Title: MindersAdd to Goodreads
Author: Michele Jaffe
Pub. Date: January 30, 2014
Genre: Young Adult
Rec. Age Level: 12+
Oh, where to start with my love for this book? There's crazy, advanced science, a mystery, dark threatening forces, gorgeous, crumbling Detroit architecture, and a complicated, swoon-worthy romance.
I'm am, admittedly, a huge fan of Michele Jaffe as an author. I've yet to be disappointed by one of her novels; I've read both her adult fiction and YA. Her adult fiction is rather steamy and I love that she's able to bring that to her YA as well... The steamy scenes within MINDERS say well within PG-13 bounds, but Jaffe isn't afraid to tackle the intensity of teenage sexuality. Ford is a teenaged boy after all... a teenaged boy who has no idea that a teen girl is currently residing in his head, seeing and experiencing every sensation he does. Understandably, this makes for some very interesting situations that are both intensely awkward and unexpectedly passionate.
While MINDERS is not the first book to explore a premise in which a character is privy to another's thoughts without the other character's consent or knowledge, Jaffe gives this established trope a fresh twist. Often, this power, to breach another's mind, is achieved by supernatural or magical means... In MINDERS, it's science and technological advancements that allow Sadie and the others within the program to cross personal boundaries and invade the privacy of those who might be peers if not for their socioeconomic status. When supernatural and magical elements are involved, there's often clear divisions of good and evil. In MINDERS, right and wrong - and good and evil - aren't as easily established.
With MINDERS, Michele Jaffe demonstrates she can give readers a gripping, well-written story, no matter the genre.