The new Spin-off novel promises backstory of Eleven from Stranger Things

Awesome news for the fandom of Netflix’s science fiction hit Stranger Things: spinoff novel, coming out in February, guarantees to uncover the origin story behind the show’s lead character, Eleven.

The show, states that Eleven was conceived and born as because of the shady research program run by Dr Brenner (played by Matthew Modine)in Hawkins Lab in Indiana. The new novel, Suspicious Minds, will uncover how Eleven’s mom ended up ensnared in the program – and will likewise reveal  insight into the history of different characters from the show.

In a new excerpt from the book, published by Entertainment Weekly, discusses Dr Brenner welcoming new entry to his evil research centre: Eleven’s “sister” Eight, otherwise called Kali, a character that was brought in foresight in the show’s second season

The excerpt is taken from the book’s preface, set at the brim of the Cold War in 1969, and indicates that Dr Brenner attempts to legitimize his controversial techniques. “The Agency understood greatness couldn’t always follow standard operating procedure,” the section reads. “The Russians might be able to have their labs acknowledged by their government, but they were willing to suppress all the voices who would speak out in opposition.”

“Somewhere right now the communists’ scientists were doing the same type of experiments this five-story brown complex and its basement levels had been created for. Brenner’s employers would be reminded of this whenever they forgot or had too many questions. So his work remained a top priority.”

The novel is written by Gwenda Bond, best known for her Fallout series of young adult books about Superman’s girlfriend Lois Lane.“I’m SO EXCITED,” Bond tweeted in June, when insights about the book were first reported. “It’s about Eleven’s mother Terry and her intersection with the MKUltra program and you’re going to get to know and love her in a whole new way.”

Dr Brenner’s MKUltra is approximately propelled by a genuine CIA program of a similar name, which utilized hallucinogenic medications to test the likelihood of mind control. The program was the subject of Errol Morris’ ongoing Netflix narrative Wormwood and previously featured in investigative journalist Jon Ronson’s book The Men Who Stare at Goats.

Suspicious Minds is distributed by Del Rey, an imprint of Penguin Random House, on February 9, 2019.


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