This was a solid, good read. Even though some may be of the opinion that is another Divergent or Hunger Games. But it had it's own flavour that can be appreciated. Yes, there was division in the dystopian society and yes there was a bit of romance. However, there was a difference. The characters were my favourite part of the book. It must have been challenging to write this piece and not make it sound like The Giver. Even more challenging to write Avant Nation is to ignore the stark similarities and inject enough difference to invoke emotion from the characters as well as the readers. C.D Verhoff is a brave writer.
The plot of two warring nations, divided groups in society that are expected to work cohesively with a splash of romance can only go so far. But writing it, painting a picture of shiny and neat with raw edges of basic human emotions is what brings life to Avant Nation. There was anxiety and angst in our lead characters which made me pin point them as my favourite part. We've seen these scenarios before but to get that emotion is truly original in this story.
Now,let's talk about Clara aka Boom, the lead female character. As a Compassionate, the most sympathetic of the divisions of the Avant society, she never truly stuck to what she was meant to be. I liked her. She had spunk and her humour was something I could appreciate. Even though she wasn't placed in a position she worked toward,she got so much and even more than she bargained for. The construction and destruction of relationships came with the new job more than the experience itself. With her mother, she was slapped with the fact that her mother, a Nurturer only played at loving her because it was her job. The truest love, it seems, that existed in her family was that between Clara and her younger sister. Both being Defective, she slipped under the radar but her sister wasn't as fortunate. bv She owned being a Defective and showed that it was better than just being what she was engineered to be. But those who are interested, the plot twist calls for a mug of coco and a serious sit down with this book.
Hawk, was personally, my favourite character. After his show of superiority at the beginning of the book, I wasn't sure about him. After, he abandoned Clara in the ditch but explained he did it to protect her, I liked him. But of course, they were separated because of their career placements. His reappearance at the least expected moment, was a pleasant surprise for me. When things went bad he protected her. He was a Rugged, one of the physically strongest groups of the Avant Society. When they faked being in love for survival, they had no idea that their survival would reveal it was real. His confession of what he felt for Clara warmed me and gave purpose behind his need to protect and provoke Clara. I felt Hawk's struggle as a soldier,when his foundation of his belief was shaken. Not only be there mission target but also by Clara. As we know, soldiers of any nation tend to be some of the most patriotic and loyal citizens of any nation. They believe that they have a duty to preserve the beliefs of their country. So, when that belief system of challenged his internal struggle was palpable.
Both characters had internal struggles that echoed with me. It is that kind of emotional reach from any novel that sets apart from any other. It's why I can over look some editorial issues and appreciate what this author put on paper. The message I take away from this book that even in reality society will try to put you in a perfect little box. Majority of us will try to make ourselves fit in that box. Only those who dare to defy everything put in place, they become greater than expected and far better than what is designed.
Oh where to begin with this beautiful novel? I found this novel on Goodreads on one of those days that I go book hunting. I read the reviews and they were half great and half horrible, I decided I am going to try it myself because some persons can be overly critical. I don’t regret it!
Mindwalker is a book that appeals to YA readers as it has a dystopian setting. It is about 25 years into the future where the United Republic of America made the decision that it is best to classify citizen based on their mental health. Not to give much away, but the IFEN (Institute for Ethics in Neurotechnology) is the strong hand in making decisions about citizens, since a great war broke and was essentially won by the governing bodies. IFEN was also able to successfully develop a form of therapy that allows a person to have an unwanted memory erased from their mind. Now that you have that little bit of background information, let’s get to meat of it all! Now our main character is Lain Fisher Jr., a Mindwalker in training, finds herself is a particularly difficult position. She is approach by Steven (our other main character) who wants her to erase a memory he is desperately needing to rid himself of. Normally this would not be such a strange request except that Steven is a Type Four (very dangerous and considered beyond saving), and she was given strict warnings to stay clear of him. Of course, she can’t and they begin their journey down the rabbit hole of controversy, epiphanies, love and change!
It took me about a week to finish this book and that’s because life got busier than I wanted it to be. It was amazing, the short chapters really kept me on my toes and made me feel as if I was making great progress. The concept itself is absolutely perfect for me and anyone who loves the mind and Psychology. This book is definitely worthy of a movie series like its friends Hunger Games and Divergent. A.J. has a way of writing that makes you feel as if you are watching every scene play out in your head, she gives life to the characters even if they only appear once or twice. There are quite a number of OMG moments that will either have you saying “I never saw that coming!” or “I KNEW it!” trust me, I had my fair share of both.
Though there are a few things I believe could have been improved, like the description of each mental type (one to five), I believe this book is worth reading and will have you wondering if the IFEN world is what’s best. I am patiently waiting for Mindstormer, because I get to live a little longer in Lain’s world. While I wait, I will keep re-reading my favourite moments and recommend to everyone I know that they read it too.
Go get Mindwalker today and tell me…What do you think a world run by shrinks would be like? What Type would you be?
“Memories fade and crumble. This moment is reality. Forever is an illusion. But then, neurologically speaking, there’s no difference between the two.” – Lain Fisher Jr.
“Our world is not black and white, after all. It’s a shifting, ambiguous mass of gray – a twilit realm of memory and dream, truth and half-truth. A world where monsters cry and angels carry switchblades…where pain and beauty are so tightly intertwined that you can’t pick them apart. This gray world is all we have.” – Lain Fisher Jr.
Hello, I'm Tammy and I love books! I love writing and reading them. I love them so much I just can't stop talking about them.