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Mind Games by Shana Silver
Young adult

Mind Games

We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Shana Silver, on your first book!

by Shana Silver

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Dystopian and reckless in all the right ways when a side job of selling memories for profit goes wrong.

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Why I love it

Brianna Goodman
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If you could look inside another person’s mind and know what they’re thinking, would you? If you could glimpse the thoughts of a genius, or discover whether your crush likes you back, would it be worth the risk of, say, learning what that person really thinks of you?

For Arden, that answer is yes. Not only does she hack into the minds of her peers, but she sells the memories she finds for some extra $$. But Arden has standards. Stealing test answers from the teacher’s pet? Fine. Spying on your girlfriend’s thoughts to find out if she’s cheating on you? Not allowed. But when Arden learns that her own mind has been hacked—and her memories of a boy named Sebastian erased—her fun side hustle goes from profitable to sinister. Especially since Sebastian’s entire memory bank has been wiped.

I had so much fun watching tech-savvy Arden and vulnerable Sebastian work to uncover what happened to their memories. Part fast-paced sci-fi thriller, part budding romance, Mind Games plays out what our world might look like if we could actually read each other’s minds. If you’ve ever said something along the lines of “I wish I knew what you were thinking,” spoiler alert: It’s not all sunshine and rainbows.

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Arden sells memories. Whether it’s the becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate’s memories and upload the experience for you just as if you’d lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing 15 minutes of her life and all her memories of the hot boy across the school yard. The hot boy her friends assure her she’s had a crush on for years.

Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked, but they haven’t just been stolen and shared… they’ve been deleted. And she’s not the only one, the hot stranger, Sebastian, has lost ALL of his memories. But how can they find someone with the power to make them forget everything they’ve learned?

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318 ratings
  • 36% Love
  • 49% Like
  • 12% Dislike
  • Cass City , MI

    I loved this book so much!! It keeps you guessing as it leads you though Arden and Sebastian's struggle to answer the burning question, “who stole all our memories?” While they also uncover their love

  • Denton, TX

    Holy cow this was one of the best books Ive read to date. It was all i could do to consume it as fast as i could. I know very little about technology and computer coding but it didnt matter. LOVE THIS

  • Canton, MI

    Love this book! The plot was very interesting and so fast paced that I didn’t want to put it down. I liked the way the author made it into a thriller/romance. Can’t wait to see more from her!

  • Newberry, FL

    Such an amazing book. Was on the edge of my seat and couldnt actually guess what was happening like most books. Amazing character arcs and such an interesting plot. Favorite book of 2020 so far.

  • Chattanooga, TN

    This book reminded me of Feed by Anderson. Both books point out the possible problems when technology and neurology merge too closely. How invasive can we become before its too invasive?

  • New York, NY

    The whole time while reading this book, I was blown away by the mere conpts of the technology. I was engrossed in the world and trying so hard to piece together what actually happened.

  • Purchase, NY

    This book was AMAZING! If you like futuristic thrillers with powerful romantic subplots, you will LOVE Shana Silver’s Mind Games. Brought up extremely interesting ethical questions.

  • San Antonio, FL

    This book was so awesome. Not what I expected but so much more. It was scary how possible it seemed and I loved the love story element of it. There are not words for that ending.

  • Parker, CO

    I loved this book! I read it in a day. I enjoyed the premise of it and it made me think. Pretty sure I would not want my memories in a server! Enjoyed Arden as a lead character.

  • Willoughby Hills , OH

    Phenomenal! Very well written, character development was deep & complex with them losing their memories constantly. Literally read cover to cover & did not put down!

  • Christoval, TX

    I really loved this book. It's so fast paced and so unlike my normal content. It is by far one of my favorites and I'm am so glad I took a chance on this book

  • Grand Forks, ND

    It was a really good book. It was exactly the happiest book in the world, but it was very well written. I really loved how different it was. Highly recommend.

  • Houston, TX

    as technology exponentially expands, this story didn't seem too far fetched, but kept you interested trying to solve the mysteries along with the characters

  • Waterloo, IA

    Lots of twists and turns throughout the book. Definitely a new type of dystopian world - be prepared for the hard choices our characters have to make.

  • Philadelphia, PA

    I loved the plot and characters. Such a great concept and protagonist! Writing was a little on the repetitive side. But a great story!

  • Ashland, MA

    Could. Not. Put. Down. So good and though I'd consider it a light read, my heart pounded through the whole story. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

  • Plymouth, MN

    Love Love Love! This book was so fun and I was questioning everything. Had me guessing til the last page. I didn't want it to end.

  • Clarksville, TN

    A really interesting story that seems simple at first but delves into some gripping thoughts about identity.

  • Saratoga Springs, UT

    Such a clever story! It wasnt perfect, but I was completely enthralled. Loved every minute of reading it!

  • Stephentown , NY

    Loved the plot, loved the characters and the pace of the story was excellent in keeping you in suspense

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