Open Minds

Open Minds : (mindjack Series Book 1)

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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. MINDJACK: KIRAOpen Minds (Book 1)Closed Hearts (Book 2)Free Souls (Book 3)Mindjack Short Story Collection (Book 4)MINDJACK: ZEPH: Locked Tight (Book 1)Cracked Open (Book 2)Broken Wide (Book 3)The Locksmith (Book 4)FORMATS AND TRANSLATIONSMindjack available in ebook, print, audiobook, French and GermanLIVE ACTION TRAILER Voted Best Trailer at the 2014 Illinois International Film Festival and one of 50 Most Cinematic Trailers Ever Made - check it out at Susan's website.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 19mm | 390g
  • Scotts Valley, CA, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1466354267
  • 9781466354265
  • 694,948

About Susan Kaye Quinn

Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. She pursued a bunch of engineering degrees and worked a lot of geeky jobs, including turns at GE Aircraft Engines, NASA, and NCAR. Now that she writes novels, her business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist" and she doesn't have to sneak her notes anymore. All that engineering comes in handy when dreaming up paranormal powers in future worlds or mixing science with fantasy to conjure slightly plausible inventions. Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as much as she can handle. Check out Susan's author website (www.susankayequinn.com) for more information about her books, and subscribe to her newsletter (http: //bit.ly/SubscribeToSusansNewsletter) to be notified of upcoming releases
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9,056 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (3,186)
3 28% (2,509)
2 9% (792)
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Open Minds is a captivating story that I would recommend to every person interested in the dystopian genre. The interesting concept developed by Susan Kaye Quinn, a world based on telepathy, in which words are useless, fascinated me and made me interested since the first moment I read the description. The plot wakes up your curiosity and imagination, making you wonder how people and technology will evolve in the future. The first half of the book was a bit slow, without much action or dynamism, but it had what it needed to keep me interested. At some point, however, the situation changes drastically, and the story receives a significant dose of adrenaline and basically you can not leave the book from your hands. I felt there were some points in which the story loses its credibility, the problems are solved too easily, yet it wasn't hard to get over them. I also liked the author's writing style, simple and to the point, with no unnecessary details, sometimes slightly sarcastic and funny. The evolution of the protagonist is well defined, but her relations with other characters are pretty weak. From a shy and lonely girl, but with big aspirations, Kira manages to overcome her limits and to discover her inner courage in order to protect herself and the ones she loves. The relationship between Kira and Raf wasn't emphasized because it did not have a major influence on the story, but I found it lovely and I hope that will be developed in the next volume. From her friendship with Raf, the protagonist learns something important, the fact that we can find sympathy and support very close to us and that trust is one of the basic components of a relationship. I do not quite like it when people bring up in the discussion historical moments that we would rather forget (those who read the story will know what I am talking about). This is why I rated this book four stars instead of five. Overall, Open Minds was a fantastic read that did not disappoint my expectations and surely made me interested in the next books.show more
by Raluca Preisler
(Source: Downloaded for free from amazon.co.uk.) Kira is a zero. Everyone else in the world can read each other's minds, except for the zeros who are shunned for being different, and although Kira still has Everyone tells Kira that there's still time for her to change, but Kira has little hope, her grandmother was a zero too. One day something strange happens though; just as her best friend Raf is about to kiss her, she shouts 'no' in her mind, and knocks him out! When another student (Simon) then approaches her and tells her that she is a 'jacker'; someone who is able to jack into somebody else's brain and tell them what to do, Kira thinks he is joking, although she soon realises that it's no joke. Simon is planning on joining a group of jackers known as 'the clan', and he wants Kira to go with him. Kira is shocked though when Simon's initiation involves killing someone with his mind. Panicking, Kira somehow manages to knock out all of the jackers with her mind. What makes Kira different? Why does she seem to be getting stronger? How many other jackers are there out there? And how long before someone realises Kira's secret and comes after her? This was an interesting story, and I liked the idea of the mind 'jackers'. Kira was a girl who knew that she was different, but wished that being different wasn't such a problem! More than anything she wanted to be a good person, and to become a doctor, which wasn't possible if her mind couldn't be read. Finding out that she was a jacker was a huge shock to her, and she was very reluctant to use her powers because she didn't want to take advantage of people. Finding herself in the jacker camps she realised that she might have to take advantage of people, or even hurt people to escape, and she found the strength to deal with that, and realised that sometimes she would have to make tough decisions. I liked the romance in this book, although it was a little unclear at times whether Kira freaked out when Raf tried to kiss her because she only thought of him as a friend, or because she was nervous! I actually liked Simon more than Raf, and was really shocked by the spoiler with regards to Simon towards the end of the book. I liked the storyline in this book, and thought that the idea of 'jackers' was quite clever. I would hate to live in Kira's world and have people know my thoughts all the time though! I doubt what people think about you in the privacy of their own heads is complimentary, and I really couldn't handle that. Overall; and interesting concept, and a hint of romance. 6.75 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
For some reason, this year, I've read more YA books than ever before. Why? I'm not real sure but I've sure not been disappointed. One of my top reads so far this year was Open Minds. I had agreed to do an announcement post for the Closed Hearts launch and thought I'd get a copy of the first book in the trilogy as once reading the blurb this sounded like one I'd enjoy. As the print copy was a little pricey at $13 (two paperbacks for me), I thought I'd get the Kindle addition for $3. Best $3 I ever spent. This story sucked me in so fast it made my head spin and despite a weekend that was very hectic, I pretty much finished it in two days. Kira's belief that she was a "zero", a person who could not read minds, led her to have a very lonely life, both at home and at school. And unfortunately, high school life in the future still sucks for those students that are thought of as "different". At puberty, most people acquired the ability to read minds. But not only was Kira not a zero, she learned that she could mind jack (control their thoughts and actions). To her way of thinking, as she had never heard of this, this was even worse than being a "zero". She encounters a boy in school who is also a jacker and he attempts to help her control this ability and she quickly learns how to make other people believe that she can now read minds. Unfortunately, this friend isn't as much a friend as he portrays. Talk about out of the frying pan into the fire! As all Kira has ever wanted to be was normal, she's not very happy when she discovers that her friend has been lying to her the whole time and soon she is fighting for her very life. I loved the world building in this book which is second only to the wonderful characterizations by Quinn. The story is very well paced and the only thing that I hated was that it ended. Not a problem though as I immediately went to Amazon and got the next book, Open Minds, which started out with a bang. I only stopped reading it as I had to get this review done before tonight. You definitely won't be wasting your money whether you get the Kindle or the print copy of this book. Just be prepared for the ride of your life. If I hadn't been reading this on my Kindle, I'd have left nail prints in my copy as I felt like I was barreling down an icy coated road in a car with no brakes. I could barely get my hands to unclench the steering wheel (Kindle) as I read this amazing story. This is one that I would definitely recommend to teens and adults who enjoy Dystopian YA fiction, sci-fi or suspense. I can't believe this was a self published book! Boy, somebody at a major publishing house sure missed the boat on this one. I can so see this feisty character and story as a blockbuster movie. Katness better watch her butt as Kira is the new kickass kid on the block.show more
by Lisa Richards
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