Thursday, February 18, 2021

Review: The Minders by John Marrs

The Minders
by John Marrs

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  In the 21st century, information is king. But computers can be hacked and files can be broken into - so a unique government initiative has been born. Five ordinary people have been selected to become Minders - the latest weapon in thwarting cyberterrorism. Transformed by a revolutionary medical procedure, the country's most classified information has been taken offline and turned into genetic code implanted inside their heads.

Together, the five know every secret - the truth behind every government lie, conspiracy theory and cover up. In return, they're given the chance to leave their problems behind and a blank slate to start their lives anew.

But not everyone should be trusted, especially when they each have secrets of their own they'll do anything to protect...

Kritters Thoughts:  How does a country guarantee that it can keep its secrets in a technology age that doesn't feel safe?  In this version of Britain, there is a group of people who are concerned about the safety of country secrets, so a team of people have come up with an interesting solution - put the country secrets into people and hopefully within five years they can come up with a long term solution that is impenetrable.  

This book takes place in the same "world" as The Passengers and The One, not a series, but reading those two first could help.  I had read The Passengers before reading this book, but not The One and now I want to go back and get that one done.  I think there were things about that book embedded in this one that I may have missed, but it didn't take away from my overall reading.

Told through the perspective of the actual minders before their lives are changed and then after as they leave everything behind to keep the country's secrets.  It was interesting to see very different people react to an extreme situation in very different ways - I did have to make notes as we met each character, so I could ensure that I kept them straight throughout.  

I love the combination this book makes with a mystery with fantastic pacing, but a science fiction dystopian feel that allows me to dip my toes into the science fiction scene and enjoy a wild ride.  I hope to read more from John Marrs as his books keep me guessing while pushing my boundaries.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 6 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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