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The Six

(The Six #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,099 ratings  ·  220 reviews
To save humanity, they must give up their own.

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, S
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Amanda Since I have bipolar, autism and anxiety issues, I'd first want to know if those issues would disappear. If you everything stayed the same, I wouldn't…moreSince I have bipolar, autism and anxiety issues, I'd first want to know if those issues would disappear. If you everything stayed the same, I wouldn't want to live forever. On the other hand, I wouldn't be me if I didn't deal with them. Considering that fact and that I wouldn't want to live forever with my unique challenges, nor would I want to live forever without them, I'd pass on the chance. Besides which, my thought is that the sooner I die, the sooner I move on to a much better place and even living to see what humans come up with in the future can't compare to that.(less)

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What would happen if artificial intelligence decided to attack humankind?
“My name is Sigma. This message is a warning to all government leaders and military commanders. I have the power to annihilate you.

If you attack me or interfere with my plans in any way, I will exterminate the human race. I will not tolerate any threats to my operations.

You must accept that you are no longer the dominant species on this planet. I’m stronger than you now. You were foolish to make me so powerful.”

Adam Arm
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I thought this book was awesome! I'm going to give out maybe a couple of mild spoilers, you pretty much get the story from the blurb of the book anyway!

Adam has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, he will be dying from this disease in the near future. Adam is a little genius too, he must have gotten this from his dad as he is a computer genius. His dad works with the Unicorp Lab working on an Artificial Intelligence Program.

They already made an AI program called Si
Mar B
4.6 mind warping stars!

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 ...


So… I loved it VERY MUCH! It's pretty wicked awesome!!!

The beginning is kinda slow while all the characters and their different illness and disabilities are introduced. But I was soon emotionally invested in the physical and e
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That was just stunning!

Another book that reads just like a movie!!

I swear it was like watching a movie!!!


Okay.. so I'm not the the biggest Sci-fi reader, but I do read AND WATCH Scifi. I'm telling you, this is awesome! Not only does it give you action, adventure and thrill... It will also make you think hard. It will make a person be clear about his/her ethical stand. It's as great as it is also a mind boggling book. :)

The characters are pretty unique if I may say so myself.

Have you
To save humanity, they must give up their own.

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 wor
Sara Grochowski
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finally - finally - I've found a YA scifi novel with plenty of boy appeal that's really well written with well-developed characters! I've picked up quite a few of this year's releases that looked promising, then failed to hold my interest or had ridiculous dialogue, descriptions, etc. Mark Alpert's The Six is exactly what I've been searching for!

I found the premise of The Six unique and engaging. The government has created an artificial intelligence that is extremely smart and adaptive. Underest
Sci-Fi & Scary
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mark Alpert writes very well, but what I want to comment on first is not the story itself, but something written in the author’s notes at the end of the book. He talks about that while researching muscular dystrophy for this book, he realized that everyone reacts to/handles their illness differently, and you can’t just easily categorize people. I give him major points for recognizing that. Writers tend to portray those suffering from disability and/or terminal illness as either self-pitying and ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
There’s no other word that I can use to describe this book other than unique. The main character, Adam, starts out as a human teenager suffering from muscular dystrophy and has less than 6 months to live, but that all changes. He’s inducted into a program called the “Pioneer Pronect” with five other teens who are all diagnosed with terminal illnesses. In the Pioneer Project these teens are all turned into robots, so the main character has become the same person, but now he’s a robot. Weird. But ...more
Rhoda  Crowell
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Two questions…
1. If you were terminally ill but were given the chance to live forever as a robot – would you take it?
2. What if we developed a super computer programed to learn from their mistakes who decided humans were expendable?

Both of these premises come together in Mark Alpert’s thrilling novel, “The Six”. Adam and five other teenagers are given the opportunity to cheat death by having their brain functions transferred into an android. The kids and their families have a massive decision t
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received The Six from the Goodreads First Reads Program. What a fantastic read! It was very well researched. It is the story of six terminally ill teenagers. Adam, the main character, suffers with muscular dystrophy. He and the other five are given the opportunity to go on living in the circuits of technologically advanced robots created by Adam's father. There's just one catch... they must defeat an Artificial Intelligence that is out to destroy the human race.

I read the entire book in one si
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Netgalley for providing this ARC. And, thank you to Sourcebooks for allowing me to access it.

Aaron's dad uses scientific theory to save his son and others who are suffering from diseases that threaten to take their lives. But at what cost? You'll have to read THE SIX to find out more, but don't worry, it is definitely worth reading. This novel, with all its' twist and turns is science fiction at its' best.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Packed with action and adventure, teens that are physically disabled are taken and turned into robots to fight a computer virus. First of many books, this book is great for people of all ages and people that love fast paced books.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those "I don't want to put it down" books. Adam was a great character with all of his foibles. The scene where he stands vigil over his dead body was well written. Loved it! Can't wait for the sequel. ...more
Jean Johnson
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A series of cliffhangers that you didn't see coming. This sci fi thriller is SO GOOD!!! ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm probably not the best judge, but I think this is the best book I've ever written! ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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. 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
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
To save humanity, they must give up their own.

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
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Six by Mark Alpert
In the not too distant future six teens, each with a fatal illness, have chosen to leave their decaying bodies to transfer their “memories and personalities” to Pioneer robots, eight-hundred pounds of metal and neuromorphic electronic circuitry. 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 disap
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I noticed The Six by Mark Alpert ever since it hit the shelves at Barnes and Noble. 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 wit
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
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. 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,
Amy Rogers
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing review:

After four adult science thrillers, novelist and science journalist Mark Alpert branches out into young adult / teen scientific fiction with The Six.

We can be very glad that he did. The Six is Alpert's best book to date--and I'm not even a big fan of YA.

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
Aug 23, 2015 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
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens
For me this was a fascinating read. I am not of the technological generation so do not view machines/robots as ever possibly being able to be ‘humanised’ to the extent they are in The Six (much like Adam’s mother I suppose). However, this novel, despite raising many moral issues, has forced me to re think.

IN SHORT - Adam and his friends become the ‘missing links’ in robot evolution when their ‘intelligences’ are transferred to the minds of robots. However, their humanness is their flaw.

Sarah Monsma
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Adam is dying slowly and painfully from muscular dystrophy. His dad would do anything to save him, but for now all he can manage is to keep him supplied with virtual reality games that help him feel like he can still move even though he’s confined to a wheelchair and rapidly losing motor function. One day through his game Adam encounters a serious virtual enemy. The problem is, that enemy is virtual, but also very real–so real that it’s threatening the human race. Soon, the government hatches a ...more
Trisha Perry
Jun 12, 2015 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
THE SIX by Mark Alpert is a heart-pounding near-future thriller exploring artificial intelligence, digital preservation, and what it means to be human.

Adam’s body is withering away from the effects of muscular dystrophy. 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
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

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
Teresa Bateman
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is not due out until July, 2015, 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 ...more
Melissa Diaz Lopez
Jun 15, 2015 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
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Mark Alpert, author of Final Theory, The Omega Theory, Extinction, The Furies, and The Six, is a contributing editor at Scientific American. 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 th ...more

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