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Mind Secrets by Chris Reynolds

Monday, August 6, 2012
On the run and without his memories, Michael escapes from a man called Carter onto the unfamiliar streets of London. There, he meets a gang of teenagers with the power to sense the thoughts and feelings of others. They live in fear of ‘the cure’, a mysterious process which takes away their power and, some believe, destroys their personality. Suspecting the cure caused his memory loss, Michael goes undercover to investigate the truth behind the doctors of the cure clinic. What he discovers leads him to a conspiracy that runs to the heart of government and reveals the shocking reality of his own past.
Mind Secrets is a compelling thriller set in a contemporary world and will appeal to readers of the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness and anyone who's ever wondered what it's like to have mind powers.

Goodreads Summary

Mind Secrets lives up to its title.  Michael doesn't know how he got to where he did or why, but he stumbles upon a gang of teens with similar "powers."  He learns from them that people with his abilities are under fire and may have their abilities eradicated.  While he is with his new friends, he tries to piece together his memory and rip open a few closely held government secrets. 

Michael's character is interesting.  It's hard to get to know a character who doesn't know himself.  However, some characteristics such as bravery and an intense curiosity are apparent.  Michael is always on the move and always in danger.  The reader will be quickly turning the pages to discover what will happen to him next. 

The plot isn't exactly new, but is told in a new fashion.  The author lays the groundwork for a fight between people without abilities and those with abilities.  At times, the reader may need to reread certain passages to remind him/herself of what is going on or what happened a while back.  For the most part, however, the plot contains plenty of mystery, suspense, and action to keep the reader happy.  This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

3 1/3 Stars

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2 comments:

  1. Lili said...:

    I've read books about gangs, I've read books about London, I've read books about people with special powers, but I've never read books about gangs in London made up of runaway kids with super powers. HELLO, that sounds like a pretty amazing grouping for a book.

  1. Thanks for the review.

    Just to say, there's more information on Mind Secrets (and me!) at my website ChrisReynolds-writer.co.uk where there's also links to where it's available at Amazon, B&N etc (in paperback and ebook).

    And thanks for your comment, Lili. I'd not seen books like this recently either - which is why I wanted to write one!