This next book takes Mind Games to a whole new level!
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by Shana Silver
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 27th 2019
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
A teen programmer at a school for geniuses must join forces with a boy she can’t remember to stop a hacker from deleting their memories in Shana Silver’s action-packed YA debut, Mind Games.
Arden sells memories. Whether it’s becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate’s memories and upload the experience for you just as if you’d lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing fifteen minutes of her life and all her memories of the boy across the school yard. The boy her friends assure her she’s had a crush on for years.
Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked, but they haven’t just been stolen and shared… they’ve been removed. And she’s not the only one: her mysterious crush, Sebastian, has lost ALL of his memories. But how can they find someone who has the power to make them forget everything they’ve learned?
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Excerpt from Mind Games:
Jay, the security guard, raises his brow when he spots me. He shakes his head at me, but there’s a smile on his face. “Not again.”
“Ugh. I know.” I make a grand show of blowing my hair out of my eyes to feign annoyance. The trick to tricking people is all in your delivery. “My brother sent me to pick up his laptop.” I tack on a groan, as if doing this task is a huge burden to my social life. I jerk my head toward Sebastian. “Not exactly how I planned on spending date night.”
Sebastian glances down at his feet and my insides clench. I said it as part of the ruse, but now that the words have fled my lips, I realize how much I want it to be true.
Jay rolls his eyes from behind the desk and clucks his tongue. “He keeps doing this to you!”
I sigh heavily. “What can I say? He’s lazy as all hell and I can’t refuse the twenty bucks he offers me to do his bidding.”
The security guard laughs and I say a silent prayer of thanks that tonight isn’t the first but the hundredth time I’ve pulled this trick. By now Jay can practically expect me to show up on behalf of my “brother.”
“You’ve got fifteen minutes.” He buzzes us through.
“Only need five. I’ll text you when I’m leaving. Going to stop at my locker on the way out and exit through the school.”
Jay points at the various security monitors. “I’ll be watching.”
I force a laugh at his joke, ending the conversation on a breezy, friendly note. But if Jay ever refused me or tried to turn me away, I have a plan for that too: blackmail. One time I synced to his mind to confirm he was alone before I pulled off this trick, but instead of finding him sitting at his desk, I found him a few doors away, inside the locked office manager’s door, using lock-pick tools to break into her desk and swipe a few bucks off the top of the petty cash supply. That wasn’t the first or the last day he skimmed from the cash reserves.
We traipse through deserted hallways, squinting into the near darkness, the only lights stemming from the glow of our phones. My mom’s access card grants us free rein of the locked elevator. I squint at the numbers. “Which floor?”
“Which one contains the hydrogel biomaterials?”
My eyebrows shoot way up. “The what?”
“Bioinks lab. Teddy’s project.”
I love that he has so much latent knowledge in his brain. “Why? Need a new arm or something?” I press the button for the eleventh floor.
“Don’t need any arms currently, but I could definitely use an inch or two in the height department.”
“No can do, buddy. I remember Teddy’s presentation from last year. Those machines can currently only copy from existing scans. There are a few scientists working on the ability to print biomaterials from scratch using modified 3-D animation software, but that advancement in technology isn’t ready yet.”
My heels click on the linoleum floor until we come to a door labeled Bioinks Printing Lab. I swipe my mom’s card and the little dot on the access panel blinks green.
I step inside the sprawling space filled with giant gray machines that look as if a computer printer and a crane mated and had a baby. 3-D bio printers aren’t new technology and most can only print tissue over several hours, but Teddy developed a more robust process that can print any body part in only a few minutes. The materials are derived from various biomaterials such as gelatins, alginates, and hyaluronic acids.
“What are we printing exactly?” I nudge one of the computers awake and the printer nearby whirs to life.
“It’s a retina scanner that we have to fool.” He blinks at me. “So we’re soon going to be the proud owners of new retinas! Well, and the eyeballs that belong to those retinas.”
Rachel Shane (writing as Shana Silver) studied creative writing at Syracuse University. She’s been a computer animator, an e-book creator for a major publisher, and now works as a Project Manager in digital and TV advertising where she enjoys telling people what to do.
She lives in New Jersey with her husband, young daughter, and the characters she dreams up.