Mind Secretsby Chris Reynolds
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 anyone who's ever wondered what it's like to have mind powers.
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<i>Mind Secrets</i> by Chris Reynolds, was a deliciously refreshing read. Right away, the story starts out fast and crazy with a confused Michael, who only knows his name due to the people yelling at him, as he's trying to escape them. Spurred on by just an instinctual mistrust, Michael escapes with no knowledge of who he is or where he comes from. Meanwhile, the world around him is going crazy because a high number of teenagers, all over, are capable of mind reading. These are the Perceivers. And they are not loved by society. The "Norms" have declared a war on the Perceivers by way of a "cure". Michael, convinced that he's a "Norm" is a on quest to discover who he is and how it ties to everything going on. From the beginning to the end, I was ridiculously lost in this story. There was no hope for me. I'm not typically used to reading a story from a male character's point-of-view due to not being able to relate to these characters. However, I was so compleately immersed in this story and what was going to happen to Michael that this was never a problem. Ms. Reynolds spins a captivated tale of deception, secrets, and good people making bad decisions. The writing is superb and the story, while comparable to others that are out there right now, is beautifully original in the depth of its characters and amount of suspense. Is it too much to hope for a continuation?
Mind Secrets is a novel in the best of all science fiction traditions. It makes one contrary-to-today's-science assumption and then shows us the consequences. I love such stories in general, and I love this one in particular. The contrary-to-today assumption is mind-reading—of a sort. It's begun to spring up among teenagers, much to the chagrin of the graybeards. In the book, the conflict is played out on the full London stage, but especially in the life of Michael, who wakes up at the start of the story with his memory wiped, while he's being pursued by a big man with evil intentions. Without a memory of his own life, Michael is at considerable disadvantage in the chase, but he manages to escape, live on the streets, and eventually wind up living with a couple of "Perceivers"—that is, mind-readers. From then on, his life is an ongoing series of pursuits, captures, escapes, and more pursuits. Through all these adventures, he manages to assemble parts of his jigsaw-puzzle past. But all his new knowledge does is create more trouble, culminating in an all-out war between the Perceivers and the Norms. As for the book's reading appeal, I literally couldn't put it down—and not just because of the non-stop pursuit. Author Chris Reynolds provides plenty of deep stuff for the reader to ponder. Will the world really be like this when a minority of the population can read the thoughts of the majority?
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.