Wow! What an amazing, powerful and heart wrenching start to the series! Trigger warnings should definitely be heeded - there are a lot of very graphic descriptions of the war scenes in Afghanistan. Sixth also has a lot of flashbacks to when he was kept in the facility as a child, and they impact on his real life experiences as he grows.
I honestly didn't expect the impact or draw this book would have - it pulled me in completely and I was amazed at the detailed world building and the character development too. A lot of research has gone into setting up this series! I honestly wasn't expecting that amount of detail in regards to the war efforts, but it really worked with the story and building our MC, Sixth (real name Mark Jaydin, but nicknamed in the Marines for his soxth sense - his ability to see things ahead of time and also for his expert marksmanship).
I loved Sixth - his strength and determination, and fumbling his way through his powers and ability to see the future were astounding. The impact this had on his family was also well written, as was the guilt of his parents for having sent him to the facility that manifested in other ways.
The setup for the rest of the series is now in place, and I can't wait to read more!
Sixth is the start of a great new series from Kim Faulks.
Mark aka Sixth’s story progresses through a back and forth timeline from his childhood to current day, with a constant reference for the girl with purple hair throughout the book - will he ever find her again? When he’s old enough he makes a choice to join the Marines, which leads to him being in control of at least one thing in his life. He’ll return from service with a mission to find other men he’ll need and the purple haired girl.
This is a dark sci-fi, which is violent at times and emotions are high. Triggers warnings should be noted for this book.