This past week I had great fun reading the book Mindjacker by CA Hartman. Mindjacker is the first in a new series, focusing on a woman, Quinn Hartley, who works as a mindjacker in a future dystopian society ruled by climate change.
As with all the CA Hartman novels I’ve read, the main protagonist is a strong female character, more than capable of handling herself in a variety of dangerous situations. Quinn, in this book, reminds me significantly of Stevie from Daughters of Anarchy. Both are comfortable with violence, and both are driven by a deep desire to make the world a better place. That being said, I find Quinn to be a more relatable and well-rounded character.
The pacing of this book is superb, and this ended up being a really quick read for me. Hartman does an excellent job of layering the tension, always being sure to give readers short breaks where we can catch our breath before adding another twist or complication. More often than not, I found myself ten or fifteen percent of the way through the book when I felt like I had only been reading a few minutes.
I found the world building in this book to be solid. Hartman has an eye for details, from plants to clothing, that brings this future society alive. However, if I had to list my greatest disappointment with the story, it was that I wanted to see even more of this world, a common problem I have with first books in a series. Much was hinted at but never truly explored, which only made me want to learn more.
As with any story these days that deals with hacking minds, it’s hard not to draw a comparison to Inception. The primary difference, in my eye, between Inception and Mindjacker, is that Inception focused on the rules and practice of hacking minds, while Mindjacker focuses on the characters who would consider rummaging through another’s mind their occupation. Inception deals with the world of dreams, Mindjacker deals with the world that possesses such a technology.
Overall, I really enjoyed this read. Fast, thrilling, and interesting, I’m very curious to see where this story goes next.