Dystopia Time: Review & Contest: MIND STORM by K.M. Ruiz

Ready for the end of the world as we know it? Today, I’m looking at Mind Storm, a dystopian science fiction novel from K.M. Ruiz, and the first in a series. It’s a dark, action-filled story about some really scary people (well, modified people) in a dark, Blade Runner-esque post-nuke society. And, of course, I’ll be giving away a copy, so read on!
THE OFFICIAL BLURB: Two hundred and fifty years after the world was nearly wiped out by nuclear war, what’s left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to ascend in secret to another planet. But the deadly new breed of humanity that the rulers have enslaved to protect their interests are about to change everything. K.M. Ruiz’s Mind Storm is the rip-roaring tale of Threnody Corwin, a psion with the ability to channel electricity like lightning through anything she touches. As a soldier-slave for the human government, Threnody is recruited by an unknown enemy: the scion of Earth’s most powerful (and supposedly human) family, the Serca Syndicate. But Lucas Serca is far from human and he intends to make Threnody and her fellow psions meet their destiny, no matter how many people he has to kill to do it. Mind Storm is the first of two books chronicling the fight for survival by the psions and other gene-trash humans, before they’re killed by the racist world government or left to die on a crumbling Earth
MY THOUGHTS: Ready for a dark and dangerous ride? Mind Storm sets you down in the action as psion Threnody and her partner Quinton Martinez are on a train en route to the only remaining outpost on the west coast, Slum of the Angels (yeah, once upon a time it was Los Angeles). Threnody and Quinton failed their last assignment—she refused to terminate some unregistered human children (because if the government says you don’t breed, you don’t breed). Now, unless she and Quinton locate the mysterious Lucas Serca, they’ll be terminated themselves. Because scions who don’t follow orders don’t live, and Threnody’s already on shaky ground.
            Of course, nothing’s quite that simple, especially in this world where scions hold genetically manipulated powers and the human body is no longer big enough to contain the mind. Yep, this is a very complex bit of worldbuilding that Ruiz has done. Mind Storm is not going to be a book that yields its secrets quickly. If you want a fast one-day read, this one isn’t going to be it. Promotional materials call it a cross between “Blade Runner” and “X-Men,” and that’s probably a fair assessment.
            What Ruiz does manage to do, however, is put a bit of humanity into her scions, so that everything isn’t quite as black and white as an “X-Man” story—it never crosses the line from horrific dystopia to cartoon, and that’s a good thing.
            Mind Storm won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. But if you like dark dystopian stories with complex worldbuilding and lots of action, you might want to take a sip of this one.
Want to win a copy of Mind Storm? You know the drill: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. *sends psion-like mental order for you to click “comment”* And if you have trouble commenting–because Blogger is having issues these days–you can email your comment to me directly and I’ll make sure you’re entered!
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

22 thoughts on “Dystopia Time: Review & Contest: MIND STORM by K.M. Ruiz

  1. I’ve been reading a lot of Dystopian books lately and mind Storm sounds good.

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    sgiden at verizon.net

  2. Ooooh…. I like how this one sounds.

    *nods* Yes, Suzanne, I’d like to win a copy. Sure, I’ll leave a comment.

    😀 Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Dystopia with super powers …sure…sign me up for that 🙂
    (plus a nice cover and I’m always falling for that :))

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  4. Sounds pretty good. I’m all about dark & complex!
    I follow the blog & on Twitter. I did retweet but stupid Twitter is stupid & I can’t get link. So up to you if you count that one.
    teawench at gmail dot com

  5. Dark dystopians? Totally my style :))
    Thank you for a new book title as usual!
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  6. I really want to read more dystonian books so I really love this giveaway! Thanks 🙂
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    jwitt33 at live dot com

  7. Sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway and chance at winning!!

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  8. I’d love to play please.

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  9. I saw this somewhere on the web a few weeks ago and I really want to read it!

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    Thank you!

  10. I enjoy well written dystopian novels so please enter me in the giveaway.

    Thank you.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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