WHAT IF YOUR PAST COULD BE REWRITTEN?
It is the future. There is no war, no social unrest, no painful memories…and no freedom. The government maintains peace and tranquility by brain-wiping all disturbing experiences.
At just seventeen, Lain Fisher is the youngest therapist at the Institute to master the art of Mindwalking – using a direct neural link to erase her clients’ traumatic memories. But when a troubled classmate asks for her help, Lain’s superiors warn her that Steven’s scars are too deep, the risk is too great. Yet as she defies their warnings and explores Steven’s memories, it becomes clear that something is very, very wrong. Is the Institute really an organisation of healing, or one of manipulation and state control? And is there more to Lain’s father’s suicide than meets the eye?
Meet Lain, and follow her into a dystopian world of memory modification, and a society of surveillance, stigma and secrets.
I give it - 5/5
My review - I haven't heard much about this book so I went into it with an open mind, I wasn't expecting it to blow my mind.
In this story we have the main character Lain, a 17 year old Mindwalker.
A Mindwalker is a person who can take away memories from people that they want to forget, like an old love or a traumatic experience. She is very smart 17 year old who is one of the youngest mindwalkers as most people don't make it past the first year as when they do the procedure the mindwalker also goes through the memory as the person and feels all the emotions.
Then we meet Steven, he wants Lain to take away his memory of something that happened to him when he was younger, but when she starts the procedure to find the memory, she finds out more than she was expecting and something wrong is happening with the people she thought she trusted.
This story is like a test for Lain, she wants to be the best, to help people but instead she has to work against them to find the truth. I really liked Lains character, she was able to stick up for herself, and the character development was really good and I cannot wait to see how much more she grows in the second book.
I really liked the story-line as it was a bit different from some dystopian reads I have read so that made it more interesting for me.
I was just gripped from the very first page and read it in one sitting. The writing was fantastic and I think that's what got me hooked.
A.J. is a brilliant author and I cannot wait to see where this series goes.