‘Was that a heartbeat?
I don’t know. Can’t find it now. Can’t find it.
I move my hand, try again.
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.
Is it to keep those inside safe – 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 those in charge…
What I thought:
I love this book. Like actually properly love it. My best friend bought me the first two at YALC last year and I raced through them. Book 3 finishes the trilogy perfectly and the ending. OH MY GOD THE ENDING.
Set in modern times UK in a world that is mostly recognisable, except the death penalty is still a thing but the judicial system has moved with the times. England is truly a fair and just country. No longer can you get a light sentence in court for extenuating circumstances, if you did the crime you have to pay. Doesn’t matter if you killed a man you was trying to rape you or was threatening your family, you are guilty and therefore you will die. But it’s more than that. There are 7 days between being caught and being in the chair, you don’t have a lawyer trying to help you. The ‘court’ see the evidence and they make their vote. Only the court is a TV show and the viewing public are the voters, and it’s not one person one vote, you can vote as often as you like (at a premium price) to make sure that these murderers don’t walk the streets again.
Each book is set over the 7 days it takes for the decision to be made, which makes it incredibly fast paced and intense. The TV show is scary to read because it feels so familiar, the inflammatory terminology that they use. Theoretically this is a world where you are innocent until proven guilty except the media have already decided you’re guilty and it’s through the media that your life is decided.
Everything in this trilogy is raw and it’s one where you want to try to find the time to just sit and read because the only moments you can look away is when you have to stop and stare in horror at what is going on.
I’m going to leave it there because this is the last one so if I say too much more it’ll get into spoiler territory but what I will say is the ending for this book is perfect. It’s not all about tying everything in a perfect bow because this isn’t the world that we’re in. Its a gritty dark world and although some things may be better or ‘fixed’ it’s not perfect.
Why I read this:
Because I love the first two pre-ordering this one was a no-brainer.
OH MY GOD THIS BOOK AND THE ENDING AND OH MY GOD. Also I know no one in real life who has read this book so I went to twitter. And Kerry Drewery is the nicest person in the world and has said I can DM her and ask questions. Over a week on I’m still trying to come up with questions that don’t have me looking like a mad fan girl and that sounds clever.
Would I recommend: HELL YES. And I have done, more than once. However for obvious reasons start with ‘Cell 7’ the first book
Popsugar: Next book in a series you started, published in 2018, problem facing society today.