Mind Waves by Amanda Uhl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow – this book was phenomenal! I’m not usually one for serious science fiction, but for some reason this story hit all the right buttons for me. There’s a love story (that is at some points tragic), a lot of mystery and danger, and some seriously cool mind hacker skills.
David Jenkins is the best mind hacker around, so it only makes sense that he has also become the target for a rogue hacker. Under constant attack and forced to hunt down the source, David works for the government by “hacking” into the minds of suspects and targets alike. It seems like his life will be made up of work and attack in varying degrees until he meets Grace. Their first meeting didn’t quite go so well, what with him being responsible for her failing to get a job offer to create some specialized artwork. To try to get herself out of her funk, she agrees to meet up with her longtime online mystery man only to stumble upon an even better job offered by David. David, obviously, has other intentions.
These two have such a wonderful and tragic romance that I found myself torn between wanting to turn pages faster and wanting to slow down the inevitable heartbreak. David uses all of his abilities to work his way into Grace’s life and begin what could be the love story to end all love stories. Unfortunately, the rogue hacker has other ideas. While leaving Grace in the dark about all the mind reading and hacking he does, David opens her up to be attacked by the rogue in some pretty horrible ways. Somehow they have to find a way to keep Grace in David’s life (as he is unable to part with her) and still keep her safe from being attacked for information. With all the odds stacked against them, they really found a difficult, but wonderful way to accomplish all their goals. The ending is completely satisfying, but so sad to come upon. I wish there were hundreds more pages written on these two and how they overcome all their struggles. I’m so happy to have gotten exposed to this world and all these really fantastic characters.
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