She is a genius . . . who frequently forgets her own name.
Raised to put science over self, V must link her brain with fifteen other people, making her one of the world's smartest humans. With this privilege comes a life dedicated to continual research inside a secluded facility, a life devoid of freedom.
But V is losing her identity and unable to predict which face will peer back at her from the nearest mirror. Escaping this life will mean freedom to think for herself-and abandoning everything and everyone she's known and loved.
When your thoughts and speech are no longer private, freedom comes at a price. But for V the price may be her life.
|Publisher:||Lighthouse Publishing ()|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
C. F. E. Black learned her love of literature from her two professor parents and a handful of excellent English teachers. She now pours this love back into young people by teaching high school English and writing novels for teens. She lives in north Alabama with her husband, son, two droopy hound dogs, and a cat named Sprinkles. Find her on her website www.cfeblack.com.
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Mind of Mine based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Thank you to Prism and the author for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own. Mind Of Mine By: C.F.E. Black *REVIEW* Mind Of Mine begins with a contradictory title because the characters are not in control of their own minds. Imagine sharing every thought, feeling, etc. with fifteen people for your entire life. It's just an ordinary everyday occurrence for V, our heroine, and the other members of her pod. They are blessed with genetically engineered/enhanced intelligence as a gift to humanity. This knowledge will be used to better mankind. Gift or curse? V is not an individual but more like a cog in a machine. Would that bother you? I would hate being mass produced to ultimately fill a job position. V begins to realize that she can't differentiate between herself and her pod members. It's a choice now: pursue individuality or remain in sync forever with others for the betterment of science. The question at the heart of the story is a complex one with no right answer. The story is compelling and thought provoking. Although it's speculative fiction, the premise is plausible. I liked V because of her daring. She questions the system that she has always accepted. I enjoyed the story because it really gives you something to think about after the last page. The ideas will stay with you. I've become a fan lately of speculative fiction, and Mind Of Mine is a great example of excellent story telling in this genre. Definitely try it out!
Wow! This one definitely sucked me in. I love it when speculative fiction explores a premise that seems to promise so many benefits—for example, overcoming our perceived shortcomings and limitations—but ends up demonstrating that the sacrifices made in the process actually de-humanize us rather than elevating us to a higher way of living. The premise behind this story is that science has developed to a point where there are now Orders of genetically engineered people whose sole purpose in life is to research ways of improving human life (anti-aging, vaccines, etc). Once a week, these people undergo “streaming” within their own Order, meaning that their brains are connected via cable and all of their thoughts, knowledge, experiences, and emotions are downloaded into each other’s brains. In other words, nothing can be kept private. Even worse, it messes up any sense of individual self. But if it’s all for a greater good, a little sacrifice is worth it, isn’t it? Aside from the premise itself, both the characterisation and the writing in this novel were fantastic, particularly considering C.F.E. Black is a debut author. The characters were complex and well thought out in terms of how their lifestyle would impact their interactions and emotional responses, and both the first-person present-tense POV and the overall writing style created exactly the right tone for the story. If I were to be really nitpicky, the one thing I could say is that, once all was revealed at the end, I found myself feeling as though the big picture just didn’t quite hang straight. You know when a picture is more or less straight, but just off by a few millimetres? Like that. Instead of the reveals being “A-ha!” they felt a little bit more like, “Hmmm… Let me think about that for a minute.” For the most part, I think a little more foreshadowing would have made the difference, but I think there were also one or two elements of the world-building that could have been a little tighter. But as I said, that’s a really nitpicky point to make, because this story really did have me hooked from cover to cover. I look forward to seeing more from this author! I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.