The Minders by John Marrs

Book Description:

The new Black Mirror-esque thriller from the author of the word-of-mouth sensation THE ONE – soon to be a Netflix original series.
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Five strangers guard our secrets.
Only four can be trusted…

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…

My Thoughts:

Admittedly this took me slightly longer to get into than usual for this authors books. If you are a fan of the authors then you will no doubt of read The Passengers and The One, of which are both phenomenal books. Whilst I am sure this can easily be read as a standalone for anyone who hasn’t read them, but if like me you have, this felt like some sort of follow on. Am probably totally wrong in my thinking but it kind of threw me as I hadn’t really expected two other standalone novels for their storylines to be entwined within this one.

Once I got my head around it, I settled in for a real roller coaster of a read. The story flicks between each minder of which gives the reader a chance to get to know them better as well as inside their heads and thoughts. At times, it wasn’t always a great place to be. It had me feel empathy as well as a whole host of emotions and not all of them good with some of the characters.

This is one of those stories, as with the other two novels I previously mentioned, that is a bit out there due to it being futuristic but it makes for some great reading. Its ideal for readers who love a good conspiracy story. There are so many twists and turns of which had me gasp out loud more than a few times. The most memorable characters for me were Flick and Charlie. There was just something about both that made them stand out more and get under my skin.

The Minders ended up being a fast paced, page turner of a read that left me on an adrenaline high. It would make a great film or series as parts played throughout my head when reading. I loved that it shocked and thrilled me and had me galloping through the pages watching as things started to unravel and see how it was all going to end. Overall an entertaining read.

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