Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Review: Minders by Michele Jaffe


Summary: 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.

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This book was quite interesting to read. The beginning starts off with Sadie and how she was chosen to be apart of this program called Syncopy that allows people to go into the minds of others and observe them, see what they see, feel what they feel, etc. The person who goes into someone elses mind is called a Minder, so Sadie in this case. But the one thing with Syncopy is that the Minder can't communicate with whoever they are in and vice versa...except in rare cases (so obviously you know this will happen...) well about it happening... if you really want to know *slight spoiler* (highlight to read) it doesn't happen til pretty much the very end,which was just fine because the plot doesn't really call for it until then - it just would've been nice if Sadie and Ford could have communicated with each other. With that being said, there were a lot of plot twists. I kept thinking something was going to happen and the opposite was true or, for instance, I did not see the ending coming whatsoever. I was so shocked, now looking back on it there were some hints, okay only one or two times, but they were subtle and this lead to a very surprising ending. But I have to say that I think I liked the epilogue better than the ending of the book...it felt a little anti-climatic but the epilogue made up for it!

Okay now a bit more on the content...the story was interesting how it was set up...it was basically Ford's life and him trying to solve his brother's murder with Sadie narrating it and thinking about how he was being stupid sometimes, which would always make me laugh. Now you might think that it sounds boring, but it really isn't. There is a whole plot behind the story that involved people dying, best friends threatening to kill you, hidden messages, maybe mind control? Who knows when reading it! There really is a lot of substance that goes into the story and it was really cool to watch everything unfold.

I also want to point out that the author did a good job on describing how it was like being in someone else's mind. For Sadie, thoughts came through noises and bunch of other complicated stuff that isn't as complicating when reading the book.

So overall the book was really good and I would recommend it if you like "mind" books or mystery. I hope you check it out sometime! 4.5/5 stars

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