Should she live or die? You decide
An adored celebrity has been killed. Sixteen-year-old Martha Honeydew was found holding a gun, standing over the body.
Now Justice must prevail.
The general public will decide whether Martha is innocent or guilty by viewing daily episodes of the hugely popular TV show Death is Justice, the only TV show that gives the power of life and death decisions – all for the price of a phone call.
Martha has admitted to the crime. But is she guilty? Or is reality sometimes more complicated than the images we are shown on TV?
Author: Kerry Drewery
Publisher: Hot Key Books
If I wasn’t so aware of how books are often mostly ruined by being made into films, I would definitely want this as a film. I also feel like the film could have a different audience to the book. It could be a lot darker.
At the start of the book, we are put at the crime scene, and it’s good that the book delves in deep right from the start. The whole of the book is filled with emotion – that felt by the characters, as well as the emotions the reader will feel. Mostly anger and disappointment, but you need to be angry.
The criminal system in this book is horrible, so horrible I can’t even bring myself to actually call it a justice system, because I feel there is often no justice. If it was slightly different, I might be praising it. I’ve also been slightly unsure of my of my view on the death penalty. On one hand, I believe it is fair in some cases, individuals shouldn’t get off lightly with killing someone else, but how can you teach someone killing others is wrong by killing them? I feel the whole thing is contradictory.
I felt some areas of the book were a bit predictable, for example, the person who Martha is friends with (their identity is unknown at the start, we just know there’s someone), but there were also plot twists I wasn’t expecting and they were so. good.
I love the fact that the book was written to make you feel angry. At the injustice, the unfairness, the death. There are small, happy parts, but that is not the point in the book. All I can say is I hope it is never like this in the future.
Happy Reading xo