Book Review: The Lab

Student Reviewer: Austin Yue – Grade 8

The Labby Jack Heath
Scholastic, 2010
320 pages
Series: Six of Hearts

Genre: Adventure, science-fiction

Summary: This book is about an agent from “the Deck” called Six. He is a sixteen year old  superhuman. He is one of the most effective agents in the Deck, a team of special agents fighting to maintain justice in a completely chaotic, destructive and corrupted world with nothing but violence. As he is going on missions like stealing a USB key and assassinating various targets, Six learns a deadly secret. He is an illegal experiment vessel of the Lab and a man with power is making clones of Six to gain control over the world. Six then meets a boy named Kyntak, a boy who has a similar past to Six.

Life is getting out of control for Six when he is sent on one of the most dangerous missions he has ever come across, Six and Kyntak have to infiltrate the Project Falcon Lab where dangerous and rich men doing deals and attempting tototal domination. As Six and Kyntak are able to complete the mission but flee as the lab was going to destruction, they find a vessel of a test which is a baby in the lab and take it for rest.

  • Did this book hold your attention? Yes 
  • Was the story what you expected? Were you disappointed? Surprised? Yes, I expected the story to be something like this. The story is excited with a lot of action and the book describes a lot of action like in one part of the book, the author describes what is going in Six’s mind as he is analyzing targets to escape a lab when he was on his first mission of the book. (Ex: ” Two guards, six meters wide, nowhere to run, maybe I can go from top? “) In actions where the Project Falcon Lab was going chaotic, I was on the edge of my seat as Kyntak and Six were trying to escape the Lab and how they were yelling like saying hurry, how their surroundings were like (the buildings were crashing with such force..), etc. It was everything to describe a thriller, action book as every action was like the final move. I honestly have no disappointments in this book, the author did a great job and it was the full package!
  • Do you think that the book was suitable for your age? Too violent, swearing, sex, etc. It is suitable for teens and up. The language is appropriate for everyone and it isn’t too violent. The author did great with his choices of words, the violence is suitable and I think any teen is mature enough to understand as the author doesn’t describe too much of the result of violence falling upon Six. When Six gets beaten and knocked out, it describes how Six feels and what his surroundings are and the author didn’t make the story so violent that he describes the detail of blood, etc.
  • Did you like/dislike the book? Why? I liked the book because it was particularly all about action, speed, movement and how I can relate to if I were in this situation. This book makes you feel like you were the main character and it would make you think what you would do in certain situations. You would be infiltrating laboratories, bases, etc. I just liked it because it was a full package of action. I like First Person Shooter games because they are full of action and anything else full of action because it entertains me, and by reading this, it entertained me quite well and I took a liking into this book!
  • Who would you recommend this book to, even if you disliked it? Give an example: I would recommend it to boys that are younger than me because I know most boys like action like how my friends and I liked playing with imaginary guns and weapons and pretended doing missions. The book is all about action and I am sure that these boys would be entertained and would listen attentively every move and action happening on the book. It’s natural for boys to be like that and I am sure this book would suit them well even if I did dislike it.
  • Was the book part of a series? Is it a book that you have to read the previous/following book to understand the plot? Or is the story self-contained? This story is part of a series as in the end of the book, there is another book called “Remote Control “describing another event of Six’s life. So it’s obvious that this book is part of a series proving that the author published another book.
  • Does the cover art match the style of the book inside? Yes, I find the cover art exactly matches the book inside, the look of Six’s face looks completely epic as he is starring at something and it proves how much adrenaline he feels in the book and it’s all about missions. The details of the cover is what we can all visualize when we read the book like guards with armor, guns, vehicles, agents undercover, etc.

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