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Mickey7

By: Edward Ashton
Narrated by: John Pirhalla,Katharine Chin
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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

"The audio narration for Marshall was fantastic–very ‘Full Metal Jacket drill Sgt.’"—FanFi Addict

"Narrated by John Pirhalla and Katharine Chin, the story was brilliantly performed and the personalities of the characters came through in the voicework."—The Bibliosanctum 

"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."—Jason Pargin, New York Times bestselling author 

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Just when it was getting good…

I was intrigued by the write up on this, interesting storyline. Really hard to get into because I just didn’t find anything intriguing about the characters. But I slogged through it, The story goes back-and-forth in the main characters timeline. He kind of gets into a situation and then we get a blurb about something that happened in the past, sometimes that doesn’t have anything to do with forwarding the storyline. And then just as it started getting interesting, people in peril tension is building, is the colony going to make it, are the aliens going to kill everybody, boom the book just ends….

Very unsatisfying ending, seemed like the story was written into a corner and just gave up..

The characters, none of them had any redeeming qualities. Very stereotypical. Nothing of substance.

Pretty disappointed I had to waste one of my credits on this one, I wouldn’t recommend it may be if it was free read it and kill some time I’d save your money

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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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Cloning for fun and profit

Edward Aston's Mickey7 is a delightful sci-fi tale. Humanity has engaged in a diaspora that continues. Mickey Barnes signs on to a new colony ship due to excessive gambling debts as the colony's 'expendable.' This means he will be the one to take on any potentially fatal job knowing that a copy of himself can be regrown and infused with his last mental backup. The colonists end up on a planet that has not liven up to the original expectations. Mickey is up to #7 and through a mixup, Mickey 8 has been pulled out of the tank when he returns to base. They try to fool everyone for a while, but that fails eventually. He and his clone must take on a suicidal mission ordered by the clone hating leader of the group. Needless to say, Mickey7 comes up with a creative solution.

Ashton crafts a lighthearted and engaging tale that blends just the right amount of sci-fi infodumps, action, romance, and evolved cultural baggage to render a solid story with a fast moving plot that has enough credulity to hold together. In particular, the use of an 'expendable' is well thought out, while the desirability for being one is not great. There are also quite a bit of unknowns about the new world which could make for future installments.

The narration is superb with excellent character distinction and smooth, but brisk pacing.

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pretty good

if anyone remembers the Schwarzenegger movie 6th Day, the premise here is the same.
a lot is left unexplained so I assume this will be first in a series.
narration is good if slightly cartoonish.
some reviews have tried to put it in the same category as The Martian, I don't think that works, there isn't much wonky science and problem solving here, it doesn't have the same kind of technical depth, but it's a good yarn.

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Didn't quite get there

It didn't meet expectations. The story has great potential, but the author doesn't deliver on several threads. The dialogue is poor. The protagonist is pretty nondescript and uninteresting, besides the fact that they keep recreating him. I was bummed about the results.

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wishes it were the Martian

similar tone, language, disaster in space...this book is kind of like Martian fanfic. still fun, but nothing all that exciting.

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Interesting Premise that Failed to Deliver

This is fun but not a great story. I would recommend it for a car trip with teenagers or kids. The idea of duplication is interesting but in the end does not contribute much to the story or suggest anything philosophical. The two duplicates oddly seem to have different personalities and the narration only follows ones of them. It seems like an opportunity lost.

That being said, the story is fun - about colonization in a far away planet - and paints a vivid picture of a far away planet.

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Mostly fun

Not a lot of drama. No grip your seat moments. Side stories slow at times.

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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.