Mindstormer by A.J. Steiger (eARC Review)

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Page Count
: 320

*I was provided with an eARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!*

As you know, I’ve read the first book in this duology (?) only recently. You can check out my review for Mindwalker HERE!

While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the predecessor of Mindstormer, I was pleasantly surprised by the beginning of this one. It really switched things up and kept you wondering what had happened. Lain having lost her memory sort of resets all her relationships back to when book one started, but since you know how she is “supposed to feel” towards certain characters, it really creates an interesting dynamic.

Unfortunately that was only the first part and then there is an entire flashback to the three months we missed. That’s when things sort of turned generic for me again and constantly kept reminding me of things I had read or seen before. I was also very frustrated with Lain and Steven’s behaviour during that time. I seriously started to think that Ian would become a valid option, simply because Lain and Steven didn’t interact with each other whatsoever. People change when they are thrown into extreme circumstances and it would not have been far fetched for me if they had simply grown apart, but apparently that wasn’t the master plan behind it. I just got so annoyed with their very opposite beliefs clashing, both of them being stubbornly idealistic in their own ways.

Something about this series just rubs me the wrong way. I am not sure I can really put a finger on it, but the portrayal of the countries and their relationship was odd to me (Like, can you imagine Canada building a wall to the US and then becoming one of the countries with the harshest internment camps on the planet?). In addition to that, I could not really agree with either form of suggested government and whenever Lain proposed a less violent approach, not even she could come up with concrete ideas on what they were actually supposed to do.

In the end, I was glad that the characters didn’t come out of this unscathed. Events like the ones they went through leave a mark and they’ll have to live with their actions forever. Ultimately, I liked it better than the first book, but it will never become one of my favourite series.

Fazit: 3/5 stars!

Would you read this series? Did you check out the sequel?

14 thoughts on “Mindstormer by A.J. Steiger (eARC Review)

  1. Hmm, I haven’t started this series but the blurb just doesn’t pop out to me. I’ve been taking a break from all these rebellion group books, lol. I’m glad you still managed to enjoy it, despite the believability issues. And believe me, I canNOT imagine that wall between Canada and USA LOL.

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    • I haven’t read dystopians in SUCH a long time and this reminded me why. It’s just all so similar in silly ways. I wouldn’t say I really enjoyed it, but I liked it more than the prequel. It’s something …


  2. Ahhh.. It sure does sound like there’s some serious issues with this book, and even this series. The level of realism.. or just our ability to believe some ideas plays a lot on how much we enjoy a story too.. I mean.. there are insane books out there that manage to make those insane things seem so possible too. Sucks to hear that this author didn’t succeed in that department. Do you plan on continuing this series? In fact, what made you read this second book? 😛

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    • Uhm … so I really only read this because I got approved for it on NetGalley. I didn’t know it was the second book in a series, so I read the first one quickly, because I didn’t believe I could review it properly without the context from the first. But I think this is the last book in the series … at least I hope so. I wouldn’t read more of it.

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  3. Ah yes I remember your review! Oh dear- such a shame it became generic again after the first part. And I really don’t like when dystopias aren’t well thought out. Doesn’t sound like this duology will be my cup of tea- but great review!

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  4. Hahah no I definitely can’t imagine Canada would do that (thankfully) 😂 I haven’t read dystopians in so long and truthfully I’m not looking to return to them haha. Sorry to hear this wasn’t such an outstanding read, but at least it was better than the first? 🙈Lovely review!

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    • It’s like when they put the “eh” at the end of sentences to make the characters Canadian. I haven’t even heard anyone say that irl. This book series was just weird.


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