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The Locksmith (Mindjack Origins #5) by [Quinn, Susan Kaye]
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Singularity Series
young adult science fiction
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Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. She writes young adult science fiction, with side trips into adult future-noir, royal fantasy romance, and middle grade. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German, and featured in several anthologies.

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  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TG8C53W
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I of course always hope for more in these short stories. The Mindjacker world is fascinating, as well as mysterious and dangerous. Origins have been great novellas to round out the original trilogy - Thank You!
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The Locksmith is a short novella is is set in the Mindjack world (I have reviewed the first book of the series Open Minds if you are interested), and I must admit that it felt good revising it.

This story had all the ingredients I loved about the original books - the complex world, engaging characters and often serious problems they face. I also love that the author doesn't pull any punches when exploring the social problems that arise when the normal mindreading society discovers the existence of mindjackers...

But I digress, so let's concentrate on this story. We are following Zeph, who is a mindjacker with a unique ability even for his kind: he can not only jack into other people's brains, but also modify them (lock or unlock as he puts it). He tried very hard to stay hidden, to pass for normal, even though he is forced to work for the local mindjacker clan. He doesn't like what he is forced to do for Clan Marshall, but he understands that the jacker would come after his family if he disobeys. Yes, his life is difficult as it is, but at least he manages to pass for more or less normal, even if he has to lie to everybody around him, even his family.

So when Kira drops the bombshell and reveals the existence of mindjackers to the world, I understood perfectly well why Zeph was mad about it. She had just destroyed all hopes for him to live a normal life. Of is she didn't annihilate them entirely, she made it so much more difficult.

It's interesting to see the repercussions of Kira's decisions and the events of the original 3 books of the Mindjacker series on other mindjackers, to see the reaction of another other jacker kid to the fact that hiding his ability had just become 100% harder.

I liked Zeph.
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By Lola on February 12, 2015
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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

When Susan offered the opportunity to read and review this book I jumped on the chance, I love the Mindjack series and it's fun to be back in this world even if for a little while. And after the story there was an announcement that Susan will be writing more books about this character, yay!

It is a short story, but it tells the story it has to tell without it feeling rushed. The pace was well done, we meet Zeph and get a feel for the world he lives in. I finished it in one sitting, because after starting it, I just had to know what happened. And afterwards I can only say I want more, because this small story back into the Mindjack world isn't enough I want to know the rets of his story.

Zeph is a great character and in the short story we still get a feel for his character. Like I've come to expect from Susan she places him in a situation where he has a difficult choice to make, ruin the mind of a young changeling or leave everything he knows behind. It is scenes like these where you really get a feel for his character. There are some side characters, but they don't get as much attention. I did like Tessa and I hope he will get to know her better, although I understand why he believes it isn't possible. I felt a bit sad for Zeph, because of what he is a mindjacker, he feels like he can never have a normal live or fall in love with a mindreader.

As this is a novella there isn't too much world building, but I am still impressed how much world building Susan manages to pack into this small story. Even if you're new to this series, you quickly pick up the concept of mind readers and jackers and I like the scene where they mentioned how the teacher was teaching due to imagining things in her head.
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This book is the perfect teaser to learn about the world of the Mindjack universe. It's a futuristic world where people relate to one another by using their telepathic tendencies. On the surface, this seems strange but not very scary until you learn that there are others among the population, the mindjackers, that have capabilites that go beyond hearing one's thoughts. These people use those gifts in ways that can make the world a very dangerous place, potentially removing someone's free will.
Zeph's story has a small connection to the original Mindjack series, but remains a story in it's own right. Zeph is a jacker with a unique talent that can be dangerous if abused, and therefore he is likely to highly sought after for the use of his abilities. Given his young age, this makes Zeph a major player in a very grown up world.
The best part about this story is that it gives you just enough time to understand how Zeph's gift makes him somewhat of an outsider, he's both similar and dissimilar to other jackers as well as the general population of mindreaders of the world. He carries a heavy burden for someone so young and he's so complex that you are convinced that he can handle himself. Zeph is constantly treading lightly in order to avoid attention, hoping that if he remains invisible he can remain safe.
This story is a quick read and ends on a cliffhanger that indicates great potential for Zeph and the good side of the population of mindjackers to put their gift to use for the good of all in the future.
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