REVIEW: 'Mindcull' by K.H Canobi Made Me Really Want A VR Headset
Hello Fellow Readerholics
I am back after disappearing off the face of the earth for two weeks (well… not disappearing, just neglecting this blog) .Anyway, this quarantine has had some rather adverse affects on me… I’M IN A READING SLUMP!!! I don’t know how or why it’s happening, if anything I should be reading more but I just can’t get into it for some reason. I did however, have the opportunity to read ‘Mindcull’ by K.H Canobi before the slump really hit. Huge thank you to Ford St Publishing for providing me a review copy of the book.
In a time when nothing is as real as virtual reality, sixteen-year-old Eila is short-listed in a competition by a global technology giant. But then law enforcement officers force her to spy for them, underground activists reveal a murderous plot and someone uses virtual reality to fill her head with a stranger’s thoughts.
Amid secrets, lies and distortions, Eila must decide how far she will go to protect innocent lives.
- synopsis taken from Goodreads
I would like to begin by saying that this was a really fun book! It featured so many epic (and at times a little scary) gadgets that had me yearning for a future that would give me access to them. Although the future was depicted as something closer and more tangible than a far off time. It was actually super cool!
Eila was such a strong character. I say that not only because she was independent and had agency but because she was an incredibly well developed character considering the length of the book. A book I would consider to more plot than character driven at that. She was also a character who I consider to be very ‘street smart’ and conscientious but in a time where that translates differently than to what it does now. My favourite thing about her character was her strength that was aided by her considerate nature. Too often, I find that in a more ‘actiony’ (not a word, I know) sci fi novel the female lead is depicted as somebody who is strong but not kind. I am so sick of seeing that stupid trope so Eila was refreshing to say the least.
The friendships Eila formed during the novel were ones that were so genuine yet wholesome. The moments she shared with those closest to her were so intimated realistic that I either felt as if I were there myself or I felt as if she had taken one of my own experiences and inserted the names of her friends into it.
I also really loved the themes of this novel. There was a heavy influence of deception vs. truth with another strong influence being reality and fantasy which at times, made Eila an unreliable narrator (which I love). I also adored the major theme of what is right and what is wrong and that wonderful grey bit in between!
One thing that I didn’t love was the strong dystopian influence of the novel. As much as I enjoy a good fast paced dystopian, at times the book felt a little bit cliched and unoriginal. This was only really an issue during the first half of the novel as when the plot began to develop, it also distanced itself from well known dystopian tropes and became its own thing. That being said, it still wasn’t the sci fi of my dreams.
Overall, this was incredibly fast paced book that made me *really* want a headset or skin suit! I’m rating it a 3.2/5.
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