Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
Title: Open Minds
Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Publish Date: November 1, 2011
Source: from author for review
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.
In the future your thoughts are no longer precious and private, they are a way of life. And if you can't read others minds, then you’re a zero. Kira is hoping that she is just a late bloomer, but reality is sinking in and she knows she is a nothing, a zero. Her friends have all went through the change and Kira is left snubbed and forgotten by her classmates. Only Raf, her best friend, still talks to her. But Kira knows its only a matter of time before Raf leaves to go on to college leaving her behind. Until one day, Kira freaks out and controls Raf's mind, knocking him out and almost killing him. That’s when Kira meets Simon and he starts revealing secrets she never knew existed, that she has the ability to mind jack others. Is mind jacking the way out she is looking for to become normal? Or will the secrets and lies only tear her apart?
Wow oh Wow! I just inhaled this book. Quinn is an amazing author with an even more amazing imagination. In some ways Kira reminds me a lot of Katniss from the Hunger Games series. She is forced out of her comfort zone in order to protect herself and her loved ones from those that only want to use her and her ability. Kira is a strong, well developed character that many will relate to. I am sure there has been a time in everyone's life where you felt like an outcast only wanting to fit in. And sometimes the things we do to fit in only get us in trouble.
I am so thankful that Susan Kaye Quinn asked me to review her book. Open Minds was a great, steady paced read with twists at every turn. I just adored it and suggest it to anyone who has a love for science fiction.