Between Two Minds: Awakening by D. C. Wright-Hammer is an amazing sci-fi thriller. It tells the story of a paraplegic named Ryan as he undergoes the process of a mind migration to get a new body. This concept alone had me hooked from the very beginning. There are so many interesting implications that come from moving your consciousness from your original body to a new one and Wright-Hammer addresses them beautifully. When Ryan starts to realize there might be something wrong with his migration the story takes on some amazing twists and turns that had me glued to my seat.
Interwoven throughout the book is Charlie’s story. This story takes place at an earlier point of time and allows the reader to really appreciate the full scope of the world that Wright-Hammer has created. Charlie’s life has been a lot rougher than Ryan’s and I really loved the character building and backstory done through these chapters. The relationships between Charlie and his family were one of my favorite parts of the story.
Charlie and Ryan’s starts to come together as Ryan digs into the oddities of his migration. It was fun to try to figure out the connection between the them as new pieces of information were revealed and when the truth finally comes to light it did not disappoint. It was powerfully, emotional, and really well executed.
There were two little things about that story that I felt weren’t up to the high quality of the rest of the book. The first being Ryan’s relationship with Helen. At times it felt a little forced and lacked the emotional impact that the rest of the book had. The second was a chase scene with Ryan about half way through that I didn’t think added anything to the story. There were both really minor things, however, and did not take away from my enjoyment of the story at all.
Overall, I really loved this book. In fact, I originally purchased it as an ebook and plan to buy a paperback copy when I pick up the next book in the series so that I can have it on my self forever.