Minders by Michele Jaffe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sadie Ames appears to be the perfect candidate for the Mind Corps Fellowship program. She’s great at organizing and analyzing her thoughts, plus she has firm beliefs about what is right and what is wrong. She is accepted into this program and will now spend six weeks inside subject 9’s head observing everything he says and does. Ford is a trouble boy from the inner city and Sadie quickly falls in love with him. As she struggles between her feelings and the pull to remain an impartial observer, her conscious is quickly heaved in opposing directions when Ford does something unimaginable. Sadie thought she knew everything about him, but if she does, then how did she not see it coming.
Minders is an urban science fiction story that would be a great introduction to the genre. Although I am not aware of any current science that would allow this storyline to take place, it is easily imagined with the help of Jaffe. Her writing enables the reader to discover Ford’s hidden secrets and also allows some unexpected twists and turns in the second half. Even though it appears to be a stand-alone novel with a satisfying ending, readers will easily be able to see the possibility of additional novels in this newly created world. For readers looking for a science fiction book without the space travel angle, I highly recommend this book.
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