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

Susan Kaye Quinn
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Book Description

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.


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"Wow - just when I was getting a little bored of YA a book like this comes along and just wows me back! ... I was holding my breath right up until the last page." - Mel's Random Reviews
 
"Wow oh Wow! I just inhaled this book. Quinn is an amazing author with an even more amazing imagination. In some ways Kira reminds me a lot of Katniss from the Hunger Games series." - TwiMom101 Book Blog

"I'm not entirely sure Susan Kaye Quinn didn't jack into my mind herself to make me fall in love with this book! This book is full of awesome." - Jade Hanke's Review 

  
"Open Minds boils with action, adventure, and surprises. I was fully invested in this inventive world and the protagonist. A story that had me imagining what if, long after I finished it." -- Terry Lynn Johnson, author of Dogsled Dreams

From the Author

Open Minds auch auf Deutsch bei Amazon erhältlich.
(The Mindjack Trilogy also available in German.)

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  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z1RRUU
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live To Read December 10, 2011
By Chels
Format:Paperback
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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110 of 130 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just okay March 27, 2012
By J. Tsao
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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?
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I really liked this concept they had for the book. I am totally hooked. I will be reading the next book in the series's. I can't wait. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Meghan Chu
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE BOOK
LOVE THE BOOK.. I CANT STOP READING IT AND WHEN I DO.. IM READY TO GET BACK INTO THE BOOK.. NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY.. AND I WISH I COULD GIVE IT ALL TO READING THESE BOOKS..
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very interesting concept
Just about everybody has mind "powers" and still there are differences, prejudices and fear which results in the persecution of those who are different. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Eve Human
1.0 out of 5 stars Decent idea, HORRIBLE book
Save yourself the time, this book sucks!! The idea for the book is actually okay but that's the only good thing about it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by rachel mccurdy
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry it ended... definitely will order ...
I'm sorry it ended...definitely will order the sequels!
Published 4 days ago by Barbara Crowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Some times I just have to sit down and read to the end
Great read. Great story. Great experience. The characters are filled out where necessary. The story rolls quickly w/o lunging off the rails. No gaps or empty spaces. Read more
Published 4 days ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Very easy to visualize.
It has been a long time since I have not been able to put a book down and just walk away to do something I needed to. This is one I could not put down. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is one of those books that you just can't put down. This is a book I would recommend for anyone that likes supernatural books.
Published 9 days ago by Tyler Scruggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Open minds.
A great story for all. Fear of the unknown has lead to atrocities throughout history. Children that could not mind speak with "normal" people but could connect their minds and... Read more
Published 9 days ago by zm
4.0 out of 5 stars Good! I'd recommend!
This book was good.

It was suspenseful. I wish Kira hadn't been such a superwoman. I get tired of the main character always having the best power around. Read more
Published 14 days ago by abon
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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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