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Mind Games

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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,121 ratings  ·  344 reviews
Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late?

Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out f
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published March 5th 2015 by Orchard Books (Hachette Children's Books)
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Mind Games is a standalone - no series.
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| ARC kindly provided by Orchard Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you a lot! |


En un mundo donde sólo lo virtual es realidad, Luna es diferente.
En un mundo donde todos aceptan mentiras, Luna ve la verdad.
En un mundo donde la tecnología se respira, Luna se rehúsa a ahogarse.
Luna deberá mantener en secreto sus habilidades si quiere sobrevivir, sólo ella ve la verdad de lo que está ocurriendo. ¿Podrá Luna esconder su secreto de PareCo?


Realidad virtual ataca de nuevo.

Sara Bow
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meine Rezension ist jetzt online:
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.)

“Don’t let them notice you’re different.”

This was an interesting sci-fi/dystopian story, and I loved the twists.

I felt quite sorry for Luna at the start of this story. The way everyone treated her like a second-class citizen because she didn’t want to ‘plug-in’ to the virtual world was pretty bad. Especially considering that she hadn’t spoken to her father in w
Laura Evlolle
2,5 - 3 Sterne

Die Idee fand ich echt interessant und cool, es konnte mich allerdings nicht richtig packen, was auch daran lag, dass ich die Protagonistin nicht wirklich leiden konnte. Außerdem war es teilweise einfach zu wirr für mich.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mich konnte die Geschichte leider überhaupt nicht packen, sodass ich das Buch nach über der Hälfte abgebrochen habe. Vielleicht bin ich auch mit falschen Erwartungen an das Ganze herangegangen ...
Aly's Bookish Wonderland

Placing this on hold for now. It's taken me a week to get to 8% and I have no desire to read on for now, which is sad because I was really looking forward to it. But this one is definitely on me. It could be that I'm just not in the mood for dystopia, like it could be that I've been reading so many good UF books lately that I'm not in the mood for something so... I don't know. Heavy? Dystopias tend to be very dramatic/heavy. I know I have to be in the right mood for one, else I end up hating it
Cora Tea Party Princess
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cora by: Steph
5 Words: Family, love, virtual, conspiracy, control.

My mind is blown. I am now an empty shell of my former self. It may take a while for me to recover. So you'll have to come back later for my actual review.

Ok, so I'm back.

And this book was pretty awesome.

I got so caught up in the story. It just flowed so well and had such an incredible pace. It was supposed to be a 5-chapters-a-day buddy read, but we both pretty much raced through it.

Mind Games is set in a pretty twisted world, and I loved the
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Luna lives in a world where the majority of the population has an implant allowing them access to a virtual world. Everyone learns, lives, plays and interacts in this virtual world. Luna is one of few “Refusers”, who choose not to have an implant and do things the old way, like learn in a physical classroom with physical teachers. When she does enter the virtual world, we discover that she has a dangerous secret: she is aware of both the virtual world and the real world around her.

This book remi
May 22, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition



Release date?? Cover???


Oh, Teri, please!!! Just give me something! U_U

*I received an ebook copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Mind games has a quite interesting premise. Luna is a Refuser, a girl who refuses to plug into the virtual world in which most people spend their life now. By doing this
she has become a social pariah and has little hopes for her future. Suddenly one day she's given a chance, a test that will define her future.

The plot is really similar to other dystopian books. At first I was quite enjoying reading Mind g
Eigentlich liebe ich Bücher, in denen es um Digitale Welten geht (der Gruselfaktor ist enorm hoch). Dieses Buch war die ersten 200 Seiten lang auch keine Ausnahme. Dann jedoch driftet es leider in eine Richtung ab, die mir nicht mehr so sehr zusagt. Und das Ende schien mir einfach sehr überstürzt und ich kam zwischenzeitlich nicht mehr mit... Schade.
beloved books by Tine
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, weg
Anfang war stark, Ende leider nicht.
Das Buch ist wirklich nicht schlecht, aber so richtig gepackt hat es mich leider nicht. Das hat mehrere Gründe.

Mein Hauptproblem war, dass ich mir trotz diverser Beschreibungen, die virtuellen Welten und wie sie funktionieren einfach nicht vorstellen konnte. Dies kreide ich nicht der Autorin an, sondern meiner fehlenden Intelligenz in dem Bereich. Mathe, Technik etc. war noch nie meins.
Ein Spannungsbogen ist zwar vorhanden, aber dieser fällt doch eher gering aus und es gab nur wenig überraschen
Charley Cook
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luna is an outcast, identifying as a Refuser, someone who doesn't plug into the virtual world that surrounds her. There is something strange happening to Luna though, a realisation that she is different and she may not need the Implant to see both the worlds around her.
The story is quick paced, surprising given the size of the book. The best part of the book is the world building within the virtual reality. They are described so vividly that you feel genuine fright at some points and awe in othe
I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.

Think of Mind Games as a blend of Divergent meets Ready Player One meets Corruption.

It’s some time in the distant future and the vast majority of the world’s population is plugged into a virtual world. The few that aren’t are considered “Refusers”, most of which are Medical Exemption as they have a medical condition that disqualifies them from being able to use the technology, or Religious Exemptions because of their religion (duh)
"Det kan godt være, at det er virtuelt, men det føles rart, varmt, virkeligt.
Jeg tager en dyb indånding og holder fast i dette øjeblik, dette minde, og lader det fylde mig."

Jeg ved ikke helt præcist, hvad jeg havde forventet af denne bog, men jeg havde i hvert fald forventet mindre, end det den gav mig.
Teri har bygget denne imponerende dystopiske verden op, samt skrevet en virkelig spændende historie, som var smækfyldt med overraskelser og chokerende afsløringer.

Jeg kunne virkelig godt lide hov
Kate Ormand
This was like nothing I've read before, set in a high-tech world where most living is done in virtual realities. People take virtual vacations, go to school virtually, have virtual relationships. Luna is a Refuser -- she rejects an implant because when she enters the virtual worlds, she can still sense the body she leaves behind, and the connection makes her sick. Her nanna warns her of the dangers, never to tell anyone, but doesn't give away much more, meaning once Luna finds a way to overcome ...more
Initial thoughts:

1. Luna was a great main character. Loved her!
2. This virtual world was mesmerizing.
3. I loved the world building, although it did frighten me a bit.
4. The writing flowed and the story was fast-paced.
5. I couldn't deal with the big reveal at the end. There were some scenes that were truly gruesome, but made total sense. It definitely gave this book more boom.

Check out my full review on my blog!
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars
I have heard many great things about this book and it has been on my want to read list for a while now and so I thought I should give it a try. When I was starting to read this book I never thought I would be so addicted to a book but when I started reading this book, I just could not put it down because it was so good and it got my attention by all means. I would definitely read this again and maybe more than one time even. I would recommend this book to anyone out there because it is a
Tina Morgen [lebe.liebe.lese]
Ein tolles Buch, welches ein wenig gebraucht hat, bis es in Schwung kam. Das Ende hat mir irgendwie nicht sooooo gefallen, aber das ist ja Geschmackssache. 😉
Meine Meinung

Ich war sehr gespannt auf den neuen Roman der Autorin, denn eine virtuelle Zukunft scheint ja in der heutigen Entwicklung fast schon unausweichlich.

Anfangs war ich noch sehr begeistert. Die Welt von Luna ist der unseren ähnlich, wird aber von technischen Neuerungen dominiert, die man sich sehr gut vorstellen kann. Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen sind alle Menschen durch das "Implantat" vernetzt. Es gibt virtuellen Unterricht, virtuelle Regierungsräte und natürlich virtuelle Spielmöglichke
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
England in der Zukunft, im digitalen Zeitalter nach dem dritten Weltkrieg: Aus Angst vor einer wiederholten Machtübernahme, die zu einem Krieg führen könnte, werden Intelligenz gepaart mit Rationalität über alles gestellt. Vor allem, wer irrational ist, ist gefährlich. Das Leben spielt sich in der virtuellen Welt ab: Der Unterricht, die Freizeit, ja selbst Dates sind sicherer, wenn sie online passieren. Die siebzehnjährige Luna jedoch verweigert; ein Implantat, mit dem sie sich jederzeit einlogg ...more
Aurélie (Exploring Pages)
More reviews on my blog, Exploring Pages.
"Five minutes of Realtime, and it is nearly two hours before I stop being sick. That's a pretty good reason to be a Refuser, isn't it?"
― Teri Terry, Mind Games

Thank you Orchard Books for providing me with an advanced reading copy for review.

DNF at 50 %

I wonder if I was fooled by the gorgeous cover, or the premise of Mind Games. As with so many books these days, a synopsis can be either exactly what you think it is, or turn out to be something entirely dif
Rachel Gunter
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this in exchange for review from netgalley, thanks!

Mind Games was a really interesting sci-fi/dystopian book, it took me a little while to get into it but in the end I definitely enjoyed it. I liked Luna, her refusal to get the implant for the virtual worlds was intriguing. I really felt sorry for her at times though, her mother is dead, her step mum doesn't really seem all that bothered, her dad is constantly 'plugged in' to the virtual world, and her nanna is dying. Its a
♥ Charlotte ♥



this is so sad

lol Teri Terry is just great.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's scary accurate book about what the future probably will look like.
Full review to come!
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine sehr sehr spannende und durchdachte Geschichte. Hat mir gut gefallen und war mal was anderes. :}
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story takes place in a very interesting setting in the future. This future actually is not that unrealistic with this virtual reality and a manipulative superior organisation called PareCo. I think the author did a good job of creating the concept of this world. It was easy to imagine it inside my head.

The main character, however, was a bit questionable. She is a so - called refuser because she has this secret that she has to keep hidden. Besides, she always gets sick from logging on to the
Just the fact that it took me days to read this says lots.

Okay, the idea is pretty cool, I'll give the writer that. Though I have read Slated and know that I'm not dying to see more of her writing style, the blurb hinted a good subject, so I clicked that green button. While I don't regret it, not too much anyway, I could do without reading it.

At first, it felt like the plot was not going anywhere too interesting. We got our sc-fi world well described as promised, but every few pages, I found mys
Sarah Wilson
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sent a copy of this book from Hatchette Children's Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. First thing's first, I absolutely love the cover of this book, it's beautiful. It also has a rather 1984-esque feel to it, which I'm not sure is intentional but, given what the book is about, it wouldn't surprise me.

Although nothing like it in terms of plot, I also definitely had a bit of a reminder of Ready Player One when I read this. Mostly because of the virtual reality world that
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, ukya
Originally at Heart Full Of Books

If I was going to compare this book to any other, it would be Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve, because of the similarities in world-building. So, if you like your fantasy books to have a more technological feel, then this is the book for you. And if you’re read Slated by Teri Terry, you’ll be able to recognise similarities between the main characters.

‘Mind Games’ is all about a girl called Luna, (a name that seems to be so linked to Harry Potter, you have to basic
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
When I saw on NetGalley that I was going to read this book 4 months in advance, it was Christmas before Christmas. I am a huge fan of the Slated serie and I was expecting this book greatly.

We follow Luna, the world in which she lives is invaded by technology and the majority of people is connected to a virtual reality where they can meet, play, explore the seabed ... But Luna has the ability to see outside of this reality and to see the real world around her. It's a secret she must protect at al
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me wildly confusing feelings; some areas were covered well and some were questionable. The main character wasn't insanely boring. The premise of the book was good. It could have been amazing. . The idea of moving to the virtual world could have lead to intense combat scene and could have psychologically challenged the characters.

Instead though, the focus was once again- as in every book it seems- on a somewhat bland and forced lovestory. The first 2/5 of the book were good. The ch
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
I was given a copy of Mind Games in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Hachette and Netgalley.

A copy of this review is also on my blog:

Mind Games is set in the near future and tells the story of Luna, one of the few people who are unable to access the virtual world offered by PareCo (Woop! Woop! Evil Corporation Alert!) that the rest of the population spend their education and leisure time in.

Thinking that her future will be limited to the dead-end jobs off
I have always been a fan of Teri Terry and have met her on a couple of occasions and discovered she is also very nice to talk to. I heard she was coming to my local book store to do a talk and signing and as it was my Saturday off work I went. Sadly it wasn't very well attended but she still did her talk which was very interesting and discussed some of her books. I've only read the Slated series so far so was eager to know more.

I had this book on loan from the library (actually had been there f
Anka Räubertochter
Dieses Buch war genial! Da hat echt alles gepasst. Ich muss wohl doch noch mit der "Gelöscht"-Trilogie anfangen!
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, sf

Since I love the Slated trilogy so much, I was so excited to hear that Teri Terry has written a new book, a standalone. So of course I wanted to read it because it sounded mysterious and awesome.

Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book as much as I loved Slated, but Mind Games was still an interesting read.

I really liked Luna as a character because I could identify with her. She has lost her mother and had to live with a step-mother who wasn’t too fond of he
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was very satisfied when I finished it. My favourite character was definitely Gecko and I felt really sorry for him towards the end locked in his s'hack. I loved the way Luna kept being constantly drawn to him while in the void and the twists and turns of the story were brilliant. When you see at the start how different Luna is from the rest of her family, especially her Dad, you really want her to succeed and overcome her difficulties with her school and Stepmo ...more
Katy Noyes
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Terry really does have some great ideas. Slated was a fantastic concept, and different from it is Mind Games, though both find a basis in a technologically advanced world where human lives have been changed beyond recognition by software advances. I applaud the author her ideas, stunning.

And I raced through this. It's a good start when you can imagine the world of the characters in just a few pages, where the new technology and the associated vocabulary quickly becomes familiar to you a
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books, 2018
I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved reading it and the concept of the book is amazing, with everyone being wrapped up in technology and it being so evolved that people don’t even need to live in the real world anymore. Definitely how I envision the world to be in years to come. However, I’m unsure on how to feel about how it ended, I can’t decide whether I like it or not, which is why it gets four stars instead of five.

The story itself was interesting, definitely different and extrem
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jugendbuch-teens
Es gibt Themen, die waren vor zwanzig Jahren aktuell und werden immer aktueller. Während Stephen Hawking (und viele andere - aber verdammt nochmal: Stephen Hawking!) vor Zuständen warnen, wie sie im Kino-Superkassenschlager 'Terminator' zu sehen waren, schreitet die Menschheit unablässig in Richtung Skynet. (Insider: Skynet heißt die künstliche Intelligenz, die alle Terminatoren steuert).

Gut, jetzt laufen in 'Mind Games' keine Killermaschinen umher und 'PareCo' ist (wiewohl eine Firma aus der gl
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Hard to follow along at times, and then at other times I was annoyed by how slow the main character was to pick up on things. Hurry up, I've solved that mystery many chapters ago!
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Teri has lived in France, Canada, Australia and England at more addresses than she can count, acquiring three degrees, a selection of passports and a silly name along the way. Past careers have included scientist, lawyer, optometrist, and, in England, various jobs in schools, libraries and an audiobook charity. The footpaths and canal ways of the Buckinghamshire Chilterns where she now lives inspi ...more
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