Sunday, March 9, 2014

Minders by Michele Jaffe

Series: Standalone

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi, Near-Future

Subjects: technology, telepathy, thriller, crime

Setting: Near-Future, Detroit, Michigan

POV/Tense: 3rd person POV: Sadie, and Ford

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 395 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Penguin: Razorbill

Summary/ product description: “A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist, MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching whom?

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.”

My Review: Minders is a very interesting read with a unique perspective. Sadie get the chance to see the world through someone else’s mind: Ford Winter. Sadie is very type A, anal, an overachiever. Her family is rich and her parent are always throwing parties. Sadie finally gets accepted to be a Fellow of Mind Corps. She gets to be a Minder and enter the mind of a subject. Her subject lives in the City Center of Detroit, not too far from where she lives. Ford lives in a poor neighborhood, though. He’s not privileged and has a job in demolition. He has a sister, and a brother (who died).

It’s kind of odd reading a story about a girl viewing someone else’s life. She doesn’t do anything most of the time beside think to him and make impressions and fall in love with a boy who she never actually met. It’s weird, but pretty good. I personally would have prefer this written in first person POV. I feel like Ford’s the real main character and Sadie’s just the observer. This book is a standalone, which works because as a series, I’m not sure how it could have worked. It wrap ups completely.

I like that the book is set in Detroit. I’ve never actually be in Detroit, just near it to visit the Henry Ford museum. Detroit seems similar to Chicago, but with even more poverty since the car industry failed a long time ago. The book creates a good gritty atmosphere. It reminds me of Divergent, minus the factions. The characters have a nice, smooth and humorous dialogue too. This book is light on the Dystopian. It’s really more near-future (about 20 years from now). The technology is believable and the world seems to have a lot of corporations. Lots of advertisement and streets named after companies.

The book is worth reading, but it’s not the most exciting thriller I’ve read. It’s definitely unique and enjoyable, but some parts are slow and a little boring. The exciting parts make up for the dull parts. I recommend this book to fans of Divergent, Elusion (Claudia Gable and Cheryl Klam), Uninvited by Sophie Jordan, and other dystopian books.

Cover Art Review:  I love the illustration on the cover and the title. The color scheme is wonderful. The heads breaking apart like chalk is awesome. The title looks like metal and buildings scraped together into letters. Like a sculpture.

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