Review: Antimatter Blues by Edward Ashton

Series: Mickey7 #2
Author: Edward Ashton
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Released: March 14, 2023
Received: NetGalley

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Book Summary:

The truth is that Mickey7 was never supposed to live this long. He’s an expendable, or rather, a retired expendable. This means he was brought along to a new colony with a singular purpose: he’s supposed to take on the lethal jobs, dying in the place of other inhabitants.

Mickey7 walked away from that job two years ago, and he’s a bit surprised he’s lasted as long as he has. Now there’s something else happening, and the whole colony may be at risk. Once again, it comes down to Mickey7 to find a way to save the day. Or else.

My Review:

Oh goodie! I honestly didn’t expect to get a sequel to Mickey7, but I have to admit, I’m so tickled that we did. (Maybe it’s the adaptation announcement that ensured the arrival of Antimatter Blues?) Antimatter Blues is just as quirky and sarcastic as its predecessor, which means it’s pretty perfect.

I have to admit; I’m impressed by the situations Mickey7 (and all preceding Mickeys) gets himself into. Okay, impressed and maybe a little bit horrified. But can you blame me? I can see why this series was picked up for an adaptation – it feels like a movie (or show) script – that balance of action, humor, and character development. It’ll keep any viewer’s eyes glued to the screen.

This duology is perfect for anybody that loves science fiction and laborious debates about the origin of the self (read: Ship of Theseus in space). It’s action-packed and full of bold and dynamic characters. This leaves plenty of room for humor, even when the situation couldn’t look direr.

As per usual, I loved the characters in Antimatter Blues. There’s a new character that I think will sweep readers away. At least, that was the case for me. Anyway, let me know what you think!


  • Part of a Series
  • Science Fiction
  • Aliens!
  • Colony in another Planet
  • The Ship of Theseus Debate

Trigger Warnings:

  • Graphic Details about Death/Injuries

Thanks to StMartinsPress and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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