After being a key figure in the exposing of government corruption, Max Stein has spent a quiet semester abroad in Paris, studying, staying off the Internet, and looking for his long-lost mother. But just as he is about to fly back to the United States for the holidays, trouble manages to find him once again.
Max receives a call from Penny, his on-again-off-again girlfriend who is part of the expert hacking duo DoubleThink. She wants him to meet with Ada Kiesler, a high-profile whistleblower hiding out at a foreign embassy in Berlin. Max has no interest in getting drawn into another corporate conspiracy. But when airport security suddenly detains him on suspicion of cyber-terrorism, he has little choice but to get involved. Soon Max and Penny are tangling with a new group of shadowy figures who are determined to control how the world shares its information. And some figures from Max’s past resurface, including his own mother, whose life has mirrored his own in more ways than he’d realized.
In this action-packed follow up to The Silence of Six , Max and his hacker friends must fight to expose a corrupt corporation that has been systematically taking control of the Internet.
About the Author
E.C. Myers is the author of the Andre Norton Award–winning Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, young adult science fiction novels published by Pyr, and the acclaimed young adult thriller The Silence of Six from Adaptive Books.
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If you’ve been following my reviews for a while now, you may recall me reviewing The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers about a year and a half ago, after winning a copy of the novel via a Goodreads giveaway. I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of the upcoming sequel, Against All Silence, which will be available next week. Just like the first book in the series, it is jam-packed with action. This time, however, the stakes are even higher. The story takes place where the previous one ended: after everything that went down with Panjea, Max went on a trip to France to get away from the media and let things cool down for a bit. While waiting in line at the airport to go home a few days before Christmas, he decides to check his private email, which is where he sees a several day old email from his friend Penny, one of the members of his hacking group, Dramatis Personai. She says that she is in Berlin and would like him to meet her new friend, Ada Kiesler, who is a whistleblower. Instantly I thought of Edward Snowden and his whistleblowing, which I’m guessing heavily influenced Myers when writing this. Ada had leaked thousands of confidential documents relating to Verbunden Telekom, an internet provider, to Den Fenster, a popular news website. Verbunden Telekon, or VT for short, had the documents wiped from the internet and the news story retracted within 24 hours. In fact, VT owns 73% of the internet and 45% of cloud storage, an obvious monopoly. Ada thinks that there is even more to the picture, such as both funding or running a dangerous website on the deep web known as “The Curtain”, which is sort of like an eBay but for instead of your everyday items you can purchase exploits, hire hitmen, sell women for sex, or even for buy drugs amongst other things. The Curtain has over $80 billion annual revenue, so it’s definitely a hot spot for criminals. Ada wants Max and Penny to figure out what exactly is going on, who is behind it, and also put an end to VT controlling such a vast majority of the internet, as the telecom is abusing its power with censorship on the internet. After checking the email and getting ready to board the flight, Max is detained at the airport on suspicion of being a cyberterrorist, which doesn’t make much sense to him because he had sworn off that after all that happened in the previous book. By “coincidence”, he misses his flight, meaning he can now meet with up Penny and Ada in Berlin and see what’s going on rather than simply flying home and forgetting he was even asked to come visit. One thing I really like about the Silence of Six series is that Max and I share a lot in common. We’re both computer geeks and the book states he is considering an IT major which is what I just recently changed my major to. The book also nailed why I had decided to change my major from computer science to information technology: Computer science in college is like the difference between reading a book for fun and having it assigned in class. Seriously, he hit the nail on the head with that quote! You have no idea how much that sentence spoke to me. There’s also few other cool and somewhat unique aspects to Against All Silence: (My review is too long, you'll have to go to my book blog to finish reading the rest!)