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The book takes a look at real life artificial intelligence and where it could lead. What would happen if an AI decided to destroy us? What would we need to do to fight back? In this book, Adam and five other terminally ill teenagers agree to give up their d This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction The Six is an interesting and exciting twist on the typical "teenagers save the world" theme - in this case, the teenagers are no longer teenagers, they're machines.
In this book, Adam and five other terminally ill teenagers agree to give up their dying human bodies and have their brain activity moved into a machine so that they can relate to and possibly fight a rogue AI and stop him from destroying the human race. Of course, defeating the AI is not so simple - and neither is getting used to being a robot. What I loved: The machines. First off, there's Sigma, the AI that has escaped the confines of the government facility it was created in and is now intent on squashing the competition - in this case, humans. It's interesting to think about what would happen if an AI truly started thinking for itself.
Typically, when we think of AIs, we think of happy-go-lucky servant computers that help us a la Cinder. But personality, morals and compassion are a whole lot harder to program than intelligence. Sigma is probably a better representation of what could happen than that pleasant image we conjure. Then there were the robots that Adam and the other teenagers took over. I actually kind of liked the fact that they weren't completely human looking. They were kind of bullet shaped and didn't have faces or anything - which made the transition to being a machine a lot more difficult.
You could almost imagine inhabiting a humanoid body, but something very different? The kids were even able to send their consciousness to other completely non-human machines like planes, tanks, etc , which I thought made the story a whole lot more exciting and interesting! The ramifications. My favorite part about a book like this isn't the action though there was definitely plenty of that , but the emotional ramifications of everything that goes with turning into a machine.
Nothing of the original teenager remains when they're transferred - basically their brain is copied. Adam's mother is religious and believes that her son's soul died when his body did - she doesn't believe that this copy of her son is really him at all. On the other hand, one of the other mothers is also religious and believes that this opportunity is a blessing - a chance to save her son, who is on the verge of dying. The question is complicated. What makes us us?
Are we simply a series of brain patterns and memories or is there something more? And if there is something more, does that something go along with our series of brain patterns and memories or is it completely independent? Is it tied to the body or not? What would happen if two versions of Adam were created? They can't both be Adam, right? So does that mean that neither is? All of these questions and more are explored in this book, and I found that aspect of the story fascinating! The negatives: A love triangle type thing.
The romance was just a very small focus of the book, but it was there. Adam had a crush who we only really "meet" through his thoughts and memories and then he develops a bit of a crush on one of the girls that is in the program with him. Then, to make things more complicated, one of the other girls in the program likes him as well and he kind of likes her back, which makes him feel guilty. I could have probably done without this aspect of the book, but it will probably appeal to the YA audience it's intended for. And, to give Alpert credit, Adam pretty much acts like a teenage boy. Any girl who shows interest, he's interested.
Let's face it, that's probably about right, especially for a boy without a lot of experience with girls. I'm eager to see where Alpert goes with the next book in this series! No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own. Jun 30, Ruthsic rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction , male-author , young-adult.
Created by Adam's computer-genius father, Sigma has gone rogue, threatening Adam's life-and w To save humanity, they must give up their own. This tale of teens transcending from their organic bodies to silicon ones, while sounding very outlandish in the blurb, is very realistic in it's execution. On a sci-fi level, this one might be more closer to fact than fiction. As Alpert explains in the end of the book, neuromorphic circuits are currently in development, while brain mapping is a thing. What's more, is, recently, scientists have developed a way to map more efficiently - using a net-like fiber to encase and map brains - okay, that has been done in mice so far, but human application is not far, I tell you.
So, from a scientific standpoint, this one wins 5 stars - even though the concept of downloading a brain into a circuit may seem impossible in theory. At first, I didn't like Adam when he was introduced - it seemed he was a regular sports-obsessed guy, and let's not even get me started on that creepy virtualization of his best friends. Actually, he doesn't seem so interesting as a character, but his story is. See, he and these five other kids?
They are going to die - so they enroll in an experimental program that downloads their genius-level brains into circuits. On a non-scientific level, you could say their souls were being liberated from their earthly shells and freed to occupy any neuromorphic circuit. At first, the experience is very jarring for them - because if they don't have human bodies, are they really human? If they can't breathe, eat, or perform biological activities, are they still human? It brought to me that famous line - I think, therefore I am. But this isn't enough for other people, who think they are just intelligent machines - like Adam's mother for example.
She refuses to believe it's her son in there, and he doubts it too. Because he is basically a copy of Adam, not the real person. It's a very interesting concept put forth. Similarly, the AI Sigma is also debating how to classify them, since they are human-machine hybrids. While this book is quite good, it isn't flawless. Sigma was boring as a villain, even when it was kicking every country's ass. I honestly don't get it's actions - for an intelligent AI, it waited too long to do anything. Look, I am no genius, but keeping the humans alive for their technology stretched the limits of my belief a little too much.
On a character standpoint, as development goes, this book didn't really go into it. Jenny was one-dimensional - her role being the third angle in the love triangle, and to further development of the protagonists. In fact, most of them are limited to one-line descriptions, while lines were wasted on Adam's inability to laugh. Apr 06, Katy rated it really liked it. Leaving their human shells behind is only the beginning for these adventurers.
At first, there is pain and anger at losing their human form. Then, the fear takes over; fear of losing their memories, their humanity or of simply disappearing. Now they must learn to harness the technology at the tips of their synapse, as well as, coming to grips with the power and strength given their robotic forms. This second chance at life comes with a very high price. The Six must confront Sigma and all costs stop it.
A highly developed, Artificial Intelligence, Sigma has escaped human control and is out to rid the world of its greatest nemesis, humans. Adam, Jenny, Zia, Shannon, Marshall and DeShawn each with their own distinct personality demonstrates you can still be unique even when you are housed in identical forms. But, maybe one of the most difficult tasks for these teens will be learning to work as a team, caring about each other, fighting together and just plain getting along. Highly intelligent, each of these teens was chosen for the Pioneer Project because they are dying. The final pages will have you searching the skies, or at least the Internet, for the next installment to hit the streets.
Mark Alpert takes us into our scientific future and begs the question can we hang on to our humanity, compassion, knowledge and understanding of others if we no longer hold a physical human form. Can we handle being given great strength and almost unlimited power to control the world around us?
There was plenty of high adventure, strife, just a hint of romance and there was enough battle action to make me feel like I was watching a World War II movie. My one concern was in the handling of several captured prisoners, in my opinion, a little too realistic for Teen Literature and would be better suited for a slightly older audience. Jul 18, LJ rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , netgalley , , love-triangle , dystopian , sci-fi , arc. However, my copy is an ARC from Netgalley , and my review is purely unbiased even if I received mine for free.
This is my first book from the author and I did not know what to expect. I was hoping that I will not have to struggle and muscle through this read. I am pleased to say that this book is an easy 4 out of 5 stars and I fully recommend this to any Sci Fi lover. Allow me to tell you why Let's start with the protagonist, Adam Armstrong. Adam is a smart teenage boy with a weird sense of humor. He lived a normal life -- played football with his best friends, hosted Super Bowl parties, a big fan of the New York Giants and Kanye West, and programs virtual reality games -- until his illness Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy crept upon him leaving him with weak neck muscles, useless thighs, no movement to the left arm, and "an ok" right arm.
He is dying. Because of Adam's condition, his mother is neck deep with depression. She barely takes care of herself and the family. His father, Thomas Armstrong, is the one who takes care of Adam. He is a genius that works for Unicorp; a company that is basically government funded to create stuff that is beneficial to them. I read those few lines and I felt my pulse quicken. Sigma, the Artificial Intelligence created by Adam's dad, is making threats to the government and military?
But wait a minute. Who's going to stop Sigma from taking over bases that control the nukes? Who's going to stop him from erasing the human population from the face of the Earth? All I've got to say is that the author did not disappoint. The book is fast paced and action packed. This is an I-have-to-know-what-happens-next type of read. I flipped through the pages wanting to know more without being overwhelmed by too much action. Most of the characters are well developed which allowed me to feel attached to them.
The author also did a great job researching government machineries which helped me understand and visualize what was going on. Jun 22, Amy Rogers rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-thrillers. We can be very glad that he did. The publisher's summary does a good job of introducing the plot.
What it fails to do is convey how well-constructed this story is, how totally engaging is the teen protagonist. Adam's fatal condition transforms boring ScienceThrillers. Adam's fatal condition transforms boring normal teen drama school, friends, dating, parents into something more poignant. He is a complex, relatable, interesting person whose expectations of his own future are upended by a risky choice to transfer his mind into a robot. The mental and emotional challenges that follow the creation of the six "Pioneers" feel supremely realistic.
Building a team takes on dangerous urgency when Sigma, the evil AI artificial intelligence , steps up its timetable for destroying the human race. Tension grows with conflicts among the Pioneers, who are just a bunch of teenagers, and their military handlers. In addition to a nearly flawless thriller plot, what makes The Six so good is the way Alpert has fully realized his character Adam.
Adam is a believable hero from the start. His choices, his actions, and his fears ring true even in the strange, imagined realm of being a disembodied mind. Here, Alpert has done a great job of world-building, of creating the ground rules for how the Pioneers will operate, what their skills and limitations are. The reader is immersed in the "reality" of Adam's new state, and connects with the teen's feelings, including the horror that confronts him late in the story As a reviewer, I read many books because I have to.
The Six is a blockbuster of YA science fiction, imaginative and totally immersive. Teen and adult readers will be clamoring for a sequel. FCC disclaimer: An advance reader copy of this book was given to me for review. As always, I made no guarantee that I would read the book or post a positive review. Mar 29, Melissa rated it it was amazing. If you love science, hate science, or don't care either way pick up this book!
I loved this book. I received this book through one of Good Reads promotions and was very excited to read it. The idea was intriguing. I was curious to see how the author would pull off first a boy with a terminal disease and then the transition of him into an AI.
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Many times when I read a book there is at least one time where I get pulled out of the story because the main character does something that just seems, well, If you love science, hate science, or don't care either way pick up this book! Many times when I read a book there is at least one time where I get pulled out of the story because the main character does something that just seems, well, uncharacteristic but that is not the case here. Adam comes across as a sick kid whose body is failing but his spirit is still strong.
He still has pain and frustration but you don't feel utter pity for him.
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I was rooting for this kid the whole time but not feeling bad for him. You feel the frustration at his disease but he is strong and determined. Later when he transfers into the AI there are little changes that stand out over and over again that make the robot familiar and yet just alien enough. He talks about his circuits and files like it is a normal fact of life which it is for him.
Just when you start to think of him as a human again he gently reminds you that he is not. I thought that was very clever. He doesn't always make the right decisions but they follow his thoughts and choices from earlier. I can believe he would make these choices even if they are not the right ones. I love writers who are not afraid of science but also realize not everyone is a neurologist or physicist. The science in this book is riveting and sent me on a quest to learn as much as I could about the future of AI's since, like most, my education has revolved a great deal around the Terminator saga and Skynet.
Not a pretty future. Sigma's does not paint a pretty future either but that is ok because there are The Six. I won't spoil anything with my review but they are a great rag tag group of kids. Their situations sucked but they over come and I must say I love DeShawn!
That boy has a zest for life I need to adopt. They each accept their transition differently but ultimately embrace it if not each other. The character development is outstanding especially for a YA novel. This is my first book for Mark Alpert that I have read but it will not be the last.
The hardest part is going to be waiting for the sequel. Aug 23, Christopher rated it really liked it.
What I liked about it This is a well-paced and fun action-oriented sci-fi novel. The author colors the story with some welcome and well-considered detail about the main character's disease and the technology that releases him from it. The story also raises questions about what it means to be human, an increasingly important question at a time when we depend more and more upon computers and artificial intelligence. While it might not be the most original treatment of the theme, it adds some nice d What I liked about it This is a well-paced and fun action-oriented sci-fi novel. While it might not be the most original treatment of the theme, it adds some nice depth to the story.
The Electronic World Though there is plenty of physical action, many scenes in the book take place in the virtual world of the characters' electronic minds. This sort of setting, it seems to me, has always been a challenge for authors. How do you show the workings of a mind feelings, memories, etc and your disembodied character interacting with it?. In this book, the electronic mind is like a vast animated Windows Explorer, where all information is encapsulated in files that can be read or watched, moved around, deleted, and sometimes whirl about like a storm to show distress.
To be honest and speaking for myself this doesn't feel very much like how a mind works, but I'll give the author credit with coming up with a consistent model that actually becomes important to the story. But sometimes the attempts to overlay feeling and action onto digital space becomes a bit awkward: "a shudder ran through my circuits". In another instance, two AI's clash and paraphrasing "data was hurled everywhere". Sorry, but data does not go splat! Some YA Tropes The crazy mother. Why always the mother?
If she's not crazy, she's dead. Also, the punk chick with lots of 'tude. Really, does anyone sport a Mohawk anymore? Purchased at Google Play books May 02, PC rated it really liked it Recommends it for: teens. For me this was a fascinating read. However, this novel, despite raising many moral issues, has forced me to re think.
However, their humanness is their flaw. This was the point where I had to question what had been a nearly believable story. At times it reminded me of various popular films but it also took the AI themes one step further. It has enough intrigue, action and adventure to keep the reader wanting more.
Though it is an entertaining read for all, this would be an excellent book to get teen boys reading for pleasure. May 01, Sarah Monsma rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult. Adam is dying slowly and painfully from muscular dystrophy. One day through his game Adam encounters a serious virtual enemy. Soon, the government hatches a Adam is dying slowly and painfully from muscular dystrophy. Soon, the government hatches a plan to use a group of dying teenagers, including Adam, to fight this artificially intelligent enemy.
This is a gripping story full of fascinating questions. Could a computer equipped with artificial intelligence take over the world? How would we fight it? If your body fails but your mind remains, do you still exist? Would you make the choice to live in a robotic body if the alternative was dying? Teen and adult readers will love this book.
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Readers will consider whether a person can exist within a robotic body. Could the soul live without the body? Do we have the right to develop programs that are extremely powerful and that evolve?
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Release is scheduled for July 1, Jun 12, Trisha Perry rated it it was amazing. This is one of the most amazing Artificial Intelligence AI books for young adults I have read in a long time. It had me hooked all the way through, this book was just new and refreshing and it is no secret I just love AI, gamer, techy books , but this book is different and special in its own way, not to mention it is build on facts, so slightly scary too. Adam is a seventeen year old bot, and he is dying, quickly, within the next six months.
Adam's dad, Thomas, like most dads will do anything This is one of the most amazing Artificial Intelligence AI books for young adults I have read in a long time. Adam's dad, Thomas, like most dads will do anything to save his son, but really how far will that extend? Before Adam dies he and five other terminally ill teens are recruited by the DoD for the Pioneer Project were their minds will be transferred, persevered, and put to use in robots or any other machine or computer with special neuromorphic control units attached.
But will they be up and running in enough time to stop Sigma a AI that Adam's dad created, and has managed to get loose on the internet and has proclaimed world domination? Or will Sigma be able to trap all the pioneers and delete all their files from existence? There is so much more to this book than I could ever put in this synopsis or is I did, why would you read the book?
Just know that this book is much bigger on the inside than it looks. It truly is amazing this whole AI world is, but this one just might rock your satellites a bit. Jul 16, Annette rated it it was amazing Shelves: cyborgs , genetics , science , fantasy , computers , physics , artificial-intelligence , suspense , thriller , military. THE SIX by Mark Alpert is a heart-pounding near-future thriller exploring artificial intelligence, digital preservation, and what it means to be human. Along with five other terminally ill teens, Adam undergoes an operation that allows his brain to be merged with a computer to produce the first human-machine hybrids.
Since the army controls the technology, The Six pioneers are obligated to work with the military on a top secret THE SIX by Mark Alpert is a heart-pounding near-future thriller exploring artificial intelligence, digital preservation, and what it means to be human. Since the army controls the technology, The Six pioneers are obligated to work with the military on a top secret mission to destroy a rouge artificial intelligence known as Sigma who is about the exterminate human life on earth.
Librarians will find this adventure-suspense equally popular among both male and female teens. Clarke, and others. Also tie this work of science fiction with nonfiction books related to artificial intelligence, robotics, genetics, and physics. The many thought-provoking issues addressed in the text make it a good choice for book club discussions. Librarians need to be prepared for questions about when the next book in this series will be available.
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 7, First of all, the main reason I wanted this book was because it had a character suffering from muscular dystrophy. How often do you see that? Also, I actually suffer from a form of muscular dystrophy. Luckily, my type is not fatal.
Reading this book terrified me, mainly because it is something that could really happen. Technology is advancing so much and there is a very real possibility that its intelligence could surpass that of human I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my review. Technology is advancing so much and there is a very real possibility that its intelligence could surpass that of humans. In this book, technology also makes it possible for Adam's dad to transfer his brain into that of a machine. This brings up an ethical question: if it is his brain and memories, but not his body, is it really him?
This book did have a few parts that were too scientific for me, but other than that, I loved it! So much action and drama and emotion. And there was even some romance yes, romance! It was kind of cool. I didn't even really mind the love triangle thing, for once. So weird. It did end on a bit of a cliffhanger, but no word on a sequel yet. I am hoping for one! Jun 15, Melissa Diaz Lopez rated it it was amazing.
I received a review copy from Netgalley , in exchange for an honest opinion. The story starts with Adam Armstrong, a young teenage boy with a knack for technology that suffers from Muscular Dystrophy. His father is looking into a way to preserve his son's life with the use of neuroscience and technology.
From the beginning the story captivated me with the scientific facts and the human side to it. The way it touches sensitive topics like the thin line between God and technology. The characters are j I received a review copy from Netgalley , in exchange for an honest opinion.
The characters are just fun and likeable, smart and ingenious. I liked every single one of them. The story is fast-paced and unique. I love the way Mark Alpert wrote every single chapter and it never got boring. The ending left me wanting more of this spectacular action packed joyride. I hope the second part comes out soon. I recommend this book to anyone that likes an exciting story, with great characters and a perfect mix of science and fiction. All in all, this is an amazing novel, with an original story and a realistic look at science and fiction. Be sure to check it out as soon as it comes out!
Mar 01, Teresa Bateman rated it it was amazing. This book is not due out until July, , but I got an advanced reader copy. Thank you, Sourcebooks! An artificial intelligence has been created and it is now dispassionately set on destroying its enemy--humans. How can you fight it? They tried isolating Sigma, but that's only a stopgap. Instead the military goes with the Pioneer project--six teens with terminal diseases have their consciousnesses transferred into robots, and have the ability to continue to transfer to other robotic devices l This book is not due out until July, , but I got an advanced reader copy.
Instead the military goes with the Pioneer project--six teens with terminal diseases have their consciousnesses transferred into robots, and have the ability to continue to transfer to other robotic devices like helicopters and tanks and drones. Adam was dying of muscular dystrophy, and it was really for him that his father devised the Pioneer program. Now it may be the only way to save the world.
Sigma is aware of the program's existence, however, and of Adam's place in it. Everyone that Adam loves is in danger, and Sigma is determined to find out more about the human emotions that may be their strength This is clearly the first book in a series and its intriguing premise, as well as a plethora of action, will draw an audience, especially of boys. I think "Michael Vey" fans would jump at a chance to read this. Jul 09, Stephen rated it really liked it.
A YA sci-fi book that's hard science fiction.
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The author has taken real bleeding edge technologies as the jumping off point for his own vision of the future, and combined an exploration of the potential and limits of that technological future with strong character development. A group of teens have their consciousness transferred to superstrong robot bodies with all kinds of capabilities -- for many authors, this would be just a McGuffin, a modern gloss on a superhero being bitten by a r Hurray!
A group of teens have their consciousness transferred to superstrong robot bodies with all kinds of capabilities -- for many authors, this would be just a McGuffin, a modern gloss on a superhero being bitten by a radioactive spider or touching a magic jewel. But "The Six" is deeply interested in the characters' transition from human to a hybrid intelligence, and comparing their minds with a pure machine intelligence.
In this way, the book grapples with topics that are increasingly of interest to researchers currently probing the structure of human minds and brains and those engaged with machine learning. This might sound heavy, but a well-paced plot keeps things moving I often found it hard to put down , and Alpert doesn't pull punches.
Can't wait for the next installment. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. Young Adult. Science Fiction. Artificial Intelligence. About Mark Alpert. Mark Alpert. In his long journalism career he has specialized in explaining scientific ideas to readers, simplifying esoteric concepts such as extra dimensions and parallel universes.
And now, in his novels, Alpert weaves cutting-edge science into high-energy thrillers that elucidate real theories and technologies. A lifelong science geek, Alpert majored in astrophysics at Princeton University and wrote his undergraduate thesis on the application of the theory of relativity to Flatland, a hypothetical universe with only two spatial dimensions. The resulting paper was published in the Journal of General Relativity and Gravitation and has been cited in more than scholarly articles. After Princeton, Alpert entered the creative writing program at Columbia University, where he earned an M.