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Mind Storm: K.M. Ruiz

Monday, June 20, 2011
The first in an exciting new sci-fi series that’s being described as Blade Runner meets X-Men Two hundred and fifty years after the world was nearly wiped out by nuclear war, what’s left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to ascend in secret to another planet. But the deadly new breed of humanity that the rulers have enslaved to protect their interests are about to change everything.

K.M. Ruiz’s Mind Storm is the rip-roaring tale of Threnody Corwin, a “psion” with the ability to channel electricity like lightning through anything she touches. As a solider-slave for the human government, Threnody is recruited by an unknown enemy: the scion of Earth’s most powerful (and supposedly human) family, the Serca Syndicate. But Lucas Serca is far from human and he intends to make Threnody and her fellow psions meet their destiny, no matter how many people he has to kill to do it.

Mind Storm is the first of two books chronicling the fight for survival by the psions and other “gene-trash” humans, before they’re killed by the racist world government, or left to die on a crumbling Earth.

Good Reads Summary

In this post-nuclear world, the author creates a new race of people (psions) whose radiation-altered genes give them super-human abilities such as telekinesis, telepathy, teleportation, electro kinesis, and even precognition.  Many of these psions (the Strykers Syndicate), including Threnody, have become the willing slaves of pure-gene humans.  The psions even allow devices to be inserted into their heads which will kill them instantly at the order of the human World Court.  How unlikely is that? 

The author does make it believable because the psions have unfortunately shortened life spans in addition to their talents.  Threnody and her teammates are slaves, but they are slaves who believe in the ideal of protecting and improving the lives of genetically pure people.  That’s why the news that the human leaders are packing up the Global Seed and Gene Bank and leaving earth turns them into rogues. Threnody, who had ignored orders in order to save innocent lives in the past, is now willing to follow orders from violent Lucas who wantonly kills dozens just to create a diversion. 

This book is recommended for teens and up who usually enjoy sci-fi.  Even if you don’t usually like the tech stuff - once you get past the first chapter - you might be hooked.

3 stars

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