Monday, September 14, 2015

Mindwalker by AJ Steiger

Genre:  YA Dystopian
Mindwalker Series, Book 1

Description (taken from AJ Steiger's website):
At seventeen, Lain Fisher has already aced the Institute's elite training program for Mindwalkers, therapists who use a direct neural link to erase a patient's traumatic memories. A prodigy and the daughter of a renowned scientist-whose unexplained death left her alone in the world-Lain is driven by the need to save others.

When Steven, a troubled classmate, asks her to wipe a horrific childhood experience from his mind, Lain's superiors warn her to stay away. Steven's scars are too deep, they say; the risk too great. Yet the more time Lain spends with him, the more she begins to question everything about her society. As she defies the warnings and explores Steven's memories, it becomes clear that he's connected to something much bigger . . . something the Institute doesn't want the world to discover.

Lain never expected to be a rule breaker. She certainly didn't plan on falling in love with a boy she's been forbidden to help. But then, she never expected to stumble into a conspiracy that could ignite a revolution.

Lain is training to become a Mindwalker, one of society's elite doctors who help people forget traumatic events.  This helps keep the peace within society as well as gets rid of the mental disorders from the past.  The world is peaceful and no one is struggling, at least that's what the government wants you to believe.  And for those labelled as number fours, or troublemakers that the government decides isn't worth saving, there's a safe and easy way to end your worthless life.  And as wary as Lain seems to be with this system, she trusts it to be equal and put the greater good before all else.  But when one boy asks for her help, Lain's views are turned upside down.

Steven wants to forget his traumatic past.  Labelled as a number four because he was once abducted and tormented as a kid, society wants to pretend he doesn't exist.  The only handout he gets is a pill that allows him to commit suicide peacefully.  However he decides to seek out Lain instead and see if she'll help him forget his past.  And as Lain works with him, she finds disturbing pieces from hist past that makes her question the very people who are supposed to be keeping the peace.

So this book has an interesting concept and is a pretty interesting read.  It flows from beginning to end, and it seems like the reader can get very invested with this story.  But it was predictable for me.  And I had a couple of hangups with this story.  For example, Lain is supposed to be a clone of her father.  The scientist in me revolts at this idea because you cannot get a girl from a guy using the same DNA and call it a clone.  The sex change destroys the whole clone idea.

Leaving my rant aside, I do think there are going to be quite a few people who enjoy this story.  It's got a very interesting concept that makes us morally question things we see within our own society.  Definitely one to look into.

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