Mind’s Eye is the first book in the Mind’s Eye series in which we meet Kearly Ashling, a seventeen year old girl whose imagination can literally take her anywhere. Kearly uses her means of escape often to balance out the wreckage that is her home life but that has brought her to the attention of a mysterious man who warns her not to use her powers again for what she does is wrong & if she doesn’t stop….he will erase her imagination. Thinking that this man ‘is’ someone from her imagination she doesn’t heed his warning and the next time she escapes, he isn’t too far behind and he won’t let her leave without taking the only thing that keeps her sane. Thus introducing her to the corporation known as M.I.N.D. who want to rid the world of the ‘Dreamers’…..usually things go according to plan for the corporation – but they haven’t met Kearly Ashling and she won’t go down without a fight, they’re about to get a shock at the determination of a ‘dreamer’ intent on keeping her imagination… but can one girl really be a catalyst to bring down an entire corporation?
So, I really enjoyed this book and read it in one go. I thought Kearly was a great character, I liked her attitude & whole demeanour, even though her homelife was less than perfect, she didn’t come across as a victim and I like that she stood up for herself. She had a great sense of humour and it wasn’t hard to connect to her character because she came across so well making it easy to read. I also appreciated her outlook on everything and I liked that when a love interest came onto the scene that she didn’t become someone else, she wasn’t just thinking about the boy, she weighed her options up and didn’t fall all over him. That leads to mystery man, he was interesting & had that certain something where you can sort of feel his appeal but I don’t feel we totally know who is yet so will be looking forward to more from him. He was a good love interest but that is in the very early stages so it could go anywhere & be influenced by anything.
I thought the storyline was very original and interesting and very easy to read, it flowed so well and I really like the premise of the story. I thought it was great that Kearly can do what she does, just imagine it… who would want to live in the real world when you can go anywhere, do anything, be anything…it’s limitless and when someone threatens that…you wouldn’t take it! Which is where the threat comes into play and it was extremely fitting to the tone of the book. The book had a the whole chase & run scenario going on and help was had from unexpected sources, you could really feel the emotions of the circumstances & the hopelessness making the book a good paced ride. It isn’t fair what is being done to the dreamers and sets up a good series thread where you just know that the ‘dreamers’ will rise up against the enemy and blow apart the M.I.N.D. operation. I loved everything about this book to be honest, especially where it went towards the end, it has good potential and definitely left me wanting more.