- Paperback: 384 pages
- Age Range: 11 - 18 years
- Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (4 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906427623
- ISBN-13: 978-1906427627
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Six Days Paperback – 4 Jul 2011
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About the Author
Philp Webb works as a "user experience consultant," helping his clients bridge the gap between technology and humanity. He has a computer science degree and a masters in human computer interaction. He lives in West London with his wife. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A thoroughly enjoyable, though very high concept, sci fi / dystopian romp. I could pick holes in the plot and world building, but it sweeps you along at such a breakneck pace, with... Read morePublished 5 months ago by E. L. Woodcock
Things have not turned out well for London. In Six Days chemical warfare has, at some point in the not too distant future, turned the city into a diseased dystopia where Londoners... Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2013 by Erin Britton
'Six Days' is set in a future London which we are to assume has been involved in a major war involving bio-chemical weapons. Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2011 by Loveliterature
If you're a sci-fi fan like myself this book needs to go on your todo list. The first section of the book seems more of a mystery story than sci-fi but things soon change and some... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2011 by C Vald
What a great book. Really enjoyed the read. It's currently being passed around the family. Terry would be so proud.Published on 8 Aug. 2011 by Dwtie