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Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Susan Kaye Quinn
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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.

TOP 5 FINALIST for 2012 Best Indie Book, Young Adult Fiction - The Kindle Book Review

Open Minds is the first novel in the Mindjack Saga, a young adult science fiction series. There are three novels in the original trilogy, five novellas that accompany the series, and plans for another trilogy in the works (see Susan's latest novella, The Locksmith, for a peek at a new Mindjack character for the coming trilogy - or better yet, subscribe to her newsletter, and get The Locksmith for free!).

READING ORDER
Original Trilogy - Open Minds, Closed Hearts, Free Souls
The Mindjack Origins novellas - Mind Games, The Handler, The Scribe, Keeper

The Locksmith is a standalone novella that can be read independently of the trilogy and novellas.

Biographie de l'auteur

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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Susan Kaye Quinn started out writing middle grade stories like Faery Swap, but managed to publish a bunch of other stories first. She is the author of the bestselling young adult science fiction Mindjack Trilogy, as well as her grown-up SF serial, The Debt Collector. Susan's steampunk romance, The Dharian Affairs trilogy, is her excuse to dress up in corsets and fight with swords. Only now is she getting around to publishing one of her middle grade stories... and hoping her children will forgive her for waiting so long.

Susan grew up in California, got lots of engineering degrees (B.S. Aerospace Engineering, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering), and worked everywhere from NASA to NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research). She designed aircraft engines, studied global warming, and held elected office (as a school board member). Now that she writes novels, her business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist," but she mostly sits around in her pajamas in awe that she gets paid to make stuff up.

All her engineering skills do, however, come in handy when dreaming up dangerous mind powers, future dystopian worlds, and slightly plausible steampunk inventions. For her stories, of course. Just ignore that stuff in the basement.

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. You can find her at susankayequinn.com

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intriguing new paranormal sci fi for young adults 28 octobre 2011
Format:Format Kindle
I am so excited to share today's review with you. It's always a privilege to be part of the launch of a book that you know will deeply satisfy its readers, both male and female, in the case of Open Minds.

The only other protagonist that has truly dragged me into her world from page one this year, is Katniss, and I can assure you, you are going to care just as much about Kira's outcome as Katniss' survival in the Hunger Games. This comes from someone who is not normally into YA paranormal science fiction, but who is now begging for a date for the sequel. Quinn takes you on a rollercoaster into a most insidious world of mindreading and mind control. It seems so plausible you start to catch yourself in conversations wondering « does she know what I really think? »

Sixteen-year-old Kira is a zero, an adolescent, who has not gone through the change as her peers have, and who can't read thoughts or be read by others, unlike the regular (mind) readers. Zeros are society's dregs, limited to using normal speech, dull jobs and no possibility of true romantic relationships. The latter seems Kira's biggest challenge as the book begins, but, though romance remains hinted at throughout, more serious problems soon dominate her life. Kira discovers her frightening, unusual, mind controlling abilities when she accidentally controls her best friend, Raf's, mind and almost kills him. Isolated, and fearful of this new power, she doesn't know whether to be elated or wary of discovering that there are others with this ability, who have plans for her.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting storyline 22 décembre 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I loved the idea of the book - fresh and unexpected. Not very deep though, but maybe it would give me more to think in the next volume.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Live To Read 10 décembre 2011
Par Chels - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
An interesting take on being unique in society, author Susan Kaye Quinn introduces Kira to the reader. Kira doesn't quite fit in. One might expect her to be an outsider due to the way she dresses, speaks, or conform to societal rules, but that is not the case. Instead, Kira cannot read minds or have her own mind read in a society where just about everyone else connects with their minds.

However, Kira might just have an ability that could be better than simply having her mind read. Kira can "mindjack," an ability that enables her to tell people what to do and what to believe. Not being naturally controlling, Kira hasn't deliberately used her power on anyone and isn't even sure if she likes the ability yet. When another character comes into Kira's life and begins to clarify things, Kira must make her decision.

This book is very different, the author took the world's definition of normalcy and turned it on its head. Kira, as a character, was fun to get to know. She could be overly cautious and not believe in herself enough at times, but she could also be clever and sweet. The two other characters who walked the line between secondary and primary characters had a lot of impact in the novel. There is a bit of a love triangle that the author handles well, also gives the reader another subplot to look forward to. The book was well-written and hard to put down, recommended to young adult/teen readers.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Just okay 27 mars 2012
Par J. Tsao - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
The setting in Open Minds is a future world (late 21st century) where almost everyone is a "reader." Chemicals in the environment triggered a massive genetic evolution spawning generations of mind readers. During puberty, children begin to both involuntarily send out there thoughts and read the thoughts of others in range, which means most conversations take place mentally.

Some children never go through the change and are designated as zeros. Sixteen year old Kira Moore is a zero....or so she thinks. Strange things begin to happen and Kira finds out that she is not a zero, nor a reader, but instead a jacker - one who can enter another's mind and control it. Much to Kira's surprise, there are jackers all around, but they choose to live incognito lest they get picked up by the military and placed in jacker camps.

***Minor spoilers ahead***

I initially had a hard time rating this book. There were parts I liked and parts that I didn't and overall I felt that it was just okay, but I had a hard time figuring out why I felt that way. I think my biggest issue with the book was the character and story transitions and evolutions. They did not happen naturally at all, and therefore I didn't relate to the characters or the larger story. For example, Simon (who has really never interacted with Kira at all) kisses Kira, and the next day he is her boyfriend. Huh? What happened to conversation and getting to know one another? A clan of jackers tries to recruit Kira and after threatening her they try to kill her best friend. What? Starting with threats and attempted murder doesn't seem to be the best way to convince someone to join a group. Kira finds out she is a jacker and within a week she is the most powerful super jacker ever. Again, huh? We never see Kira struggling to figure out how to use her new mindjacking ability and all of the sudden we are told that she can do it better than anyone else.

I also found Simon to be completely creepy and stalker-like and did not find him to be a likable or sympathetic character at all.

***Slightly bigger spoiler***

One of my biggest issues was the science (or lack thereof). I read a lot of fantasy and speculative fiction and I'm fine with suspension of disbelief, but I don't like contradictions within the world that it presented. Kira lives in a future version of our world, therefore genetics should work largely the same. She hypothesizes (and her dad thinks she is right) that she a super strong jacker because she has the jacker gene from both her mom's side (grandma) and her dad's side. She states that it must reside on the X chromosome. Well, what she is saying makes no sense and I'll tell you why. Kira is basically saying that she has 2 jacker genes, one each on her X chromosome - I'll call them Xj. So Kira is Xj-Xj and is a jacker. Her dad therefore must be Xj-Y and is also a jacker. That works fine and at this point we don't know if the jacker gene is dominant or recessive. The problem is her mother's side. In order for Kira to have two Xj genes, her mother must be Xj-X. Her mother is NOT a jacker, so that means that the Xj gene is recessive. What makes no sense is that grandma was a jacker. So grandma must have been Xj-Xj, making her the same as Kira and every other female jacker which blows the "Kira is special" theory out of the water. Unless you assume that the jacker gene is recessive, then grandma could have been Xj-X, but the problem is then with Kira's mother who would also have to be Xj-X and not a jacker. This just annoys me to no end because it clearly wasn't thought through. I suppose there could be something around gene expression, and another gene that triggers the expression of the jacker gene which grandma had and mom didn't, but that wasn't mentioned. If a book is going to give a simplistic explanation for a genetic mutation, I'd like it to at least match up with 10th grade biology.

***end spoilers***

As I mentioned, overall this book was just okay. I probably won't be reading any more in the trilogy as there was nothing in the story that was compelling enough for me to want to continue.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Looking for an amazing new YA dystopian/sci-fi read? Look no further! 24 novembre 2011
Par Danielle M. Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
In a world where everyone who's normal has the ability to read minds being special isn't exactly what Kira was hoping for. As the world around her booms and brightens with the loud cacophony of thoughts Kira's world is silent, the only noise she hears are the thoughts in her own mind. That is until her best friend Raf attempts to kiss her and immediately ends up falling to the ground completely knocked out. From that point forward Kira's life changes forever. She learns from a fellow student that she's a mindjacker, and a powerful one at that. Having the ability to enter and control the thoughts of those around her is the last thing she'd thought she'd be doing during high school, but it may lead to more problems than simply knocking her best friend unconscious.

In a growing pool of young adult fiction Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn stands out as a novel with a fantastic premise, excellent characters and an incredibly well executed plot. Being a fan of dystopian and sci-fi in young adult books this was exactly the type of book I was hoping to fall in love with and absolutely did. Quinn took the idea of human evolution and took it one step further by adding an element of involvement from the government. It wasn't that they were simply involved in the aftermath of the evolution, but the initial development by introducing toxins into the water supply that eventually triggered the first changes to mind reading by all. This was certainly a unique concept, especially since the entire population was affected by it and I'm now interested to see where the idea goes from here in the next two books in the series.

Now everyone who knows my reading preferences know that I am not a huge fan of the typical love triangle and at first I thought I was going to be annoyed by Kira's love intersts, but I absolutely wasn't. Obvious to anyone who reads Open Minds there's a huge development at the end of the story that changes everything making the love triangle completely different than those other more typical situations. Between the two I'd certainly say I was much more on the side of Raf, her childhood friend, than Simon, the "bad boy", but as the story went on I did feel more sympathetic towards Simon and his situation. In many ways I could understand Kira's desire to be with Simon because of their shared abilities, but at first the way she shunned Raf was a bit irritating since he was always so supportive of her "zero" status. In the end the conflict was perfect and the way all of their relationships progressed were extremely believable.

Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn is a brilliant addition to the ever increasing pool of dystopian/sci-fi young adult fiction. There's something for readers of all types in this fantastic new YA novel, from action to romance to science and more. As many of my readers know, I don't read many self-published books primarily because I find the stories underdeveloped and poorly edited. To be honest I'm completely shocked Quinn's Mindjacker series hasn't been picked up by a major publisher, because it certainly doesn't fall into either of my dis-qualifiers. This is a novel that's been extremely well thought out, written beautifully, and it's obviously been edited professionally. YA readers who love authors like Ally Condie, Veronica Roth, Lauren Oliver and others would be missing out if they failed to pick up Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn. Join Kira on her journey to save her fellow mindjackers and potentially change the landscape of her world forever.

My original review was posted at There's A Book.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 This is one young adult book that does not transcend ... 9 novembre 2014
Par mom of 2 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is one young adult book that does not transcend to adult reading. To quote CS Lewis, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 so-so, good premise but writing runs the gumit from ok to aweful. 18 septembre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Not horrible, but not great either. The lead character is shallow and superficial with no real depth, and so are all of the people she interacts with with in her age range (young adult - adult). The most interesting characters are the peripheral characters, like the Janitor and the little kids, who don't hold a large part.
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