Title : Seven
Author : Adrienne Wilder
Publisher : Self Published (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Science Fiction
Length : 325 pages (e-book)
Published : September 23, 2013
Rating : ★★★★★
A past that won’t let go…
After losing his job, Chase Sarim finds himself living in a shit hole apartment. His new neighbor calls himself Seven, wears aluminum hats and carries around a ceramic rooster. He also seems to know what Chase is going to do or say before it happens, and talks about people named, Nine, Three, and Four.
Chase knows better than to get involved with someone like that.
But some men are just to hot too resist.
A future of fear…
Seven has been running for his life ever since he escaped Sub-Floor. In order to elude those hunting him he can never have a home, never have friends…and love? It’s nothing but a weakness that can be used against him.
Hiding had become a way of life. Until Chase.
Greed, power, and corruption…
Dr. David Stone knows Seven has a secret. Why else would his colleague, Dr. Radcliff, help Seven escape Sub-Floor?
It wasn’t the loss of a defective precog that bothered Stone, it was the fact Radcliff was willing to die to keep Stone from knowing why he did it. Or better yet, how.
Two men, one love, brought together by a series of impossible circumstances and destined by fate for an entangled future.
But maybe fate has nothing to do with it.
Seven is a complex story. It is a mix of science fiction, action, mystery and romance.
Chase Sarim is not only having a bad day; it has turned into a really bad week. First, he is fired from his job because they say that he plagiarized an article he had written for the paper. Then when his boss propositions him with a way he can stay on the payroll, he turns her down. Finally, he is kicked out of the company condominium. How much more can a guy stand? Apparently a lot, because Chase has to find a place to live fast and the one he finds online ends up being in a rundown apartment building. The first person he meets is a neighbor trying to juggle a cactus plant and large stack of mail while unlocking his door. When Chase tries to help, it startles the man and he drops everything but the cactus. Chase cannot help but notice how beautiful the man’s eyes are – well, pretty much the rest of him too. The man says his name is Seven and makes it clear that Chase should go away, it is not safe to talk to him as he darts inside. When Chase notices the cactus still outside the door, he starts to knock on the door but before he does, Seven opens it wearing an aluminum foil hat holding a yellow cup filled with something white. He gives the cup to Chase, then takes the cactus and once again closes the door in his face. When Chase makes it back to his apartment and starts putting away his groceries he realizes he forgot sugar – and looks at the cup Seven had handed him.
This is how the story begins and it continues like this for the entire book – it is great. Chase thinks Seven is crazy but cannot get the guy out of his head. They keep running into one another and even though Seven knows this is a bad idea, he is also drawn to Chase.
Seven is not your normal guy, even without the unusual behavior. Seven is part of a project at a lab called Sub Floor, a private lab run under the guise of the Delta Research Facility – a legitimate lab that is studying human gene therapies. They have been developing humans grown in the lab, called Others; humans who have various physic abilities. Seven happens to be able to see several minutes into the future, which is considered insignificant. Until it is discovered that Seven has another talent that is powerful and he is told it should never be used. With the help of Nine (another powerful physic) and a doctor from the lab that cares about what happens to the Others, Seven and a few of the Others escape.
Dr Stone, one of the main scientists in the research, is developing the Others talents to sell to the highest bidder or help determine future events to gain profit. He is a sadistic sociopath and treats the Others like property, not people. He is not above killing whoever might get in his way. He is horrible – but a very good villain.
As I said in the beginning of the review – this story is complex with so many characters, most of them with number names and various abilities, bad guys and good guys and some that I had a hard time determining whether they were good or bad – more of a grey area. I was completely wrapped up in the story and did not want to put it down. I wanted to find out what Seven could do. Why was it so important that people died to protect him? Who was Nine and how was he able to do all the things he did? What was Off Grid? I wanted to know more about Thirteen, Twenty-three, Three and Four. I have not read science fiction in a while and I enjoyed the various abilities the Others had and how they affected each other and those around them.
Seven is an action packed book and we do find out most of these answers. The attraction between Chase and Seven is intense and I really wanted them to have a happy ending. I had thought some things were going to be predictable and I was pleasantly surprised when they were not. I would love to see a second book in this world, especially about two of the Others that I ended up feeling a connection to. (No, I am not naming numbers!)
I highly recommend this book for those that enjoy a science fiction flavor to your M/M stories.
Go. Buy the Book!
Rated 5 stars by Deb