by Gwenda Bond
Narrator: Kristen Sieh
Published by Random House Audio on February 5, 2019
Genres: New Adult Science Fiction
Length: 8 hours and 56 minutes
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A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in this thrilling prequel to the hit show Stranger Things.
It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be further from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.
But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, codenamed MKUltra. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tightlipped researchers . . . and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover.
But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory—and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner—lurks a conspiracy greater than she could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists—a young girl with unexplainable, superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008.
Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war—one where the human mind is the battlefield.
4 Stars for Suspicious Minds!
Suspicious Minds is the chilling prequel to the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. It’s not necessary to watch the show before reading this but this is a must read for the diehard fans. In Suspicious Minds we meet Eleven’s mom, Terry Ives. Set in the summer of 1969, Terry is a young college student with dreams of changing the world. This was the height of the Vietnam war and the anti-war protests, Terry is driven to make a difference. When she learns of a top-secret government experiment Terry jumps at the chance to participate. The experiments at Hawkins National Laboratory are run by their new director, Dr. Martin Brenner. Terry and her fellow test subjects are thrust into a world of rides in unmarked vans, experiments with mind-altering drugs, and secrets worth killing over. The deeper Terry and her friends participate in these experiments leads to the discovery of the Upside Down dimension the Stranger Things gang is fighting to save the world from.
Suspicious Minds is a great prequel for the Stranger Things series. Author Gwenda Bond captured everything I love about the show – the creepiness, friendship and suspense. Even though I know what is to come I still enjoyed seeing the journey of Terry and her friends. We also witness a younger Dr. Martin Brenner’s transformation into the evil, mad scientist. It is shocking the things he does to get what he wants. Fans also see a character from season 2 that is a nice surprise and reveals a backstory I hope we get to see more of.
I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed Kristen Sieh’s performance. I’ve listened to her other narrations and I enjoy the distinct voices she creates for the characters. Her performance of Dr. Brenner was eerie which is perfect for the controlling, mad scientist that he is.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. This series is perfect for fans to read while waiting for the new season to start.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2019 Audiobook Challenge
- 2019 New Release Challenge