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Title:
Mindstormer
ISBN:
9781780749266
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Publication Information:
London : Rock the Boat, an imprint of Oneworld Publications, 2017.

©2017
Physical Description:
429 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Sequel to: Mindwalker.

'Who can you trust when you can't trust your memories?"--Cover.
Summary:
When Lain Fisher wakes up in a hospital bed, she can't remember anything from the past few months. It's no ordinary amnesia. As a trained Mindwalker, Lain knows all about wiping memories, she just never thought it would happen to her. When two young men break in and take her away, she's not sure if she's being rescued or kidnapped. One of them, Ian, she knows. The other, Steven, is a stranger to her ... but he claims they were friends. More than friends. Outside, the world has changed beyond recognition. Right is wrong, enemies are allies, and Lain's erased past may be the key to fighting a totalitarian state with the power to manipulate the human mind. The only thing she knows for certain is that she needs her memories back. Her life depends on it.
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When Lain Fisher wakes up in a hospital bed she can't remember anything from the last few months. It's no ordinary amnesia. As a trained Mindwalker, Lain knows all about wiping memories -- she just never thought it would happen to her.When two young men break in and take her away, she's not sure if she's being rescued or kidnapped. One of them, Ian, she knows. The other, Steven, is a stranger to her ... but he claims they were friends. More than friends. Outside the world has changed beyond recognition. Right is wrong, enemies are allies, and Lain's erased past may be the key to fighting a totalitarian state with the power to manipulate the human mind. The only thing she knows for certain is that she needs her memories back. Her life depends on it.


Author Notes

A. J. Steiger majored in Fiction writing at Columbia College, Chicago and her lifelong interest in psychology and social justice issues led her to write Mindwalker (Knopf, 2015) and its sequel, MINDSTORMER. Her first romance title, When My Heart Finds The Thousand, will be published by HarperTeen in February 2018. She lives in Willowbrook, Illinois.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-When readers last saw 18-year-old Lain Fisher in Mindwalker, she was headed to Canada to join the resistance movement against the all-powerful Institute for Ethics in Neurotechnology (IFEN). Now, three months later, she is a prisoner at IFEN and her memories of the past several months have been erased, including all memories of Steven, the boy whose story of abuse and trauma turned her away from IFEN in the first place. The majority of this fast-paced second novel is devoted to exploring Lain's introduction to the resistance, known as the Blackcoats, her time training with them as a soldier, and the events that led up to her capture and memory modification by IFEN. Throughout, introspective Lain grapples with right and wrong, sacrifice and necessity, duty and ethics, and must decide how far she is willing to go to fight for the Blackcoats' cause. At center stage is Lain's relationship with Steven, which is strained by their induction into the Blackcoats' ranks. To complicate matters, Lain's best friend Ian also joins the resistance, creating a love triangle that is sure to appeal to teen romance fans. The ending seems to set the stage for a third entry in the series, but an awkward tacked on epilogue suggests that this is the end of Lain's story. This sequel poses some interesting ethical questions about human rights and war tactics. -VERDICT Recommended for fans of romantic dystopian novels or those who enjoyed the first installment.-Liz Overberg, Zionsville Community High School, IN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

In this sequel to Mindwalker (2015), Lain Fisher wakes to find herself unable to recall the previous few months and knows she's been subjected to a targeted memory wipe. When a group of revolutionary Blackcoats rescues her from the Institute for Ethics in Neurotechnology (IFEN), a former coworker and her ex-boyfriend facilitate her memory restoration and smuggle her over the Canadian border wall. There, they arrive in the Citadel, the Blackcoats' high-tech headquarters, where they train to destroy the closed government of the United Republic of America and its controlling arm, IFEN. After a slow start, Steiger's novel catapults into mind-crushing action, set within a highly advanced America that excels in mind control and secludes itself from the rest of the world. At its heart, the book offers an intelligent debate on the morality of technology developed with good intentions versus its access to power and control, and on advanced weaponry's ability to dehumanize destruction. It is a timely and cautionary story in which the concepts of freedom and accountability are prominent despite existing at the mercy of politics.--Fredriksen, Jeanne Copyright 2018 Booklist