Title: Cell 7
Author: Kerry Drewery
Publication date: 27 September 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin/HotKey
Australian RRP: $19.99
I thought I was done with dystopia, but then I read a really good one. That book: Cell 7. It takes place in a world where law and justice is determined by the public via a voting system with major help from the media. The whole thing is treated as primetime entertainment. Martha Honeydew is imprisoned for murdering the country’s sweetheart Jackson Paige, incurring everyone’s wrath and demanding her blood. But did really she do it?
The book beautifully shows corruption and the extreme side of power, and even though the law and justice are a mess, we still need a professional judge and the normal procedures carried out – rather than giving all power to the public and in the wrong hands. I love how the characters have different sides based on certain perspectives.
Even though I feel disconnected to Martha when I read her pov, I felt drawn to her through the other characters and especially felt all the rage when the entertainment presenters and so-called professionals (Mr Cicero, a former judge, even pointing out that one of them wrote a fictional book on criminals) talked about her. I guess villains can get into your skin deeper than the protagonist. Serious question: we have our main and supporting characters being aware of what’s going on, but is everyone that gullible? It turns out that the rest have their reasons for being so and staying silent…and some are really good at hiding their rebelliousness.
While it does make the whole background make sense and gives the sense of putting pieces together, I found the going back and forth between past and present a little disorientating and annoying. At one point, I didn’t feel that I should care. Martha moving towards her execution, the voting on her fate and the injustice of everything that goes through the media kept me up.
Despite that, Cell 7 is a thrilling read and if you’re a fan of The Hunger Games or want a refreshing dystopian book, something that’s technology-based and centre around the people-have-the-power-or-do-they? theme, then I recommend Cell 7.
Rating (out of 5): 🌟🌟🌟🌟