by James A. Moore
What would you do if you kept waking up with no idea where you were, how you got there or what had happened to you in the meantime? That’s what’s been happening to 5 unconnected teenagers who once had normal, uneventful lives. But someone out there knows what’s happening, and is determined to find answers and change the fate of these seemingly random teens.
Subject Seven (the novel) begins with a prologue set 5 years before the actual story takes place. The prologue is a great set-up and foundation for the story, but when the narrative jumps forward in time, things get a bit confusing. The reader is thrown into the story without a real connection between the events of the prologue and the action at hand. It takes quite a while before it becomes clear what’s really going on with Subject Seven (the character) and Hunter. When new characters are gradually introduced, things become even more puzzling as there doesn’t seem to be a connection between these new characters and the current story. Once the individual stories intersect, Subject Seven finds its’ footing and the story really takes off. From this point, I couldn’t put the book down and was eager to uncover the connection between these characters, and Subject Seven’s ultimate plan.
While there’s not a lot of detailed character development or back-story, the core of Subject Seven is the mysterious circumstances that surround the characters, and there’s plenty of action to keep readers compelled through to the end of this plot-driven tale. The ending is where some readers may be disappointed though. Since the story just kind of stops. Its’ a bit of a cliff-hanger because the story leaves off right before what the reader would expect to be the big final “battle”, but instead you turn the page to find out there’s no more.
Subject Seven is an original and action-packed novel, but it’s also dark and fairly violent. Science fiction fans and those who like gritty tales will certainly enjoy this one (I did!), but it might not be a perfect fit for those who like their YA on the light and fluffy side.
*This book was provided for review by the Publisher.