The Silver Six by A.J. Lieberman Book Review

The Silver Six by A.J. Lieberman
Illustrations by Darren Rawlings
Publisher: GRAPHIX
Release Date: June 25, 2013

When a group of orphans discover that their parents all knew each other and more than that, all died together, the group seeks to find out what they died for. Plucky heroine Phoebe leads them on a daring escape to an uninhabited moon. However, their new home holds some secrets, ones that the richest man on earth wants for himself and is willing to kill for. With nowhere to run, the kids do the only thing they can think of--fight back.

This book was so much fun. A science fiction adventure with some fantastic world building and a villain who isn't playing around. Although the various genders, races, and hair colors made me think of Power Rangers at times, there were a lot of fantastic moments that set it apart from kitchy cartoon drama.

In Silver Six there is a terrible corporation that has made land a precious commodity. The image of the kids playing on a playground the size of a bathroom was just plain sad. Phoebe is strong. We know this from the beginning because she has been living on her own for a year. Foster care is no longer a thing in this future either. Orphans are unwanted and treated like free slave labor. Make no mistake, this is a fun story, but not a sweet one.

Add in some space travel, a mystery left behind by their parents, storms, a mercenary on their tales, a corrupt corporation, and a Teen Titans stylist feel and it is perfect. Just for extra measure, there is a smattering of comic relief too. I want a sequel!