If I was to take a look at my outfit, I’ve got a metal bracelet on, a zipper, and metal bra hooks, this means that if I was a character living in the Territory in Steven Gould’s 7th Sigma. The territory is basically the Southwestern US. It is infested by these dangerous metal eating bugs who don’t give a shit about your flesh and will eat you up if it means getting to sweet delicious alloy. However, people are resilient and willing to build lives without the use of metal, coping instead by using plastics and ceramic.
Kimble, main character of 7th Sigma chooses to live in the Territory to avoid his abusive father who was airlifted to Outside for a pacemaker. FYI Outside means that beyond the territory, there are no bugs, because the bugs dislike water. So NYC is SAFE. Instead of going with his dad, Kimble would rather face the bugs. It is uncovered that he has a rare 1 in a billion, or what is statistically called 7th sigma ability to work around the bugs. However, instead of playing a main role, the bugs just sort of provide a catalyst for seeing how people would live without metal.
Steven Gould’s book is pretty much told in vignettes. The stories are in chronological order. We see Kimble wandering the streets, eventually becoming sempai to akido master Ruth. Finally we are regaled with stories of Kimble’s spying for the Rangers, a powerful Territory law enforcement agency.
There are PLENTY of cool things in 7th Sigma. For example: SPYING. I love a good peeping Tom, as long as they aren’t peeping in my windows. And friends, the manipulating and intrigue is awesome. ALSO there is an extremist church, and you should know I just love reading about those fringe religions. The nuttier, the better. AND AND to balance out the whackjobs there are Buddhists. Which makes me think I don’t see enough Buddhists in my books. Okay and my favorite thing of all: SEXYTIMES. It’s not graphic, but hey at least there is one healthy scene. Also, the pace it is fast, so buckle your seatbelts.
However, I felt that 7th Sigma lacked strong characterization. I did not form a connection with Kimble. And well, I suppose this is pulp according to one of the blurbs on the cover, so maybe it is a pulpy thing to sacrifice characters for action.
I think Steven Gould’s 7th Sigma is a fantastic book for reluctant male readers. First, it has a guy appeal cover. Second there are LOTS of martial arts fight scenes going down. And quite frankly, this is a pretty cool book with what I think are called STEAMPUNK elements. However, I think females would enjoy this book too, although if you are looking to hand something to the reluctant male reader in your life, give them 7th Sigma.
Disclosure: Received For Review.
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