The Minders by John Marrs

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Title: The Minders.
Writer(s)John Marrs.
Publisher: Berkley Books.
Format: Paperback.
Release Date: February 16th, 2021.
Pages: 416.
Genre(s): Science-Fiction, Thriller.
ISBN13:  9780593334720.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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31 comments

  • Excellent review again. Now I think I would be among the ones wondering where the author wants to go. Scientific thrillers or rather technological thrillers are not my favorites even if I can indeed see the merit here. What would we do to begin anew indeed!

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  • As soon as I saw some earlier reviews of this I was immediately turned off by the pure and unadulterated ludicrousness of the very idea propping the book up. Why I can’t suspend belief for this but can for other “techno” thrillers (Jurassic Park just doesn’t work that way!) is beyond me.

    Glad it was a good time for you and I hope any future books entertain you as well, ’cause they’re all yours! 😀

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    • Yep, some ideas are quite ludicrous, and accepting them is definitely the first step before daring such stories, otherwise, what comes next will make you want to pull your hair or something hahah Not sure when’s the next time I’d read a John Marrs story but, for the time being, I don’t have any plans of rushing myself back into his peculiar world. 😀

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words! I think that would be a very wise choice too. I think I would’ve enjoyed this more had I already had some experience with the author’s world in the two other books he had written set in the same world.

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  • So far I’ve steered clear of his books because the descriptions (and reviews) of each strike me as just too much over the top for me to suspend my disbelief. And like Bookstooge, I just find the general premise of inserting secrets into a group of people as so ludicrous as to kill my ability to go along with it. But I’m glad to see you enjoyed it. I suspect I might be more willing to accept his books in movie form (shorter) than books.

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    • Yep, there are some premises that are just so hard to swallow unless properly chewed for us (ew… hehe). I think reading The Passengers or The One beforehand would’ve helped me better prepare myself for the world in The Minders. I also totally agree about the movie format for this kind of story. It would definitely be much easier to appreciate the story in that form!

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  • Not for the first time I’ve read that this book, despite its intriguing premise, does suffer a little if the reader is not already familiar with the author’s previous works that seem to act as an introduction to the world the story is set in. I will probably need to do some… homework before I give this one a try, but I will keep your thought-provoking review in mind once I do 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

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    • It’s odd that I could feel like those two other books would’ve helped me better appreciate this one though. Especially when they’re being marketed as stand-alone novels instead of “sequels” or “same universe” novels. Thanks for reading, Maddalena! 😀

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  • Great and honest review Lashaan. I have not read any of Marrs books, but do have The Passengers on my TBR. Not sure when I will get to it, I am not a huge Sci-Fi reader.

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  • I keep saying, I want to read something by this author, but it never seems to happen. Glad you enjoyed this one, but not sure you have me convinced. Being a sceptical person, who easily gets confused 😆 it just doesn’t sound right for me. More likely, I would give The Passengers a try.

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    • I said the same and thought The Minders would be a cool place to start but I guess it wasn’t. I’d have definitely recommended by past self to try The Passengers and The One before. Hopefully, anyone intrigued will start there to better appreciate John Marrs’ books. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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  • Great in-depth review, Lashaan – seems a bit more harsh than the 4 stars would have indicated 😉 I think I’ll give it a pass – don’t think I’d be inclined or even able to suspend disbelief in this scenario, and it seems that this book doesn’t work otherwise 😉

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    • Thanks, Ola! Huuuh, doesn’t it say 3.5 stars though? It’s definitely closer to a 3.25 in my books too. If you ever do find yourself curious for this one, I think you should maybe try the other two “stand-alone” books set in the same universe. They apparently help in better understanding what kind of story you’ll get from John Marrs. Thing I should’ve done before reading The Minders hahah

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  • Great review! I was wondering about this one as it sounds very interesting, sorry it didn’t exactly work for you. I think I need to pick up The Passengers first to get a taste of Marrs’ writing before decided to read this one or not.

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