Top critical review
on 26 October 2011
'Six Days' is set in a future London which we are to assume has been involved in a major war involving bio-chemical weapons. Not all human life has been destroyed though and the survivors are the 'Scavs' controlled by the oppressors the Vlad's (New Russians?). Scavs must spend each day searching for an artefact, yet no one has ever seen it or even knows what it looks like.
This young adult book crosses both the dystopian and science fiction genres but at it's heart it is very much an adventure story. Although slow to start the pace picks up after the first few chapters and moves along quickly after this.
Cass and Wilbur, both Scavs, are the two main characters with Cass being instantly likeable. She is gutsy, courageous and intelligent , whilst at all times protecting her younger brother Wilbur. The relationship between Cass and Wilbur is one of the main threads running through the book and Webb expresses the thoughts of each sibling to the other expertly.
As the book progresses it does become much more of a Science Fiction adventure as we meet beings from other worlds, travel into space and encounter the strange part machine-part human 'Okhotniks'.
As a debut novel there is lots to enjoy here and I was pleased that what I thought was going to be another dystopian fiction novel actually developed into something a little more interesting.
Webb has written a story that although a little bit of a slow burner will hook you. Once in you will enjoy the engaging characters, the clever plot and getting an insight into Webb's wonderful imagination.