Friday, November 6, 2015

The Six by Mark Alpert

Adam has a disease that is slowly freezing his body and will kill him sooner rather than later.  His father is a technology genius who has developed a virtual reality game that allows Adam to experience a life without the constraints he has in real life.  While playing the game one day in his father's lab, Adam is approached online by Sigma, a rogue artificial intelligence program.  Sigma has bad intentions and has taken over a base with nuclear weapons in Russia and is always several steps ahead of the humans.  Adam's dad has developed a new protocol where human minds can be uploaded into robotic bodies and the scientific team hopes they will be able to get close enough to Sigma to stop him. Adam is one of six teens suffering from terminal illnesses who agree to try the procedure and become the primary force trying to save the world.

I was super-excited to read this book because I like sci fi and had heard great things about Alpert's adult work.  AND the premise sounded intriguing.  It was and the book was fine, but I wasn't as absorbed in it as I anticipated.  But as with most well-done sci fi, there is a lot to think about and many ethical implications to consider.