Don’t let the shiny cover fool you. Mind Games is a book that has very thought-provoking themes hidden in a YA-plot. I picked it up to have something light and easy to read when I didn’t really have time to read, but it griped me tight and didn’t let me go until it was finished. I literally opened the book while standing in front of my bookshelf, and was still standing there, reading, an hour later.
The plot revolves around a young woman in high-school names Luna, and she has a secret that no one can know. Almost everyone has an implant in their brain that enables them to connect to the internet anywhere and anytime. Connection can also be made non-invasively through a “chair”. School is mostly taught through the internet, and socialization and hobbies, games, and mostly everything takes place online and not IRL. Luna does not have an implant (because of her secret) and this sets her apart from her peers.
The most coveted employer is the company which makes the implants and controls the cyberspace. And they take an interest in Luna. Can she hide her secret from them? Will she discover her “destiny” in time? Read and find out! (Sorry, I had to)
I really do not want to spoil the ending of the book, because the twist at the end was pretty amazing, and I didn’t pick up on it until basically right before it happened.
Reminded me of: “Ready Plater One”, Ernest Cline meets “Divergent”, Veronica Roth
Recommended? Simply put: Yes. Mind Games is, as mentioned, a YA book with a YA plot, so if you can’t stand that then maybe this book is not for you. But the book is well written and I like the plot a lot.
“Fun” Fact: At the start of the book when the background was explained my thought process went something like: “I’ve read enough dystopias to know that getting a chip in your brain is obviously a bad idea, I would never do that.” And then they mention actually being able to visit Hogwarts (taking classes there and playing Quidditch), and it feeling like you are actually there with an implant. And my brain just went “Okay, that’s it. That’s how they get me. I would so risk my mind being controlled to be able to go to Hogwarts”.