Review: Subject Seven

Subject Seven
Subject Seven by James A. Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A decent book about a group of experimental subjects. They were designed from birth to be “super soldiers,” but were deemed a failure because of bleed over from their other side – they were Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydes. Some of them, while in their darker, more angry side, could recall events and things about their other, nicer side. They were supposed to be terminated, but a scientist couldn’t do it, and decided instead to sell them to an adoption agency where most of them lived in quiet isolation with their parents, not knowing what they were. But one, Subject Seven, was never scheduled for termination. He was not seen as a failure, but rather an evolution of their goal, and so the head scientist kept him,as her son. Occasionally he would go down to the labs and experiments that were horrendous were performed on him, to see what his other side could take. Their bodies when in the other state were different, stronger, faster, etc. They were genetically different – a chimera. But Hunter/Seven, when very young, escapes, after killing a number of lab people, and learns to fend for himself. Only rarely does he let his other side out, mostly to do business for him. He learns about the others, and sets Hunter to find them. Once he does, he reaches out, and through his mind, begins to awaken their dormant Hyde sides. And thus begins the search for who and what they are, and what they can do. Written by a Bram Stoker winning author for his adult work, this is his first for young people. At times brutal, and bloody, it’s hard to care about these characters, since we don’t spend much time with their Jekyll sides, and it’s hard to care about an amoral creature, even if they never asked to be this way. But it is interesting, and perhaps more books will settle in the characters, and smooth out the writing.

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