When I read the idea behind Mindwalker I was intrigued, a society where people are classed by their mental wellbeing is run by a corporation called the Institute of Ethics in Neurotechnology where employees have the technology and ability to erase patient’s traumatic memories. Sounds cool doesn’t it!
Parts of Mindwalker that was really well done:
- The dystopia world Steiger has created is intricate, creative and inventive. In the United Republic of America, people are classed by their mental state One’s, being mental healthy and Five’s, being mentally unsound and unable to make their own choices. In almost every dystopia people are classed in some way or another, which I will admit get a bit cliché sometimes but I found the classing of people by mental health very interesting. To see how society viewed and treated others because of what there classification was eye opening. It was kind of a catch 22 as well because if you have a rating high then Three are not allowed to get rid of the memories that cause you to have a high classification because your classification is too high.
- My favourite character was by far Steven, because of is horrible and complicated past he has such a complex and layer personality. It’s was so interesting to read about someone who had a need to protect people that steamed from his own need to be protected. His and Lain budding relationship is so cute and sweet, I loved it!
- The ending had me eager for more – I am so very curious what’s going to happen?? How they’re lives are going to start to change? How the world is going to change, what part their going to play? The ending is probably the only reason I’m keen to read the sequel, without that ending leaving me wanting more I might not have decided to read it.
Parts of Mindwalker with I thought fell flat:
- I honestly did not enjoy Lain at all. As we all know one of the biggest turn offs in a book when you don’t like the protagonist. I don’t even really have a valid reason for not liking her, I just didn’t. She was conflicted a lot of the time, even though I as the reader knew what she was going to decide. I found her pretty unextraordinary, not just plain, because in certain books I like a plain protagonist (seems more realistic sometimes), no I found her dull, sometimes even boring. It confused me how she had so many guys chasing her. One thing that did shine though, however, was that she is incredibly caring, which was lovely to read.
- I found the start of this book incredibly slow, it was a force to keep going, but once it reached the middle part of the story it really started to pick up.
- I felt that the plot went in circles – they would achieve something and then be set back somehow, achieve something, be set back – around and around! The only time I really enjoyed the plot was the ending.
Overall, I think that review came out more negative then I intended. I liked Mindwalker, it wasn’t a master piece or anything and I definitely had my issues with it but it did have some shining moments. The ending is captivating enough to have me keen to read the sequel, I hope the sequel follows the great pace and plot the ending of Mindwalker set up for it.