The Seventh Sun Review (Science Fiction)

Title: The Seventh Sun | Author: Kent Lester | Publisher: Forge Books | Pub. Date: 2017-4-18 | Pages: 416 | ISBN13: 9780765382221 | Genre; Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley for review consideration

The Seventh Sun

In a breathtaking debut drawing on complex science and recently discovered deep-sea biology, Kent Lester has married fast-paced narrative and cutting-edge, reality-based science to produce an edge-of-the-seat thriller.

A seemingly random murder off the Honduran coast leads scientist Dan Clifford to a massive corporate conspiracy. Illegal, automated, undersea operations have unwittingly awakened a primordial organism that turns host organisms into neurotoxin factories, wreaking havoc with aquatic life and the nearby human population. This maleficence threatens to trigger a worldwide outbreak that could end in human extinction, the Seventh Sun of ancient myth.

When the CDC and the full resources of the U.S. biological threats team fail to uncover the source of the devastation, Dan and a brilliant marine biologist, Rachel Sullivan, must plumb the deeps and face an unimaginable, ancient horror in the murky depths. It’s up to them to stop this terror before a determined multi-national corporation unleashes death on an unsuspecting world.  – Goodreads

Book cover for The Seventh Sun

The Seventh Sun Review

The Seventh Sun was an interesting look at how our thoughtless raping of the environment may very well turn on us. Within pages of starting it, I was telling one of my friends about it because I had this feeling it was going to be an awesome ecological thriller. I told her “It hasn’t gelled yet, but when it does, it’s going to be great!” I was all excited for it to happen, eagerly cataloging characters, facts, etc.

But, unfortunately, The Seventh Sun never quite gelled. The pieces came together fairly well, and the story was competently told. However, it never took that step beyond ‘competently told’. It was informative, interesting, but never engaging.

One of the problems that really held the book back was the main female character, Rachel Sullivan. She was just not well-written. You could feel the whole woe-is-me act coming from a mile away, so when one of the big revelations in the book happened, it had me yawning. Actually, this happened quite a bit and not only with Rachel. It was one of those deals where the characters never got more than mildly interesting because you’d seen them so many times before. A great writer can take a typical character and still make them interesting. Kent Lester isn’t quite there in The Seventh Sun.

Another problem with The Seventh Sun was the dialogue. It was never horrible, but there were several times when I was frustrated with it. It was very methodical and unimaginative. It just felt like Kent Lester was afraid to take chances, and wrote a very ‘safe’ book as a consequence.

Safe books don’t do much for readers. This one fled my mind so quickly after I finished reading it that it was almost a day later before I remembered I hadn’t written up the review for it. The only things that really stand out in the book for me are the things I didn’t like so it’s really hard to put much positive in here. I’m sorry for that.

The Seventh Sun is not a bad book. I didn’t hate it. It just never comes close to being the ‘edge-of-the-seat thriller’ that the blurb promises.

4 thoughts on “The Seventh Sun Review (Science Fiction)

  1. Dang. You had me all excited and then ……zip! I guess I’m feeling like you did about this one. Sorry it let you down and thanks for letting me know:)

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