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The Siege

(The Six #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  162 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Mission: Sabotage.

Adam gave up everything for a new chance at life. Now with a cutting-edge digital mind, he is smarter, faster, better than a normal teen. Except Adam is anything but invincible. He's indebted to the government program that gave him this ability-and freedom comes at a price.

Adam and his teammates, the six Pioneers, swore to defend humanity against Sigma, t
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Nicole Hewitt
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

If you're looking for true YA sci-fi (not sci-fi light), then this series is for you!

What Fed My Addiction:

The sci fi.
Fans of technology and sci-fi will love the different robots and gadgets in this series. I loved all of the descriptions of the different robots and how each person chose their "main" robot body and face. The physical manifestations of each of the characters were not only entertaining, they gave us ins
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Incorporating actual military technology and extrapolating how far it could go, this science fiction book shows us a dystopian future in which technology backfires on us and artificial intelligence contrives to take over the world. Fighting Sigma, the rogue AI which is attempting to obliterate humankind, are six Pioneers, robots powered by teens whose minds were transferred from their dying minds into computer programs. Now, one of them has been compromised and is on Sigma's team, but which one? ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I like this series because it's not afraid to actually *be* science fiction—i.e. something that engages with the philosophical implications of plausible scientific and technological developments—in among the action. (Many Y.A. books simply borrow some science fiction tropes to establish a setting or backstory, and then more or less ignore those elements thereafter).

In this volume, as the Pioneers spend more time as hybrid machine-human intelligences, just where the balance lies between each part
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The six Pioneers are back to defend the world! This sequel to The Six by Mark Alpert, is action-packed and full of scientific discovery. The characters undergo intense times of discovery and destruction. This book is an interesting read for geeks and cool kids, alike!

Thanks to Sourcebooks and Netgalley for allowing me to preview this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sarah Monsma
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The team from The Six are back again. They’re still learning and using their supercomputer brains to make innovative robot bodies for battle. But inside the glitz and glamour, they’re still teenagers who are struggling to find their place in a world that doesn’t even know they exist. When their nemesis Sigma reappears, this time with biological weapons, the team will be tested to their limits once again. Can they prevail?

I enjoyed The Siege as much as I enjoyed The Six, the first book in the ser
The sequel to The Six no longer has The Six, but even with fewer team members, it's still every bit as white-knuckle a book as its predecessor. The sheer inventiveness of this bite-sized piece of awesome never stops, especially given that the enemy is such a dangerous AI always going all-out to tear our heroes apart by any means necessary.

After a couple of less-than-stellar other reads, I'm happy to say I've finally found another five-star story.

The best part? With that cliffhanger, this is NOT
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Fast-paced and action packed. Once again Mr. Alpert delivers a gripping story with cool tech and great characters. There were several fun twists as well which took the story in directions that I definitely wasn't expecting. And what a cliffhanger! I can't wait for the sequel.
Olivia Farr
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Siege” is a fascinating continuation of the Six series. In a future where AI has advanced through brutal competition, Sigma has won- and is now fighting humankind. In the first book, Adam and 5 other dying teenagers are transformed into computers, using neuromorphic circuits as their new brains and living inside machines. The technology here is fascinating, as is the take on how the AI would act after being created through violent competition (e.g. killing the other AI and incorporating their p ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Overall: I thought this book was bad, and in some ways, found it insulting. I didn't give it only one star, however, because I try to reserve single stars for books that are truly terrible.

Details & Ranting: I knew I was in for a disappointment when I read the very first sentence of chapter one. It gets revealed from word two that Shannon is now Adam's girlfriend. He did not need a girlfriend. She did not need a boyfriend. There was no reason for them to be together romantically, and there w
Another awesome book in the series! I'm so excited for the third book ;)
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Six was a pretty good book, with interesting yet plausible level of science fiction, some intelligent inventions, a good plot but a boring villain. However, here I would like to amend that statement - Sigma rises to the occasion in this book. Initially created in cage match of competing AI, Sigma had conquered to be the top dog, and after recuperating from its arrogance in Six, it now is fixated on evolving itself, hoping to glean useful additions from the human-machine hybrids, particularly ...more
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This book is kind of hard to review. I am still not sure how I feel about the characters because, well, they're robots. They don't feel things the way most people do and yet, they do. Because all of their memories were implanted in the machines, they are like a weird hybrid of robot and human. This was so hard to get used to. I didn't really get the romance thing between Adam and Shannon. How can robots even have a relationship
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was ok

Publisher: Sourecebooks Fire

Publishing Date: July 2016


Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.5/5

Publishers Description: Adam gave up everything for a new chance at life. Now with a cutting-edge digital mind, he is smarter, faster, better than a normal teen. Except Adam is anything but invincible. He’s indebted to the government program that gave him this ability—and freedom comes at a price.

Review: I had mixed feelings about this novel. The upside was an
Teresa Bateman
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This YA series is based on an interesting premise. Teens who were terminally ill have had their consciousness downloaded into robots. They're old enough to know what they're doing, but young enough to have the mental flexibility to handle it. Adam's father is in charge of the project. This is the second book in the series. The first was called "The Six." Now they are facing impossible odds as they confront an AI called Sigma, who is planning on eliminating human life from the planet. Biological ...more
Alan Kagiri
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This second installment of The Six Series does not fail nor disappoint. It is packed with just as much thrill as the first, and is equally accompanied with amazing feats of technological advancement along with action and adventure. This time, Sigma has escaped near defeat and is rumored to have made contact with a powerful ally among the Pioneers. The traitor? Only if you read can you find out. I really loved how much suspense was packed into each chapter, but more so the attention to detail tha ...more
Amanda Sanders
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The Siege" reminded me of "The Martian". I loved all the scientific and technical jargon and it ends with an author's note about the real science behind the story. The Pioneers, which were formed in the first book of the series, are a group of human-robot combinations. They were dying in their human forms and given robotic bodies. They have an AI enemy that they must defeat--Sigma. They are constantly upgrading and changing. They have to deal with relationships with each other and family member ...more
Katlynmae Chatfield
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was better than book one! Lots of action happened in it which was awesome, and the betrayal was so unexpected!! I was so shocked with the ending though! Omg I was so not expecting that! I hope he writes a 3rd book because I want to know more!!
Tony Mosley
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good. I couldn't put it down after I picked it up. It explains so much of the story in the end which is very satisfying.

May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the sequel to The Six! Check out all the upgraded robots: Snake-bots, Swarm-bots, War-bots, Super-bots, Jet-bots...
Paul Murray
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book! Probably one of my all time favorite books I have ever read! It has such an interesting story and I very much recommend this book!
Andres Soto
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great sequel and totally opens the mind to what it might be if we were in a robot and what a war with an ai might look like
Ziggy Nixon
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of great stories but esp. scifi or YA nuts!
Just as book 1, I'm giving this a 4-star rating. However, where I found 'The Six Part 1' to be a 4+ star book - and one of the better surprises I've had all year in terms of previously unknown 'finds' - 'Book 2' is more of a 3.85 rounder-upper.

Please don't misundertand: 'The Siege' is an incredibly worthy follow-up to 'The Six'! In terms of action-adventure and excellent technology writing (seriously, Alpert may get me hooked on Scientific American by the end of all this!), this book was an outs
Trisha Perry
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Siege, sequel to The Six , is just as explosive. Almost everyone is back, and even though they thought their foe was gone Sigma was just hiding until he could become strong enough again to come after the special one. Special one? Who knew there was a special one and which is it? And now there might be a traitor amongst the Pioneer ranks, what can be worse, asking Alex to figure out which of his friends is the traitor that is what can be worse. All the while Sigma is attacking Alex's hometown ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Listened to audio book via Hoopla.
Wasn’t that into this book. Went to show a library patron how to download an e-audiobook via Hoopla and downloaded the sequel (I read The Six) by accident so listened to it.
Things that I forgave in the first book became more pronounced in book 2: Adam’s immaturity and need to date (though really, the government created near immortal robots and exes takes on a whole new meaning). Language was repetitive, having to keep hearing “Shannon’s Diamondgirl” shone or spa
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
It was good, but not as good as the first book. The characters felt stiff and fake, but the plot was well done. We'll see how the next book goes.

Full review at on Jun.23.2017
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think that this book is better written than the first. The story is better and I didn't expect the plot twist at the end and it was a cliffhanger. The story is more exciting in my opinion and I liked it better.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
3 and a half stars
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
Excellent second book for this series. I am definitely looking forward to the next book.
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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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