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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  724 ratings  ·  115 reviews
At seventeen, Lain Fisher has already aced the Institute's elite training program for Mindwalkers, therapists who use a direct neural link to erase a patient's traumatic memories. A prodigy and the daughter of a renowned scientist-whose unexplained death left her alone in the world-Lain is driven by the need to save others.

When Steven, a troubled classmate, asks her to wip
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 4th 2015 by Oneworld Publications
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Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mindwalker by A. J. Steiger has many elements of dystopian and non-dystopian novels I have read before and yet it kept me interested until the very last page.

In a world run by shrinks , Lain is a mindwalker who helps people erase traumatic memories. Her relationship with Steven a.k.a the bad gorgeous guy is not very memorable , though. I wouldn't say the romantic part of the book is its most relevant feature, I found Steven bland to say the least. Their love affair failed to attract me but I do
Mila Bleeke
This book is just one big stereotypical Dystopian YA novel (there will be a sequel). I received an ARC.

The main character is a strong female character who is a Mindwalker. A Mindwalker can go into peoples' memories and wipe them away for the better. Well she runs into this boy and he has some bad memories, but he is a type 4 delinquent, so she should stay away from him, but she's intrigued.

This book was so disappointing to me. Strong female character who realizes the government is doing someth
Aoife Lennon
This was bloody brilliant.......too bad I have to wait until 2017 for the sequel! :( So fast-paced!
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Mindwalker. I didn’t actually know too much about it before I started reading so I was a bit hesitant, but it ended surpassing my expectations. I have read so many dystopian books at this point that I really didn’t think anything could impress me anymore - but Mindwalker did! It’s a slightly different approach to the genre that I haven’t seen in many books (if I had to compare it to something, maybe a cross between Minority Report and P
nick (the infinite limits of love)

The concept behind the book was really cool and the romance was sweet. It's definitely not unique for a dystopian book, but I liked how it was executed.
Review to come
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
When I first heard of Mindwalker it had yet to be picked up by a UK publisher so when I realised it was being published in the UK I as beyond happy.

Lain lives in a world where there is no violence, where people are categorized into numbers, Ones have the best jobs, the best homes, and the better opportunities. Your number is changed according to your threat against society, some even being collared so that if you threaten to harm others you are injected with a sedative to calm you down. Lain has
Rebecca :)
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
It was really good! The idea was very different to any other book I have read and I really liked the characters. There was a lot of action towards the end of the book which was really good, and at the start of the book you really got to know the main character :). But... I literally got so angry that the main character, a 17 YEAR OLD, slept with flipping SOFT TOYS.
Reading Teen
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review on Reading Teen ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Katja (Life and Other Disasters)
2.5 stars. review to come on the blog.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guest-reviews

Mindwalker is a somewhat typical modern dystopian novel set in the USA. The government has changed out of all recognition in response to widespread terrorism and violence in the past. The new Institute For Ethics in Neurotechnology runs a desperate and controversial programme that has rapidly become embedded in society, ranking all citizens from type one to four, depending on their mental state. On page one, Lain Fisher is a type one with absolute faith in the government,
Monique Polden
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was at the airport a week ago desperately seeking out a book to read on the plane, I honestly wasn't expected to find an amazing read, especially not one of my new favourites! But guess what! I did! And I absolutely fucking LOVED it!!! I was actually shocked with the feedback people were giving it! The relationship between Lain and Steven was so real, natural and heart warming (also had me inwardly crying most of the time because I wish I could have a relationship like this). A lot of the time ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I haven't heard much about this book so I went into it with an open mind, I wasn't expecting it to blow my mind.

In this story we have the main character Lain, a 17 year old Mindwalker.

A Mindwalker is a person who can take away memories from people that they want to forget, like an old love or a traumatic experience. She is very smart 17 year old who is one of the youngest mindwalkers as most people don't make it past the first year as when they do the procedure the mindwalker also goes through
Emma Holtrust
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I want part two :( :(

Now Mindwalker is the opposite story. This is a dystopian tale about Lain, who is a mind walker. This means that she can access people's memories, live them and then remove them so traumatised people can be "normal" again. It's way more complicated than that, but eventually Lain gets caught up with a boy who wants help, but she has to do this illegally. This sets the whole plot into motion and basically we find out that everything in Lain's life is not what it seems.
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a futuristic world, Lain is training to be a mindwalker, a kind of hyped up psychiatrist who can erase bad memories from clients. Steven Bent, ok - terrible name, a troubled loner boy asks for help. Steven & Lain go off the grid, sorta, as she tries to take away his childhood trauma, even though he's not an official case. In the process, they discover dark secrets about their society & Lain's dead father. Hits all the high points of YA dystopian/adventure/romance - highly recommended! ...more
Jessica (Jessabella Reads)

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Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Sorry in advance for any spoilers)

So for my English class's book club, I chose to read the book Mindwalker.
I chose this book because I wanted to read something that is not fantasy or filled with dragons like the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini or Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland.

Starting with the book as a whole, I loved it because of the length, which was not too long nor short, and because even though it started a bit slow in my opinion as far as the plot goes, it quickly picked up
the crow of judgement

well that was a lump of meh. i don't even know why i read it. I DON'T EVEN LIKE DYSTOPIAN ANYMORE (except very well done dystopian - and this was not it). it was a big ball of clichés and tropes that have existed in EVERY dystopian since this genre was introduced to ya.

it was about lain, the stereotypical "nice girl" main character, and i gave absolutley no fucks for her. she was unrealistic, clichéd, and blander than plain pasta. i'm sorry "nice girls", but i have no sympathy
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book more than I actually did. This was the first YA dystopia that centers around psychiatric abuse that I'd ever heard of, so the premise drew me in right away. But in the end, I have a lot of mixed feelings and frustrations about it.

First of all, the absence of non-white characters is always bad, but especially in a YA dystopia about psychiatric abuse. People of color are disproportionately harmed by abuse of power in the psych system, and not even touching on psyc
Liz Overberg
This is the first book in a YA science fiction series. I was assigned to review the second for School Library Journal, so I decided to get the first one from the library to give me some context for my review.

The premise is ridiculous. Society in a not-so-far-in-the-future America revolves around typing people based on their mental health. Type Ones are the most healthy and are therefore given the most trust and afforded the most regard. Lower types are more closely monitored and controlled and h
Hope Reads
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lain is a 17 year old Mindwalker, meaning she is a therapist that can go into other's memories and erase them. The whole society is about creating a safe world with no crime and no mental illness. It is the Mindwalker's job to remove bad memories that could cause mental illness or harmful behavior. She meets a boy who she is told is off limits. The boy, Steve, asks her to remove his traumatic memories that place him as a harmful member of society. Lain goes against the rules and starts t
Cristina Rose
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning, I picked this book out thinking that it would be a quick and fun read, but it was so much better than that. YA books are so often unoriginal with a basic and predictable plot line, but thankfully this book was better. I believe that the plot wasn't exactly the greatest thing about the book because there were parts where it was very predictable, but it always left me wanting more each time I put down the book. My personal favorite part of the book was the characters. Even though ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn’t put this book down! I love the whole concept of the society and how it is structured by Types. I like the science part involved and how it is intertwined with other themes, grief, mental health, romance, abuse and lots more. I found it interesting, new and gripping. Read it in two days. I would of liked Steven and Lain’s relationship to have developed a bit as Steven’s character gave out mixed messages (came across as quite blunt sometimes) - however that is made up for by his trouble ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty interesting book. I picked this one up because I actually received the second book in this series as an ARC. It is your typical dystopian young adult novel. It was fairly predictable at times but still entertaining. I like that is does address some issues that we are facing today in society such as mental illness and how some can turn to terrorism. It's pretty frightening to think that this might be possible someday. I think it would be good to be able to see a persons memories in order t ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dont-own
In all honesty this book didn't really appeal to me in the least. I wasn't really interested in the main character Lain or any of the romance elements in the story. Truth be told the only reason why I kept reading was because I was intrigued by Steven and the mystery behind his traumatic past. The last chapters do get a bit more interesting but not enough for me to expect too much from the sequel. ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I love YA novels and the worlds that they create. This world particularly is very interesting and not one I would want to live in. I like the take on psychology throughout the book and how it was incorporated to be very important int how world. The characters are also very lovable and the author makes motives and events pretty realistic for the reader. Would definitely read again!
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ya, almonte
This dystopian story was very interesting and touches on something I think we think about occasionally, what if we were able to control mental illness? I didn't quite finish this book because the main character drove me batty. She was very naive and didn't have a distinct personality, she was so generic and didn't feel real at all. At moments it reminded me of "The Giver" and "unwind" but it just isn't as good as either of those book. ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I apparently read this so fast that I forgot to put it down as currently reading... Oops But I finished it and actually really, really liked it! It took a little while for me to sink into it but once I let the water wash over me, I was captured.

I want the second...

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A. J. Steiger graduated from Columbia College in Chicago, where she majored in fiction writing. She has lived her whole life in the Chicago suburbs, though she enjoys regular visits to other galaxies and dimensions in her mind. She's a freelance writer and transcriptionist with an enthusiasm for anime and pancake houses.

Mindwalker is her first book for young adults.

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