Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book "Open Minds" by Susan Kaye Quinn

About the Book: 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.

About the Author: Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times. 
She left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees (B.S. Aerospace Engineering, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering) and work everywhere from NASA to NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) to a little Venice Beach restaurant called The Green Bean (she was the bookkeeper). She has designed aircraft engines, studied global warming, and held elected office (as a school board member). Now that she writes novels, her business card says "Rocket Scientist and Author," and she doesn't have to sneak her notes anymore. 
Which is too bad. 
All that engineering comes in handy when dreaming up dystopian future worlds or mixing science with fantasy to conjure slightly plausible inventions. For her stories, of course. Just ignore that stuff in the basement. 
Her middle grade boys clamor for more middle grade books with magic and gadgets and less teen novels with kissing. Unfortunately for them, she enjoys writing both.
Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as much as she can handle.
Check out Susan's author website (www.susankayequinn.com) for more information about her books, and subscribe to her newsletter (http://bit.ly/SubscribeToSusansNewsletter) to be notified of upcoming releases.

My Review: This is a very interesting book, where the author create a world where human kind developed the ability of reading thoughts. But not all of them are capable of doing it. Those are called zeros and are outcast from society. Our heroine is Kira, a zero, who secretly loves Raf, a mindreader from her class. When he tries to kiss her she controls his mind and almost kill him. With the help of a friend (Simon) she starts learning how to control her new ability of mindjack and she quickly find out that she is not alone with this ability. And her world turns into lies to her family, to her friends and to Raf. The author did a great job constructing a very rich set of characters. The story flows in a quick pace and at the you just want more. Fortunately the trilogy is completed by the time I finished reading the first book, so I can proceed and read all three without having to wait at all.
I recommend this book to the permanent library of any science-fiction fan, as well as any young adult that enjoys a very well written novel.  I bought this book from Amazon.com and I was not requested to provide a positive review. Opinion expressed here is my own.

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