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Mindwalker ARC Review


Author: Kate Dylan

Pages: 320 pages

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Published: September 2022

Rating: 5 Stars


Eighteen-year-old Sil Sarrah is determined to die a legend. In the ten years she’s been rescuing imperilled field agents for the Syntex Corporation—by commandeering their minds from afar and leading them to safety—Sil hasn’t lost a single life. And she’s not about to start now.

She’s got twelve months left on the clock before the supercomputer grafted to her brain kills her, and she’s hell-bent on using that time to cement her legacy. Sil’s going to be the only Mindwalker to ever pitch a perfect game—even despite the debilitating glitches she’s experiencing. But when a critical mission goes south, Sil is forced to flee the very company she once called home.

Desperate to prove she’s no traitor, Sil infiltrates the Analog Army, an activist faction working to bring Syntex down. Her plan is to win back her employer’s trust by destroying the group from within. Instead, she and the Army’s reckless leader, Ryder, uncover a horrifying truth that threatens to undo all the good Sil’s ever done.

With her tech rapidly degrading and her new ally keeping dangerous secrets of his own, Sil must find a way to stop Syntex in order to save her friends, her reputation—and maybe even herself.

My Review of Mindwalker by Kate Dylan

Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. This book blew me away. The concept, the execution, it was amazing! I couldn’t get enough of it and never wanted to stop reading.

Sil Sarrah works for Syntex and has a supercomputer inside her head. This computer allows her to go into the heads of field agents and commandeer their mind from afar to lead them to safety. She has not lost a single life in the ten years she’s been doing it. The only thing is, the supercomputer inside her head is slowly deteriorating and she only has about a year left before it will take her with it. Her computer glitches during a mission, which sets off a turn of events she could never have predicted. After failing a critical mission, she is forced to run and prove that she is not a traitor to the people she has worked for for the last ten years.

She infiltrates the Analog Army, which are a faction working against mindwalkers and the Syntex corporation. But as Sil gets closer to those in the faction, she begins to learn horrifying things about the people she works for. This book took me on a rollercoaster. The author describes it as a Marvel movie in a YA novel and I couldn’t agree more! The plot was thrilling and there was so much action, I was addicted. It’s quite a fast-moving book but it suits the story so well.

‘Everything about my life was designed to keep me from living. Whereas everything about Ryder makes me not want to die.’

Of course, there is a romance! To infiltrate the Analog Army, Sil has to work with Ryder, the Army’s leader. Initially there is a lot of mistrust, but as these two are forced to work together and be in tense situations, they slowly get closer. I love Ryder and loved them together. We get to see into his backstory and understand why he is so against the Syntax company. But I have to say I did not see the ending coming!!

Honestly, I adored this book and will 100% be reading it again. I am also desperate to see a perfectly executed film adaption as I think it would work so well! If you love Marvel, books about tech, taking down evil corporations, and some enemies-to-lovers, then this book is for you!!

Keep reading,
Georgia x


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