Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well! Today I am doing another review for a book that I received from the lovely Miss Print through her ARC Adoption Program. For more info on that, check out the end of this review.
Release date: August 27th, 2019
Hardcover Page Count: 320
My rating: 4/5 stars
Disclaimer: I received this ARC as part of Miss Print's ARC Adoption Program. That said, everything featured in this review is based upon my honest opinion and not influenced at all in anyway. Enjoy!
As a seller of memories, Arden knows that experiences, like becoming homecoming queen or scoring a winning goal, aren’t as exclusive as they are made out to be. Not when she can easily hack into a classmate’s memories and upload them for you to experience in minutes. But when it comes to dealing in memories, things aren’t as simple as they might originally be put out to be. When Arden whites out, losing fifteen minutes of her life and all memories of the hot boy across the school yard that her friends swear she’s in love with, she knows that her memories have been hacked too. Well, more like deleted. It turns out that it happened to the boy, Sebastian, too, though he lost all of his memoires instead of just a few. Together with Sebastian, Arden must track down her memories to find out why exactly someone wants them to forget each other. Through this, Arden discovers that the business of memory alteration isn’t just the innocent experience-sharing game that she believed it to be.
For so long I have looked for a YA sci-fi romance that was on par with the technology from Black Mirror and with Mind Games, I think I found it. Flushed with exciting new memory-enhancing technology, the world of Mind Games put a new twist on the memory-uploading technology trope. I thought that it was a fresh change to see this technology not from the perspective of the user, but from the maker. Silver did an excellent job making sure that the technology felt fresh through the many additions and parameters that she applied to it.
Readers will also fall quickly in love with Arden who is not at all like your typical YA sci-fi character. Smart and determined for all the wrong reasons, Arden is the type of character that raises questions in the reader’s mind of their morals when it comes to the legitimacy of memory-stealing. As readers see her be both the perpetrator and the victim of memory stealing, they will understand the nuances of the technology and how even the strongest belief in it could often falter.
If you are looking for a steamy YA romance filled with great sci-fi and world-changing technology, this book is for you. Packed with just the right amount of mystery, readers will find themselves questioning every decision and move of each character up until the last page.
I hope that you enjoyed this review! I loved this book so much and was so happy that I was able to read it. I would like to say a special thank you to Emma who runs the Miss Print blog! Emma is such an amazing blogger and bookstagramer and you definitely have to check her out if you haven't already. Both librarian and reviewer, Emma always seems to know what books are best so if you are looking for some quality reviews (besides mine of course :) ) you should check her blog out! If you are a blogger with little to no access to arcs, check out her arc adoption program too! Not only does she help the blogging community with this, but she helps authors by generating more reviews for them (which is the best thing you can do for an author).
On a separate note, I haven't been the best at posting these past few months, and I'm planning on changing that in the upcoming weeks. I hope you stick around to see that happen!
Until next time,
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