Book Review; The Minders- John Marrs

Five strangers guard our secrets, only four can be trusted.

Page Count 433

Publication date September 2020

Publisher Del Rey

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Everyone has secrets. They know yours…

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..



My only previous experience of Marrs was with Passengers, seeing as I blew threw it in a few hours I honestly couldn’t say what took me so long to read my ARC of The Minders.
Passengers is relevant but not compulsory reading before this novel, as is -i believe- The One, though I have yet to read it. Both introduce futuristic technological and biological advancements that are a back bone in The Minders.
Don’t worry, there’s no difficult jargon or in depth science fiction to wrangle with, the premises are simple and all too believable!

I’ve sat here all day to read The Minders, stopping only to eat and once for a cheeky nap, (I’m not asleep I’m just resting my eyes!) and it was incredible.

The novel is told from the first person POV of four ‘minders’ and the enigma that is Emilia, as well as additional explanation delivered by occasional transcripts of government briefings.

Each Minder has their own reasons for giving up the life they know in aid of the country’s well being, and of course the pursuit of wealth and a fresh start. Some are immediately explained and others unravel throughout the book, holding the readers intrigue on many levels.
All of the characters are well fleshed out and I was invested in each, although less so with Charlie at times.

The only minor drawback was my dislike of the big reveal for Emilia- it felt a little rushed and silly. However, the final page of the novel was just perfection so I let that blip slide.

Marrs is becoming a fast favourite for me, I have several lined up on my future TBR, I highly recommend him!

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Author: Roxanne Michelle

Dramatic, curly-haired wannabe writer from a nowhere town in Somerset. Stop-starter of all projects great and small. Here to talk books, film, mental health and lifestyle.

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