Thursday, March 7, 2013

Open Minds

By Susan Kaye Quinn

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 underworld of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

Okay, I really liked this book, and I thought it was going to be average and kinda mediocre. I’ve read books with mind-reading before, but this was so interesting and different that I was left turning page after page, hungry for information and getting more and more twisted up in the story. Kira is a fun character because for the last few years she has become a varitable pariah because she can’t read minds and no one can read hers. I mean, if you can’t read their mind, they can’t be trustworthy right? At least that’s what society at large believes about “zeros” like Kira. What Kira finds out in a desperate moment is that she isn’t without power. It’s just not the power she wanted. She’s a mindjacker. She can control people and make them do anything she wants, even believe that she is just like them.  A whole world opens up to Kira at the prospect of being ‘normal’ or letting everyone believe that she is normal. But the one thing that she has to do to get her normal life is the one thing she can’t stomach….lying. To everyone. Forever. This book is amazing in the way it projects how people would live with the ability to read minds, and the frightening things that mindjackers are capable of and how bias and fear will always be alive so long as there is someone different.

I give it a 4 out of 5- it was close to a 3.5 but it was just so well done. Bravo.

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