Mind Games
Arden sells memories. Whether it’s the becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate’s memories and upload the experience for you just as if you’d lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing 15 minutes of her life and all her memories of the hot boy across the school yard. The hot boy her friends assure her she’s had a crush on for years.Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked, but they haven’t just been stolen and shared… they’ve been deleted. And she’s not the only one, the hot stranger, Sebastian, has lost ALL of his memories. But how can they find someone with the power to make them forget everything they’ve learned?

Mind Games Details

TitleMind Games
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherSwoon Reads
ISBN-139781250192929
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult

Mind Games Review

  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Sci-fi from Swoon Reads?!Go home Swoon Reads, your drunk.| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy this book
  • Tricia Levenseller
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really awesome thriller/mystery! I love the way everything unfolded. I thought I had the whole thing figured out, but Silver is GOOD. She pulled one over on me.
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Ooo memory hacking sounds fun
  • Samantha Hastings
    January 1, 1970
    MIND GAMES is a smart, sexy sci fi thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. Arden is a hacker with a lucrative side job of selling other people’s thoughts and experiences. If you ever wondered what it would be like to be homecoming queen you could download the memory and experience it like it was your own. Or if you forgot to study for a quiz, you can use someone else’s memories. Everything is going fine until Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked. She’s missing thousa MIND GAMES is a smart, sexy sci fi thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. Arden is a hacker with a lucrative side job of selling other people’s thoughts and experiences. If you ever wondered what it would be like to be homecoming queen you could download the memory and experience it like it was your own. Or if you forgot to study for a quiz, you can use someone else’s memories. Everything is going fine until Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked. She’s missing thousands of memories and a cute boy named Sebastian is missing even more. Who is stealing their memories and more importantly, why?What I loved: 🖤🖤🖤1. The Hivemind world where memories can be downloaded, saved, shared, and occasionally stolen. 2. STEM. Arden and her friends attend a science school where they each create their own tech. Science is presented as cool.3. The mystery unfolds with bits and pieces of memories being played backwards. But ultimately Arden has to put all of the pieces together to figure out who is behind it.4. The romance is both sweet and steamy, both forgotten and remembered. 5. No spoilers, but the end has a HUGE twist which completely surprised me.
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  • mghrebia
    January 1, 1970
    This book is amazing!! Mind blown!
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    January 1, 1970
    Alright Swoon. I see you. Not sure when we branched into sci-fi but I'll give it a go
  • Diana Urban
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read an early version of Mind Games, and wow... it was so good! This book was SO hard to put down — I read it in only two sittings. Such a unique premise. The stakes were high, the hook was fantastic, the world-building was excellent, and I loved Arden's voice. And Arden and Sebastian's relationship? Swoonworthy! <3
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I had been eagerly eyeing this book for months so when I got an ARC I was ecstatic and couldn't wait to dig in. All those hopeful and excited thoughts shattered within the first two chapters and then all remaining respect disintegrated.The only thing I remember about the main character Arden is her stilettos. I have no clue why a 17 year old would wear stilettos everyday to school, but Arden does. She also prances around in them in her house, runs in them multiple times, and scales through windo I had been eagerly eyeing this book for months so when I got an ARC I was ecstatic and couldn't wait to dig in. All those hopeful and excited thoughts shattered within the first two chapters and then all remaining respect disintegrated.The only thing I remember about the main character Arden is her stilettos. I have no clue why a 17 year old would wear stilettos everyday to school, but Arden does. She also prances around in them in her house, runs in them multiple times, and scales through windows without breaking her ankle. I lost track of how many times each chapter mentioned the sound of Arden's stilettos clacking against the floor. I'm not exaggerating; numerous times each chapter this ridiculous fact was nestled into the story.Arden also possesses an ego problem. She views herself as superior to everyone because of her hacking and coding intellect. She has to win an award. Why? Because she deserves it. She has to be the best student at her prestigious science/computer centered school. Why? Because she says so. She has to be the smartest person at her school and put on a pedestal to her peers or else it's war.Arden's best friend Zoey was the cliche and overused stereotypical best friend who is beautiful and obsessed with boys and falling in love. She has her's and Arden's boyfriends picked out and that's all she talks about.The instant love (and I mean instant because they declare their love for each other within 24 hours) between Arden and Sebastian was cringe worthy and eye rolling.All the science, hacking, and technical talk took away the element of the story. At times it sounded more like a science article or research paper instead of a novel. The lingo was way over my head and after a few chapters of big words and descriptions that didn't make sense I stopped trying to understand the meaning behind the technical/science aspect.Arden makes consistently stupid decisions despite labeling herself the smartest person on the planet. All of her decisions followed this method: Question mother. Mother doesn't do what Arden wants. Arden breaks laws, goes behind mother's back, and does what she wants anyway. Arden gets caught. She runs away. Discovers something else shocking. Process repeats times infinity.The lack of respect Arden and Sebastian had for their mothers was disgusting. The girl hate perpetrated by Arden was unnecessary. Literally every girl hates her despite her best friend. The bad guys were easy to pinpoint, though one twist at the end I didn't expect. I realized by the 35% mark I should have skipped this one, but thanks NetGalley for giving me an ARC.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I have never been more invested in a plot as I have been with Mindgames. Mindgames at first when I read the description reminded me a lot of Tron and Ready Player One, two favorites for our young patrons. This book was better! The drama and the suspense Arden faces for herself just by getting involved with virtual reali This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I have never been more invested in a plot as I have been with Mindgames. Mindgames at first when I read the description reminded me a lot of Tron and Ready Player One, two favorites for our young patrons. This book was better! The drama and the suspense Arden faces for herself just by getting involved with virtual reality was really mindblowing and all she had to do to piece her life back together (literally) was really inspiring to read. I know fans of Ready Player One will enjoy this book as well as our young readers.We will consider adding this title to our YFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book's background, the idea of storing memories and being able to relive other people's memories (think Vicarious by Paula Stokes except not as life threatening thrilling experiences but any kind of experience). But the main character is kind of a douche, so it was hard to be in her head for a whole book, and she kept doing "the wrong thing," but it ended up being "the right thing," which was annoying. Overall, it was a quick fun read but not one that will stay with you for a long I enjoyed this book's background, the idea of storing memories and being able to relive other people's memories (think Vicarious by Paula Stokes except not as life threatening thrilling experiences but any kind of experience). But the main character is kind of a douche, so it was hard to be in her head for a whole book, and she kept doing "the wrong thing," but it ended up being "the right thing," which was annoying. Overall, it was a quick fun read but not one that will stay with you for a long time.
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  • Sara Tickanen
    January 1, 1970
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  • Chandler Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Smart, fun protagonist with witty writing and cool, trippy plot--teens (and adults) won't soon forget this book (which is funny! once you read the book...)
  • Jennifer H.
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Swoon Reads! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Arden's specialty is selling memories, but when it comes to her own she protects them as if they are fine jewels. When Arden suddenly loses not only a chunk of time, but all her memories specifically of a boy - Sebastian - that she apparently has history with and to make matters worse, Sebastian has lost ALL his memories, Arden realizes that it goes beyond a Thank you to Netgalley and Swoon Reads! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Arden's specialty is selling memories, but when it comes to her own she protects them as if they are fine jewels. When Arden suddenly loses not only a chunk of time, but all her memories specifically of a boy - Sebastian - that she apparently has history with and to make matters worse, Sebastian has lost ALL his memories, Arden realizes that it goes beyond a simple glitch and that something is very, very wrong. Now she and Sebastian must race against the clock to figure out who or what wants to keep their memories hidden for good.Mind Games is full of twists, turns, and layers that you continually pull back to reveal the big picture. I thought I knew the culprit and while I started correctly suspecting very late in, I still couldn't connect all the pieces before the big reveal, so I was still shocked. I loved Arden - strong, smart, fierce, and determined. She was ravenous when it came to finding out the truth and by the end you realize that she was so close so many times and she had no idea. Sebastian is a gift. Obviously vulnerable given the circumstances, but so endearing and sweet. I had a strong need to protect him. And his chemistry with Arden - both memory and present - is all the swoons! I love them together!Mind Games is an edge of your seat, absolute page turner that is not to be missed!
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  • Margaret Schoen
    January 1, 1970
    This is a review of an ARC from EdelweissI just couldn't get into this one. The idea is interesting - in a world where people store their memories in the cloud, there's money to be made in selling them. A teenager at a special school hacks a program to create a brisk trade in important memories - answers to a test, catching a winning touchdown, etc - until she her own memories are wiped and has to find out why. This just didn't grab me though - and I immediately was finding flaws in the logical This is a review of an ARC from EdelweissI just couldn't get into this one. The idea is interesting - in a world where people store their memories in the cloud, there's money to be made in selling them. A teenager at a special school hacks a program to create a brisk trade in important memories - answers to a test, catching a winning touchdown, etc - until she her own memories are wiped and has to find out why. This just didn't grab me though - and I immediately was finding flaws in the logical structure that took me out of the story (if all of Bash's memories are gone how does he function in the world? eat, dress himself, know the layout of the school and the combination to his locker? ) DNF
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Great read. The book is a great read alike for Ready Player One. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend that adults try it out as well.
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