Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Book Review: Mind Over Mind, by Karina Fabian

Mind Over Mind, by Karina Fabian

Paperback: 314 pages

Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (August 8, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1897492367
Rating (1 to 5 *): *****
Mind Over Mind Book Review

Ydrel (or Deryl, as his mother named him, or Darrel as his guardians insist on calling him), has been in a mental institution for years, ever since his uncontrollable psychic powers got him in some deep trouble at school. No one has been able to help him gain control, that is until 19-year-old Joshua Lawson came along for a summer internship. Joshua uses Neuro Linquistic Programming, and after a few pointers, Ydrel starts learning how to bring his world back under control. The only thing is, there's much more to Ydrel's powers than merely being psychic. He is being used by two alien species in their interplanetary war.

Meanwhile, Joshua has some issues of his own to deal with. He went on this internship to get away from school and girl issues at home and get his mind focused again on his studies and an upcoming audition that could launch his band's career. However, he can't seem to help himself from falling in love with Ydrel's best friend and favorite nurse.

Mind Over Mind is a very interesting take on science fiction, in that we see very little of the science fiction aspect of the story, and what we do see comes in flashes through Ydrel's dreams. The concept of Neuro Linguistic Programming is a real concept, and it was interesting to read about being used in the book. However, I do wish that more of the story had centered on that and on Ydrel's struggles--I felt Joshua's romance with Sachiko distracted just a bit too much from what I thought the main point of the story was. However, the writing is good, the characters well developed, and the story line is very interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing where the next two books in the trilogy go.

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