Monday, August 20, 2012

Review # 222: Mind Secrets by Chris Reynolds

     Teenagers are developing telepathic and empathic powers that they can use on anyone around them - Sounds cool, right? - Wrong, just ask Michael, a teen with no  recollection of his past, whose recent escape from some pretty mysterious people has left him roaming the unfamiliar streets of London. Finding other affected (and ostracized) teens along the way, he must figure out who - and what - he is and decide whether to try and fight back against an unaccepting and power-driven society obsessed with a "Cure".

     Mind Secrets officially made it to my Best of 2012 list; its cool cover art, well-written plot, and high-definition characters leaving me breathless and craving more! After reading the blurb, I was worried that this book would be a boring, run-of-the-mill paranormal read, but Chris Reynolds has definitely rebooted the classic "normal versus abnormal" theme with the battle between the norms and the Perceivers. This Psycho-paranormal read has all the best aspects of my favorite books - a solid plot-line full of twists and thrills, realistic characters and dialogue, (especially Michael and the Perceivers), detailed settings and interactions, and a good dose of science, as well as shock-value - who doesn't like a book with a good cliff-hanger or two? Michael doesn't remember his past, or even who he is, but the author manages to make him relatable - a literary feat in itself. I enjoyed getting to know Michael as he got to know himself, his feelings and thoughts well-scripted and compelling. Once I finished a chapter I couldn't help but keep going, wanting to figure out what happened next! I was definitely invested in Michael's history, and piece-by-piece it came together in a well-written, (and completely gasp-worthy), fashion - (no spoilers)! The levels of suspense and deception were high, but not overdone - perfect for any teen or adult who itches for a psycho-paranormal page-turner, and the British references only added to the allure. The book's ability to attract both male and female readers was also a unique aspect; I usually prefer female leads/heroines, however, Michael's personality and plight really interested me, which is rare. This book may have started out with a literal "blank-slate", but the resulting action and fast-paced plot left me in a state of thrill-induced hypnosis! Highly recommended!!!

Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)

*** I received this book from the author (Pump Up Your Book) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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