The Minders by John Marrs ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

Primary Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery
Published: 16 Feb 2021 by Berkley Publishing Group
Page count: 416  (print length)
My Format: eBook via NetGalley
Cover: Okay
Pacing: Slow start, ends great
Ending: Very Good
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy The Minders

My rating: ★★★☆

Synopsis
In the 21st century, information is king. But computers can be hacked and files can be broken into – so a unique government initiative has been born. Five ordinary people have been selected to become Minders – the latest weapon in thwarting cyberterrorism. Transformed by a revolutionary medical procedure, the country’s most classified 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. In return, they’re given the chance to leave their problems behind and a blank slate to start their lives anew.

But not everyone should be trusted, especially when they each have secrets of their own they’ll do anything to protect…

My Thoughts
I really enjoyed John Marrs’ last two novels, The One and The Passengers, so there was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity to read and review his new novel! Here are my pros and cons for The Minders:

Pros

  1. I love the world that Marrs is creating. His books are not identified as a series, yet themes and situations from The One and The Passengers are definitely referenced in The Minders. Each new book continues to develop this digital, futuristic world that is quite realistic and probably the world we will all being living in before we know it. I think the world-building is top-notch, believable, and incredibly creative in these novels. (Note: You don’t have to read The One and The Passengers to understand The Minders; however, The Minders has a ton of spoilers in it that will ruin the other two books for you if you haven’t read them already. I highly recommend reading these three books in publication order.)
  2. I love how this book (as well as his others) takes a close look at the advantages and the disadvantages of the digital advancements available to us. I appreciate the dual viewpoints of whether or not certain advancements should be developed or implemented just because we can and what the consequences may be if we do or don’t use the technology available to us.
  3. This is an intricate and intelligent thriller. The story is told from the POV of multiple characters, just like his other recent novels. It is not hard to follow, but you do need to pay attention.
  4. I thought the ending was good.

Cons

  1. Compared to the two previous books, I felt like this one started off a little slow. It took quite a while before the real action started (about 70% in actually)… but once it did, WOW!
  2. I had zero connection with any of the Minders. I actually found them to be a bit one-dimensional. This did not ruin the book for me at all, but it was weird that I didn’t really care strongly about any of them.

Summary
I have to admit that I enjoyed The One and The Passengers just slightly more than The Minders. I think this is solely because of the two cons I noted above. However, I still consider this a top-notch, high-tech, futuristic, sci-fi thriller and I would recommend it to anyone. I really enjoy the controversial situations Marrs creates in this novels and I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next because I will be first in line to read the next book.

Thank you NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for providing an ebook, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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