Borderline (Hive Mind #4)
Being a telepath means your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. Eighteen-year-old Amber is the youngest of the five telepaths who protect the hundred million citizens of one of the great hive cities of twenty-sixth century Earth. Her job is hunting down criminals before they commit their crimes, but this time she must face multiple challenges. While preparing to celebrate the New Year festival of family, Amber’s team have to deal with a case where the stakes grow increasingly personal. The help of Amber’s borderline telepath counsellor, Buzz, becomes crucial. (Cover depicts Buzz.)

Borderline (Hive Mind #4) Details

TitleBorderline (Hive Mind #4)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 6th, 2019
PublisherWallam-Crane Press
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GenreScience Fiction

Borderline (Hive Mind #4) Review

  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely PerfectI truly love this series and I can’t wait for the next book. I wish the next book was here already. I read hundreds of books a year and this is always a series to look forward to.1. Unique setting with a very wonderful cast2. Amber is one of the true leaders of the hive but still is human and has emotional attachments to her people.3. The supporting cast is great and the villains are quite interesting.4. We get to find out some interesting tidbits about more of the hive and the Absolutely PerfectI truly love this series and I can’t wait for the next book. I wish the next book was here already. I read hundreds of books a year and this is always a series to look forward to.1. Unique setting with a very wonderful cast2. Amber is one of the true leaders of the hive but still is human and has emotional attachments to her people.3. The supporting cast is great and the villains are quite interesting.4. We get to find out some interesting tidbits about more of the hive and the inner workings.This is book 4 of the series and I can’t wait for book 5
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    5 out of 5 stars!This was amazing! So many things happened, and I'm still kinda shooketh because of some things. I literally cannot wait for the next book.... but it'll take some time, I'm sure of that^^(view spoiler)[The whole Game plot was nice and all, but can we talk about all the shit that was going down?? I mean: Tobias and Keith. What the fuck!? xDI'm so excited for the next book, but I'm kinda scared... I mean, I have such a bad feeling about the truce between Keith and Amber. He said he 5 out of 5 stars!This was amazing! So many things happened, and I'm still kinda shooketh because of some things. I literally cannot wait for the next book.... but it'll take some time, I'm sure of that^^(view spoiler)[The whole Game plot was nice and all, but can we talk about all the shit that was going down?? I mean: Tobias and Keith. What the fuck!? xDI'm so excited for the next book, but I'm kinda scared... I mean, I have such a bad feeling about the truce between Keith and Amber. He said he did what he did because of Olivia, but do I believe this? No, not that much. Yes, there may be some truth in his words, but do I believe him completely? Nope! And he swore that he wouldn't harm anyone precious to her, but do I think he cares about this? Nope, he doesn't...But: I need mire Mira, she was so sweet! <3 (hide spoiler)]
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed seeing the growth of Amber in this title.While still always one to put the Hive above herself, it was good to see her finally take a stand for something she feels strongly about. While being self aware of her importance she doesn't take advantage of this.(view spoiler)[ Getting to meet Keith and Mara was an interesting experience and I felt myself understand at least some of Keith's behavior (while still kinda hating him). (hide spoiler)]The ending of this book, (like all other I really enjoyed seeing the growth of Amber in this title.While still always one to put the Hive above herself, it was good to see her finally take a stand for something she feels strongly about. While being self aware of her importance she doesn't take advantage of this.(view spoiler)[ Getting to meet Keith and Mara was an interesting experience and I felt myself understand at least some of Keith's behavior (while still kinda hating him). (hide spoiler)]The ending of this book, (like all other in the series) opens the door for a very exciting next novel and I already can't wait for it to be written and released.
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  • Books In Brogan
    January 1, 1970
    Another amazing book by Janet Edwards this one is the 4th in her Hive Mind series. While this book it's a little longer then her others it never drags on plus we get to learn a lot more of the hive world and the history of the hives. I can't go into much more because "Spoilers" but you will not want to miss this book.This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan Another amazing book by Janet Edwards this one is the 4th in her Hive Mind series.  While this book it's a little longer then her others it never drags on plus we get to learn a lot more of the hive world and the history of the hives.   I can't go into much more because "Spoilers" but you will not want to miss this book.This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan
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  • William
    January 1, 1970
    One Word Review: Fantastic!Short Review: An excellent addition to this character-driven mystery/detective series set in a fascinating future world. Strongly recommended. If you haven’t read Telepath, you should. If you have - you’ll love this book!Longer Review (avoiding spoilers): This book is so good it is going on my fiercely guarded “favorites” shelf. Janet Edwards does here what she has done in her previous books - creating believable, relatable characters, putting them in awful but One Word Review: Fantastic!Short Review: An excellent addition to this character-driven mystery/detective series set in a fascinating future world. Strongly recommended. If you haven’t read Telepath, you should. If you have - you’ll love this book!Longer Review (avoiding spoilers): This book is so good it is going on my fiercely guarded “favorites” shelf. Janet Edwards does here what she has done in her previous books - creating believable, relatable characters, putting them in awful but fascinating predicaments, keeping the stakes high- yet injecting humour to stop things getting too dark, and adding a seasoning of brilliantly written action scenes while at the same time subtly getting you to question the place of the individual in society.She has done this so well in every book in the series that I was already thinking of her as my favorite living author...but here she turns it up to 11! Really - if you haven’t read the previous books - give Telepath a try.There is a central investigation that provides the backbone of the plot - this is intriguing in itself and it goes without saying that the plot thickens nicely as the investigation proceeds. Previous novels have reminded me of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the way things are set up carefully and then revealed with a twist. This time I was reminded of Agatha Christie's Poirot stories in some of the characters we meet and especially in how the denouement is presented, a scene I enjoyed immensely.There are many other sub-plots, both personal for Amber, and some very challenging moments for her team. A brilliant part of this series is the careful world-building which feels very much like a deepening mystery - a very carefully handled overarching plot, which Ms Edwards is managing to hint at just enough to get the interest going without detracting from the immediate story. Very well handled and very intriguing! This is becoming more and more a fascinating setting As I’ve said before - while I really enjoy the detective aspect of the stories, it’s the way that Ms Edwards handles characters that keeps bringing me back. The way both Amber and Lucas have to deal with insecurities and trauma is very, very real. The wonderful thing is how they support each other to get through it. These are the sort of well written characters that you want to keep visiting, in fact I put off finishing it because I was enjoying it so much. I just don’t want this story to end.
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  • Dylan Tomorrow
    January 1, 1970
    This keeps being my favourite series by Janet Edwards by far because with each book the world building deepens and we find out more about the stunningly complex ingeniously interdependent weird society that is Hive England and the multilateral hive world surrounding it. I am particularly amazed by how well the leaders of Hive England have thought out this society. Lottery is not perfect, but very close to it and if they had more telepaths the already very low crime rate could be literally zero. This keeps being my favourite series by Janet Edwards by far because with each book the world building deepens and we find out more about the stunningly complex ingeniously interdependent weird society that is Hive England and the multilateral hive world surrounding it. I am particularly amazed by how well the leaders of Hive England have thought out this society. Lottery is not perfect, but very close to it and if they had more telepaths the already very low crime rate could be literally zero.We get more character development and more shades of grey with the unique narrative device of a first person pov protagonist that is as close to a omniscient narrator as you can be in this world being used in more creative ways with each book. This allows for a lot of rather elegant stealth exposition and also lets us get into the mindset of every character with very short bits that capture their essence.What I have really loved with each book is also the expanding stakes and scope. The first book already starts big with an agent from another hive intent on kidnapping Amber. The second book gets smaller ins cope but has a victim Amber knows, the third puts the entire unit at a disadvantage by having to solve a case outside of the cave, surrounded by sea farm people without imprints and finding out that place is intended as a safeguard seed population in case Hive England gets destroyed. Plus the wild bee is the most evil character in the entire series and I still hate them more than anyone else.This book now goes completely bonkers with the unit having to navigate the messy fields of inter-telepath conflict, Amber having to read people she'd really rather not and finding out some horrifying things, internal hive politics and even international law/diplomacy. This case is not that hard to figure out on its own, but with everything else complicating things Amber and Lucas have to keep a lot of plated spinning lest they all fall down and break.Amber has to really step up here and fight for the hive, her unit and everything else that is at stake, No one else is gonna do it, so she has to. And she finds even more skeletons in the closet of this hive, adding to her increasing fundamental questioning of whether "the hive knows best".I keep wondering whether the hive needs to get away from its whole concept of security by obscurity. Because if anyone who finds out about nosies being fake ever broadcasts this to the whole hive, the whole system could collapse. Hopefully the hive leadership actually has a contingency plan for this scenario. In the worst case they might have to get bck to being a surveillance statewith cctvs everywhere again ...
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  • S.J. Higbee
    January 1, 1970
    Amber is now established as one of the foremost telepaths in this huge hive city, but also increasingly under pressure as one of the other telepaths now needs to take a prolonged leave of absence while requiring urgent medical treatment. Edwards is very adept at communicating the rules for her world, without holding up the pace or indulging in info-dumps. The first-person narration works well, as Amber is at the heart of the story and we learn about the stresses on her, as touching minds full of Amber is now established as one of the foremost telepaths in this huge hive city, but also increasingly under pressure as one of the other telepaths now needs to take a prolonged leave of absence while requiring urgent medical treatment. Edwards is very adept at communicating the rules for her world, without holding up the pace or indulging in info-dumps. The first-person narration works well, as Amber is at the heart of the story and we learn about the stresses on her, as touching minds full of violence and misery leave aftershocks that can destabilise her if they aren’t dealt with.There is a strong supporting cast of well developed characters who operate as part of Amber’s team and I also love the shifting dynamic and growing amount of information we learn about the other, rather shadowy telepaths. It’s refreshing to see the stable, happy relationship between Amber and her partner – YA reads are notorious for providing lots of angst around the romance thread, but Edwards doesn’t choose to go down that route. I tucked into this one and the pages flew by as I was pulled along by Amber’s bouncy narrative and the action-packed story that held me right until the final sentence. And there was a doozy of a surprise near the end which I certainly didn’t see coming – I love it when that happens!This one is very highly recommended for fans of sci fi crime and future worlds. Though this book can be enjoyed as a standalone, my advice would be to read the first three books first as this series is too good to read out of sequence.9/10
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  • Rachel Prosser
    January 1, 1970
    This follows on immediately after book 3. You really do need to start Amber’s series at the beginning with Telepath. I’m not going to give the plot away, but it develops Amber’s story nicely. There’s plenty of development, and it leaves us waiting for more. It’s not a cliff-hanger - but there’s just clearly so much detail there to build on.
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  • Robyn
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing! Wonderful book. I read it just after it came out, because Janet Edwards is my favourite author. It's an amazing series and this book continues the trend. I absolutely loved it.
  • James
    January 1, 1970
    She has done it again. Just as good as the last three and really sets up the start of a lot of interesting plot points for the future.
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