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MICKEY 7 by Edward Ashton

Dying isn’t any fun…but at least it’s a living.

Mickey7 is an Expendable: a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. Whenever there’s a mission that’s too dangerous—even suicidal— the crew turns to Mickey. After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact. Mickey signed on to escape from both bad debts and boredom on Midgard.

After six deaths, Mickey7 understands the terms of his deal…and why it was the only colonial position unfilled when he took it. When he goes missing and is presumed dead at the hands of deadly indigenous creatures, Mickey8 reports for duty, and their troubles really begin.

Title : Mickey 7
Author : Edward Ashton
Format : Physical ARC
Page Count : 400
Genre : Sci-Fi
Publisher : Solaris/Rebellion Publishing
Release Date : Feburary 17, 2022

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★

Micky’s 4 star review

What is dead and what is alive?
Bring your ethics with you for perusal
Witty and real

Mickey7 is the best book I’ve ever read with my name in the title…okay it’s the only book I’ve ever read with my name but it was still great. This witty sci-fi brought a lot to the reader’s plate with an ease of writing that you don’t always find in sci-fi.

The world Mickey7 existed in was one built from humans that once existed on earth (no, you don’t want to know how we ended up). Who or what Mickey7 was, was the nub of the question I considered throughout this book. At first, this was an easy answer but actually as I read on and really thought about the ethics of his existance, his rights as an expendable, it was a little more tricky.

Mickey7 was the most likeable character, rather sanguine and wholly humble because the figurative grass could never grow beneath his feet. The plot was very engaging, light and then loaded underneath with deeper stuff that I just loved getting my teeth into. I enjoyed some of the side characters, Nasha, other Mickey iterations and the creepers. Marshall was vile and Berto was not my favourite. I was here for the Mickey/Nasha sandwich!

Mickey7 was a memorable sci-fi, full of spark and wit. It had moments that reminded me of Murderbot but Mickey7 was no murderbot. Highly recommend to all my sci-fi loving friends.

Thank you to Rebellion Publishing for the early review copy.