Title: Mind Games
Author: Teri Terry
Publication Date: March 5 2015
Genre: Psychological Thriller, apparently? I think Dystopian Sci-Fi fits better.
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In a future world, life is tightly controlled by the all-powerful PareCo. Standing out from the crowd is dangerous so misfit Luna hides her secrets carefully, not realising her own power. Unlike her friends and family, Luna has never been able to plug into Realtime, PareCo’s virtual world, where almost everyone now lives their lives. So how do PareCo know about Luna, and why do they want her for their elite think tank?
The truth is hidden in a web of shining silver secrets, and the corrupt authorities would do anything to keep it that way. Can Luna find a way to use her own hidden powers and bring the truth to light before it’s too late?
I’ll admit, the thing that enticed me about this book was the author. Teri Terry also wrote the phenomenal Slated trilogy and all of her books are really thought-provoking, especially in terms of morality and legal issues, which is something that fascinates me.
Mind Games definitely held up to my standards, and more. It introduced the issue of dealing with hackers, which is a deep-seated issue in the technological society we live in today, while not being too uncomfortably romantic (despite having a love plot) or whiney (despite having a struggling, motherless teenage protagonist).
The ending (which I shall not spoil) rattled me to the bone. It’s gruesome and terrible in every way, as fitting of the story, instead of sugar-coating a happy ending onto a book that doesn’t fit it. The book has as many losses as victories, which lends it weight I was definitely glad for.
ARC was supposed to be provided by NetGalley, but I ended up forgetting to put the book on my kindle until it was too late and bought the book myself. Whoops.