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The Silence of Six

(SOS #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,703 ratings  ·  304 reviews
“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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 5th 2014 by Adaptive Books
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May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“What is the silence of six and what are you going to do about?"


Oh boy this book is so good!
I'm a pretty slow reader and I just breezed through this book like it was nothing.
It has all the elements of a book that I really like.

Seemingly realistic events
Likeable and believable characters
No information overload (Like Ready Player One)
Keeps you at the edge of your seat
A page turner
No insta-love (thank goodness!!)
The writing was good.

This book is so fucking go
Emma Giordano
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING OH MY GOD. I don't have the words to describe how much I love this book. It lived up to all of my expectations and more. It was absolutely exhilarating to read and didn't have a dull moment. Even though I don't understand hacking (although I WISH I did), that didn't stop me from loving every second of it. The book when is so many different directions that I couldn'tve anticipated, but it was so perfect and I can't remember the last time I read something that was so intri ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
“The Silence of Six” is an exciting page turner that begs you not to put it down until you know how it all will end. Built around the world of computer hacking, compromised security, and government overstepping its bounds, in this day and age it could almost be described as a horror story. I know it has left me a bit on the paranoid side.

The characters are well-developed, the plot picks up its quick pace from the very beginning, and the plot is unpredictable, which is exactly how any good thrill
Neil (or bleed)
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling, mind-boggling, breath-taking novel, The Silence of Six will take you to the edge of your seat. A great novel about hacking and the cyber world. An eye-opener about privacy and politics.

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

The Silence of Six started as a shocker. Oh well I don't want to mention "that shocker" but it really shocked me that I got so intrigued with this book. And, yes, it didn't disappoint.

I know what is hacking but I have no skills for t
Sherwood Smith
I called this science fiction, but it's really a YA thriller. If the reader can deal with a really shocking, graphically described suicide of a seventeen-year-old at the end of the first chapter, he or she should be sucked right into this story about Max, one-time high-school smart-aleck hacker, turned popular soccer player.

A presidential debate is being held at his high school for publicity purposes. At the very end, the wifi is hacked, and all the cell phones and other tech shows a shocking v
How is this not more popular?! Man, if I could be half as good with computers as these teens are...
I kept jumping between 4 and 3 stars with this one because, though the novel lacks finesse in some of the technical aspects of storytelling, this was a fast-paced, thrilling and very entertaining novel that went deep (at least, it seemed deep for a computer noob like me) into hacking and the cyberworld, or at least, deeper than other YA hacking novels have gone that have left me wanting for more. But towards the end of the novel, I found this effort to be simply alright. It was admittedly entert ...more
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THE SILENCE OF SIX is a top-notch thriller and I devoured it in one setting, unable to set it aside. Although a YA novel, it's great for us "older" readers of thrillers and mystery as well. Literally non-stop action from the very beginning, an innocent protagonist "on the run," political-corporate misbehavior, megalomaniac villains, and a backstage "hero" with Asperger' s Syndrome--a brimming cauldron of thrills, chills, and sheer excitement; plus realist
Maria Kaye
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So it turns out this book isn't a standalone after all, it's a series? Gotta love it when authors do that! (Usually sarcasm but in this case I am abso-freaking-lutely excited for it and CANNOT WAIT to dig into more hacking adventures! Review to come, all you need to know is that if you love mystery and fast paced books then you're gonna love this as much as I did! ...more
Oct 10, 2014 marked it as to-read
OH MY GOD!!! just watched the book trailer ... it looks EPIC... Gotta read this book!
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got an ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

3.5 stars, because the book wasn't without faults. In fact, I'd probably give it 4 stars in other circumstances—that is, if I didn't know a lot to the online world, computers in general, and hackers. Some parts I found to be too "didactic", which would be good for a reader with a less technological background, yet tended to become annoying after a while (I really don't need to be taught what a DDoS attack is). However, this is a
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I read it in one sitting because I literally could not put it down. I think what grabbed me was how realistic the story really is. I felt like something like this could really happen in real life. Max is a very believable and like-able protagonist, and I was on the edge of my seat rooting for him all the way through.

This review will be shorter than normal, because I went into this not knowing anything more than what the Goodreads synopsis says, and I think that was the best w
"If you know what someone does every day, you have a good shot at predicting what they're going to do in the future, maybe even before they do. And if you know that, maybe you can manipulate them into doing something else."

Con tanto hype y un book trailer tan increíble me esperaba algo mucho más wow. De todas formas, eso no hizo que no lo disfrutara. La primera mitad se me hizo muy fácil de leer y me atrapó bastante, mientras que la segunda un poquito más densa. Sin embargo, es una historia
Sam H  Arnold
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this book was a thoroughly good adventure / mystery that was fast paced and intriguing throughout. The story starts with out lead character losing his friend in mysterious circumstances. Through the course of the book Max follows a number of clues left by his friend Evan in order to unravel the mystery of Evan's death and life.

The book features around the topic of computers and computer hacking. There are times that the computer language can become very in-depth which I loved as a fello
Beth Cato
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Myers has crafted an intense young adult book that's frightening in its plausibility. It's also the most realistic fictional account I've read of hackers and hacking. He's done his research, and the content rings true (Hollywood, take note, please). Max is a good kid, loyal to his family and friends, and the type of protagonist you want to cheer for. The characters are nuanced and complicated, hackers included. It's a very personal thriller in terms of the stakes, but it also has a lot of major ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, for-review, male-pov
The Silence of the Six has a cool premise and engaging characters but it felt so technical at times that I felt like was reading a foreign language.

What's odd - is that other reviewers that are more tech/hacker savvy than I feel it wasn't technical enough and talked down to readers. So I'm not sure where that leaves me. lol

It wasn't bad and I read it in a day but I can't say I was overly interested in how it all turned out either. So many hacker names and jargon - it all became a blur after a
Caitlin Gutilla
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm kind of disappointed.

I truly don't understand all the hype about this book. Did I miss something? It was okay, but it wasn't the "page-turning thriller" I was expecting. The whole story is technical talk, making it hard to follow. The plot is a decent idea, but I don't think it was executed well at all. I still don't understand what completely happened.

This boo kind of reminded me of Ready Player One - however, I ADORED Ready Player One and honestly, I would have rather reread that book th
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing


I have a bit of a weakness when it comes to computer/hacker stories. I absolutely love Person of Interest and sometimes I wish my computer skills (and my patience level) would be bad ass enough to go underground and pull down sites to make a point or uncovering secure info from a super secret government *kidding of course.. well sort off* ..

I had previously been fooled when I picked up Cipher, expecting a hacker heroin only to be faced with nill action and a case of bad instalove romance.

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"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 t
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy, how much I loved this book. I do appreciate poetic writhing, I do enjoy well crafted fantasy world, but there's nothing like a geeky, computer-focused book for me. This is my genre. I feel at home here. Ready Player One, Armada, The Martian - those are few of my favourite book and I can proudly say that The Silence of Six is joining them.

It's fast to get into. The author doesn't waste any time with uselessly long introduction and the first chapter already contains the main plot twist. I
Jeff Raymond
Cory Doctorow, in a lot of ways, has the market cornered on sort of technopunk/cybersecurity issues tales, so seeing someone else enter the space and give things a shot is welcome no matter what. That EC Myers, who wrote the solid Fair Coin series, the one who made the jump is even better. That the book is actually a really solid, suspenseful tale? Further icing on the cake.

The story starts with a hack into a political debate and an on-screen video chat suicide. With a question about "the silenc
Ross Armstrong
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, teen, suspense
I received an ebook copy of this from Netgalley.

This is a thrilling change of pace from the author of the award-winning novel, "Fair Coin".

Max Stein is a former hacker who is now devoted to his high school soccer team and his new girlfriend, Courtney, a reporter for the school newspaper and a blogger. During a Presidential debate being held in his high school, the video feed of questions for the candidates is hacked and the hacker asks the candidates "What is the Silence Of Six and what are yo
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The Silence of Six", where do I even start? I have fallen in love with this book! You have murders, hackers, ciphers, conspiracies, what is not to love? Maxwell Stien is a protagonist you really cheer for, the other characters are well rounded and very well written. Also, character development is very clear, you see the characters maturing as the story unfolds.

Myers has created a thrilling, and very engaging, young adult book - It never got boring for me, and I didn't find myself skipping anyt
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a great concept, but I felt like the pacing was off. They mystery of The Silence of Six was overshadowed by just running away from the FBI. The mystery wasn't paced well and a lot of the puzzles were easily solved by Max. His greatest challenge was just not being caught, not in solving any computer problems.

What I really didn't like was how heavy handed the author got with the whole net neutrality political argument. The book was really hitting you over the head with GOVERNMENT SPYING
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

Wowza this book was amazing in so many ways.
It's very geeky and full of hacking situations.
I really liked the fact that the main character was male.
So much mystery and suspense.
You go on a journey with Max to solve the crimes and whatever is going on.
For if you lost a best friend that started off an investigation, you need to help them finish it.
If you really
Scott Howe
The Silence of Six is a hacker thriller. It moves at a nice pace but, for a hacker story it's really light on technobabble which will make it more accessible to non-technical readers but highly technical readers will find it lacking. Full Disclosure: I'm a computer programmer. Warning to politically sensitive readers: If you think Edward Snowden is a hero, this book is for you. If you think Edward Snowden is a criminal who should be locked away, then you might find this book offensive. If you do ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was fast paced and opened my eyes to a new side of technology, hacking. The technology aspect seemed well researched and intriguing. Also, the idea that a social media site could gain so much power and information was very plausible and believable. The one part that I had an issue with was Max's father. For a parent he seemed a little too comfortable with letting Max go on the run and get involved with such illegal activities but this didn't take away from ...more
Lee Reads Books
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller
After first reading that synopsis above, this book had me hooked. The whole world of hackers intrigues me and makes me a little scared to be honest. It is amazing how much people can do with just a computer at their finger tips. What really hooked me was the book trailer that I have linked below. Usually book trailers are, and excuse my language here, EXTREME SHIT. But this one was so intense and it immediately drew me so much that I needed to get my hands on this (more...) ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I give this 7 stars out of 10 and 3.5 out of 5.

I loved the idea of hackers and computers so much! Best part. I know nothing so my opinion is biassed only with that but I loved it. Then the writing was good and fun. A few things were not 'done' per say. So I take one star (of five). Also, as fun and fast to read as it was it was not perfect neither mind blowing.
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E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised in Yonkers, NY by his mother and the public library. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the prolific NYC writing group Altered Fluid. In the rare moments when he isn't writing, he blogs about Star Trek at The Viewscreen, reads constantly, plays video games, watches films and television, ...more

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