4 out of 5 Stars
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Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions as their own and can sense where the other is.
On their dying planet of Tage, scientists work tirelessly on its survival. Like the twins’ parents, Simon is a science prodigy, recruited at a young age to work with the brilliant creator of Scientific Innovations. To the bitter disappointment of their parents, Evan shows no aptitude or interest in science. As a Mindbender, he travels into the minds of scientists to locate buried memories, connect ideas and concepts, and battle recurring nightmares.
When Simon mysteriously disappears, Evan is plunged into a world of loss and unbearable guilt. For the first time, he can’t ‘feel’ Simon—it’s like he no longer exists. Evan blames himself. No one knows that he ignored his brother’s pleas for help on the night he went missing.
A year later, Simon is still gone. Evan lost his twin, but Tage might have lost its last hope of survival when it’s discovered that Simon’s unfinished project could be its salvation. Evan is determined to find him—somewhere—and bring Simon home. Their unusual connection might be more extraordinary than they know, and the key to locating Simon.
Twins that are so different, Evan, the jock of the family who is strong and assertive and a born leader, and Simon, who was always the mother nerd, the geeky smart one who got an apprenticeship at a prestigious lad who would rather stay in the lab forever, than socialize with the outside world.
I’ve always been fascinated with twins and the connection they have with each other. When Simon goes missing (disappearing from an empty room), Evan will not give up looking for him. He knows that if his brother was dead he would have felt it. Do twins really have this kind of connection?
I enjoyed the characters, although, you still get your silly romance that is just so obvious to everyone except for one of the people involved. In this case, Evan. Dude, Syd likes you!! She gave you a hug “tangling her hands through your hair” and then pulled back a little to look you in the eyes… Come on! But, of course he thinks “well, we’re partners so that must be it. Something feels different, but I don’t know what…”. Maybe it’s the flashing sign that says “KISS ME, YOU FOOL!” over her head??
I also loved Simon’s romance. It was sweet, and well done (I’m not going to spoil who the love interest is!)
I lived that the story flipped from past to present and changed POV from Simon in the past, to Evan in present. It kept things interesting learning more about each twins personality and interests, while working up to Simon’s disappearance and what actually happened.
I do wish that there was a little more Minbending!
“Syd and I were Mindbenders at Scientific Innovations. With permission from our clients, we entered their minds for various reasons. Sometimes our mission was to locate important memories buried deeply in their subconscious, other times to assist in pulling their swirling thoughts or ideas into a cohesive concept that could help Tage, our dying planet . Occasionally, as was the case with this latest mission, it was to obstruct recurring nightmares that interfered with a client’s health or well-being. Continuously disrupted sleep caused increased stress, irritability, lack of focus, and, depending on the client’s job, could potentially affect millions of lives.”
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a great sci-fi YA read!!
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Will Evan ever find Simon
Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat. Her first novel, Sarah, a YA horror/thriller, was a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Visit her online at www.teripolen.com
Have any of you ever had, or heard of someone having a twin experience? A Connection? Let me know in the Comments!
The Gemini Connection is Best Served with a Gemini Cocktail
I unfortunately couldn’t get St. Germain liqueur in time for this one! I’ll post a picture of my own in the next couple of days!! But I found this recipe through Martha Stewart
I have to give them the credit for this photo as well!
- 4 ounces fresh grapefruit juice, strained
- 3 ounces St-Germain liqueur
- 2 ounces vodka
- Ice cubes
- 2 grapefruit-rind twists
- Mix grapefruit juice, St-Germain, vodka, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into 2 chilled glasses. Top with Prosecco.