Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Teen review: Suspense and science

The Mind Game
by Hector Macdonald
375 Pages
Not part of a series
Mature reading level (not a YA book--"new adult," maybe?)

Reviewed by V. M., grade 11

This book is about Ben Ashurst, who attends Oxford University with his beautiful new girlfriend, Cara. Ben agrees to be a testing subject for his professor, Dr. Fieldhead’s experiment. This experiment means that Ben and Cara get to go on a free vacation to a beach resort in Kenya. As the new couple takes their trip, many secrets are revealed. The series of unexpected turns keep readers constantly on their toes!

I enjoyed this book because of the way Macdonald engages readers and causes them to feel all the emotions that Ben goes through. The book has a clever and well thought out plot that leads readers to deceiving conclusions.

I rate this book a 3 out of 5, however, because even though it was entertaining to read, the number of plot twists caused this reader to get bored. After being deceived multiple times, I got frustrated and didn’t want to finish the book. The number of plot twists also make the book seem unrealistic.

All in all, I would recommend this book to young readers because it is an exciting book to read. Young readers would find this book to be captivating and witty with all of its excitement and plot twists. 

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