PUBLICATION DATE: February 16th, 2021
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Happy Publication Day to The Minders!!
Thank you to Berkley for the eARC of this book via NetGalley and for inviting me on this blog tour, and thank you also to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a beautiful finished paperback copy of this book to read and enjoy.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Everyone has secrets. They know yours…
In the 21st century information is king. But computers can be hacked, files can be broken into. So an unique government initiative has been borne. Five ordinary people have been selected to become the latest weapon in thwarting cyber terrorism. A revolutionary medical procedure has turned them into the ultimate secret keepers – the country’s most secretive 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. Only somebody has discovered who the secret keepers are. And one by one, they are being hunted down…
After reading and loving Marrs’ previous two novels I was thrilled to get an invite for this blog tour. And I was not disappointed! Meet 5 ordinary people – Flick, Charlie, Sinead, Emilia and Bruno. Each have made mistakes and decisions in their lives that have affected them all in one way or another. Some have little to no friends or family, some are grieving or going through something that has severed all ties with those they love. After getting an ad invite to take part in a test where they see if they can solve a puzzle that apparently only 1% of the population can solve, they are intrigued and try the puzzle, passing with flying colours.
Each of them are then invited to be part of a government operation. Secret and sensitive government information will be uploaded onto little beads that are then injected into sections of these “minders” brains where the information will be safely stored and can only be retrieved through a specific medical procedure. They would have to walk away from their loved ones and walks away from their lives.
I loved the back-story of all 5 of these characters. The book had great character development and talked about their past as well as their present situations that led each of these 5 people to agree to leave their lives behind as they knew it and to walk away and become “minders” for the government. Each had their own personal reasons for why they wanted to walk away from their lives for good. I also enjoyed how this novel was told from varying character POV’s. It was interested to read the various chapters from each of their POV’s, and also reading parts of the government officials as they had their meetings when planning and talking about this new operation regarding the “minders”.
Edge of your seat, nail biting entertainment that will have you flipping through the pages of this futuristic world, and you will not be able to put this book down until the very end. A book that I highly recommend if you haven’t added it yet to your TBR list.
I’m looking forward to Marrs’ next novel. Well done!
MY REVIEW: 4/5 stars