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Mind Games (Mindjack Origins) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Kaye Quinn
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description


SHORT STORY

Raf, a regular mindreader, is in love with Kira, the only girl in school who can't read minds. Raf struggles to keep his thoughts about her private, but secrets are something that only zeros like Kira can keep. As he works up the nerve to ask Kira to the mindware Games, his friends have other games in mind for him.

Mind Games is a short story (5,000 words or 18 pages) in the Mindjack Origins series, which are companion stories to the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy.Mind Games is Raf's story and takes place in the time period before Open Minds(it's a prequel).

Mindjack Trilogy (novels): Open Minds, Closed Hearts, Free Souls
Mindjack Origins (shorts): Mind Games (prequel to Open Minds), The Handler, The Scribe

Recommended Reading Order
Mind Games (prequel)
Open Minds
Closed Hearts
The Handler
The Scribe
Free Souls
or try...

Mindjack Origins Collection: ALL THREE Mindjack novellas (Mind Games, The Handler, The Scribe),exclusive deleted scenes from Free Souls, flash fiction, and more

For more information, see MindjackTrilogy.com


Editorial Reviews

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"I loved Kira in Open Minds ... but getting Raf's POV in Mind Games was a real treat." -TwiMom101 Book Blogger

From the Back Cover

"Raf is perfectly drool worthy, but shows kindness and loyalty to his friend, the girl of his dreams ... this is a tantalizing tidbit that makes the reader want more! And more is what you can have ... read more of Raf and Kira's trials and victories in Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn." - Indie Writers Review

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  • File Size: 2822 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZRYPWU
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great preview into the Mindjack Series May 11, 2012
By maechs
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This short story is a great preview into the Mindjack Series. Open Minds was fantastic and picks up right where this one leads off - with one change: Mind Games is told from Raf's point of view, which I love! Open Minds is all Kira's point of view. Check it out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Vlad V.
Format:Kindle Edition
Quinn's short story Mind Games is the springboard for her full-length novel,Mindjack Origins, Book I, and I have high expectations after reading it. The story was so good that I went back to Starbucks as soon as I finished it and downloaded Mindjack Origins because I wanted more. The story was excellent and unique. In a world where nearly everyone can read minds, the "zeros" are the outcasts, and secrets are hard to keep.

~Vlad Vaslyn~
Author of Brachman's Underworld
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series...an innovative premise May 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
MIND GAMES YA (Mindjack Trilogy Prequel) by Susan Kaye Quinn

MIND GAMES (found in the anthology In His Eyes) is the prequel short story to indie author Susan Kaye Quinn's new Mindjack Trilogy .

Background: 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.

In a world of mindreaders, Kira is an anomaly. She has yet to enter the change and is unable to read the minds of her fellow students. But at the same time, her mind is a blank to anyone who dares to enter. To be forever branded as a zero is not the title Kira wants. As the end of the school year approaches, Kira is hoping that summer vacation will usher in some new changes in her life.

Raf Santos is one of the most popular guys in school. With the upcoming year end Gamesdance, Raf has only one girl in mind for his date, but the others have different plans that do not include Kira. When Raf's so called friends threaten to harm Kira, Raf will make a decision that could hurt Kira and destroy their fragile relationship that appears to be unraveling day by day. Once best friends with Kira, Raf will have to face the consequences of his actions, when Kira may no longer be a part of his life.

Mind Games in the introductory short story in Quinn's Mindjack Trilogy. An interesting concept that includes the ability to read minds, hear thoughts and the isolation of those who have yet to attain status in a world governed by the reality of truths. Without the ability to be read, the zeroes cannot be trusted-for fear they hold secrets. A concept based in prejudices and stereotypes, I look forward to reading Open Minds-Book 1 in the Mindjack Trilogy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute but not much else September 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mind games was cute, but honestly not much else. Even for a side story it didn't really have much substance, although I guess it is nice to get to see things from Raph's point of view. I just didn't feel like it added anyithing that you couldn't infer from Open Minds. Its a super short read so if you have read Open Minds, Mind Games is a nice little side note on Raph that doesn't hurt to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By JEK
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Raf is a mind reader in a high school where nearly everyone else can read minds as well. Too bad Kira, his best friend and the girl he has a crush on is a zero - someone who can't read minds and may never go through the change. As Raf struggles to hide his true feelings from the other mind readers his "friends" make it widely known just how much they frown upon him taking interest in a zero.

Mind Games is a stunning prequel short story that takes a look into how dangerous a world can be when nearly everyone can read minds. Raf's want to protect Kira is so unbelievably charming and sweet and what his friends do to him to prevent him from acting on his crush is gut wrenching. After this intriguing glance, I can't wait to read this series. I must get Open Minds and its sequel Closed Hearts stat! I'm looking forward to getting entangled in the Mindjack world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want more! May 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Great short story. The world Quinn has developed is very intriguing. I can already tell she's a great writer.

Reading this short from Raf's mind makes me want to find out more. I can't wait to read Open Minds and find out what's up with Kira, discover whether she'll become a "reader" or not, and see what happens between she and Raf.

My appetite is properly whetted. Bring on the next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tore me up! April 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
OMG. I wanted to cry reading this novella! It's such a heart-breaking tale.

This novella is a prequel to OPEN MINDS, the first book in the Mindjack trilogy. I have read all three books in the trilogy, but wondered about how things got started between Kira and Raf, so when I found this novella, I pounced.

In this dystopian world, everyone can read minds--well almost everyone. Kira has yet to go through the "change" a switch that happens in puberty to open her mind to every other Reader around her. Without an open mind she is considered a threat, and not a person any other Reader should associate with--she could be a liar, after all. As such, Kira is considered a Zero, and ripe for the taunts and suspicion of her peers.

Unfortunately, her childhood friend, Raf, is a popular kid--a remarkable soccer player and Gamer. He's also terrifyingly smitten with Kira. His thoughts about her transmit to heir peers, all who believe him a <i>praver</i>--a sicko who preys on zeros as they can't defend against a Reader--today's equivalent would be a pedophile...

Raf only wants to protect Kira from the nastiness of their fellow students, but it's his attention that actually causes Kira more harm than good. Having this story told in his voice gives the reader a front-row (or should I say open minded) view of Raf's anguish for the girl he totally loves. When a malicious girl, Jessica, uses Kira as a pawn, well, it's just wrecking--to Raf, and me...

I loved it!

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Raf
Such a complex character in a complex world. At times you love him and at times you just don't understand what he is thinking or feeling. Then comes this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by SevenSwansASwimming
5.0 out of 5 stars Gread read
This is a great short story that gives another view into the other characters. I love this series and this is worth the time
Published 13 months ago by Jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars decent intro...would have liked the lingo clarified
Susan did a nice job bringing me into the world of telepathy as a norm of society. This one was a bit to YA for me -- as I would like to have gotten more into the action... Read more
Published 15 months ago by C. Jack
1.0 out of 5 stars Review
Not my cup of tea I actually didn't read the whole thing. Just deleted from my Kindle but then again...I am picky.
Published 15 months ago by MKRay
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I liked the fresh take on dystopia, and Quinn creates interesting, lively characters who take part in lots of adventure.
Published 16 months ago by fairyteller
4.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, good premise, good characters, enjoyable short story
A zero is someone who can't read minds; in a world of mind-readers that's not something your best friend wants you to be. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Deeth
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I figured I'd try out this little prequel to see if it's a series that would interest me. And it's not. Nothing against the book itself, it's just not in my prefered genre. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mapleleafmanny
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough!
I love this series! I can't wait for the next book. I have read everything - and I found it all to be mind stimulating and a great escape.
Published 17 months ago by kaymaydit
4.0 out of 5 stars Teaser for Mindjackers
The series is innovative with likeable characters. This is a very tiny bite of that-like a short movie trailer- giving a bit of the premise of the world. Read more
Published 18 months ago by DB
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the money
this didn't add enough to the overall story line to make it worth purchasing. You learn that he had a crush on her and that he wasn't really dating all the girls she thought he... Read more
Published 18 months ago by deedee
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More About the Author

Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

She left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees (B.S. Aerospace Engineering, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering) and work everywhere from NASA to NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) to a little Venice Beach restaurant called The Green Bean (she was the bookkeeper). She has designed aircraft engines, studied global warming, and held elected office (as a school board member). Now that she writes novels, her business card says "Rocket Scientist and Author," and she doesn't have to sneak her notes anymore.

Which is too bad.

All that engineering comes in handy when dreaming up dystopian future worlds or mixing science with fantasy to conjure slightly plausible inventions. For her stories, of course. Just ignore that stuff in the basement.

Her middle grade boys clamor for more middle grade books with magic and gadgets and less teen novels with kissing. Unfortunately for them, she enjoys writing both.

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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