Mind Games

Mind Games

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 ho...

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Title:Mind Games
Author:Shana Silver
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Mind Games Reviews

  • Samantha Hastings

    MIND GAMES is a smart, sexy sci fi thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. Arden is a hacker with a lucrative side job of selling other people’s thoughts and experiences. If you ever wondered what it would be like to be homecoming queen you could download the memory and experience it like it was your own. Or if you forgot to study for a quiz, you can use someone else’s memories. Everything is going fine until Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked. She’s missing thousa

    MIND GAMES is a smart, sexy sci fi thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. Arden is a hacker with a lucrative side job of selling other people’s thoughts and experiences. If you ever wondered what it would be like to be homecoming queen you could download the memory and experience it like it was your own. Or if you forgot to study for a quiz, you can use someone else’s memories. Everything is going fine until Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked. She’s missing thousands of memories and a cute boy named Sebastian is missing even more. Who is stealing their memories and more importantly, why?

    What I loved: 🖤🖤🖤

    1. The Hivemind world where memories can be downloaded, saved, shared, and occasionally stolen. 2. STEM. Arden and her friends attend a science school where they each create their own tech. Science is presented as cool.

    3. The mystery unfolds with bits and pieces of memories being played backwards. But ultimately Arden has to put all of the pieces together to figure out who is behind it.

    4. The romance is both sweet and steamy, both forgotten and remembered.

    5. No spoilers, but the end has a HUGE twist which completely surprised me.

  • Tricia Levenseller

    This is a really awesome thriller/mystery! I love the way everything unfolded. I thought I had the whole thing figured out, but Silver is GOOD. She pulled one over on me.

  • chloe ♡

    was amazing. scratch that, it was perfect.

    to be honest, i was skeptical about this book at first because sci-fi from swoon reads? what the actual heck. but the idea of memory hacking intrigued me, and i immediately sent in my application for the blog tour.

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    was amazing. scratch that, it was perfect.

    to be honest, i was skeptical about this book at first because sci-fi from swoon reads? what the actual heck. but the idea of memory hacking intrigued me, and i immediately sent in my application for the blog tour.

    this book was everything i hoped for and more – lots of amazing and mindblowing science and coding facts, lovable protagonists, and packed action.

    hivemind is arden’s father’s invention, and it is a system which stores people’s memories in binary code, and they can be accessed anytime using a computer, similar to what hideo tanaka created in

    . it is being beta-tested by students at the elite science high school arden goes to before it gets released to the world, and some of them have figured out ways to hack into the system.

    i tried so hard to pick up clues myself along the story and piece them together to find out the culprit behind sebastian and arden’s vanishing memories, but oh my goodness, i failed so hard. and i totally did not expect that huge plot twist at the end. this book is full of sharp turns and surprises.

    i loved seeing sebastian and arden slowly fall for and support each other amidst the chaos and memory deletions. it’s heartwarming reading the parts where they try their best to overcome the difficulties together. and the press conference scene gave me literal goosebumps.

    the only thing that bothered me was how annoying arden's best friend zoey was.

    all in all,

    is an absolutely fantastic debut novel and i can’t wait to read more of the author’s work! i highly recommend the novel to fans of the

    books. if coding, hacking and romance is your thing, this one’s for you!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Mara

    3.5 stars - I had a really good time reading this one. I appreciated that a) it's target audience is clearly actual teens and not adults who read YA (of which I am one, granted, but I get sad realizing that a lot of YA is being aged up for my benefit), b) that it was action packed with very little build up or wrap up-- it keeps moving throughout & that worked well for the genre, and c) the ending "went there" in a way that kind of surprised me for YA. Overall, would not have picked this up w

    3.5 stars - I had a really good time reading this one. I appreciated that a) it's target audience is clearly actual teens and not adults who read YA (of which I am one, granted, but I get sad realizing that a lot of YA is being aged up for my benefit), b) that it was action packed with very little build up or wrap up-- it keeps moving throughout & that worked well for the genre, and c) the ending "went there" in a way that kind of surprised me for YA. Overall, would not have picked this up without the Book of the Month YA recommendation, & I'm glad I picked this one up!

    **Disclosure: I received this book as my affiliate pick for BOTMYA. I was under no obligation to read or review.

  • Shelley

    *Source* Publisher

    *Genre* Young Adult, SyFy

    *Rating* 3-3.5

    *Thoughts*

    Mind Games is author Shana Silver's debut novel. Mind Games is a science fiction and mystery novel, narrating the life of Arden Varga who is a computer genius and a skilled hacker. Arden's father developed a cloud-based memory uploading app. Every memory gets backed up and synced to the brain instantly. Arden attends an invitation only High School which is sponsored by her mothers company; Varg

    *Source* Publisher

    *Genre* Young Adult, SyFy

    *Rating* 3-3.5

    *Thoughts*

    Mind Games is author Shana Silver's debut novel. Mind Games is a science fiction and mystery novel, narrating the life of Arden Varga who is a computer genius and a skilled hacker. Arden's father developed a cloud-based memory uploading app. Every memory gets backed up and synced to the brain instantly. Arden attends an invitation only High School which is sponsored by her mothers company; Vargas Industries. Arden sells memories and experiences to her classmates for their benefit by using Hivemind.

    *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

  • Jasmine

    started out all promising and full of potential. The blurb sounded exceptionally good, and so did the overall concept of the entire story. What I really appreciated about Arden and Sebastian’s story was how determined they both were when it came to figuring out what happened in their minds, with their brains because one second, they bore the most powerful memory vault everyone was drooling over, and the next second, their once-coveted minds were comple

    started out all promising and full of potential. The blurb sounded exceptionally good, and so did the overall concept of the entire story. What I really appreciated about Arden and Sebastian’s story was how determined they both were when it came to figuring out what happened in their minds, with their brains because one second, they bore the most powerful memory vault everyone was drooling over, and the next second, their once-coveted minds were completely blank. No memories were saved, no class materials were memorized, and no friendship/interpersonal relationship were remembered. They were beyond devastated and totally panicked since well, it wasn’t hard to imagine what you used to rely heavily on became nothing all of a sudden.

    Throughout their persistent search for the cause–or the person who was behind all this–Arden and Sebastian got to know each other better, in a purer, more natural way. I liked that they were honest with each other, and those around them, instead of being manipulated by sheer control of power when Arden could simply dig into someone’s mind without them noticing it and sold the precious pieces of memory.

    However, as the story unfolded, I found myself getting lost more easily than I did in the beginning of the book. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the story was great, the plot was intricately-thought-out, and the characters were lovable. It was just a wee bit difficult for me to fully immerse myself in the book since I couldn’t quite relate to the protagonists the way most people did. There was a gap between what Arden and her friends were experiencing and me and the distance widened as the story continued.

    Thankfully, there was a lovely happy ending by the end of the book and I was quite relieved that I still enjoyed most of the story. Hence, I’d still recommend Mind Games to everyone, especially if sci-fi and romance were your cup of tea!

  • Sylvie

    2.75 out of 5

    I predicted what was going to happen

    before the plot even had the chance to heat up.

    Would I say that I enjoyed the book? To be honest, not really. I liked the idea of the plot but most of the time I was confused on the story's surroundings plus I wasn't a fan of the writing style. It didn't gravitate me and my feeligs towards the characters were neu

    2.75 out of 5

    I predicted what was going to happen

    before the plot even had the chance to heat up.

    Would I say that I enjoyed the book? To be honest, not really. I liked the idea of the plot but most of the time I was confused on the story's surroundings plus I wasn't a fan of the writing style. It didn't gravitate me and my feeligs towards the characters were neutral.

  • Caroline 💞🐉

    big yikes.

    I received an ARC of this at Bookcon, and I was genuinely excited to read it. I was eager to venture away from fantasy and take a break from it and explore some dystopian sci-fi stuff. But oh my gosh...

    I really don’t like to give books bad reviews, or even 1 star ratings. But this was so bad...

    Let’s start off for the #1 reason this book was trash: the writing. I saved some examples just for this review...

    “Hey, man, whatever happened to bros before

    big yikes.

    I received an ARC of this at Bookcon, and I was genuinely excited to read it. I was eager to venture away from fantasy and take a break from it and explore some dystopian sci-fi stuff. But oh my gosh...

    I really don’t like to give books bad reviews, or even 1 star ratings. But this was so bad...

    Let’s start off for the #1 reason this book was trash: the writing. I saved some examples just for this review...

    “Hey, man, whatever happened to bros before hos?” Teddy slaps Sebastian on the back, but then watches him in a weird way, almost as if he’s studying him. “There would need to be hos for that to apply.” Zoey waggles her finger between us. “Only good girls here.” *

    I’m sorry... WHAT????!!! All throughout this book, you could CLEARLY tell the author was trying to channel the way teenagers are now, but let me tell you, not a single soul I know talks that way. Just the way they talked to each other, the things that they did? I’m sorry but this writing was sooooo bad. Even if you had taken all the bad high school teenager talk out, the rest of it still would’ve been bad. This book could’ve benefited greatly from some high school beta readers. Let’s give another example of the writing (which isn’t anything to do with teenagers, but still really REALLY bad):

    “... while Sebastian studies his foods with a curious expression, as if he’s never before seen a carrot. When he pops it into his mouth, he chews with extra gusto, using the full force of his teeth with every chomp.”*

    WHAT. THE. HECK. Writer tip: DO NOT!!!! DESCRIBE SOMEONE ELSE EATING IN THAT WAY. I PROMISE, THE WAY SOMEONE EATS DOES NOT ADD OR TAKE AWAY FROM CHARACTERIZATION OF YOUR CHARACTERS. I BEG OF YOU.

    To continue on, the characters in this were just: terrible. They were the most annoying characters I have ever in my life and I didn’t care about a single one of them.

    The plot was messy and just WHACK. (please tell me when you hear the word whack you think of vine. okay bye) This book was a whole big mess and if nothing else changed, PLEASE. GET. HIGH. SCHOOL. BETA. READERS.

    ... and while we are at it, don’t describe the way someone eats. That just ain’t it chief.

    This book really took a lot of will power to finish. Now I just need to find someone to trade this off with...

    *quote subject to change in final copy

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Ooo memory hacking sounds fun

  • Tucker

    Sci-fi from Swoon Reads?!

    Go home Swoon Reads, your drunk.

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