Shattered Minds (Pacifica, #2)by Laura Lam Published 15 Jun 2017
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She can uncover the truth, if she defeats her demons
Ex-neuroscientist Carina struggles with a drug problem, her conscience, and urges to kill. She satisfies her cravings in dreams, fuelled by the addictive drug ‘Zeal’. Now she’s heading for self-destruction – until she has a vision of a dead girl.
Sudice Inc. damaged Carina when she worked on their sinister brain-mapping project, causing her violent compulsions. And this girl was a similar experiment. When Carina realizes the vision was planted by her old colleague Mark, desperate for help to expose the company, she knows he’s probably dead. Her only hope is to unmask her nemesis – or she’s next.
To unlock the secrets Mark hid in her mind, she’ll need a group of specialist hackers. Dax is one of them, a doctor who can help Carina fight her addictions. If she holds on to her humanity, they might even have a future together. But first she must destroy her adversary – before it changes us and our society, forever.
"Shattered Minds (Pacifica, #2)" Reviews
Their goals should align, in theory, but she can guarantee they won’t like her.
No one ever truly likes her. They all sense that, deep down, she’s broken.
I am really loving Laura Lam's dark sci-fi novels set in a future filled with drugs that can transport you to a fantasy world, corporations dabbling in twisted and illegal experiments, and encrypted messages hidden away in a person's cerebral cortex.
It's so creative and nasty. This book is set in the same world as False Hearts, but it is a completely separate story with new characters, so it can easily be read as a standalone.
Carina, the main character, is an ex-neuroscientist who is plagued by the desperate urge to kill people. She wasn't always like this. She used to be part of a team of scientists in a huge corporation called Sudice, but her increased desire to kill drove her to drugs, and the vivid dreams of death and destruction they gave her. But the question remains: what made Carina change into someone who craves murder?
When an old colleague dies, Carina receives a bizarre stream of messages from the deceased in her drug-fuelled dreams - messages that have been encrypted into her brain so that only she can access them. Using this information and a small team of allies, Carina sets out to expose and destroy the company that ruined her life - Sudice.
The narrative jumps between different characters and between the past and present of the story. It took a little while to get used to, but when I did, I found it really effective. The mysteries of the past unfolded alongside the action and drama in the present, ensuring that the novel remained tense. I also liked that we got to see the perspective of the main antagonist, offering a complexity to her character and making her more than a mindless villain.
Lam has created a world full of atmosphere. It's part science-heavy cyberpunk with mind-blowing futuristic technology and part fast-paced thrill ride. I love the setting and the fascinating cast of characters, from the drug and death-addicted Carina, to a transgender hacker called Dax, to the ambitious and manipulative Roz. I only hope there's more.
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A futuristic sci-fi thriller where technology rules peoples daily lives - and even manipulates their dreams.
Carina is a former neuroscientist with a massive drug problem, and to compound matters further, she also has uncontrollable urges to kill. To counteract those urges, she takes a drug called Zeal, this drug enables her to satisfy those dangerous urges in dreams, rather than physically killing in the real world.
Carina's mind was damaged when she worked on a brain mapping experiment for Sudice Inc, and this is where her compulsion to kill others began. When she starts to have visions of a girl who was also involved in these experiments, she discovers that her old colleague Mark has planted this vision as part of his plan to expose the evil corporation of Sudice. To access data that has been planted in her mind by Sudice, she bands together with a group of hackers who are also intent on bringing down this corrupt corporation. They work together to gather the evidence needed, but they're up against some extremely violent people, who have no moral compass, and will kill without care for the consequences.
This is a dark and malicious futuristic world with a strong (if sinister) female lead in Carina. The storyline however is complicated and flips between past and present, and between the different characters. Hand on heart, I didn't like or care about any of the characters, so that made it difficult for me to connect with the story as a whole. That said, the author is clearly comfortable in her chosen genre and it does show in her portrayal of a terrifying future, where technology becomes something to fear.
The world created in these Pacifica novels is the perfect setting for a dark futuristic thriller. Although I loved the characters in the first book, it's awesome how this one reads as a standalone. It just goes to show how many awesome stories could be created within this world. I still feel like there is so much more to explore. My intrigue hasn't died down. So here's to hoping Laura Lam writes more!
The story follows Carina who is currently an addict to a drug that takes her into dreamscapes (similar to virtual reality). This is following her being a neuro-scientist working for the giant, corrupt Sudice corporation. The problem is: working there changed Carina and she now has an extreme urge to kill. Thus her escaping into dreamscapes to fulfill that urge, but ultimately not hurt anyone. It sounds complicated, but I promise it's really not. Something happened to make Carina change.
When Carina receives a message from a former co-worker while in a dreamscape, she's set on a mission to take down Sudice no matter what the cost. That co-worker is now dead making Carina the world's only hope to stand a chance.
The plot seems complex, but within this world it all works well. There are loads of futuristic technology and the cast of characters is once again diverse. There are many aspects to the novel from trying to figure out Carina's past to her being on the run to the attempt to take down Sudice and figuring out why it is Sudice finally needs to be taken down. Plus, there are several characters I found it hard not to care about. The group of hackers Carina finds herself with are all very fascinating.
The book being told from the several different perspectives given helps to give a full picture of the story even allowing insight into the antagonist.
If you like dark, gritty, fast-paced sci-fi thrillers, be sure to try out these Pacifica novels. The setting is so phenomenal.
Edit June 15th, 2017. The book is out! A few bits of news:
Amazon.com listed it as an editor's pick as one of the best SFF books of the month!
Also, if you crosspost your Goodreads review to a book retailer (Amazon, B&N, Waterstones, etc), I'll send you a signed bookplate and a bookmark as thanks. More info here: http://www.lauralam.co.uk/signed-book...
This is the next Pacifica thriller after False Hearts. It's a standalone set in the same world, so it can be read in any order, though you'll learn a few details about False Hearts' plot if you read this first.
Rather than being set in San Francisco, we move south to Los Angeles & Hollywood:
It stars Carina, a female Dexter with a drug problem.
She has a bunch of encrypted information dumped into her head, tied to five images (a bee, a rose, a thorn, a drop of blood, and heterochromic eyes), and each are accessed by personal memories. Which one is the problem:
She ends up partnering with a diverse group of hackers named The Trust, which includes Dax, a trans male character (& love interest):
Together, they have to take down the evil corporation of Sudice, which Carina used to work for. Her old boss, Roz, is after her, and she's sort of reminiscent of Rachel from Orphan Black.
It's probably my darkest book. I hope you like it.
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Ex-neuroscientist Carina doesn't know which is more disturbing, her addiction the virtual reality drug, Zeal, or her real-life compulsion for murder. Forgotten by her former colleagues and over-looked by the government meant to protect her, Carina believes what is left of her life will be spent in the haze of a drug-trip where she can shape reality to her own choosing. But reality has other plans for her.
The synopsis of this promised a fast-paced, high-intrigue read and that is exactly what it delivered. I did however find the plot a little overwhelming and felt I missed a lot of the reason behind the action occurring.
Perhaps this was not this particular novel's fault, as I find this a recurring problem with science fiction. Give me complex rules of magic and I'll be fine, but for some reason futuristic settings and scientific advancements overwhelm me. I enjoyed the parts I understood but felt a little like I was drowning in other parts of this. This was an interesting concept and I enjoyed exploring the darkness of the human psyche but still felt lost and needed a guide map to this world.
I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Laura Lam, and the publisher, Pan, for this opportunity.
A dangerous, gifted young woman flees a successful career and is well on the way to killing herself with addiction, until a former colleague gives her the keys to bring down her former boss. Fighting the addiction and her urges to kill, Carina must win over an underground cell of malcontents and help them unlock the secrets that will destroy Sudice, the supposedly benevolent megacorp who has hardware and software embedded in every head in Pacifica. But Roz will stop at nothing to find and destroy them before they can destroy her life's work. Can Carina master her own programming -
natural and neural - before Roz can overwrite it with something worse?
Hard to warm to with its psychopathic protagonists, but Shattered Minds is another taut, thrilling page turner. If I were being reductive, I'd say this is Serenity meets Orphan Black - and given those are two of my favourite things, that's a great start.
I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.