I read science fiction for its great and unexpected ideas. While you know what you will encounter in a mystery or romance, reading science fiction is more like a leap into space with no memory of putting on a bungie cord. Mickey7 contains just that type of big idea.

The book has left a brainworm crawling around in my head. What if we die each night and are reborn the next day with all our memories intact? While Mickey knows he is reborn, what if we don’t? I don’t think this idea is going to improve my insomnia issues.

Ahem, back to my review.

Mickey is an Expendable living on a planet that the company he works for is terraforming. He is given life-threatening tasks because there is no risk of loss. Mickey is quickly regenerated if he dies. Of course, it is not so easy on Mickey. He still feels all the agony that comes with each death.

During a mission, his co-workers leave Mickey for dead. He is able somehow to survive with the help of an alien creature. However, when he reaches his home base, Mickey8 is already ready for duty making Mickey7 redundant and subject to recycling. To prevent that outcome the two Mickeys must work together like the twins in Parent Trap with approximately the same amount of comedic problems.

Mickey7 is a humorous but thought-provoking look into one possible future. I really enjoyed its more philosophical approach to the usual space opera plot. Though the thought of the creepers’ self-sharpening teeth may give me nightmares, the book deserves 4.5 stars!

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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