Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate of Books Are My Favourite and Best. On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.
I’ve often seen this meme done over at Musings of a Bookish Kitty, and I’ve been really intrigued by the connections every time. She always seems to end up with a diverse list of books with interesting connections. I’ve been saying for a long time that I should join in, and this time, I decided to go for it!
The featured book is Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’ve definitely seen this book around, but I didn’t know much about it except for the fact that it’s about an old rock band (I don’t even know if it’s a real one!)
Since I didn’t know much about the first book, the first association that came to mind was based on the title. I immediately thought back to The Six by Mark Alpert. This book is about a group of terminally ill teenagers who agree to give up their dying human bodies and have their brain activity moved into a machine so they can stop a rogue AI from destroying the human race.
A rogue AI immediately brought to mind AIDAN from The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. AIDAN’s highest priority is protecting his fleet; however; his methods sometimes leave a bit to be desired, and the sacrifices he’s willing to make don’t always match up with the human’s desired outcomes.
The unique formatting of Illuminae is its defining trait, so that made me think about other books that are written in a non-standard format. The first one that came to mind is Mightier than the Sword by Drew Callander & Alana Harrison. This humorous series is incredibly interactive and allows the reader to fill in their own details, Mad-Libs style. They can also draw their own images of the things they’ve created and there are puzzles for them to solve as well.
Solving puzzles immediately brought Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament by Kim Long to mind. This middle-grade novel is inspired by The Amazing Race (only with … teleportation), and the characters have to solve all sorts of puzzles to find their next clue. And, of course, the reader is invited to solve them too!
One of my favorite books involving a race is Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. This is an alternate history that takes place during World War II where Hitler won and he and the Japanese emperor host an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents in celebration. The main character is a Jewish girl who can shapeshift (due to experimentation that was done on her), and the book is about her quest to win the race so she can get close enough to Hitler to kill him.
Shapeshifting brought me to one of my favorite adult series: The Others by Anne Bishop. This urban fantasy takes place in an alternate world where shapeshifters and humans live together in not-so-much harmony. The power dynamics in these books are incredibly intriguing!
And there you have it! I made my way from Daisy Jones & the Six to The Others Series, with some unexpected stops along the way. It’s interesting that I started and ended with an adult book, even though there were none in between.
I really enjoyed this little exercise, and I definitely think I’ll participate again (I just have to remember!!).
What book comes to your mind when you think of Daisy Jones & the Six? I want to know!