Monday, 20 July 2015

Mindwalker by A.J. Steiger | Review

At seventeen, Lain Fisher has already aced the Institute's elite training program for Mindwalkers, therapists who use a direct neural link to erase a patient's traumatic memories. A prodigy and the daughter of a renowned scientist-whose unexplained death left her alone in the world-Lain is driven by the need to save others.

When Steven, a troubled classmate, asks her to wipe a horrific childhood experience from his mind, Lain's superiors warn her to stay away. Steven's scars are too deep, they say; the risk too great. Yet the more time Lain spends with him, the more she begins to question everything about her society. As she defies the warnings and explores Steven's memories, it becomes clear that he's connected to something much bigger…something the Institute doesn't want the world to discover.

Lain never expected to be a rule breaker. She certainly didn't plan on falling in love with a boy she's been forbidden to help. But then, she never expected to stumble into a conspiracy that could ignite a revolution.

Genre: Young Adult , Dystopian
Publication Date: 4th June 2015
Publisher: One World Publications
My Rating: 4.5 stars

One of the main themes of this book is mental health and how society reacts to it. America decided that the best way to put an end to the violence that was causing war and death was to control the mental health of the population. Everyone has a type , depending on their mental stability. Type 1 is healthy and calm where as 4s and 5s are considered a burden on society with their mental disorders and unpredictable ways. The government want everyone to be a type 1 so they put people through 'conditioning' or mindwalking to make them happier and healthier. Lain Fisher is a mindwalker and she has to go through other peoples memories and remove the darkest moments of their lives so they can go on as if nothing had ever happened. I found the process of removing memories very interesting and it reminds us that every experience , good or bad makes us who we are.

Lain Fisher puts everything into her job to make her Father proud and to help as many people as she can but she is burdened with the memories of those she mindwalked. She has to make a lot of difficult decisions throughout the book as she realises that her world is not as perfect as the government claim. Lain's biggest weakness is that she wants to help people so when the damaged Steven asks her for help she has to choose between relieving Steven of his horrible past but risk losing her job and helping countless others throughout her career.

Steven is not your typical love interest. He is a type 4 , thought to be a danger to society. In his life he has seen and gone through horrifying things that effect him every single day. He has no family , no job and no friends. People are afraid of him because of what he has faced in the past and because of that he is hopeless and insecure. The relationship between him and Lain grows wonderfully throughout the book and we learn more and more about both characters as they begin to learn from each other.

One of the only things I didn't like about this book was that it was quite slow to start off with , but once I got past that point I read the rest of it in 24 hours.

I'm not a huge fan of dystopian and usually I avoid it but the psychological aspect to the book dragged me in. I think that it's a good twist on dystopian as it's not completely unimaginable. It's set in the not-too-distant future and I think that made it more realistic than a typical dystopian world. It was intriguing to think about how personalities are made and how one lost memory can change who we are.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in psychology and mental health or for anyone who's looking for a different type of dystopian.

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