Title: Open Minds ( Mindjackers #1)
Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Pub Date: October 3, 2011
Type: YA SciFi Book Rating: Mild
Pages: 338 Avid Reader Time: 2.08 hrs
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
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When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep
I am on the fence about this one. On one hand, I was really excited for a book about telepathy and a society of telepaths…But I was disappointed by some of the aspects of this book. A lot of the scenes seemed clique.
Open Minds is set in a future world where a chemical made people start gaining telepathic abilities. Soon it was the norm and people without the ability was not. However, those without were called zeros and were considered the lowest of the low. Which didn’t make sense because in a belief history of the world it was stated that in the beginning those with the ability were sent to concentration camps. You would think that they would recognize the injustice of doing that and would be more sympathetic to those different from them. Quinn does deserve praise for taking human evolution a step further and making it our own fault. Or more to fact the government’s fault.
“My mom still thought I was a zero, Rafe thought I was a changeling, and Simon thought I was jacking them both. It was official: I was lying to everyone I knew.”
The story jumped scenes too quickly for me. There were times where I was lost because the scene jumped or the story transition faster than expected. The characters didn’t seem very dimensional. The was a lot of cliché used to describe someone. But the idea Mindjacking was unique if a bit rape-y. The jackers have the ability to take over someone’s mind and make them do what they wanted. Basically, forcing them against their will.
“”I wasn’t ready to replay that bit of disaster—the moment when I decided to Simon Zagan’s girlfriend…”
Now, Let’s talk about the dreaded love triangle that happens in almost every young adult. This one lose points because the love triangle didn’t make sense. Between the main character Kira, her childhood friend Rafe, and bad boy Simon. Kira has never interacted with Simon before coming into rare and super ability of jacking. All the sudden she has sort of feelings for him and they are a couple. Even though a chapter or so before she had mentioned loving Rafe. Simon irritated me because he was moral less kid who liked to humiliate others to make him feel better.
Now in this world, there is no such thing as privacy. Everything is out in the open due to a constant access to other’s minds. I feel like there should have been some like of etiquette or ethically use of this ability. Instead it was free for all. Not to mention, that every telepath used the ability to do mundane things like turn the stove off or open doors which is more telekinesis then telepathy.
Overall, this book was not for me. There were too many things that put me off. Although new way of using telepathy in books. It is fast paced and action packed. But it fell flat in my eyes from lack of world building and character development. 2 out of 5. Hopefully, I can find a telepathy book that I like.