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Six Days [Paperback]

Philip Webb
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4 July 2011
In a ruined future, an extraordinary artefact from the past lies buried. Everyone wants it. But why? What is it? And how can it save them all? For scavs Cass and Wilbur, slaving to dig it up, there are no answers. But when two strangers from another time turn up claiming to know about the lost relic, their world will change for ever. Six Days. If you thought you knew how the world began ... think again.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906427623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906427627
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Where The Rock Splits The Sky is my latest book - a sci-fi Western adventure set in the future. Ever since the Visitors came, the world has stopped turning. The Mid West has become a forsaken wilderness called The Zone where the rules of nature no longer apply. Megan rides across The Zone to where the rock splits the sky to save those she loves.

All reviews and stuff about my writing can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/PhilipWebbAuthor

My first book, Six Days, is a sci-fi adventure set in the future ruins of London. In one sentence: Four children get caught up in a race against time to find a missing alien artefact, something that has the power to begin and end life on Earth.

All the reviews, interviews plus loads of stuff about influences and my sketches of the world and characters can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Six-Days-the-book/136590369746330

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it 14 July 2011
Format:Paperback
Six days is a dystopian sci fi adventure which is aimed at a younger YA audience. If you enjoyed Beth Revis's Across the Universe you will definitely enjoy this one too.

I must admit the start of this book left me a little confused. You are thrown in at the deep end in a world which is different from our own. The London you are in has been totally annihilated by some kind of biological weapon and then by scavs tearing the place apart searching for an "artifact". The people are living are tough lives ruled by a upper class who treat them like slaves. The language used in the story by the main characters very much reflects their social position within this world and takes some getting used to but by the end becomes part of its charm as well.

The main characters in this book are a sister and brother called Cass and Wilbur and you follow the story through Cass's eyes. They come from a scav family and have spend much of their lives searching for the artifact. Whilst Cass is a realist who gets on with it, Wilbur is much more of a dreamer and has ideas about using his comic books as clues to help him find the artifact. When you first meet them this is in fact what he is doing despite being told not to wander off. Whilst off hunting he has an accident and is saved by his sister and a mysterious stranger who is more than meets the eye and from then on the adventure really kicks off.

What I liked about this book is that it was both dystopian and sci fi and as I said it did remind me in many ways of Across the Universe with the sci fi elements. I'm not going to tell you anything specific about the storyline itself but I will say that once the action and adventure kicks off it keeps you engaged throughout and wanting to read page after page to find out what happens next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of A Trillian Books 18 July 2011
By Tasha VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Future London has been destroyed by bio-chemical warfare and taken over by the New Russians. Under their command, the Scavs search the remains of the city for an artefact no one has ever seen. No one even knows what it looks like. Cass's family do this day in, day out because they know no other way. Then on one shift her younger brother, Wilbur, disappears, believing he's onto the location of the artefact. Cass tracks him down to Big Ben where they come across a strange boy called Peyto. Peyto is from another time and reveals that they have six days to find the artefact otherwise the world will come to an end.

Six Days is an exciting, action packed sci-fi adventure. I found this book a little hard to get into right at the start, I think because it's written from Cass's point of view in the kind of slang you'd expect her to use. It wasn't hard to understand but for me it didn't seem to flow right away. A couple of (short) chapters in, however, I'd gotten used to it and in many ways it added to the story. Plus, the age of the reader this book is aimed at probably wouldn't even notice it's slang.

The story is much more plot based than character based and while the characters were likeable enough, I didn't feel like I really got to know them. Still, the action carried the story along nicely and so mostly the lack of deep connection with the characters wasn't really a bad thing. Don't get me wrong, the characters were certainly well developed in the author's mind and this showed in that they weren't dull or flat. Also, the plot was really detailed so it would have probably been too much to have a lot of in depth character development as well.

A great read which would particularly interest boys of the ten to fourteen age range.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sci-fi story for youngsters but adults too 6 July 2011
Format:Paperback
I have been a keen sci-fi reader since I was a teenager, so I've seen a wide range of excellent stuff over the years and this was one of the most enjoyable, imaginative stories that I've read. I also have children in their teens, so I've read a fair bit aimed at them. This book is written in a style that is straightforward but doesn't mess about with the cliches and predictable phrases that I've found often detract from books aimed at young adults. Sure, it doesn't have the depth, detail and seriousness of the classic sci-fi epics such as Dune and Foundation but it's a great way to get in to the genre thanks to the light touch. The characters are immediately engaging, the plot will keep you guessing without there being gratuitous set pieces, the depiction of the dystopian future is believable and there is a lot of potential to develop everything further and have the style mature with the readers as the Harry Potter series did.

I'm certainly looking forward to the sequel and hope that the story develops along equally exciting lines.

Definitely one for your children to enjoy - after you've spent time being unable to put it down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Six Days 21 July 2011
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
London may have been emptied of life because chemical warfare but it is the Scavs who are tearing it to pieces. Under the orders of the Vlads (their new Russian leaders) the Scavs are destroying everything one brick at a time as they search for a mysterious artifact. No one knows what this artifact looks like or what it can be used for but they know they have to find it if they want the Vlads to leave them in peace. Cass and Wilbur have grown up helping with the search but it is only when they meet a pair of mysterious strangers that they realise just how important the artifact is. Now they have only 6 days left to find it, and if they don't it will mean the end of the world.

When I first picked up Six Days I was expecting a dystopian story but it came as a pleasant surprise to find that it is also science fiction - I loved the mixture of the two genres. Although the story works well as a stand alone I'd be interested in revisiting this world again so I won't be disappointed if I find out there will be a sequel.

Cass is someone I liked from the first page, I loved her cockney accent although I can see that this could be harder for someone not familiar with her way of speech to get used to at first. It was fun watching the confusion her accent causes when she first meets Peyto, he spends quite a lot of time not having a clue what she is talking about so it's lucky her little brother Wilbur is there to translate for them. Cass is plucky, brave and very protective of Wilbur, she is also intelligent and uses her skills to keep her brother safe. In a lot of ways Wilbur is her opposite, he has a different way of looking at things and has always been a bit of a dreamer spending much of his time in his own little world.
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