February 22, 2022

#BookReview: Mickey 7 by Edward Ashton, Felix Mayer (Translator)

Synopsis: Mickey hat einen einfachen Job. Er hilft einer Expeditionscrew, den Eisplaneten Niflheim zu kolonisieren, und dabei übernimmt er alle gefährlichen Aufgaben. 
Wenn er draufgeht, ist das kein Problem, denn dann wird einfach der nächste Klon von Mickey generiert und macht da weiter, wo sein Vorgänger aufgehört hat. Aber irgendwann fasst Mickey Nr. 7 einen unerhörten Entschluss: Er will nicht sterben. Aber wie überlebt man als Wegwerfklon auf einer tödlichen Mission?
»Der Marsianer« trifft »Die Kinder der Zeit« – Edward Ashtons »Mickey 7« ist ein großes Weltraumabenteuer

Mickey hat einen der gefährlichsten Jobs im All, und wenn er stirbt, übernimmt sein nächster Klon – doch Mickey Nr. 7 hat endgültig genug

Die Filmrechte wurden noch vor der Buchveröffentlichung an Brad Pitts Produktionsfirma verkauft


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This book was an interesting concept. Just think about it. You could do into a dangerous situation, die, and just be remade.  It really does bring up the question of spirit and are you still you?  The pacing was great and the characters were pretty good.  It think this is one of this head screamer stories. 


"Mickey7 is a unique blend of thought-provoking sci-fi concepts, farcical relationship drama and exotic body horror. Edward Ashton keeps it all grounded via a protagonist who experiences the wonders of interstellar travel and alien contact while literally having the worst job in the universe. The result is alternately amusing, intriguing and horrifying, with each chapter seeming to engage a different part of your brain." ―Jason Pargin, New York Times Bestselling author

Mickey7 is a mind-bending and powerful exploration of identity. This is why we read science fiction! Highly recommended.” ―Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of Rageand Ink 

"I loved Mickey 7―a smart, breezy SF novel that doubles as a pitch-black comedy of errors." ―Dexter Palmer, critically acclaimed author of Version Control 

"Fun, thoughtful, and immensely personable, Mickey7 is a brisk, spirited sci-fi romp with alien intelligences, extra lives, and a little romance, too. Hugely enjoyable." ― Max Barry, author of Providence 

"Andy Weir, watch out!" ―Stephen Baxter 

"Sci-fi readers will be drawn in by the inventive premise and stick around for the plucky narrator." 
―Publishers Weekly 

"Ashton’s novel begins as farce and ends as something considerably deeper; as an Expendable, Mickey7 is able to ask what makes someone human or who has the right to destroy a place in order to occupy it. Highly recommended for readers of colonization SF." -Library Journal, starred 

About the Author

Edward Ashton (he/him) is the author of the novels Three Days in April, The End of Ordinary, and Mickey7, as well as of short stories which have appeared in venues ranging from the newsletter of an Italian sausage company to Escape Pod, Analog, and Fireside Fiction. He lives in upstate New York in a cabin in the woods (not that cabin in the woods) with his wife, a variable number of daughters, and an adorably mopey dog named Max. In his free time, he enjoys cancer research, teaching quantum physics to sullen graduate students, and whittling.

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