Monday, November 14, 2011

Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn


Open Minds (Mindjack #1) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Goodreads:

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

Review:

Kira Moore is not your typical teenager.  As a zero, she doesn't fit in, as a matter of fact she sticks out like a sore thumb. Although her best friend, Raf, tries to make her feel as normal as possible, being a zero is hard. When Kira discovers that she is a Mindjacker, things quickly spiral out of control. With her new ability she can seemingly "fit in," but it's not long before she finds herself fitting into the wrong crowd.

Open Minds is unlike anything I have ever read. The concept of being able to read minds is not new, but for mind reading to be the accepted form of societal communication, now that threw me for a loop! Imagine a world where anonymity is completely lost, keeping secrets is nearly impossible, and vocalization is nearly a thing of the past.

Susan Kaye Quinn has created a character that everyone can relate too. The teen years can be painfully difficult, even for kids that are already in the "in crowd." I totally understood where Kira was coming from. Her story reminded me of my high school years, not because I could read minds, but because I was not exactly like everyone else either.  Even more than that, we all eventually find that we are far more important than we imagine and that our struggles are often serve a higher purpose.

I give this book:

Open Minds is available in print and ebook. Visit Susan Kaye Quinn's website for more information on the Open Minds tour.

I received a free ebook copy of Open Minds from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The views expressed are my own.

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