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REVIEW TIME: Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery

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Join @TheBookClubs for a Cell 7 twitter chat tonight at 6pm BST where the author Kerry Drewery will be joining us! YES THAT IS HAPPENING, I KID YOU NOT! So remember: TONIGHT, 6pm BST, @TheBookClubs and use the hashtag #BCChat to join in!

Release Date: 14th July 2016
Publisher: Hot Key Books
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Should she live or die? You decide

An adored celebrity has been killed. Sixteen-year-old Martha Honeydew was found holding a gun, standing over the body.

Now Justice must prevail.

The general public will decide whether Martha is innocent or guilty by viewing daily episodes of the hugely popular TV show Death is Justice, the only TV show that gives the power of life and death decisions – all for the price of a phone call.

Martha has admitted to the crime. But is she guilty? Or is reality sometimes more complicated than the images we are shown on TV?

REVIEW TIME

Here was my initial review on goodreads:

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Overall Feelings

This is gonna be a long-winded one but at least i’m pre-warning you all! There is so much to talk about including controversy, characters and writing style.

Let me start with the format which is strange to begin with but I ended up loving it! The chapters are short which makes it easy and quick to read, especially since there are different perspectives to read from. To begin with we have Martha, the suspected killer who I found hard to connect with at first but she grew on me with each cell. Then we hear from Eve, the suspect’s counsellor, who has a heartfelt excuse for becoming a criminal counsellor and is the voice of reason within the book. Finally, there is a screenplay kind of format where it’s like we’re the audience on the ‘Death is Justice’ TV programme. So, I found that the format was definitely unique from anything i’ve read before!

Now for the content… WOW talk about controversial! The death penalty is in full swing in this book and it’s sick in a way. If you are suspected of murder, you are put in Cell 1 and then have 7 days to be found either not guilty and freed or guilty and killed. Each day you move into a new cell so day 1 = Cell 1, day 2 = Cell 2 and so on. There is no court or trial or lawyer but a voting system in it’s place. The public decides if you are guilty or innocent and phone in to vote for you. If by the seventh day you have more guilty votes, you are put to death in the electric chair, which happens 9 times out of 10…I told you it was sick! It’s a bit like Big Brother or I’m a Celebrity where you’re voted off…but it’s your life in the public’s hands. What makes this system even worse is that you have to pay to vote and a lot of the people living in poverty can just about feed themselves, never mind vote for your innocence.

There is a web of characters that’s strange but makes sense kind of. One thing I will say is that it is predictable and you know where the characters link up early on in the book but don’t be put off by this.

The ending is nail-biting and thought-provoking. Kerry really knows how to make you speed read with those last few chapters as you’re on edge and trying to take it all in as fast as possible before time runs out…

Oh the corruption, oh the controversy, oh the naïvety! PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!

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Don’t forget to join us on Friday the 30th of September (TONIGHT!) at 6pm BST for a @TheBookClubs Twitter chat on Cell 7 with Kerry Drewery herself! Also, use the hashtag #BCChat to join in with us, see you there! 🙂

Agony Aunt Mel

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6 thoughts on “REVIEW TIME: Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery

  1. This sounds like my kind of jam! I used to love books like this that really make you think about whether people are really innocent and what their consequences should be. I haven’t read anything with this kind of tone in a long time but I keep seeing this one and it looks super intriguing. Great review!

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    1. I would definitely recommend picking it up just for those last few nail biting chapters. My heart was racing and I couldn’t stop reading! It really makes you think about justice and the systems in place.
      Thank you very much and thank you for commenting 🙂

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