Friday, November 11, 2011

Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn

Title:  Open Minds
Author:  Susan Kaye Quinn
Genre:  Young Adult/Sci Fi/Paranormal with dystopian elements
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Publication Date:  1st November 2011
Stand alone or series:   Mindjack Trilogy #1
Pages:  241 pages
Book Received from:  Susan Kaye Quinn (Author
First Lines:  A zero like me shouldn’t take public transportation.  The hunched driver wrinkled a frown before I even got on the bus.

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.

My Thoughts:
After reading the synopsis for Open Minds, I knew I had to read this. I really liked the idea of people being able to read minds (but thankfully it's not possible in real life!) and a world where everyone is able to do that but a certain few is the opposite of how most YA stories I've come across are told.

Right from the beginning I was hooked with the story. Kira the main character is a zero. In a world where everyone is an open book, a zero is looked down upon as untrustworthy and others give them a wide berth. As if it is their fault that they didn't change. I think I identified with her right then and there, as the underdog always wins my heart over more often than not.

Susan has done an amazing job at creating well rounded characters. Each character including the ones I disliked had both traits that I admired as well as loathed. It was also quite hard distinguishing the 'bad' guys from the good guys since most fell into that gray area in between.

Open Minds is full of action too, shocking at times with a few twists and turns I honestly didn't see coming. Kira stays strong throughout the book, even when things look bleak. Another trait I loved about the main character.

I recommend this read to others who enjoy YA Paranormal/Sci Fi reads with dystopian elements (Whoa! that's a lot of genres, but it fits all of these!). If that's you give it a go!

I look forward to reading Closed Hearts the second book in the Mindjack Trilogy!

Original review posted on Book Lovers Inc

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