Open Minds

Mindjack Trilog, #1

Have you ever felt you were so different from your peers and everyone had little regard for you? Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn takes the reader back to that awkward segment in life where mindset is created in connection to lower self-worth. Ms. Quinn does an extraordinary job conveying the relationships and emotion of her main character Kira Moore, a high school student, and her peers. Kira is considered a misfit/outcast in her high school because she can't read minds. Other students are unaware of Kira's powerful skills as a mind-jacker. This makes her capable of being heartlessly destructive or compassionate. I relish Kira's persona because she kicks-butt while looking out for those who are vulnerable.

Ms. Quinn's outstanding writing strategies made certain the reader stayed involved and fully engaged with her character developments, settings, plot, and dialogue. Her writing style captivated me and hog-tied me to the book until I completed it, which was an enjoyable adventure.

The psychological and mental challenges embedded in this narrative are key elements that made me fall hard for Open Minds.

Open Minds is the second YA paranormal book I have read this summer. I selected it because I wanted to find books to suggest to my students. I’m looking for titles that lack sensuality and are void of unnecessary profanity yet maintain a narrative with high energy and are also adventurous. Plus I didn’t want something that was overly violent. Open Minds was a great read for me. Thank goodness it was not a Hunger Games premise, which I did not care for however my students loved it.

I appreciated the manner in which Ms. Quinn constructed her story around Kira Moore, a few other key characters and her secondary characters trying to bring about change with societal issues and working for the greater good. I wallowed in the non-stop action and suspense, the problematic situations and resolutions. Ms. Quinn tackles the bullying issue nicely along with Kira's coping skills. I feel the title Open Minds does just as the title infers and is a book all young adults can relate to, visualizing themselves as a character throughout the story.

Raf and Simon are key players and I admired how they related to Kira.

Ms. Quinn leaves plenty of room to drive her next book in several directions while keeping the reader's attention transfixed; such as dealing more with interaction between Kira and her dad, dealing with Clan methodology, the government, environmental concerns and the impact carelessness impacts on the environmental front, etc.

I can't wait to share this book with my students and the discussions Open Minds will invoke.

Bravo! Ms. Quinn, I anxiously await the next installment to Open Minds.

Book Blurb for Open Minds

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.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2012 5.00