Minders by Michele Jaffe

When I saw this book advertised on Netgalley (how much have I been loving this service lately) I was immediately intrigued.  First of all the book is a science fiction story, my favorite, and it also had a very interesting premise that actually sounded somewhat original.  Let me tell you, I was not disappointed.  Minders grips you right away and then keeps your interest piqued the whole wy through.  For once, I read a science fiction story and was not reminded of Divergent or Allegiant – yeah.  The only fault I could find with this book is that it is too mature for my classroom due to some romance issues, otherwise I would have rushed to purchase this myself and place it into the hands of many students.  While the ending did not feel like it was leading up to a sequel, I am still hoping anohter book will come out.

Bottomline:  An enticing read for later middle school and up.

From Goodreads:

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She’s been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she’ll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There’s just one problem: Sadie’s fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?

Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford’s life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.


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