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Cell 7

(Cell 7 Trilogy #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,403 ratings  ·  395 reviews
Should she live or die? You decide

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 deat
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 22nd 2016 by Hot Key Books (first published September 20th 2016)
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Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bulgarian review:

Actual rating: 4.5 stars.
'Cell 7' was a really intriguing novel, which i found much more interesting and memorable than i thought it would be. I must admit i'm surprised by how much this book affected me and now, a few hours since finishing it, i still can't stop thinking about the characters and about it. I'm very happy i read it, not really happy of the way it ended though, i wish we had a second novel but i also understand why this bo
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Sixteen-year-old Martha Honeydew is on death row for killing popular celebrity Jackson Paige.
All the evidence is stacked against her and seems like a simple choice as the public decides Martha’s fate...

A really fascinating dystopian YA novel that taps into trial by media from on-line platforms.
Cora Tea Party Princess
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Words: Justice, innocence, guilt, family, manipulation.

Well damn. I wasn't expecting that.

Cell 7 has been stalking me for almost a year. It's there at the top of my TBR and yet somehow it has never been the book I've picked up next. Going by the description, it's right up my street. But still, I somehow passed it by.

And I wish I hadn't.

Cell 7 was excellent. It was hard-hitting and gripping and once I got started I couldn't put it down. I read it one sitting. I loved the writing, the switch bet
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Danish ( på dansk )

Celle 7 er en fantastisk fortælling om en fattig 16 årig pige, der kæmper mod et unfair og korrupt retssystem. Hvor forskellen på rig og fattig kan betyde liv og død.
Vi følger Martha Honeydews sidste 7 dage på dødsgangen. I løbet af de 7 dage får man hele historien bag hvad der førte til mordet på Jackson Paige.
Celle 7 er en anderledes bog, med masser af spænding. Det et helt sikkert en bog jeg varmt kan anbefale.

In English ( på engelsk )

Cell 7 is a fantastic story about a
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this in one day.

Lately I have been finding it hard for me to just sit down and read. I find my mind being bored and it want to do anything else.

Because of that I decided to listen to this as an audio. I enjoyed this more than I expected to.

I loved the twists, even though I saw them coming, and the plot. It was amazing and highly recommend you read this.
Lottie Berinson
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by this book! Adored it! The whole concept of the plot was truly genius! Martha Honey dew was found standing over the body of a well loved celebrity with a gun. Immediately owning up to the murder.

This book is amazing!!!!!!! It will keep you questioning who did it and aching to find out what really happened. I love the whole idea of their *justice*. Every chapter you learn one thing you didn't know before but end up with more questions than you began with.

It goes back and four
Kate (GirlReading)
It took quite a while for me to get used to the writing style in Cell 7, it seemed to be written in a few different tenses which felt a tad messy at times. It was spilt into 7 sections (one for each cell) which I did enjoy and within those sections it was divided between various points of views. One of the POV's was a description/script of a reality TV show. I felt as though there was too much description in these sections causing it to not flow very well as the dialogue (which I did enjoy) was ...more
This was a great surprise! It wasn't perfect, but this book really made me think and for a YA book, this is surprisingly philosophical.
Cell 7 follows Martha, a teenage girl on death row, accused of murdering a beloved public figure, Jackson Paige. In this world, the verdict is decided by the general public through a vote to a television show. It's explained as a democracy, but unfortunately in a world rife with poverty, only the rich can afford the vote, evidence is seen as unnecessary, the accu
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Something a little different as this is a dystopian thriller with an emphasis on social media taking over the justice system. I must admit this one was an impulse buy based on the blurb, and I am pleased to have actually really enjoyed it. I read it in two sittings and found it a very easy and entertaining read which posed lots of ethical and moral questions to the reader. I think this is definitely worth the read and a story which is challenging.

We follow Martha, a girl from the poor part of t
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, in-english
This book raised such a strong feeling of anger in me that I have to go for a run just to calm down. The fucking Kristina, the moderator of the tv show, deserves to being punched in the face for all the shits she said. What a manipulative bitch.
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Review originally from Heart Full of Books

I absolutely adore the tagline, ‘Behind bars. For your entertainment.’ It’s such an exciting premise! (Here’s a plot summary: Martha has killed a high profile celebrity, and she will be tried in the Cells, where the public will vote over seven days whether or not they think she’s ‘guilty’ or ‘innocent.’ But there’s something she isn’t mentioning and the people that love her and getting increasingly more concerned as it looks like the vote isn’t going to
Liz Barnsley
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Cell 7 had a highly intriguing premise which promised to invoke a lot of debate - in a world where justice is meted out in X-Factor/Big Brother fashion with phone votes deciding the fate of the accused, it seemed like something not entirely unlikely (hey our world is going slightly mad) and quite fascinating.

It worked on a lot of levels and not so much on others. It is a young adult story, with the teenage Martha Honeydew on centre stage as she goes through the 7 days it takes the public to deci
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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It took only two sittings of a couple of hours for me to devour this entire book. I had heard such great things about Cell 7 before I finally picked it up but I read it a lot faster than I expected.

Cell 7 is set in a dystopian version of our own society where criminals are kept in a cell for 7 days while the public decide their fate. The power of justice has been taken from the courts and placed in the hands of the public, or those who can afford to vote.

I loved the concept for this book because
Vi ~ Inkvotary
3,5 stars

I wanted this book because I fell in love with the cover the German edition has. And because of the summary, my expectations were high. Way too high as it turned out. Sure, the plot is very interesting and the thought of a world where no judges are holding court was nice to see. But all the stereotypes, the dumb blonde, the rich bitch and the once poor guy who turned into a rich but cruel man holding up a clean image - not very helpful for the story.

So, sorry to say that, but f
Louise Beech
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I'm so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone for this one. What a ride. A beautifully written ride. In a (near future?) world where TV viewers decide who is guilty of a crime, Martha has admitted to killing an adored celebrity. But did she? I loved Martha, and was in those seven cells with her every bit of the way. This book is one I'm going to recommend to others I know who may not go for this genre either. Just terrific. ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nbhs, read-2017
Another bloody series. #3WordBookReview

This is another of those books that would have benefited by being wrapped up in one. I don't think the premise and plot will lend itself to a sequel.

Cell 7 moves along at a cracking pace and, while there will be no surprises for more sophisticated readers, it could be suspenseful to some.

Would work well as a NCEA Level 1 text to connect with themes of dystopia, resistance to government, and surveillance.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
Nothing special🙄

Update 26/06/19

So I was in the right headspace for this book and it was fantastic. I really liked and felt more invested in the story than last time.
Femke (booksfemme)
Well this was A RIDE. Read this in just 3 days, which is ridiculously quick for a slow reader like me. If you're looking for a dystopian YA thiller I'd definitely recommend it. Really makes you think... ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The countdown is on. Sixteen year old Martha Honeydew admitted shooting and killing millionair

Martha is the youngest to ever face the electric chair. During her seven days she has to change cell with each day the cell gets smaller and smaller until she reaches her last cell 7.

A talk show Death is Justice, an eye for an eye talks and votes if Martha is innocent or guilty.

Martha has admitted to the crime, but is she guilty?

She will die in seven days if she doesn't change her mind?

I liked this boo
Rosanna Threakall
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
No book is quite as dramatic, tense and thought provoking as this.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A few months ago I read the first few chapters of Cell 7 in the Allen & Unwin's YAFanFest2016 collection of excellent upcoming books for the next three years and it was the one that really stuck in my mind out of all the previews I read. The plot is very interesting to me and I immediately loved the cheap and awful way the public dived into this TV show where they decided the fate of people by texting yes or no for a ridiculous credit cost. The cover is also striking and it kind of reminds me of ...more
Meghan Bailey
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
this is a great concept of a book and it makes you wonder if this system was real, would you be involved or against it?
Apr 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Wow. I did not expect this to be good BUT surprise: It was. I did not read a dystopian novel in a really really long time (more than a year) but I picked this one up for school. So actually... for educational reasons. To be honest: I would have totally read it in my free time as well. The story and the whole concept was enjoyable and there were some amazing plottwists. The book combined a bit of romance, drama, thriller and a dystopic future into an exciting scenario. I liked the main character ...more
Lucy Baldock
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Such a great book! I loved that it had different perspectives to read from I think it really worked with this story. The concept itself is also very intriguing and it was cleverly done to keep certain plot points a mystery. After that ending I really want to know what happens next.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
I was initially drawn to the striking cover and then once I read the blurb I knew I had to read the book. In today's society this book could be considered a realistic possibility

I haven't been making as many notes during reading lately, preferring to "go with the flow" of the book instead. I will say one thought that kept nagging at me as I read the book, that this could one day really happen. The other thing was I did not want to put the book down, and I
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I wasn’t so aware of how books are often mostly ruined by being made into films, I would definitely want this as a film. I also feel like the film could have a different audience to the book. It could be a lot darker.

At the start of the book, we are put at the crime scene, and it’s good that the book delves in deep right from the start. The whole of the book is filled with emotion – that felt by the characters, as well as the emotions the reader will feel. Mostly anger and disappointment, but
Bianca S
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nearly gave this 3 stars.

It was very slow to build up at the beginning, with confusing tense and pronoun switches, dry internal monologues, and too many unnecessary flashbacks of her relationship with Isaac that didn’t really progress the story.

Personally I also found the writing style was a bit cringey, particularly when moving into the flashbacks. It also had quite a predictable storyline.

However, the concept behind the novel that hooked me from the beginning as well as the tension culminati
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I would like to thank the publisher and for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
My word what a powerful and compelling story this is. The dystopian setting in the near future where criminal justice has become a reality tv show where the audience get to vote whether criminals should live or die at the end of 7 days in custody is chilling and horrifically open to corruption. Martha Honeydew has admitted to killing Jackson Paige and at 16 years old is the yo
Miss Wilson
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
It's a great concept following Martha as she goes from cell to cell on death row. It comments, somewhat sarcastically, on society's captivation with reality television through 'Death is Justice'. The host, Kristina, is just someone you love to hate, isn't she?
The story develops a clear sense of corruption, oppression and sacrifice, but in an over emphatic way. I am reminded on every page that the nation decides the fate of the accused and that 'Death is Justice' is entertainment.
I did love the
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Kerry lives in Lincolnshire between the countryside and the sea. She has a first class honours degree in Professional Writing, has worked for BookStart, and been a finalist in a BBC Scriptwriting for children competition. She's a proud member of Author Allsorts and The Prime Writers.

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