This is space opera at its finest, packed with action, romance, drama, and political intrigue. Llyn Torfinn is a virtual orphan, once found hooked to an artificial reality machine, drugged by sensation and wasting away, with no memories and no past. Physically, she has made a long and painful recovery, but in a system at war, with a dreaded alien threat lurking in the wiThis is space opera at its finest, packed with action, romance, drama, and political intrigue. Llyn Torfinn is a virtual orphan, once found hooked to an artificial reality machine, drugged by sensation and wasting away, with no memories and no past. Physically, she has made a long and painful recovery, but in a system at war, with a dreaded alien threat lurking in the wings, Llyn's greatest challenge may be to discover her own identity. For if she cannot come into her own--and quickly--all of humanity may pay the price....
|Title||:||One Mind's Eye|
|Number of Pages||:||387 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
One Mind's Eye Reviews
One Mind’s Eye reviewI asked Adam Graham to buy me One Mind’s Eye by Kathy Tyers for my last birthday for a couple reasons. One was, at the time, it was priced higher than I was comfortable spending on an ebook for an ordinary occasion. The second was the title reminded me of an old title of one of my books and the plot line included the use of artificial reality, as she calls it. So for once I was curious about her tech gadgets rather than simply suckered by a cute, abused orphan.Okay, so there is also an orphaned teenage girl dealing with a controlling mom who treats her like an extension of herself, misbehaving by merit of having the audacity to have her own thoughts, opinions, and ideas of what she wants to do with her life. Such as not spend it under lock and key, safely away from any musical tones that might possibly trigger her to have a flashback to the artificial reality where music both controlled her and she could control her environment right back with music. Oh, her mom is an empath who can read others thoughts but not project her own, so there is literally no privacy with her mom, not even in Lynn’s own mind, poor thing. Lynn is adopted, and I appreciate that the author managed to avoid implying that had anything to do with the abuse by making her mom’s behavior a pervasive pattern that eventually gets her in professional trouble.For good measure, Tyers throws in star gates connecting an interplanetary Concord. The planet with most of the food doesn’t appreciate suggestions it share its food production and food productivity secrets. So much so it decides to start a revolution, in a fashion that proves, contrary to a popular American belief, revolutions aren’t always good.If that wasn’t enough, a race of sentient alien parasites needs new host bodies, pronto, and is desperate enough to take ones that already are in use by another sentient being. Classic line of needing to prove to a more advanced civilization that we’re people, not animals, and shouldn’t be misused.Since I didn’t find it too surprising, without specifics that would be spoilers, it does turn out the artificial reality experiences are crucial to resolving the main external conflicts. Though at first one might not see what that has to do with anything aside from being Lynn’s own personal drama. If you don’t like characters with rich internal/interpersonal conflict and just want a shoot ’em up story, you won’t like this one. If you’re like me, though, you’ll eat that side of the story up and even wish it’d gotten a bit more play and the classic war and alien invasion plotline a bit less. I find it ironic that a story entitled “One Mind’s Eye” has multiple viewpoints and thus multiple story lines. She brought them together in the end fairly well, but a story with her title especially could’ve benefited from cutting a few viewpoints out. Also, for my tastes, Tyers used a bit too much summary of the “recapping events not showed in scenes” sort with weak or no internal motivation for the perspective character to give us that info.Also, I love it when God shows up and makes a difference, especially when it moves the plot forward, God acts like the God I know, it makes sense within the narrative, and doesn’t relieve the characters of all the hard work of resolving the issues. If you for some reason prefer absent, silent, and uninvolved deities, though, this story world is ruled by a God that is too Biblical for your tastes. That’s nothing for Tyers to be ashamed of, either.
It took me a little while to thoroughly enmesh myself in the storyworld of this book, but once I did I found myself eagerly anticipating each reading. It was fascinating reading this book having already read Tyers' Firebird books. Tyers was exploring a lot of the same themes and ideas in this book (a group of elite mind readers, overbearing mother figures, etc.) But while Once Mind's Eye was a great attempt at fully developing these themes, you can tell Kathy grew as a writer in between writing this one and the Firebird books. I did love how she wove in spiritual themes without hitting you over the head, and I loved even more that this novel didn't skimp on the length. It's a long book, and that's a good thing when you enjoy the story.
I choose not to rate this one just yet, because I read it back in middle school. Ah, for the good 'ole days when Mom worked at B&N and would bring home the catalog copies of books... That's how I got this one, anyway. Well, I remember thoroughly enjoying it as an early teen, which makes me want to read it again before rating.
Competently written account of inter-species conflict with an intelligent, parasitic form. Rather spiritual in some ways. The protagonist is a young woman struggling for self-determination and freedom from an overbearing caregiver.Recommended for teen+. No harsh language, etc.
A complicated world, The scope a bit too large for one book. Ender, Pod People, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Stargate all rolled into one novel. Whew. Not for the faint of heart but worth the time.
Creative universeThis was a unique combination of science fiction and faith. It was a good adventure and love story. The alien culture was interesting.