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.Final 7 by Kerry Drewery
Series: Cell 7 #3
Published by Hot Key Books on 11th January 2018
Source: Hot Key Books
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.