Publisher: Treanne Gomes
Publishing Date: September 2014
Publisher Description: SEVEN TO DIE tells the story of Lex MacArthur, a San Francisco college student who comes into possession of an enigmatic clay pendant that unlocks a bevy of dormant superhuman genes. She’s stronger, she’s faster, and she’s on a mission to find out why. As Lex sets out to discover who she is and where she really came from, she comes face-to-face with Egil, a killer who has been tracking Lex her entire life.
Review: Cover art is A-Ok.
I liked this novel for about the first third. It was simple, straightforward and without guile. Lex is a great character and embodies all those life events that many experience on their way to responsibility. Guilt for taking money for school when your heart is not into it; feeling like you don’t belong in a structured society etc.. As we move into 2/3rds section the story line loses its wonderful movement to stilted scenes and a dialogue that goes nowhere. There are pointed descriptors from what to paint and decorate in a bedroom to Halloween costumes and hitting it off with people at a party where “Man he’s/she’s sure cute…lets go to IHOP!” rules the day. Coupled with the constant “I am so depressed with all that is happening to me…WHY ME! I want my old life back!” WAH! The author repeatedly hammers into the reader that Jimmy is gay. We get it already.
Although the story-line treads water with dialogue, there is some movement to keep you interested, albeit sporadically. The fight scenes don’t really seem to go anywhere. Boom, crash, bang and Jimmy gets hurt. The End. Besides wanting to scream and gnash my teeth with this work, the author shows promise if she lets the movement of the story take over her characters rather than them being reactive to their circumstances. This builds the characters through the process of movement rather than stunting their development with excessive dialogue. The author gets a star for creative talent yet loses one in story-line development and a plethora of spelling and grammatical errors. This novel was on the cusp of being right up there with one of the years best. Kind of a chicks version of “Unbreakable”. Only the story line gets lost in pedantic dialogue. Everything was building to this wild discovery and slap you in the face movement, yet pauses and plays the poor me routine with the inter-play of emotions.