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ISBN13: 9781466354265
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Sheila Deeth, February 18, 2015 (view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
The best dystopias are often based on one simple premise that changes reality. In Susan Kaye Quinn’s Mindjack series, the premise is that people can read minds. The first mind-readers were locked away of course, since their presence would cause havoc with modern society. But now, as the series begins in a not-too-distant future, mindreading is normal. School-teachers assume it. Students live in a wildly noisy silence. And the girl who can’t read minds is a nobody, a zero.

The author reveals her world convincingly through Kira’s honest narration. Well-imagined future words (“something totally mesh...”) make perfect sense without explanation. And details of the “past” leading up to this dystopia are very gently sprinkled, with no heavy-handed explanation. Playing to the intelligence of her readers, the author invites us to listen through ears that can’t hear, and to share that fear of never fitting in.

Of course, Kira will find a way. She’ll overcome her perceived inadequacies, and cope with her sudden strengths. She’ll struggle to choose between the normal guy who loves her, and the stranger who seems to understand. And eventually she’ll join an epic struggle to change a world that never seems to change. I guess this, in a way, is the hidden strength and power of dystopian fiction. Whatever we change, we humans remain the same. We choose new zeros and heroes, fear anyone different from ourselves, and pour scorn on those who don’t fit in.

Open Minds tells a complete and absorbing story, leading Kira from zero to hero. But the rest is yet to be learned in remaining novels of the trilogy. It’s a great start to a thought-provoking, enthralling, and exciting series.

Disclosure: I’d read the Mindjack short stories before and was already hooked. But the novel offered even more than I expected and I really enjoyed it.
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alterlisa, May 22, 2012 (view all comments by alterlisa)
For some reason, this year, I've read more YA books than ever before. Why? I'm not real sure but I've sure not been disappointed. One of my top reads so far this year was Open Minds. I had agreed to do an announcement post for the Closed Hearts launch and thought I'd get a copy of the first book in the trilogy as once reading the blurb this sounded like one I'd enjoy. As the print copy was a little pricey at $13 (two paperbacks for me), I thought I'd get the Kindle addition for $3. Best $3
I ever spent. This story sucked me in so fast it made my head spin and despite a weekend that was very hectic, I pretty much finished it in two days.
Kira's belief that she was a "zero", a person who could not read minds, led her to have a very lonely life, both at home and at school. And unfortunately, high school life in the future still sucks for those students that are thought of as "different". At puberty, most people acquired the ability to read minds. But not only was Kira not a zero, she learned that she could mind jack (control their thoughts and actions). To her way of thinking, as she had never heard of this, this was even worse than being a "zero".
She encounters a boy in school who is also a jacker and he attempts to help her control this ability and she quickly learns how to make other people believe that she can now read minds. Unfortunately, this friend isn't as much a friend as he portrays. Talk about out of the frying pan into the fire! As all Kira has ever wanted to be was normal, she's not very happy when she discovers that her friend has been lying to her the whole time and soon she is fighting for her very life.
I loved the world building in this book which is second only to the wonderful characterizations by Quinn. The story is very well paced and
the only thing that I hated was that it ended. Not a problem though as I immediately went to Amazon and got the next book, Open Minds, which started out with a bang. I only stopped reading it as I had to get this review done before tonight.
You definitely won't be wasting your money whether you get the Kindle or the print copy of this book. Just be prepared for the ride of your life. If I hadn't been reading this on my Kindle, I'd have left nail prints in my copy as I felt like I was barreling down an icy coated road in a car with no brakes. I could barely get my hands to unclench the steering wheel (Kindle) as I read this amazing story. This is one that I would definitely recommend to teens and adults who enjoy Dystopian YA fiction, sci-fi or suspense. I can't believe this was a self published book! Boy, somebody at a major publishing house sure missed the boat on this one. I can so see this feisty character and story as a blockbuster movie. Katness better watch her behind as Kira is the new kick*** kid on the block.
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Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Quinn, Susan Kaye
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