Mind Games: too many execution flaws despite an interesting futuristic base!

Mind Games by Shana Silver
Pages: 320
Format: ARC provided by Swoon Reads
Top 3 Genres: Dystopia, Thriller, Romance
My rating: 
Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey guys! Today let’s talk about a book I was pretty excited about … and that unfortunately disappointed me ….Mind Games! (But don’t worry, one of my next reviews will be about a book I was expecting nothing from and that I ended up loving!).

Arden sells memories. Whether it’s the becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate’s memories and upload the experience for you just as if you’d lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing 15 minutes of her life and all her memories of the hot boy across the school yard. The hot boy her friends assure her she’s had a crush on for years.
Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked, but they haven’t just been stolen and shared… they’ve been deleted. And she’s not the only one, the hot stranger, Sebastian, has lost ALL of his memories. But how can they find someone with the power to make them forget everything they’ve learned?

A Memory Could?

Let’s talk about the part I enjoyed first ok? Everything related to HiveMind, this sort of online server where all memories are stocked… and supposedly safe! It feels not so far from where we are and a direction technologies might take, who knows! Here in the book, HiveMind is still being tested by a minority only. Very lucky because there are big security flaws! Like Arden being able to transfer memories from one person to another. And also, like how she loses hers. That’s the second thing I liked, how the characters (Arden and Sebastian) try to recover their stolen memories, how they forget again and still manage to move on with their investigation. So you get it, I liked all the dystopia/tech-related part… and that’s, unfortunately, all there was for me.

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A poor realization

What really hurts reading this book was how unrealistic it felt in its own universe. They create this super high tech to store memories that are supposed to go on the market for the world and they study it on teenagers in a high school? Also, a teenager can hack it and no one ever realizes it? And there is only one person managing IT? Not plausible to me.

Again, this tech is at its final stage, memories get stolen, specific ones, again and again, and one person loses all their memories and no one rings the alarm? Yes, it was part of what made the thriller aspect possible (if adults take over and fix the problem no story) but once more it was not done in a realistic and plausible way. There was nothing justifying the fact that no one took this huge problem in the system seriously, just as there is nothing justifying how Arden does everything she does and no one ever knew… Honestly, I was pretty upset that such an interesting idea for a story was so poorly executed…

As for the final revelations, some were really clear from the start, and the others, again, did not rest on solid bases if I can say. I have nothing against what the author says the tech in this book can do, the problem is really how it’s lacking in terms of justification and plausibility!

In a few words

If I was eager to discover this book and its dystopian aspect, reading through it was made difficult by the execution that didn’t convince me or rang true at all. It felt like the author just did what she wanted for her story without carrying about how it didn’t work as a whole. A miss for me!

See you for a cup,


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