Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mindwalker By A.J. Steiger|Review

Mindwalker (Mindwalker #1)
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on June 4th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 400
Format: Hardback

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

Besides the cliche of a dystopian romance, I found this book to be quite interesting. Overall, the concept had me hooked from the beginning. 
Lain, the strong female lead is a Mindwalker. She has killed. But the blood is not on her hands. Through memories, Lain helps those who wish to forget a certain event. Whether be war or an ex, Lain has got you covered. However, when a fellow classmate requests her specialty, Lain stumbles upon something she shouldn’t have. 
Though I wasn’t completely blown away by this book, I did enjoy some aspects. I was very invested in the process and procedure of mind walking. But the readers are only given that classified information when Lain is mind walking. The story did lack world building. Based on the technology and the attitudes toward the government, it is clearly dystopian novel. But we don’t get much more information than that. In all honestly, I was not a fan of the characters either. Mostly Lain, was underdeveloped and weak. She also came off a little whiny, which immediately turned me off. 
Overall, I liked the concept of the book, but my expectations weren’t blown away.

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