Because your mind can warp and travel like light!
Wow this book was just like the movie Avatar!
4.6 mind warping stars!
About the Book
Adam’s muscular dystrophy has stolen his mobility, his friends, and in a few short years, it will take his life. Virtual reality games are Adam’s only escape from his wheelchair. In his alternate world, he can defeat anyone. Running, jumping, scoring touchdowns: Adam is always the hero.
Then an artificial intelligence program, Sigma, hacks into Adam’s game. Created by Adam’s computer-genius father, Sigma has gone rogue, threatening Adam’s life-and world domination. Their one chance to stop Sigma is using technology Adam’s dad developed to digitally preserve the mind of his dying son.
Along with a select group of other terminally ill teens, Adam becomes one of the Six who have forfeited their bodies to inhabit weaponized robots. But with time running short, the Six must learn to manipulate their new mechanical forms and work together to train for epic combat…before Sigma destroys humanity.
Let’s see… How much did I love this book????
There is a classified military project, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, hackers, realistic characters battling mental and terminal illnesses and disabilities…
AND… THE WORLD IS GOING TO END!!!
So… I loved it VERY MUCH! It’s pretty wicked awesome!!!
The beginning is kinda slow while all the characters and their different illness, disabilities and other challenges are introduced. But it gave me such an great all-the-feels ride, I was hooked! And even though the story is mostly centered around Artificial Intelligence [AI] it also shows the physical and emotional challenges of living with disabilities and terminal diseases, the isolation that comes with the loss not only of mobility and independence but also of relationships.
Many YA books usually take parents out the equation making the kids either orphans or making the parents absent or neglectful. I really liked that it wasn’t the case here. I loved that Adam’s dad was an important character in the story and the book showed how relationships are affected by terminal illness and disability and how Adam’s parents were affected differently and had different ways to cope.
I loved, loved, loved Adam! He is funny, smart and caring. His struggle to have a joyful life despite his debilitating terminal disease and his patience and understanding with his mom’s depression really touched my soul.
I Love Adam! Period!
Also the premise was very intriguing because, though I have read some stories about robots becoming humans, I hadn’t read any books where the opposite happens.
And when this happens… When this terminally ill teenagers take “the jump”… Oh lord. There were some mind boggling and emotional moments! Those thought-provoking moments that twirl around humanity and identity… What makes us human? What makes us who we are? Is it our thoughts? Our memories? Mind? Body? All of the above? Is there soul? If so…
Where is it??? WHERE THE HECK IS THE SOUL???
Unfortunately the next part of the story, when they are training in the military compound, fell “emotionally flat” for me. There were a few “OMG” moments and even a few emotional moments but most o fit it felt like reading a Scientific American article. That’s the only reason this book didn’t get five stars.
Then the last 30% of the book gets SUPER exciting. Artificial Intelligence [both human and not human] jumping back and forth from all kinds of robots and military devices like tanks, helicopters and nuclear weapons. I didn’t research them to confirm they accuracy but the descriptions of military technology devices, weaponry, and procedures sounded pretty convincing and… The descriptions of the human consciousness being transferred from one device to another….
WOW WOW WOW. They just blew me away!!!
As an adult reader, I would have liked more showing and less telling around the emotional aspects of disability and terminal illness. You know, like show me the character crying instead of telling me he is sad. However, I think the fact it’s not overly emotional makes it a good book for to introduce young readers to these topics.
At the end the author explains all the science behind it and it just blew me away even more, because it’s fiction but not really science fiction!
THIS NOVEL ISN’T SCIENCE FICTION. I’M A SCIENCE JOURNALIST AS WELL AS A novelist, so I like to insert lots of facts into my books. The technologies described in The Six are real. The electronic brains of the Pioneers are based on experimental circuits now being developed in laboratories. Sooner or later, human intelligences are going to live inside machines. It’s just a matter of time. I got the idea for this book in 2011 after visiting the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York (the inspiration for the Unicorp lab in the opening chapters of The Six). I was looking for good stories for Scientific American, so I talked to several researchers at the IBM lab. One of them led the effort to develop Watson, the computer system that demonstrated the power of artificial intelligence by defeating two champions of the quiz show Jeopardy! Another scientist oversaw IBM’s work on new kinds of circuits—neuromorphic electronics—that can imitate brain cells. The new hardware and software may soon enable machines to outperform people at nearly every task. Superhuman robots, I realized, are on their way. For years computer experts have predicted that machines will eventually become self-aware and self-improving, which will trigger a tremendous leap in their abilities. The experts have even coined a term for this pivotal moment: the Singularity. And some researchers have warned that we need to prepare for this leap by programming “friendliness” into artificial-intelligence systems. When powerful AIs start making decisions for themselves, we won’t be able to stop them from pursuing their goals, so we need to make sure that the well-being of the human race is one of their priorities. If we don’t, we may face a ruthless AI like Sigma, who sees humans only as competitors. But the Singularity has a flip side: as machines become more capable we’ll start to incorporate them into our bodies. Researchers have already implanted computer chips into the brains of paralyzed patients, allowing them to use their thoughts to control robotic arms. As neuromorphic circuits improve, scientists will eventually develop a computer that can hold all of the human mind’s data—memories, character traits, emotions, and so on—which can be gleaned from the brain by analyzing the myriad connections among its cells. What’s more, the neuromorphic circuits will be able to process this information the same way the brain does, allowing the computer to generate new thoughts and emotions. If researchers copy a person’s brain data to these circuits, the “personality” inside the machine will be self-aware and indistinguishable from the original personality in the living brain. Scientists have already taken the first step in this process by studying how we think and reason and remember. In 2013 President Obama launched a long-term project to develop new technologies for T h e S i x 363 revealing brain activity. Researchers can currently implant electrodes in the brain to monitor the activity of a few selected cells, but their goal is to map all the signals exchanged through the trillions of braincell connections.One of the proposed technologies for brain mapping involves the injection of minuscule nanoprobes that would stick to the membranes of brain cells. In addition to showing how the cells are connected, the nanoprobes could reveal the tiny electrical changes that occur when the cells signal one another.
The end made me into a tragic display of tears! This novel is really something!
Here is my awesome experience memorialized in my Goodreads summary…
So I’m buying this book for my kids! That’s it!
What about you? what you read this book? did you like it? YOU HAVEN’T READ IT YET??? What are you waiting for??
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