Minders

Minders

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by Michele Jaffe
     
 

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"A dark, dangerous and twisty near-future mystery from the incomparable Michelle Jaffe. Don't miss this book!"—Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times Bestselling Author of Blue Bloods

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to

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"A dark, dangerous and twisty near-future mystery from the incomparable Michelle Jaffe. Don't miss this book!"—Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times Bestselling Author of Blue Bloods

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she'll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There's just one problem: Sadie's fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?

Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford's life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.

A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist, MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching who?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/04/2013
Sadie Ames is a Minder. Privileged and high achieving, she has won a prestigious fellowship from the Roque Mind Corps to study a fellow human being in the most intimate way—by entering that person’s mind. Ford is a Subject: impoverished, enraged, and ignorant. He doesn’t know that Roque Industries, via its community health outreach program, has planted a chip in his brain that allows Sadie to ride along, looking out of his eyes and experiencing his every thought and emotion. The premise is enticing, though Jaffe’s exploration of it is laden with exposition and slow to unfold. As a character, Sadie is little more than her over-packed college application, and her observations (and judgments) of Ford take too long to coalesce into a plot. While Jaffe (Ghost Flower) plausibly sets up the mind-reading conceit, such effort is not invested upfront in her characters. It takes a couple hundred pages to get past the stereotypical prim nerd and angry thug, and readers may struggle to invest in Sadie and Ford, despite the mounting danger around then. Ages 12–up. Agent: Susan Ginsburg, Writers House. (Jan.)
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[A] highly original science-fiction…. thriller plot combines with contemporary class concerns for a thought-provoking and suspenseful read. —Kirkus

“Jaffe's unflinching, twisting narrative takes us deep into the human psyche, where vengeance and betrayal, love and loss synthesize into a tender and compelling picture of what it means to be human.” –Jessica Khoury author of Origin

"Frighteningly - and deliciously - real.  I couldn't put it down. Michele Jaffe's best book yet." –Meg Cabot, author of the Abandon series and the Heather Wells mystery series

"What if you fell in love with the boy you were spying on...while trapped inside his mind? A riveting page-turner that kept me guessing until the very end." —Amy Plum, International Bestselling Author

The combination of romance, sci-fi, and crime drama makes for a splendidly well-rounded and engrossing story with broad appeal. —BCCB

The enticing characters and high-tech suspense will appeal to readers who enjoy science fiction, mystery, and romance. —SLJ

"Satisfyingly twisty and disturbing...readers will find much to discuss in the book’s take on inequality, surveillance, and the black-and-white morality espoused by Mind Corps." —Horn Book Review

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Diane Colson
Sadie Ames lives by the rules. Her thoughts channel down clean lines of logic, which is why she is so perfect for the coveted Mind Corps Fellowship. As a Mind Corp researcher, Sadie will experience Syncopy, which allows her to live within a subject’s mind while her own body is placed in stasis. Sadie’s subject is Ford Winters, an angry young man who is grieving the recent murder of his older brother. Despite her determination to remain objective, Sadie finds herself drawn from her surveillance perch to interactive involvement in Ford’s life. At first she only offers helpful hints on his hygiene (“At least put the seat down.”) but as she gets to know him, her feelings deepen. Sadie knows that loving Ford is dangerous, yet, for the first time in her life, she does not want to control her emotions. The concept of two people sharing mind space is always intriguing, and Jaffe does a good job establishing a structure for this premise. The Mind Corps, for example, is convincing as a benevolent scientific organization that has its own dangerous secrets. The ruined, futuristic depiction of Detroit is sadly credible. Sadie’s placement in Ford’s head, however, is uneven. As the book progresses, Sadie’s inserted presence slows the suspenseful pace of Ford’s life. Readers may wish that the material had been stretched over more than one book, as the ending is comparatively rushed. Nevertheless, there are some great plot twists in this futuristic adventure. Minders is an excellent recommendation for fans of the current sci-fi/romance trend. Reviewer: Diane Colson; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—In this genre-bending story, Jaffe offers a world in which the thoughts and decisions of individuals are observed and monitored by an organization known as the Dynamic Corporeal Suspension System. Sadie Ames, a rich girl from the suburbs, has been accepted into the Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she trains as an Observer. Her job is to enter the mind of Ford Winters, urban bad boy, and monitor his life from the inside out. Sadie unexpectedly finds herself deeply drawn to Ford, and when he makes a terrible decision, Sadie must choose between her duty as an Observer and her growing attachment to a boy she's never met in the flesh. The enticing characters and high-tech suspense will appeal to readers who enjoy science fiction, mystery, and romance.—Katie Wilkinson, Gar-Field High School, Woodbridge, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-09
This highly original science-fiction thriller sends a privileged, overachieving girl directly into the mind of an angry, poor boy who seems to be her polar opposite. Sadie comes from a wealthy family in the suburbs of Detroit in a nebulous near future. She wins a coveted spot as a Minder in an experimental program that connects her mind with that of an unsuspecting subject. As she rests in stasis for six weeks, she literally lives inside the mind of Ford, a boy from inner-city Detroit, seeing through his eyes and watching his thoughts and emotions. Ford has a job tearing down Detroit's old buildings, but he tries to save what he can of beautiful architectural elements. However, he's also trying to learn who killed his brother--a dangerous proposition. As Sadie watches from within, she begins to fall for Ford. She becomes so involved that she begins to make connections with him that have never before been achieved by Minders and in fact cannot tear herself away. Jaffe creates an absorbing experience not only for Sadie, but also for readers, as they immerse themselves in her thoughts. Her worldbuilding includes timely, topical dystopic elements: In place of police, Detroit has the Serenity Services, and the streets have been named after corporations and their products. The thriller plot combines with contemporary class concerns for a thought-provoking and suspenseful read. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595146588
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/30/2014
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
758,489
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile:
HL820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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From the Publisher
"Satisfyingly twisty and disturbing...readers will find much to discuss in the book’s take on inequality, surveillance, and the black-and-white morality espoused by Mind Corps." —Horn Book Review

Meet the Author

Michele Jaffe is the author of the young adult novels Ghost Flower, Rosebush, Bad Kitty, Kitty Kitty, and the adult thrillers Loverboy and Bad Girl. She has always dreamed of becoming either an FBI special agent or a glamorous showgirl.

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