Review: The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell

The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell

Synopsis and Details:

J. Barton Mitchell’s The Razor is a riveting science fiction thriller about a man struggling to survive the chaos on a prison planet.

Brilliant engineer Marcus Flynn has been sentenced to 11-H37 alongside the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals. A hard labor prison planet better known as the Razor, where life expectancy is short and all roads are dead ends.

At least until the Lost Prophet goes active…

In a few hours, prison guards and staff are evacuated, the prisoners are left to die, and dark mysteries begin to surface.

Only Flynn has the skills and knowledge to unravel them, but he will have to rely on the most unlikely of allies–killers, assassins, pirates and smugglers. If they can survive each other they just might survive the Razor…and claim it for their own.

Genres: Science Fiction  |  Release Date: November 27, 2018  |  Publisher: Tor Books  |  Pages: 400  |  ISBN: 978-0765387929  |  ASIN: B078X1YYLR  |  Format: ARC  |   Source: Netgalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Have you ever read a book and prayed that it will be made into a movie? That is my sincerest hope for The Razor! I absolutely loved reading this book right from the start! I am not always the biggest fan of books involving imprisonment but I was able to set that aside because I was just so engaged with this story. The setting is indeed a hard labor colony on planet 11-H37 where the prisoners are forced to mine for an extremely valuable commodity in the most dangerous of locations. It is a dog eat dog setting and this was where the main character, framed for a crime he didn’t commit, was being sent. Yikes!

Marcus was trying to figure out how he was even going to survive being sent to this prison planet but quickly everything went sideways and he found himself with an unlikely partner in a desperate struggle to survive. In the midst of chaos, Marcus was given an opportunity to regain everything that he wanted back, all he had to do was follow orders. Nothing was ever simple though and before long Marcus has many paths to choose from, with each one having an entirely different outcome. He will have to choose what it is that he really wants before all his choices are taken from him.

The characters that Marcus meets in this story are exceptional. They are all unique and in no way what I would consider good. I would say morally grey or conflicted at best and each one is definitely looking out for their best interests. There are some unique pairings in this story and other characters who make no apologies for their behavior. Each one added interest to the story and I am extremely excited about sequel possibilities with certain characters! Overall, reading The Razor was an amazing experience and I am certainly going to be keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel and hopefully, in the future, the movie as well!

*Thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge & NetGalley for this eARC of The Razor*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.



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