The Minders by John Marrs
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In the 21st century information is king. But computers can be hacked, files can be broken into. So a unique government initiative has been borne. Five ordinary people have been selected to become the latest weapon in thwarting cyber terrorism. A revolutionary medical procedure has turned them into the ultimate secret keepers – the country’s most secretive information has been taken offline and turned into genetic code implanted inside their heads.
Together, the five know every secret – the truth behind every Government lie, conspiracy theory and cover up. Only somebody has discovered who the secret keepers are. And one by one, they are being hunted down…
I thought this novel was just okay, although the premise was interesting enough. Five ‘Minders’ are recruited by the government to store top-secret information in their brains, they have to leave their old lives behind and start fresh. This means that they can’t form any attachments to anyone in case they need to be moved to a safe house. Except for their handler, no one knows who they are, thus they cannot be found. Or so they think. One by one the Minders get picked off, someone knows who the Minders are and wants them dead.
It would be helpful if you read The One and The Passengers before diving into this book as there are elements from both these novels in The Minders and references past events from those novels – such as Match Your DNA, and driver-less cars. I enjoy how Marrs ties into his other books, it makes for rich world-building. Marrs is also a journalist and he relates his books to current moral and ethical dilemmas that are relevant today – this book it’s about cybersecurity, data storing, and cyber terrorism – all of which are real threats.
I thought that Marrs’ previous books were better; his writing is easy to understand and makes for a good read, but I found the plot and the characters lacking. I wasn’t able to get emotionally invested in the characters. I do enjoy how all of Marrs characters are varied from gender, age, sexual orientation, etc. and he writes them each well with their own distinct personality – it’s a testament to his writing style. The plot seemed to drag for me in this novel, it was more character-driven, and I found my attention waning throughout. The plot twist/big reveal at the end was sub-par. It didn’t leave me shocked like in The One or What Lies Between Us.
I did enjoy this novel and I will continue to read whatever Marrs publishes next (I believe he is working on another novel currently).
Let me know if you’ve read this one in the comments!