Title: Mind Games
Author: Teri Terry
Published: March 5th 2015
Publisher: Orchard Books
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Thriller
Length: 433 pages
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late?
Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out for testing, she can’t hide any longer.
The safest thing to do would be to fail, to go back to a dead-end life, no future. But Luna is starting to hope for something better, and hope is a dangerous thing…
I don’t even know where to start with this book. It has everything! This is the first time I’ve read anything by Teri Terry and it was such a great introduction to her writing that it’s got me wanting to seek out her other books (I already own Slated but haven’t read it yet).
Mind Games follows Luna as she struggles to remain unplugged in a world where almost everything is connected through virtual reality – you can message your friends in the blink of an eye, hang out in a virtual hangout, take your lessons in a virtual classroom. When Luna plugs in, she feels sick and disconnected, having an awareness of her body both in and out of the virtual space. This isn’t normal and so she’s chosen to remain unplugged because of it.
When Luna is chosen to sit the special tests that determine a person’s intelligence and rationality, she is determined to fail and fly under the radar as her sick grandmother has suggested. Something feels wrong, but she can’t quite think of what. When the tests turn out to be different than she expected – and she runs into a mysterious Hacker who shows her that not everything is as it seems – Luna’s world turns upside down and all kinds of dark secrets come to light.
This story is a wild ride from start to finish. With a clever, always connected world and the cunning government with secret facilities, it’s hard to keep track of what’s real and what’s not, who to trust and who not to. Luna has a special gift that she’s never known about and this makes her a target.
I loved this book so much. The dynamics of the characters, the surreal possibilities of the plugged in world, the major twist at the end that had my mouth hanging open for so long I wasn’t sure I’d ever get over my shock!
If you’ve never read a book by Teri Terry, I highly recommend this one. I highly recommend it anyway. An exciting adventure from start to finish, with all kinds of twists and turns to keep you guessing, Mind Games is a story you won’t want to miss.
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About the Author
Teri has lived in France, Canada, Australia and England at more addresses than she can count, acquiring three degrees, a selection of passports and a silly name along the way. Past careers have included scientist, lawyer, optometrist, and, in England, various jobs in schools, libraries and an audiobook charity. The footpaths and canal ways of the Buckinghamshire Chilterns where she now lives inspired much of the setting of Slated. She hates broccoli, likes cats, and has finally worked out what she wants to do when she grows up.