Thursday, 4 June 2015

Review: Mindwalker [Mindwalker #1] by A.J. Steiger

Title: Mindwalker
Author: A.J. Steiger
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Mindwalker #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication Date: 4th June 2015
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
At seventeen, Lain Fisher has already aced the Institute's elite training program for Mindwalkers, therapists who use a direct neural link to erase a patient's traumatic memories. A prodigy and the daughter of a renowned scientist-whose unexplained death left her alone in the world-Lain is driven by the need to save others.

When Steven, a troubled classmate, asks her to wipe a horrific childhood experience from his mind, Lain's superiors warn her to stay away. Steven's scars are too deep, they say; the risk too great. Yet the more time Lain spends with him, the more she begins to question everything about her society. As she defies the warnings and explores Steven's memories, it becomes clear that he's connected to something much bigger…something the Institute doesn't want the world to discover.

Lain never expected to be a rule breaker. She certainly didn't plan on falling in love with a boy she's been forbidden to help. But then, she never expected to stumble into a conspiracy that could ignite a revolution.

My Thoughts
When I first heard of Mindwalker it had yet to be picked up by a UK publisher so when I realised it was being published in the UK I as beyond happy.

Lain lives in a world where there is no violence, where people are categorized into numbers, Ones have the best jobs, the best homes, and the better opportunities. Your number is changed according to your threat against society, some even being collared so that if you threaten to harm others you are injected with a sedative to calm you down. Lain has a talent for being a Mindwalker, meaning she can go into other peoples minds to help them forget a traumatic past. like abuse, losing family members, etc.

Mindwalker was an interesting read. I did initially struggle with reading this one, I thought it had a slow start, but as the story progressed things got a whole lot more interesting, and dangerous. Lain was a character who I had mixed feelings about. To begin with, for me she was too perfect, to prim and proper and I did find it hard to relate to her. But as the story continues we get to see her break out from her perfect shell as she goes against the rules to help a class friend, Steven. Steven is the bad boy, the boy no-one wants to be near, he is also collared. but he reaches out to Lain to gain her help in forgetting his very traumatic past.

As the plot for Mindwalker got more dangerous I was hooked. I had to know what would Lain do, by helping Steven she is risking her own job, her own number, and her reputation. By ignoring him she is sentencing him to death, abandoning him when he needs her the most. What follows from their meetings is a game of cat and mouse, of the past being revealed, and secrets that were meant to be left buried are beginning to surface.
I love the idea behind Mindwalker, of being able to forget traumatic experiences, or being able to help others through it. But it also comes with its disadvantages. People in power wanting to control the population, keeping them on a tight lease in order to achieve a perfect township. I think that the powers that be took it too far in thier need to control, and by the end of the book I had a lot of respect for Lain and Steven for fighting for what they believe in.

Final Verdict
Although Mindwalker was a slow start, it did pick up a keep me interested in what was going on. After the dramatic ending I am looking forward to seeing what comes next for this unlikely duo.

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