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Mind Games (Mindjack Origins #1) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Kaye Quinn
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Book Description


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 (5000 words or 18 pages), a companion story (prequel, Raf’s POV) to the Mindjack Saga, a young adult science fiction series. There are three novels in the original Mindjack 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!).


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.

Books In This Series (5 Books)
Complete Series

  • Editorial Reviews


    "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: 3007 KB
    • Print Length: 26 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007ZRYPWU
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,212 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 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
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    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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    1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the money October 21, 2012
    By deedee
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    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 was. That isit. I had hoped we would get a deeper backstory but meh not so much.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By JEK
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    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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    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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    3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars July 31, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    So how do you review a prequel novella to a series you haven’t read yet? Hmm… Well first let me give you a little bit of backstory. I won Open Minds in an Armchair BEA giveaway back in 2012? I think. Maybe 2013. Either way, I’ve had it for a while and just haven’t gotten around to reading it. Browsing NetGalley one day, I zoned in on this novella by Susan Kaye Quinn thinking that it was the same book as the one I’d won. I really wasn’t paying attention at all. And since I already owned this book (or so I thought), I figured scoring it for review would be liking killing two birds with one stone. It would push me to read and review it sooner if it was a "review" book, but it would also improve my NetGalley ratio since this is a book I knew I was going to read one way or the other. Well when I finally started Mind Games I noticed that I was flying through the book even though Goodreads showed it was 300+ pages. That’s when things started to feel fishy. I went to Goodreads and searched “mindjack” and saw two different entries. One for Mind Games and one for Open Minds. This just goes to show you how little attention I was paying. I knew they had different covers, but I figured this was just a re-release. Publishers do that all the time, right? Oh silly me. And that’s the backstory for my relationship with this novella.

    All of that being said, I feel like Mind Games was a good, but extremely brief introduction to this Mindjack world that Susan Kaye Quinn has created. Everyone can read everyone’s mind. CREEPY. And annoying. Can you imagine someone being inside your head all the time? All day long? And not just one someone. Every someone. A witness to every thought you ever have. The good and the bad. Except well…the one person you’d actually like to know what you’re thinking.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Author
    One of my favorite YA Sci-Fi authors! You won't be disappointed with any of her books!
    Published 12 days ago by A. M. Brown
    5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
    Highly recommended read!
    Published 1 month ago by Allan Zieser
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Games
    A great look into earlier happenings from Raf's point if view. In the Mindjack series we don't get much Intel on what is happening on the mindreading side of things. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Lola
    5.0 out of 5 stars My reviews
    My first time reading Susan's books and I can assure you, not my last. I can barely wait to read about Kiura and RAF. Excellent job Susan.
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    Published 2 months ago by June Saltiel
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful insights
    I was glad that I read this before Open Minds. I felt that it added greatly to my understanding of the first quarter of that book. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Sue
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction to a New Series
    What if everyone in your school could read minds, except you? You’re not yet sixteen, so there is hope that you may change. What if you don’t? Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Beverly's Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars In a world of mind-readers that’s not something your best friend wants...
    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 11 months ago by Katja Berger
    3.0 out of 5 stars Too short to be worth paying for.
    This is a very, very, very short story. In fact, that sentence was almost longer than the story. I really don't think it is worth paying for. It is like a short chapter in a book. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by David's Wife
    3.0 out of 5 stars Cute short story
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    This was a short story prequel to the Mindjack series. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Carrie Williams
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tore me up!
    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. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by V. Rundell
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    Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the Singularity Series, the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology, the Telepath Chronicles, the AI Chronicles, and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Former rocket scientist, now she invents mind powers, dabbles in steampunk, and dreams of the Singularity. Mostly she sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.

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