Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond (Mini Review)

Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

Format: Audiobook

Source: BorrowBox

Publisher: Cornerstone Digital

Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Narrator: Kristen Sieh

Length: 8 hours 56 minutes

Publication Date: 8th May 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in this thrilling prequel to the hit show Stranger Things.

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be further from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, codenamed MKUltra. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tightlipped researchers . . . and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover.

But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory—and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner—lurks a conspiracy greater than she could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists—a young girl with unexplainable, superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008.

Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war—one where the human mind is the battlefield.”

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My Thoughts & Review

I absolutely loved the Netflix series, so when I saw this book was available to download as an audiobook from the library I was super excited. But finishing the nearly 9 hour audiobook  was so disappointed.

This is supposed to be a prequel novella to the Netflix series where we learn where Eleven comes from. That was the most exciting part of the book. The rest was just unnecessary words.

The pacing was very slow and the plot felt drawn out and the characters were all under developed and I didn’t really care for any of them. 

I really should have DNF-ed this book but because it was an audiobook I just had it playing in the background. Personally, I won’t be continuing with the rest of the books.  

My Rating

💙1/2

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