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 to 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.
It’s not paranoia if someone is really out to get you.
I cannot believe I haven’t read this book before now. Having read several of Wilder’s novels and loved them, and as a lover of sci-fi romances, Seven has been on my to-be-read list for a while. Too long it seems, because I have obviously deprived myself of an awesome book.
Chase’s first encounter with Seven would lead most people to draw the same conclusions about Seven’s sanity that Chase did. Not only does the entertainment industry regularly utilize the stereotype of the truly crazy person wearing a tin foil hat, but we all know that the only time you’re allowed to have tin foil on your head is when your hairdresser is doing it. Even as the reader having access to Seven’s thoughts, I wondered about his sanity. At least until Nine called. And as the story unfolds and we meet Stone, see the facility, meet Thirteen, Three, and the others, and witness seemingly random acts occur that defy coincidence, Seven’s actions go from looking like those of a man with a thin grasp on reality, to the desperate actions of a man who is trying his hardest to stay out of the hands of a madman. To complicate Seven’s life on the run, he finds himself drawn to Chase in a way he’s never been drawn to another before, and it’s not just a sexual attraction. Chase’s presence calms Seven in a way he’s never experienced (and I figured out why before it was revealed). That Chase is attracted and drawn to Seven as well, both thrills and terrifies Seven because he’s tired of being alone, but doesn’t want Chase to be killed because of him.
Wilder infuses a lot of action in Seven. While I don’t consider myself a conspiracy theorist, I have no problem finding such a plot believable. The author does a great job of combining real events and shadow organizations with science to make it scarily realistic. I found the storyline to move forward at a steady pace, speeding up during the tense action scenes, and slowing down to an appropriately frustrating pace as we were forced to wait and see what would happen next. This made for an exhilarating rollercoaster ride of ups, downs, and sudden twists that kept me glued to my Kindle as I absolutely devoured Seven. I love, love, loved how Nine’s plans played out and cannot wait to see what happens as the smoke clears – to find out who lived and who died and what’s going to happen to the Others next. Thankfully I have Thirteen: Part One all queued up on my Kindle, so I don’t have to wait long.