Quantum Mind

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
383 Pages
Reviewed on 04/04/2024
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Author Biography

MD Hanley has been a software engineer for over 30 years. He is passionate about technology and the way it constantly changes. He finds it to be a never-ending source of excitement and inspiration.
MD Hanley has always been an avid reader, and he developed a love of storytelling at a young age. His books include a financial thriller book called Bit By Bit, a cyberpunk thriller book called Carbon Copy, a science fiction book called Quantum Mind, and another book in the Spiritual Way of Life Series of books called, Humility: A Spiritual Way of Life.
MD Hanley is an adventurer at heart. He enjoys hobbies like scuba diving, flying, and hang gliding. His experiences flying through the congested New York controlled airspace, hang gliding off a mountain top, or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef have led to some interesting and unique insights into the world around him. MD Hanley is a talented software engineer and a gifted storyteller. He is passionate about technology, storytelling, and adventure. His work is sure to entertain and inspire readers of all ages.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Quantum Mind by MD Hanley is a science-fiction thriller that will surprise and intrigue. Kat and Pat are twins who have discovered something amazing; the earth itself is alive, it is sentient. They meet Alder, a visitor from a distant planet, who was sent to Earth millennia ago, along with others to connect Earth to a quantum network of planets across the cosmos. The plan was for Earth and its dominant life form to work together to achieve harmony and peace in the world and to always work for the betterment of each other. Alder has mystical stones that he gives to Pat and Kat, unlocking hidden talents within the pair. Together they must try to reach the Earth’s sentient core and invite it to join the other sentient planets in the Quantum Guild. Unfortunately not all of Alder’s colleagues sent to Earth have tried to fulfill their mission. Many have taken advantage of their superiority and longevity to achieve wealth and power here on Earth. They are determined to ensure that Alder fails in his mission to awaken the sentient powers of Earth and stop it from forming a connection with the guild. In a journey that will take them to many of the ancient stone monuments in Ireland and England, the twins will try to make contact with a thinking, feeling Earth.

Quantum Mind is science fiction with a difference. Author MD Hanley has come up with a scenario that is both novel and intriguing. The idea of Earth being sentient and capable of thoughts, feelings, and action is certainly not a concept I have come across in my many years of reading. It piqued my attention immediately and the author’s laid-back storytelling style grabbed me and drew me into this fascinating adventure. I particularly appreciated the differences between Pat and Kat. Twins they may be but each has a uniquely different personality and perspective on life. The tension between the two helps greatly to heighten the overall tension within the narrative. I appreciated that the story was presented from differing perspectives which served to give depth and breadth. I prefer my science fiction to be low on tech and high on character development. This story certainly fulfills that criteria, with the focus being on the main characters, their backstories, and their situations. Although stated as “young adult” science fiction, I would argue that this story is equally targeted at all ages. First and foremost, it is a story about relationships, about right and wrong. The science-fiction aspect is a backdrop on which to hang a fantastic story about finding purpose and opening up to opportunities. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and can highly recommend it.

K.C. Finn

Quantum Mind is a work of fiction penned for the young adult reading audience by author MD Hanley in the science fiction, adventure, and action subgenres. This captivating narrative introduces us to twins Kat and Pat, who discover Earth's sentience and their role in reconnecting it to a network of planets across the universe. Meeting Alder, an emissary from a distant planet, reveals their latent abilities to manipulate reality using mystical stones. Together, they embark on a journey to unlock the secrets of Earth's quantum connection, facing opposition from a hidden faction seeking to keep Earth isolated. Set against the backdrop of ancient stone monuments in Ireland and England, the twins must confront challenges and adversaries to fulfill Alder's mission and unite Earth with the other planets in the Quantum Guild.

Author MD Hanley's narrative blends elements of wonder and action, inviting readers to explore their own quantum potential through a thrilling adventure. As I immersed myself in the story, I was captivated by the idea of Earth's ancient consciousness, and it was very well realized through imaginative dialogue and descriptive lexis. Kat and Pat were compelling protagonists with a strong emotional bond and distinct, unique voices and attitudes, whose journey to unlock their hidden abilities and navigate the challenges they face kept me engaged from start to finish. Hanley's vivid descriptions were well-placed to evoke a sense of mystery and wonder at each new location, and these scene-setting moments perfectly complemented the action and emotional tone of each story moment. Overall, I would certainly recommend Quantum Mind to YA sci-fi fans everywhere for its exciting plot and highly relatable characters.

Asher Syed

In the speculative eco-fiction Quantum Mind by MD Hanley, characters Kat, Pat, Alder, Arwen, Harriet, and Brian find themselves entangled in a cosmic quest when they, in their own time and ways, discover the existence of Earth's consciousness. Introduced to the power of quantum stones and a historical connection tied to their universal bond, they embark on a mission that crosses the Atlantic. As they unravel Earth's hidden truths and forgotten knowledge, seek out long-lost stones, and perform rituals, they are being followed. A race against adversaries like Kobin and Mordag, intent on exploiting the stones for their own gain, ratchets up the stakes. When one member of the group is captured, an intercession leads to a climactic showdown where the very source of the lifework objective is voiced, sacrifices are made, leadership roles are shaken up, and an all-out embracing—and defense—of Earth's proposal is vital as they set out on the path toward cosmic harmony.

Quantum Mind by MD Hanley is an intelligently written and immersive fantasy eco-hybrid novel with a lot of moving parts, all of which click together nicely. My favorite character is Harriet, who to me had not only the most interesting character arc, but also really embodied Hanley's themes of identity, truth-seeking, and the interconnectedness of past and present, especially as these apply to the broader philosophical and existential questions. The landscapes are brought to life in almost cinematic detail, and Hanley uses this brush across the board, whether it's a hotel buffet or an Irish castle. The atmospheric quality is what makes this book really special and extremely easy to get lost in. My sole complaint is with some of the logistics, like teleporting into Stonehenge, where they definitely should have found a way to take the dogs. I mean, come on. Overall, this is a great book and I look forward to seeing where we go next, as there is plenty of room for Hanley to flesh out here.