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.