by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Mindjack Trilogy - Book 1
Publication Date: December 20, 2013
Publisher: Susan Kaye Quinn
Genre: YA Dystopian Fantasy
Print Length: 340 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.
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
Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
My Rating: 5 Stars
Looking for a futuristic YA dystopian adventure where the angst is low and the creativity is on full throttle? Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn follows one teen girl as she attempts to function as a zero (non-gifted) in a world filled with humans with the ability to read minds. Is she a late bloomer or is there more to her than meets the mind? “Readers” are accepted, but there are a few who can overpower them mentally, “Mindjackers,”who are considered dangerous and are herded into camps to control and experiment on them. The genetic family tree gave Kira powers far beyond any Jacker know before. With her life in danger, she is determined to save young “changelings” who are being used as lab rats. Her only hope is to overpower other Jackers and expose the government’s heinous actions. Will she succeed or will history repeat itself once again as the threat of mass genocide looms over those who are different?
Susan Kaye Quinn has poured her creative genius into this dystopian tale and never skipped a beat, regardless of how fast the pace was or how many twists she tossed in! Her main character, Kira is strong, well-developed and honorable, being deceitful or using her powers for anything but good just wasn’t part of her make up. As a role model, she gives off positive vibes, with brilliant reasoning powers.
Each scene in Ms. Quinn’s world is full of action, tension and so much realism that I couldn’t help but feel I was there, feeling what Kira felt, racing against time and the government to save innocent young souls. In a literary world full of amazing dystopian tales, Open Minds deserves to be right up at the top of the heap! That this is book one of a trilogy, makes it even more special! Ms. Quinn definitely has a hit here!