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Seven: Seven Strangers One Purpose Paperback – February 10, 2011
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Paige wrote her first book, Starless Sky at age 15 and published it in January of 2010 and her second book, Seven was published February 2011. Learn more about her at www.paigeagnew.com.
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meet seven people - five teenagers and two adults. two of them are runaways and the rest live within the same area. in a bizarre turn of events, they find themselves unwilling participants in a psychopath's twisted social experiment. they need to work together and realize each individual's potential if they want to stay alive. one of the seven, however, will either be the group's salvation or damnation.
author Paige Agnew's novel gripped me from start to finish. i had to suspend my disbelief as i got caught up in this riveting story of what could happen to strangers when things suddenly go wrong and their lives intersect one another.
i was amazed at how each character was fully developed and given distinct personalities. i also commend the way the author contrived situations that would inevitably lead one person to the other. this weaving of scenarios and meeting of minds so to speak were masterful strokes!
i was a bit concerned with a couple of things though. the first one was how little attention was given to the reasons behind the strange social experiment. the motive was explained by the psycho responsible but i still found it inadequate to satiate my curiosity. the second one was the not so smooth transition from one scene to the next in some instances. for example, one of the characters is on his way to his car then the next sentence states he is doing something or somewhere else. these abrupt changes were a tad confusing to me yet i was willing to let them slide.
what bothered me really were the typos that i had to highlight in my pdf editor every now and then. they were certainly distracting and tedious since i had to read an ebook copy on my laptop. despite the errors, i was not disappointed to say the least. i was just very surprised there were a lot of them considering that the author's writing skills impressed me a lot.
nevertheless, there is still so much to love about this book and i highly recommend it to everyone even to advance middle grade readers and young adults. Paige Agnew is an author to watch!
ADDENDUM (14 Oct. 2011): i received word from the author herself that the book is being edited a second time and will be re-issued in January 2012. this is excellent news because this is one great story that i highly and definitely recommend!!!
Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of Seven from the author through her publicist. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
The story begins with Cecelia and Tommy. After the death of her mother, Cecelia is in the care of an alcoholic and drug addicted mother. In their new town, Cecelia meets and befriends a boy name Tommy, whose mother leaves and is left on his own to deal with his abusive father. One day Cecelia and Tommy gain the courage to run away together escape their abusive childhood, winding up in a filthy motel room...
Greg is a successful attorney who never loses a case and always sees the truth in people. After the birth of his nephew, Greg begins to hallucinate, seeing numbers encircled in fire on people he encounters. During his recent case, Greg hallucinates again, then hits his head and blacks out...
Kale and Hazel are two teens who care deeply for one another. Hazel's parents act as though she isn't there, and all she wants is for them to care. Hazel crosses the road to get something she dropped, when unexpectedly she gets hit by a speeding car...
Kariann is a single mother, who keeps being take advantage of her sister and ex-boyfriend, the father of her son Noah. She just wishes that for once she could stand up for herself and not let people walk over her all the time...
Jonathan has it all, girls, popularity, and is great in sports, however, he always seems to mess things up with everyone he encounters. His girlfriend breaks up with him for hiding secrets and he does everything he can to ruin his relationship with his father. What could be worse? He finds out his friend is involved in a robbery and the partner in crime is holding a gun to his head once he discovers the truth...
Although they are strangers, each person affects another in some way. In the end, these strangers all have one thing in common, and they are forced to uncover what that is...
I personally enjoyed trying to uncover what these characters had in common, and why they were each selected to be part of this `social experiment'. Seven kept me in suspense throughout the novel, slowly revealing details and pieces of the puzzle.
I also appreciate how the secondary characters played important roles in shaping the main characters. The detailed background stories of the main characters are realistic that describe relatable situations and issues that are present in society. Some of the heavy issues Paige Agnew incorporates in Seven include, alcoholism, love, abuse, and sacrifice. I believe that readers can take away many lessons learned that are presented by the characters through the challenges they overcome.
Being an author at such a young age is definitely a wonderful accomplishment and I believe Paige Agnew should be commended for taking the step to publishing her own novel. I cannot wait to read more of the author's work!
I recommend Seven to those who enjoy Young Adult Fiction and Thrillers.
4/5 - An Enjoyable Read, Well Written, Recommended
*Disclaimer: I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.*
The book has something promising and I was overwhelmed by it. Like I said earlier, the book maybe not the best written ever, but when a 17 years old teenager wrote it with a great intense, made a complicated story with a simple twist, that must be something cool about the author, and the book. Two thumbs up!