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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be adapted into a major motion picture from Oscar-winner Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) starring Robert Pattinson.

The Martian meets Dark Matter in Edward Ashton's high concept science-fiction thriller, in which Mickey7, an "expendable", refuses to let his replacement clone, Mickey8, take his place.

Dying isn’t any fun...but at least it’s a living.

Mickey7 is an Expendable: a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. Whenever there’s a mission that’s too dangerous - even suicidal - the crew turns to Mickey. After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact. After six deaths, Mickey7 understands the terms of his deal...and why it was the only colonial position unfilled when he took it.

On a fairly routine scouting mission, Mickey7 goes missing and is presumed dead. By the time he returns to the colony base, surprisingly helped back by native life, Mickey7’s fate has been sealed. There’s a new clone, Mickey8, reporting for Expendable duties. The idea of duplicate Expendables is universally loathed, and if caught, they will likely be thrown into the recycler for protein.

Mickey7 must keep his double a secret from the rest of the colony. Meanwhile, life on Niflheim is getting worse. The atmosphere is unsuitable for humans, food is in short supply, and terraforming is going poorly. The native species are growing curious about their new neighbors, and that curiosity has Commander Marshall very afraid. Ultimately, the survival of both lifeforms will come down to Mickey7.

That is, if he can just keep from dying for good. 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2022 Edward Ashton (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"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." (David Wong, New York Times best-selling author)

Mickey7 is a mind-bending and powerful exploration of identity. This is why we read science fiction! Highly recommended.” (Jonathan Maberry, NY Times best-selling author of Rage and Ink)

"I loved Mickey7 - a smart, breezy SF novel that doubles as a pitch-black comedy of errors." (Dexter Palmer, critically acclaimed author of Version Control)

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Exceptionally Fun SciFi

Ashton is his own writer but I must say this book is what you would get if you could mix a cocktail with 2 oz of John Scalzi and 2 oz. of Andy Weir. 1st person. Intelligent humor. Great dialogue. Interesting characters. A complicated issue to resolve on a faraway planet. Just the right balance of science and emotional moments. A main character that you REALLY like. With a dash of romance.
John Pirhalla's narration was brilliant as usual. The personality of Mickey came shining through in the audiobook. So many well acted voices throughout. So happy this is a series.

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Pointless Subplot

The main hook of this story (multiple Mickeys) had zero impact on the actual plotline (surviving on a hostile world). The author could have literally removed any mention of multiples and nothing would have changed except for the length. The space could have been better spent fleshing out the actual storyline.

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Thin story that doesn't ultimately deliver

While the premise seemed very interesting, ultimately the thin plot and superficial dialogue failed to deliver. His portrayal of women also seem a little problematic with them being either hypersexual or meek and not very smart.

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An okay listen.

Shrugs, shrugs and more shrugs followed by narrowed eyes. Very repetitive description of character actions. You could have used the word shrugs as a drinking game and been hammered.

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Enjoyable listen, but falls flat at places

The story has a lot of promise, but I fear it never quite lubed up to it. I agree with some of the other reviews that the flashbacks to the intermediate iterations felt a bit like filler. It did add to character development, but should have been shorter.

Moreover, while flawed characters make sense, I could never quite swallow how little effort the duplicate Mickeys put into hiding. Forgetting to wear the wrist wrap was bad enough, but even forgetting that it was there; I'm surprised they didn't get caught a whole lot sooner.

[Spoiler] However, the ending was surprisingly satisfactory. I can't help but notice the very strong resemblance to Mickey's motivation and the aliens' behavior to Ender Wiggin and the buggers from Ender's Game in that Ender's eventual remorse and wish to have done things differently could very well have played out like this in different circumstances. I don't say this to accuse this book of ripping off Ender's Game; everything under the sun has been done already after all. I just mean that the ending was more thought out and fleshed out than most of the story leading up to it, and mean the comparison to be favorable.

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Starts off strong then goes downhill.

it turns into a romance novel half way through. struggled too cringe through most of it.

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I found this to be an ok sci-fi book. Mainly because it was a new idea. Narration was just ok.

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Neat premise, no story

It starts with a very interesting premise but then nothing happens. There is zero plot. The characters are not of great interest, but the total lack of plot is what makes this overly promoted book seem hollow.