After reading Transparent, I wanted something to fill the super hero gap it left behind.
I didn’t have access to the sequel, so I had to browse my kindle library for something that would fit the bill.
I read the synopsis for Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy) by Susan Kaye Quinn, and it seemed close enough to a super hero story that I thought I’d give it a go.
I wasn’t disappointed.
A Quick Look at the Story
Kira Moore is a Zero.
In a world where everyone can “link” to everyone else’s thoughts, teenagers undergo a natural “change” or mutation where they can sense mindwaves. Unfortunately, Kira never underwent such a change, so she has zero mind reading capabilities, making her an outcast with no future.
But, when she accidentally “jacks” into her best friend Raf’s mind, she realizes she’s something completely different – a new mutant capable of so much more.
Unlike regular mind readers, Jackers can’t link their thoughts to others. Instead, they jack into others’ brains and control them, feeding them false information or erasing memories or even commanding them to do physical activities. When Kira meets Simon, another Jacker, she’s quickly roped into a dangerous world of lies and political intrigue.
My Experience With the Book
I had gotten the kindle edition for free, so it’s been sitting in my library for a while. I like stocking up on free kindle books in case I ever run out of more interesting things to read, but most of the time I don’t bother with them because I have a LONG reading list of exciting adventures.
However, Transparent left a big, gaping hole in my heart – I wanted, no needed, more. I was on the waiting list for its sequel, Blindsided, but I had to have something immediately to fill that gap.
Open Minds filled about 80% of that gap, enough to satisfy my hunger until I could get Blindsided but not quite enough to be equal with Transparent.
I enjoyed the overall concept of people eventually developing psychic powers and a few select people who developed further to control minds. The government involvement in regulating these select people was a little cliche, but it fit in well with the story and made the overall plot big enough to continue onto future books.
Characterization wasn’t bad – Kira develops quite a bit throughout the story, and her decisions to do somethings for selfish reasons and other things for moral reasons made her feel like a typical teenager, albeit one with super mental powers.
Unfortunately, we don’t get a lot of depth into anyone else, so her best friend Raf, her new boyfriend Simon, and even her parents seem to act more as placeholders than people. They move things along but aren’t developed enough to feel as real as Kira. This is understandable as the story is told through Kira’s perspective, but I would have liked to see a bit more just to even things out.
I enjoyed reading Open Minds and will probably read the next book Closed Hearts (Book Two of the Mindjack Trilogy), if I can find it for free somewhere.
If you are looking for some good, young adult fiction that acts as good filler in between books, then you might enjoy Open Minds.
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