Memoirs of a Lab Rat by Stephen and Cynthia Colson

41hzktdifel***I was provided a copy of the book directly from the author in exchange for an honest review***

This book is unlike any book that I have ever read.

First, let me talk about the writing. Memoirs can lag at times. The author has to balance the need for detail with impactful storytelling. Too many details and the story becomes complicated and boring. Not enough details and the story also becomes boring because the reader has no way “seeing” the story. The authors do a good job sharing the story and balancing all the details. The authors go back and forth sharing their interpretations of events. I like this because it helps to create a whole picture. The writing is very tight and each word has a purpose.

Second, let me talk about the story. As I read this (which I actually read parts of it twice), I had the hardest time remembering this was not fiction. The authors share about a time in their life when they feel the were part of a mind-controlling experiment led by the government. I have spoken with one of the authors a few times, just because this seems so “X-File”ish to me. I believe in some conspiracies and I think that the government does a lot of things in the name of security that we will never know about. But reading the intimate details of what happened was hard. I didn’t want to believe it. I wanted to get to the end of the story and find out the authors were beamed back to earth and lived happily ever after.

I don’t think it was easy for this brother and sister to share their experiences. I can only imagine some of the ridicule they experienced. I applaud their strength and willingness to tell their story. I hope others who may have experienced the same thing will be encouraged to come forward and share.

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