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Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn

Saturday, December 10, 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.

“Quinn has created an intensely dangerous world both inside the minds of her characters and outside–a world that left me asking myself questions I would never have asked before. When you can literally control the thoughts of others, how far will you go?” — Michelle Davidson Argyle, Author of Monarch and Cinders

Goodreads Summary

An interesting take on being unique in society, author Susan Kaye Quinn introduces Kira to the reader.  Kira doesn't quite fit in.  One might expect her to be an outsider due to the way she dresses, speaks, or conform to societal rules, but that is not the case.  Instead, Kira cannot read minds or have her own mind read in a society where just about everyone else connects with their minds. 

However, Kira might just have an ability that could be better than simply having her mind read.  Kira can "mindjack," an ability that enables her to tell people what to do and what to believe.  Not being naturally controlling, Kira hasn't deliberately used her power on anyone and isn't even sure if she likes the ability yet. When another character comes into Kira's life and begins to clarify things, Kira must make her decision.

This book is very different, the author took the world's definition of normalcy and turned it on its head.  Kira, as a character, was fun to get to know.  She could be overly cautious and not believe in herself enough at times, but she could also be clever and sweet.  The two other characters who walked the line between secondary and primary characters had a lot of impact in the novel.  There is a bit of a love triangle that the author handles well, also gives the reader another subplot to look forward to.  The book was well-written and hard to put down, recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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