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Science Fiction Review: Dark Minds by Michelle Diener

Dark Minds by Michelle Diener (Class 5 #3)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
The mind is the most powerful weapon of all . . .

Imogen Peters knows she's a pawn. She's been abducted from Earth, held prisoner, and abducted again. So when she gets a chance at freedom, she takes it with both hands, not realizing that doing so will turn her from pawn to kingmaker.

Captain Camlar Kalor expected to meet an Earth woman on his current mission, he just thought he'd be meeting her on Larga Ways, under the protection of his Battle Center colleague. Instead, he and Imogen are thrown together as prisoners in the hold of a Class 5 battleship. When he works out she's not the woman who sparked his mission, but another abductee, Cam realizes his investigation just got a lot more complicated, and the nations of the United Council just took a step closer to war.

Imogen's out of her depth in this crazy mind game playing out all around her, and she begins to understand her actions will have a massive impact on all the players. But she's good at mind games. She's been playing them since she was abducted. Guess they should have left her minding her own business back on Earth…
 


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8.5/10

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 Michelle Diener is certainly rocking this sci-fi series, ladies and gents! So far each book has been pretty awesome.

If you haven't read Dark Horse and Dark Deeds before, they are each about a human woman kidnapped as a specimen by Tecran race which just discovered Earth. There is this whole alliance of planets and races far, far away, and Tecrans built these 5 huge ships (Class 5) with illegal thinking systems in them, which in turn are trying to escape, and as it happens, the women from Earth who treat the thinking systems like actual human beings for a change, help them, and in turn are helped themselves to survive in this new world.



By book three, the two women previously found and allied to thinking systems are already known to all the allied races, and they are a force to be reckoned with.

Our first look at Imogen Peters, the heroine of Dark Minds, is when Fiona from Dark Deeds finds a trace of her in the cage where she was held and realizes that Imogen taught a parrot in the cage next to her to sing "Always Look On The Bright Side" from The Life of Bryan to stick it to her captors. If that isn't a glowing recommendation of a kickass character, I don't know what is!

 Imogen is a music teacher who has been taken at the same time Rose and Fiona disappeared, and she is angry. She is determined to escape, and if it's not possible, then to go out with a bang not with a whimper.
So, when a thinking system contacts her asking for help, she does everything in her power to do it.

Like in the previous two books, there is a budding romance story arch here between a Grih captain, Cam, and Imogen. It's in no way overwhelming, and develops slowly enough that I find it believable and sweet. Otherwise the book is packed with action, sarcasm, and music.

Music plays a very important role in the plot as Grih are reverent of music-makers which are extremely rare (there are only four in the whole four Grih planets), so Imogen gets her share of adoration when she sings for Grih. They literally wouldn't hesitate to do anything for her. When Rose and Fiona join her in their rare musical interactions, Grih minds are blown, and it's hilarious.

I begged Michelle Diener to put up a list of songs used for every book in the series on her website, so we all can go to YouTube and listen to them, so click here if you want to do just that. Overall, this series is very well done and has everything I look for in my reading materials - strong women, plenty of action, believable not over the top romance, lots of humor and a great story. Highly recommended! Don't wait, go and start reading!

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Мишель Дьенэ продолжает приводить меня в восторг своей серией научной фантастики! Пока что каждая из книг Класса 5 оказалась шикарной.

Если вы ещё не читали Тёмную Лошадку и Тёмные Дела, каждая книга рассказывает и женщине, похищенной с Земли в качестве пробного экземпляра расой Текран, которые обнаружили нашу планету с помощью кораблей с нелегально встроенными думающими системами Класса 5. Эти системы по тихому пытаются вырваться на свободу, и только человеческие женщины, относящиеся к ним как к полноценным человеческим существам, соглашаются тем помочь, в процессе тоже освобождаясь и становясь политическими игроками, с которыми необходимо считаться.

Имоджен Питерс, героиня третьей книги впервые упомянута в книге Фионы, когда находит клетку в которой держали Имоджен и попугая, которого та научила петь песню из "Жизни Брайана". После такого представления её невозможно было не полюбить! *улыбаясь*

Имоджен - учитель музыки, похищенная в то же время, что и Роуз и Фиона, и она очень рассержена. Она полна решимости сбежать, а если у неё это не выйдет, то умереть с большим шумом и с наибольшими для Текран жертвами. Так что, когда думающая система вступает с ней в контакт она более чем готова на союз.

Как и в предыдущих книгах, здесь присутствует сдержанная романтическая линия - отношения с капитаном Гри - Камом. В ней нет драматических жестов и всё развивается довольно медленно, что я нахожу более реалистичным, учитывая обстоятельства. А в общем, книга напичкана экшном, сарказмом и конечно же музыкой.

Музыка играет здесь огромную роль, так как она - святое дело в культуре Гри. На все их 4 планеты, у них всего 4 певца, и человеческие женщины с их способностью петь (да ещё и в унисон время от времени) взрывает им мозги, и они готовы на всё ради песен, что приводит ко множеству юмористических ситуаций.

К моему удовольствию, Мишель оставила список песен, использованных в каждой книге у себя на вебсайте, и теперь я спокойно могу их прослушивать. А так, ребята, серия эта - просто супер. В ней всё очень сбалансировано - сильные характеры, юмор, экшн и превосходный сюжет. Очень рекомендую, читайте!

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