Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery

Martha sits at a table in the centre of the room in half light. Her long hair has been shaved to her scalp and her clothes have been replaced by white overalls. 

Published by Hot Key Books in September 2016
Pages - 400
Summary
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?
*****
Wow! When you think you've read every type of dystopian going, an author pulls a completely brand new one out of the bag. 
If you ever imagined what George Orwell's Big Brother might really be like now, then this chilling tale is it. Based loosely on the hit reality shows of today, the audience get to choose whether Martha lives or dies, by phoning in their votes.The votes are suitably rigged - money is the key. If you have lots you can easily, rig the voting, causing innocent people to die.  Imagine if the justice system was really organised like this. A rather chilling thought. 
Through a mixture of show segments and first and third person narrative, you get to see the whole picture. The majority of Martha's chapters are first person, so you get a real insight into her past and her fears about the future. You discover what really happened on the night the much loved celebrity, Jackson Paige, died. As the story evolves, the plot unravels and by the end, the truth has been revealed. 
Martha is a fighter. She is headstrong and determined that the truth about Jackson Paige becomes public knowledge. But will she get the truth out there in time to save her? 
I found this book rather disturbing to read. It is extremely realistic, exceptionally gritting and rather too accurately foreboding. It's one of those books that could happen and that is unnerving. I got a chill just reading it. 
A chilling realistic tale, that I hope to God, never really happens!  


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