SUBJECT SEVEN is, unsurprisingly, a fast-paced novel, but the first-person narration is so direct that each page flashes by like rapid fire. The story and dialogue is similar to a comic book, but some of that action is lost in book form. Nonetheless, it’s a taut thriller that can be as violent as The Hunger Games and has a mysterious plot line to raise the suspense level even higher.
The plot begins with a bang, and I was as confused as the ‘ordinary’ teenagers who are pulled in Subject Seven’s twisted plan. The POV switches between a large cast of characters, and without warning– sometimes it’s frustrating trying to keep track of who’s who, but for the most part you’ll be so into the action that you won’t mind. This is a book that definitely doesn’t shy away from violence. There are also gruesome details about cruel scientific tests, and the death toll rises as the stakes get higher and higher.
Subject Seven himself is a character who is perplexing; should we be sympathize with him as he takes down the people who created him? Or should his extreme tactics (read: kill them all) make him too harsh to be the ‘good’ protagonist we’re accustomed to? It’s hard to understand what goes on in his head (despite the first person POV), but the inclusion of other, more typical, teens helps lessen the disconnection between reader and protagonist. (Or is he the protagonist?).
It makes me wonder why SUBJECT SEVEN wasn’t published as a graphic novel; it’s not bad, by any means, but it feels like it would’ve been better suited for a different medium. If you’re looking for a action-filled thriller with hints at conspiracies and other similar tropes, however, you should very well pick up a copy.