Review: Final 7 by Kerry Drewery

Posted January 17, 2018 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Hot Key Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Final 7 by Kerry DreweryTitle: Final 7
Author: Kerry Drewery
Series: Cell 7 #3
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 11th January 2018
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: Hot Key Books
three-half-stars

The newest high-octane addition to the thrilling Cell 7 series

Martha and Isaac have escaped, but are now on the run - the government has branded them rebels and a danger to the public. Despite the rewards being offered for turning them in, Martha and her friends are safe in The Rises, the area of the city full of the poor and the powerless. But then the Prime Minister orders a wall to be built around The Rises. Is it for the the safety or the poor - or is it to imprison them? Martha needs to act, and to act fast, in a tale of breathtaking treachery that reaches right to the heart of government...

Review: When I first started Cell 7 I wasn’t sure what to expect but quickly realised I was reading something quite intriguing. As the series has developed, I’ve been drawn into the world Drewery has created and was intrigued to see how it would all be closed.

There was a slight concern to me that as it feels a little dystopian in the real world right now at times, reading a dystopian book which I naturally expected would in some way be inspired and influenced by what is happening around us could be difficult and potentially change how I read the book and affect my ability to be drawn in or invest in it. There’s nothing worse than something feeling added in and trite. However, while there are a few references to walls (which let’s be honest have been used in dystopia and history for a lot longer than the 2010s and the current news) it didn’t feel added in for unnecessary effect or trite.

Drewery has upped the tension and I was nervous to see how everything would be resolved and of course, who would make it to the end. What I found interesting is how the book didn’t rely on romance or feature it so centrally but focused on the conflict and potential resolution for its characters. This is not a dystopian book about shipping or romance, but about resolving injustice and while there may be some love stories and romances within it, they aren’t the focal point.  One of the things that I’ve always found drew me into this series was it’s use of reality television and scripts from this and this remained strong within the final book.

Eva’s narrative came through particularly strongly for me and there were some very poignant scenes within her story that I won’t spoil. I thought the politics of the world and the way it was all bought together worked well.

While the Final 7 may be the final book in the series at present, Drewery leaves some tantalising threads to keep your interest in the world.

Overall, I enjoyed the conclusion and what I found interesting is how the book didn’t rely on romance or feature it so centrally but focused on the conflict and potential resolution for its characters.

three-half-stars

Mini Reviews #7: Some UKYA to start off 2018

Mini Reviews #7: Some UKYA to start off 2018

Review: Flick’s family own one of the most prestigious hotels in London, though Flick is more interested in celebrities and celebrity clients than the hotel itself. Flick felt realistic as a character; surrounded by beautiful history and significance but not seeing this at first. In fact, at first she is unknowingly jeopardising some of this, e.g. the selfie stick saga. What I loved in the book was how as it developed, she began to see and understand more about the hotel and how much work was involved in keeping its reputation. I also loved her friendship with Olly and how much she grew as the book progressed. Overall, I really enjoyed this book; it was fun, funny and sweet. Birchall writes with genuine humour and her characters felt genuine. This book also has a fair bit of series potential and I would […]

Posted January 3, 2018 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 2 Comments
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Review: S.T.A.G.S by M. A. Bennett

Review: S.T.A.G.S by M. A. Bennett

Review: Greer McDonald is not finding her new school easy. St Aidan The Great boarding school is one of the oldest and most exclusive schools in the country and as a scholarship student she’s struggled to fit into the privileged, elite world it presents. Then an invitation arrives to spend part of half-term with the most influential, important group in S.T.A.G.S,  the Medievals, and Greer thinks things are looking up. The story however begins with Greer looking back on what led to that weekend and calling herself a murderer. I didn’t quite know what to expect going into this book and I wasn’t sure if the book would 100% be for me. That said, I love the boarding school setting (I have ever since I was young and read Enid Blyton books which completely romanticised it – I’m sure I’m […]

Posted November 8, 2017 by chooseyabooks in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Review: A Change Is Gonna Come

Review: A Change Is Gonna Come

Review: I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that this was probably one of the most anticipated releases of Summer 2017. After the success of their Christmas and home themed anthology, Little Tiger announced a BAME YA anthology of poetry and prose with some of the country’s best YA voices. I’ve read several YA anthologies this year and I really like the format and introduction to new authors as well as more work from authors I already know. Before I talk about the stories themselves, I think it’s worth saying how vitally important it is to for an anthology like this to be published and also how depressing it is that books like this are unusual. Darren Chetty wrote the foreword and he wrote a brilliant essay within The Good Immigrant about children being able to see themselves, or […]

Posted September 4, 2017 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Mini Reviews #7: Recent Reads

It’s been a very busy couple of months so I wanted to tell you all about some recent reads with mini reviews. [ book-info] Review: Adam Silvera is an author I had heard a lot of excellent things about so when Simon and Schuster kindly offered me a review copy of History Is All You Left Me, I was excited to read it. History Is All You Left Me is a beautiful contemporary YA told from the perspective of Griffin. Griffin’s ex-boyfriend and first love, Theo, has died in a drowning accident. I thought this was an interesting premise for a YA novel as while I’ve seen books about people losing their current partners, I haven’t seen that many about losing an ex and the complicated feelings that can stir up. And complicated feelings there are, even without Jackson, Theo’s […]

Posted September 3, 2017 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 1 Comment
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Review: Here I Stand by Amnesty International

Review: Here I Stand by Amnesty International

Review: How do I review a book like Here I Stand? I think anthologies are underrated first of all. I find YA anthologies particularly compelling and, to my delight, recently there are more and more of them being published. This anthology unites numerous poets, writers and even Chelsea Manning to raise awareness about human rights issues facing young people today. There are some very upsetting stories in there; the first story by John Boyne deals with some really serious issues. I realised as I read that this was not going to necessarily be a light read. Literature matters, it’s important and it has power. If you don’t believe me, look at Harry Potter and consider the way a book about magic and boarding school looks at kindness, cruelty, discrimination and many political issues. Furthermore, it’s fascinating to see how fans […]

Posted June 14, 2017 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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What Comes Next?

I have been blogging at ChooseYA for a little over five and a half years now! It’s the longest I’ve ever kept something like this up and whilst it’s a lot harder for me to spend so much time on the blog now, I still love it. When I began ChooseYA I was just beginning my MA in Writing, I was really starting to vocalise my interest in writing YA and love of YA fiction out loud after realising that I wasn’t quite being honest with myself about what I wanted to write. Since starting my blog, I’ve made friends from blogging, felt incredibly close and part of the community and also felt myself drift as I’ve spent less time online and blogging for various reasons. ChooseYAbooks was originally just about YA books and reviewing them but five and a half years down the line, […]

Posted June 12, 2017 by chooseyabooks in housekeeping / 0 Comments
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Review: We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

Review: We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

Review: I really enjoyed Sarah Crossan’s verse novel One and I’ve been reading her YA since Breathe. I love the fact Crossan writes in verse; it’s something we don’t see a lot of in YA and for me verse reminds more than any other form of writing of being a teenager. It was how I expressed myself so YA verse novels make perfect sense to me. We Come Apart is co-written with Brian Conaghan, Conaghan won the Costa Children’s Award in 2016 and is an author I am slightly less familiar with, but have been meaning to read for some time and have had Mr Dog Bites on my reading pile for a little while. We Come Apart is a dual-narrative novel telling the stories of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens who are bought together in a community service […]

Posted March 13, 2017 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 1 Comment
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Review: Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Review: Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Review:  Since I started blogging, I keep an eye on The Bookseller book deal announcements to see what’s coming in YA. As soon I heard about Wing Jones I was intrigued and as 2016 developed and more people talked about it, that interest just piqued. Wing Jones is a beautifully written contemporary YA novel that I adored. It tells the story of Wing Jones, who’s always felt more in her football playing brother’s shadows. Then everything changes. Her brother is in an accident and in a coma. The accident killed two people and her beloved brother was drink driving. While dealing with the tragedy, Wing discovers an affinity for running she never knew. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Sometimes when a book is particularly hyped, or one you’ve anticipated keenly it never seems to meet your […]

Posted February 6, 2017 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 2 Comments
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Review: I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Various

Review: I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Various

Review: I’ll Be Home for Christmas is a UKYA Christmas anthology by Stripes (Little Tiger) around the theme of home. £1 from each book sale is also donated to Crisis, the charity for homelessness. Notable UKYA writers such as Juno Dawson, Lisa Williamson, Benjamin Zephaniah and Marcus Sedgewick all contributed stories and a competition was held for an unpublished UKYA voice. Tracey Danton won this with her poignant short story, The Letter. I was very keen to read this anthology due to the themes and the fact that there aren’t many UK based YA anthologies and this is something I’d like to see more of as the community has some fantastic authors, many of whom don’t get the acclaim they may warrant. Short stories are also a fantastic way to sample an author and see if their style works for you. There are fourteen […]

Posted January 30, 2017 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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