Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from the author to review
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Paranormal
Book description from Goodreads: 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.
My thoughts: I love it when an author comes up with an original idea. In this story Kira is a zero. She isn't like most of the world's population who can link minds and talk without speaking. In school she is falling behind because the teachers don't lecture out loud, they link minds. She is looking at a very bleak future.
She has an unfortunate incident when her best friend tries to kiss her and she thinks "Stop!". He does stop and passes out. She then realizes that she is different. She has only wanted to be like everyone else, but this new ability is much worse than being a zero.
Through the course of the story, we learn that Kira is part of a "group" that can get into other peoples heads and tell them what to do. They are called "Jackers". Different groups try to recruit her to their cause, but she wants to be normal and not part of anyone's agenda.
This is a fast paced and interesting story. Susan Kaye Quinn has done a wonderful job! I am definitely interested in seeing what happens to Kira and her family next.
There isn't any content concerns that I would hesitate in recommending this book to anyone who loves a great story.
At this moment Susan is offering this book on my blog. It is part of the RAK Blog Hop Giveaway. Go here to enter. Trust me you will be glad if you win it. :) The contest runs until 2/21/12.