I’ve had one of those weeks when all the books I’ve pre-ordered arrive at once and I don’t know which to read first!
I decided to read Day 7, the sequel to last year’s fantastic YA thriller Cell 7. If you haven’t read Cell 7 you can read my review here – this book does carry on from where the first book ended, so you do need to read them in order.
From the blurb:
Martha Honeydew has been released from the terrifying Cell 7. But despite her new freedom, the corrupt government is still tracking Martha’s every move. And Isaac, her only trusted friend, is now imprisoned in the very same cell she was. Isaac saved Martha’s life, it is only right she now saves his… But with Martha still a target, can she save the boy she can’t live without, before it is too late?
After the explosive ending of Cell 7, Martha was released from prison/ the TV studio, and is hoping to be reunited with her boyfriend Isaac.
Unfortunately Isaac has been arrested for the murder of his father, and is going through the same process Martha did in the first book – for one week Isaac is moved into a smaller cell every day, until he gets to Cell 7, when the public will vote whether he lives or dies.
At the end of Cell 7, Isaac admitted that he had killed his father, and it was to stop him from killing Martha.
Max Stanton managed to hack into An Eye For An Eye productions’ feed, and broadcast the footage of the murder, showing that Jackson was strangling Martha when Isaac shot him, however the feed was cut, and all playback facilities have had a “technical issue”. Only the people present in Cell 7 and the live audience from that day know what really happened.
The truth cannot be allowed to get out, so the shady PM instigates a plot to get Martha out of the way.
Martha has to get Isaac out of death row, whilst finding a way to show the public the truth behind the judicial system.
Okay, I liked this book, and I gave it 3/5 stars on Goodreads but I had a few issues with it:
- Structure and plot wise, it was almost a rehash of book one, with the roles of Martha & Isaac reversed.
- There wasn’t much of a reminder of the characters and events from the first book – it took me a while to remember who people were…
- Martha made a lot of terrible decisions, particularly towards the end of the book, which I felt were out of character and made her seem incredibly stupid.
- The overarching plot didn’t really seem to move forward until the last chapter.
If you are looking for a fast paced, thought provoking YA thriller, then I highly recommend this book; Day 7 will have you on the edge of your seat, wondering if Isaac will Live or Die until the last chapter.
I liked how the author demonstrated widespread hypocrisy and mob mentality, and it made me think about a lot of the recent “trials by media”, and what we the public really know about these cases, beyond the headlines and sound bites.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.