Friday, December 2, 2011
Open Minds by Susan Kay Quinn
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.
Kira thinks her life can't get worse since she's a zero. She can't read minds, and that makes her almost invisible. But when an intimate moment with Raf triggers a change in her brain, Kira discovers she's not a zero after all. She's a jacker. Yet her new ability doesn't exactly make her like everyone else. Now Kira has a whole new set of problems, ones that will make her a target.
From the very first page, the writing jumped out at me. It was obvious that Quinn had this book professionally edited and put a lot of time into choosing the perfect words to put the reader in Kira's mind. And the concept of the story intrigued me right away. I mean a world where people can read each other's minds means you can't have secrets, right? Maybe not. At lease not for Kira. But Kira's ability doesn't make her power crazy or force her dominance over everyone else. She remains very human--or maybe I should say humane--and the choices she makes easily had me cheering her on.
I give this book five stars for grabbing my attention and not letting go. I will definitely read the next book in The Mindjack Trilogy.
Just for fun: Could you live in a world where people could hear your every thought?