Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review on Open Minds

I have once again read a book about mind reading. What would you do if you lived in a society where being a mind reader is normal? Where if you can't read minds, you basically can't go to college or get married or live the life you have always wanted? Well, Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn, is about a society where being different can get you killed or it could be you who is doing the killing.

Open Minds (Mindjack Trilogy, #1)

Format: Paperback/ e-book
Pub. Date: November 11th, 2011
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 rating: 4 out of 5 mindjackers!
My recommendation: Anyone who likes books about mind readers.
My review:
My copy was provided by Netgalley.
Kira lives in a society where mind readers basically rule the world. Anyone can read your mind and anyone can know your secrets. Your neighbors are mind readers, your mom is a mind reader. Except for the few who can't. The people who can't read minds are referred to as zeros. Zeros go through life never knowing what's going on. In the society they live in, people prefer to read minds than speak out loud, making school very difficult. When you're a zero, you are most likely never going to college or you're never going to get your dream job.
Kira goes through school not knowing what people think about her. People never trust her and treat her like trash all because she's different. The only person who hasn't treated her like a nobody is her best friend Raf. But Kira still feels like an outsider. That is, until she discovers her ability to not only read people's minds, but she can jack them and control them. She's not alone, but there are those who want her kind destroyed and there are some who want to use her powers for domination.
This book started off like a regular YA book with teenage drama, bullying, and Kira trying to fit in in a world that would never accept her. Yet soon this book delves into secret societies, the FBI, and so many things I didn't expect. Open Minds really surprised me with its numerous twists and turns that I definitely didn't expect. The book didn't get too weird and it didn't get so complicated that I didn't know what the heck was going on. It kept me interested the whole time.
Kira was an admirable girl. She accepted her fate of being a zero, but she never lost hope that she could one day become a mind reader. Even though she liked Raf and knew that the relationship between them would probably never happen, she still liked him and tried to protect him.
Kira's morals never changed. She never wanted to use her powers for evil even though she could easily make someone do anything she wanted. She never wanted to hurt anyone and Kira always objected when they tried to hurt others. Kira was brave, always standing up for herself and wasn't afraid to speak up when she knew others were doing wrong.
She just wanted to use her powers for good. It's just that others wanted her to do the opposite.
I loved Raf. He was so sweet and so much like the boy next door type. It was obvious that he adores Kira and would do anything for her. He didn't care that Kira was a zero. He didn't pretend she existed. He would openly talk to her in front of all his friends, not caring what that did to his reputation. He was an amazing guy and I definitely want more from him in the next book.
This book takes awhile to explain things so it was kinda confusing before the explanations like with Kira's dad and some of the aspects of the mindjackers' powers.
This book was definitely imaginative and original. This author was not afraid to take chances other authors wouldn't have made and I can't wait until I get my hands on the sequel!

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