Monday, 2 April 2012

Review: Open minds by Susan Kaye Quinn & giveaway

Title: Open Minds
Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Author Info: Website|Twitter|Facebook
Genre:  Young Adult/Paranormal
Source: Author
Format: eBook
Publication Date:USA:Oct 3rd 2011|UK:11th Dec 2011

Tell Me About It
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.
[from goodreads]
My Thoughts
The world has evolved and now people can communicate by mindtalk.  These people are also know as Readers, people without this ability are called Zeros, which is what Kira is.  Soon we learn about a new group of people called Jackers, people who have the ability to 'jack' into others minds and control their thoughts and make them do things.  The main protagonist is Kira, who is a Zero, but manages to get by with help from her friend Raf who is a Reader.
We are soon introduced to Simon, who is a Jacker like Kira, and he explains to her what she is and what she can do. He puts her to the test and gets her to jack into peoples minds and slowly introduces her to the Jackers.  Eventually this all leads to no good and Kira, Raf and their families lives are put in danger. Thinking she is helping Kira reports the Jackers activities, but unknown to herself, they have a Jacker planted in the police force and when she is questioned and tries to escape, she is caught and thrown into camp. Kira now has toe scape, find her family and make sure they are safe, but also find a way to let people know about the camp and save everyone there.

I love how the author has created not only a new world but also new technology that has been adapted to this world, and new words like 'mesh' instead of cool.  The characters are realistic and it's easy to sympathise with Kira for feeling the way she does.  From the moment I met Simon I didn't like him, but to Kira he is the light at the end of the tunnel, someone who is like her, and I can understand why she did some of the things she did.  Kira is an outcast in every sense of the word, but for her to go through the things she went through and still come out of it stronger and more sure of herself and have the belief that she can do something to make it right, that is something I really admire her for.
There is enough suspense and action in Open Minds to keep you captivated and wanting more, and although I didn't want the book to end, I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Closed Hearts.

Susan has offered up an ebook of Open Minds for one of you to win.  To enter just fill in the rafflecopter form below.

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway. If I had a special ability, it would be power of flight. :D I like the freedom that goes with it I guess and well, I would never be late again. :D

  5. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Special ability, eh? Hmmm I'd say mind reading!... safer than mind control, but it still almost as awesome!! (at) hotmail (dot) com


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