Title: Mind Games
Author: Teri Terry
Source: ARC from Netgalley
Available: 5 March 2015
Buy it: Here
Luna is a Refuser - she doesn't have a Pareco Virtual Reality implant, and she doesn't access virtual worlds via plug-in points either. Ever since the death of her mother, Luna has turned her back on technology and instead cared more for real things, especially her nanna who is often "away with the fairies". So why does she receive an appointment for a prestigious Pareco Test? And how will she keep the real reason she's a Refuser to herself, when everyone will expect her to plug in?
I'll get something out of the way very quickly; this book has more than an echo of Divergent about it - BUT - honestly, you will forgive it for that. While the plot is very reminicent, the characters, their motivations and the world Teri creates are very, very different. Mind Games stands on its own two feet, and can hold its head high.
I enjoyed Mind Games immensely. I instantly liked Luna, and was eager to follow her through the path laid out in front of her - real or otherwise! The virtual reality worlds came across really well and the set-up of the sci-fi parts of the plot were easy to follow and imagine.
What I liked most about Mind Games was the sort-of-split half way, which allowed the reader to go back and see things - characters, places and choices - again through a different, more naive point of view. I found myself calling out "NO!" to the page when Luna made a choice in the second half that only the reader knew was a bad one! ha!
Unfortunately I found the ending to be a little messy after such a taught storyline leading up to it. It all passed by very quickly in a whirlwind of real and unreal realities. I might go back and re-read the end a bit slower, as perhaps my eagerness to know how it ended impacted the finale.
Mind Games is hugely fun and fast paced. I think it got a bit lost in its own ending, which had me leaving the book a little confused, but overall I would highly recommend this book to fans of tech-fuelled dystopia.