Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Review: Free Souls by Susan Kaye Quinn

Title: Free Souls
Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
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Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Mindjack Trilogy #3
Source: Author
Format: eBook
Publication Date: 14th December 2012

Tell Me About It
When your mind is a weapon, freedom comes at a price.

The final installment of the Mindjack Trilogy is here!

Four months have passed since Kira left home to join Julian’s Jacker Freedom Alliance, but the hole in her heart still whistles empty where her boyfriend Raf used to be. She fills it with weapons training, JFA patrols, and an obsessive hunt for FBI agent Kestrel, ignoring Julian’s worries about her safety and repeated attempts to recruit her for his revolutionary chat-casts. When anti-jacker politician Vellus surrounds Jackertown with the National Guard, Kira discovers there’s more to Julian’s concerns than she knew, but she’s forced to take on a mission that neither want and that might be her last: assassinating Senator Vellus before he can snuff out Julian’s revolution and the jackers she’s come to love.

My Thoughts
Free Souls is a book I have been looking forward to reading, but has also been tinged with sadness, being the last book in this trilogy.  Free Souls picks up where Closed Hearts ended, Kira, Julian and the rest of the jackers are still trying to find a way to make it safe for themselves and other jackers.  Unbeknown to Julian, Kira is still looking for Kestrel and she will stop at nothing to ensure he gets what he deserves.  I loved the ongoing list she has of ways to kill him and was amused by some of the ways she had in mind.
Free Souls features the return of some of our favourite and not so favourite characters, Vellus and Kestrel, and they are still up to no good.  The jackers soon get wind of their dastardly plan and stop at nothing to stop them from carrying through with it, with some casualties of war from both sides.

Kira is just as strong and stubborn as she has always been, but she is a perfect protagonist and heroine.  She fights for what is right, not just for herself but for everyone, and she stops at nothing in order to achieve her goal.  She may not be a perfect person, and makes mistakes, both personally and as a leader, but she recognises this and isn't afraid to face the consequences of these.  Free Souls lets us get a look inside the inner workings of Jackertown and how the jackers ensure the safety of all people living there.  The rules and 'honour system' they have set up enables them to have some privacy even though they can read minds, and I thought this was a great way for them to live in harmony and even though they are considered the enemy, the rest of the population could look to the jackers as an example of how they can live in peace.

Free Souls  isn't all flowers and roses, yes some characters have love interests, but there is lots of tension and nervous waiting.  Free Souls was an amazing end to a series, one that had me on the edge of my seat. The constant threat of danger or being caught, wondering if they would they survive Vellus's attack had me turning pages in order to find out what happens next.  I never knew what to expect, there was never a clear path of knowing who would win and who would lose.  The ending finally came, and it was a great ending for all involved, with many twists and turn involved by the characters to get there, I felt that it was ideal for them.

While I am sad this series is over, I am looking forward to future work by Susan.

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