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Subject Seven

Author: James A. Moore
Originally Published: 2011
Publisher: Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group
Source: Received review copy from publisher

The Story

This is the story of a group of teenagers who aren’t exactly normal human beings – in fact, although they do not know it, they were the failed tests in a science experiment to create sleeper agents. And instead of being destroyed, they were adopted out to unknowing parents when they were young children.

One of the doppelgangers of one of the teenagers – Subject Seven – wasn’t a failure like the others, and he managed to escape from the facility where he was created, and it has become his mission to take down the group that created him. In order to accomplish his vengeance, he wakes the other remaining doppelgangers that are in the real world.

The normal human portion of the sleeper agents start having blackouts, waking up with horrible results – in jail, or covered in (someone else’s) blood, or even having found to be in possession of thousands of stolen dollars. Soon they are growing to learn what they really are, and discover that they are in the middle of a battle for their lives.

The Response

Okay. So, this book reminded me of two things. First, obviously, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In so many ways. The whole dual personality thing where the one personality is all normal teenager, but the other personality acting on repressed (or not so repressed) violent urges.

It also very much reminded me of Dollhouse. And I don’t know which personality was more like the actives in Dollhouse, but the coming to awareness of what they are was certainly very similar to what Echo was going through. Also, the whole time I couldn’t help but wonder how Mellie would have reacted if, in the first season, she had learned that she was a sleeper agent. Hmm.

One thing I really liked about this story was the fact that it started being told from the perspective of Subject Seven, and he wasn’t exactly a good guy in this story. Well, then again, maybe he is, considering he’s a science experiment and is trying to take down an evil corporation that could, if they succeed, have sleeper agents all over the world… and then all sorts of chaos would ensue. Actually, I quite loved the fact that everything is so morally ambiguous. Who ARE the bad guys? The evil corporation? Or their creations who enjoy killing other people?

Needless to say, this book has kept me thinking after I finished it, which is pretty awesome, eh?

The only thing that I really didn’t like about it was the fact that it started off a little slow, but once it got going, boy did it get going.

The Bottom Line

Very enjoyable! Will probably continue with this series, as it ended on a huge cliffhanger (and that’s the worst thing in the world) and I really do want to know what happens to all of the teens.

Other Reviews

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Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 6:57 am February 1, 2011.
Category: Young Adult
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  • Kailana

    uh, Court, if you didn’t blog I would think you dropped off the face of the planet. I miss talking to you, so rejoin the living and email me… Sounds good, yes? :)