Cell 7: The reality TV show to die for. Literally

Cell 7: The reality TV show to die for. Literally

Cell 7: The reality TV show to die for. Literally
Kerry Drewery

Hot Key Books

ISBN 9781471405594

Should she live or should she die? You decide. A heart-stopping thriller. Shortlisted for the Lancashire Libraries Book of the Year 2018. An adored celebrity has been killed. Sixteen-year-old Martha Honeydew was found holding a gun, standing over the body. NOW JUSTICE MUST PREVAIL. 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?

Librarian's Book choice

Martha's life is now lived as the star of the most extreme reality TV show you could ever imagine. She's on your screens for one week only - working her way along the cells on death row, from cell 1 to cell 7 which contains the electric chair. So tune in, you can watch her 24 hours a day. She freely admits to the murder of the nation's favourite celebrity, and was caught with the body, holding the smoking gun.

It'll be easy for you to make your decision, so get voting - DIE or LIVE. Day 7 the votes are counted and justice is served; the electricity flies and Martha fries. Welcome to modern justice - sleek, swift, cheap and democratic. No need for expensive courts, lawyers and complicated evidence when we just let the people decide. And it also makes great TV.

As Martha's inevitable execution draws closer, the facts behind her incarceration are slowly revealed to the reader. We learn of her background in the poor district of town, and how she managed alone after her mother was killed in a hit and run accident, and how she becomes increasingly frustrated with the corruption and inequality of the system and her powerlessness to change it.

This will have great appeal to anyone who loves Suzanne Collins, Teri Terry or Veronica Roth. It makes you think about the nature of social media and the power it gives its users over other people's lives.

384 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Melanie Chadwick, school librarian.