Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn 3.5/5
Blurb: 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 underworld of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.
The book started out well, intriguing me with the concept of a future where humans have evolved into telepaths, and the outcasts are those who don’t have the ability- Zeroes. Kira believes she is a zero until Raf tries to kiss her and she almost kills him. She quickly discovers she can ‘mindjack’ and that she is not the only one. Mindjackers are not readers, they are something different, something that can potentially be dangerous; they can link into peoples minds and ‘jack’ them/ influence them to do whatever they want.
I enjoyed Kira’s and Simon’s relationship. It was flawed and much better than the perfect boy meets girl romance, however, I was unsure if Kira dated Simon because she had a spark for him, or if it was just because he was a Jacker like her and helped her with her own ability. It was clear she felt more for Raf than Simon, but Raf was boring. The love triangle didn’t sit well with me. Simon was a much more rounded character with facets of light and dark that would be expected in his situation. Let’s just say, some of Kira’s choices felt out of character and perhaps were included to progress the narrative in a certain direction.
The story should have ended about 100 pages before it did. I found myself skipping huge chunks of narrative to find out what happened because even though the story felt rushed, it strangely started to drag. Quinn could have gotten two books out of the one book and I would have been a much happier reader.
In summary, I enjoyed the concept and some of the sub-characters, but my 3.5 stars reflects the unrealistic choices I felt Kira made, and the fact that the book felt drawn out.
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