Book Review: Mickey7 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.

When the lovely folk at Rebellion Publishing said there were review copies of this available I jumped at the chance to get my hands on it. I’m thrilled to say it absolutely lived up to and surpassed my expectations. Also I have to say Rebellion have delivered on another brilliant cover, the more I looked at it the better it got.

Mickey7 (the number is important) was an instantly likable main character who drew you in to the story and had you rooting for him. The author very cleverly made Seven and Eight easily distinguishable from each other even though they were largely the same person.

The recollections back in time of how Mickey became the Expendable and what happened to Mickey’s 1-6 were dropped in at the perfect moments to fit the flow of the narrative and provide the reader with information they needed to know.

The ‘creepers’ (native wildlife) were indeed rather creepy, I don’t think I’d have liked to meet what was largely a very supersized insect face to face any more than the team did.

This was a nice mix of traditional interplanetary ship travel, colonisation and small human story all rolled up together and very readable. Definitely falls in the bracket of ‘accessible Sci Fi’ for me.

Despite the multiple deaths in this book it isn’t a heavy read at all. There is a lot of optimism in the book and I sped through it in a couple of days, wanting to know what was going to happen next.

With thanks to Rebellion Publishing for an early copy in exchange for review.

Mickey7 will be published 17 February 2022 and is available for pre-order now.

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