I was gifted a copy of Seven Devils by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
I am such a mood reader that Seven Devils has been patiently waiting for me to fancy reading a sci fi book for SO long. I feel bad! But, let me tell you, it was worth the wait.
As I said, Seven Devils is a sci-fi but think Mad Max meets Firefly! It’s about a rebellion in space and the brave people standing up against the authority that restricts them. The publishers describe it as a feminist space opera about seven rebels which I think is very fitting!
Rebels in space is certainly a well loved concept in sci-fi but I thought that Elizabeth May and Laura Lam did a great job of making it into something new and exciting with it. There were plenty of twists and turns that I didn’t anticipate that made sure I was utterly hooked, while paying homage to some of the great sci-fi stories that already exist.
Largely, that was due to the characters. From Eris (bad ass with a secret or six) to Clo (resistance pilot) to Ariadne (teen genius), I loved them all! I was rooting for them so much. They were all so fleshed out and intriguing, which doesn’t always happen when you have a rotating cast of main characters. You could tell that the authors had really taken the time with the characters and let them drive the story.
That was particularly true when it came to their relationships. This really was a story about how these women respond and react to one another and all the other characters that they meet amongst the stars. Watching these relationships begin and shift was a real delight and one of my favourite parts of Seven Devils.
Lastly, I really loved the action of this novel. The high stakes really drove it forward as the characters came up against challenge after challenge. The authors did a fantastic job with the pacing to keep it exciting while giving us time to get to know a lot of characters.
It’s a good one!