“At least I’m safe inside my mind.” Now, that may be a line I’m quoting from Spongebob Squarepants, but hear me out because I think that the quotation states it best. We have so many thoughts that race through out mind on a daily basis, and it’s all kept to ourselves. We get to decide what we want to share with other people. That seemingly small, yet infinite, refuge of our mind is sacred and ours alone. But in Mind Mods by Janean Worth, microscopic technology has the power to hijack minds and bodies.
At a high school for gifted students, Julie is working hard to get into Cornell so she can get herself and her younger sister Amy away from their drug-addicted, abusive mother. When all the students are given candy to taste-test by two science teachers, the students begin to behave strangely. They’re offering to help in whatever way they can and strictly following rules. When Julie, her friend Marcia, and Derek realize that they’re some of the few who haven’t eaten the candy and are still behaving sanely, they try to figure out what’s going on and how to fix it.
The narrative was entertaining, but it wasn’t too nuanced to garner much deep thought as something of this nature might invite. Julie and Derek were way too quick to figure out what was happening and how to reverse it–yes, setting the story into a gifted high school should have eliminated some of the doubt about the students’ abilities to deduce the cause, but it was still far too unbelievable. Also, the name “Mr. Awphel.” Awful. Come on. It’s way too heavy-handed, even if he is an awful human.
Overall, I’d give it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.