiracy theory theme of this novel, it is as hopeful as I am for where we’re going.

This is a super fun read about teenage hackers that will appeal to any modern audience familiar with the digital age. I recommend you try this YA techno-thriller.

The Silence of the Six is out today, November 5th, 2014, from Adaptive Books.

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