Cell 7 review

cell 7

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


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 premium rate phone call.

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

I picked this book up at YALC after hearing loads about it. The concept – as described in the blurb – was different and certainly captivated my interest. However, upon reading it, I’m unsure whether this book was for me. The idea seemed very out there.

I enjoyed the book however I had concerns with the switch in speaker, 1st person to 2nd then to 3rd. Unfortunately these transitions weren’t smooth enough for it to work which was a shame as it had the potential to. It confused me a lot as to who was speaking.

However, Martha, the main character, is a great, well-built character. She is a lovely young lady who we get to meet during the trials for her murder of a famous celebrity. The sympathy that is created for her due to the cruel system is very well developed and I love finding out about the truth and all her little secrets that led to her being brought into cell 1. The mysteries surrounding this crime are certainly gripping.

I’m unsure if I want to read the sequel as I don’t feel compelled to however I do wonder at the progression of Martha and the story after that intense ending. This book might have not been my cup of tea but maybe, just maybe, it might be one of yours.

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