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Open Minds: (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy)

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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,...

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Open Minds (Mindjack Trilogy #1)

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Overview

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.

"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

"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

"Open Minds pushed me to the edge of my imagination and then tossed me over the edge as I screamed for more. Quinn has created an intensely dangerous world both inside the minds of her characters and outside - a world that left me asking myself questions I would never have asked before. When you can literally control the thoughts of others, how far will you go?" -Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of Monarch and Cinders

Other Mindjack works:
Mind Games (a short prequel to Open Minds)
Closed Hearts (Book Two)

See the Mindjack Trilogy website (www.mindjacktrilogy.com) for more information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466354265
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/3/2011
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 734,343
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. She pursued a bunch of engineering degrees and worked a lot of geeky jobs, including turns at GE Aircraft Engines, NASA, and NCAR. Now that she writes novels, her business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist" and she doesn't have to sneak her notes anymore. All that engineering comes in handy when dreaming up paranormal powers in future worlds or mixing science with fantasy to conjure slightly plausible inventions. 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.
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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    I just finished the trilogy and wish to give 2.5 for average, bu

    I just finished the trilogy and wish to give 2.5 for average, but that isnt possible. This is a coming of age story from a teen girls perspective mote than anything else. The mind jacking and reading are not well explored, though inter and intrapersonal drama are entertaining. The first and thrird book are best. I wish the author had spent a bit more time developing a background for the jacking and reading as this would have justified the inclusion of these stories as science fiction. As is stands, I would call it a coming of age drama with a tiny bit of scifi. It saddens me that somone that apparently earned sciece degrees could not remember freshman biology and physiology. Kira's ability to turn her muscles into fast twich function by thought alone was a complete misreading of the science and bothersome to those who know. One would think one of her editors would catch shuch glaring errors. With that said, just a tiny bit more of a biological and neurological basis for mindjacking and reading would have been both very easily accomplished and made the story more believable and enjoyable to read. Do not read these books if you are looking for anything more than emotional teenage girl drama, because it just isnt there. As for my overall rating as 2.5, pleas know that it amuses me that nearly every review at this site is excelent or above average. I save 4 and 5 star reviews for those that rise above the average novel and this series, while good, is just average. I hope other reviewers start rating similarly, or some can explain to me why the average review places the average book up there with those ofnthe masters.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Told from Kira Moore's first-person perspective, Open Minds has

    Told from Kira Moore's first-person perspective, Open Minds has a strong voice that puts the reader right into the mind of a young girl tackling complex problems, while the futuristic setting Susan Kaye Quinn creates seems like it could be just around the corner.

    Sixteen year-old Kira Moore hasn't changed like the rest of the kids; she isn't telepathic, and her mind is closed to the "readers" of the world...which is everyone else. She's an outcast, a "zero," and her few friends have abandoned her. If you can't be "read," then you can lie, and if you can lie, then how can you be trusted? Cut off from normal relationships, Kira exists in a world where the fluid sharing of emotions is an ecstasy, and the lack thereof is an agony. Tortured by her outcast status and denied the ordinary things that most kids take for granted, invisibility is her best defense.

    But when Rafael - soccer star, school heartthrob, and her best friend since childhood - makes a move on Kira, it's the catalyst for a psychic change and she quickly discovers that she's not just a "zero."

    When shady Simon Zagan enters the fold and begins to teach Kira what she can really do, life starts to change and Kira is finally accepted by her classmates. She is soon swept into a dangerous world of political criminals, corrupt government officials, and a dark conspiracy with global ramifications.

    She's not a "zero." She's something worse.

    Open Minds is addictive, and I had trouble putting it down, even though it's one of those reads that might not appeal to many grown men. I mean, it's about a teenage girl tackling all the normal problems that a teenage girl has, like dating and who to kiss. Not usually my cup of tea! But it also has some great sci-fi dynamics that really carry the book, especially around the ability to lie, invade peoples' minds, change memories, and influence dreams. As Kira begins to crave being a "zero" again, the adventure grows darker and she's swept out of a life she believed couldn't get much worse. Other authors often rely on violence or subversive elements, but Quinn successfully navigates the darker elements of her story without becoming gory or explicit, making Open Minds a great read for pre-teens and Young Adults. And it obviously appeals to thirty-something year-old men as well!

    I'm looking forward to reading the sequel because simply put, Quinn has hit a home run!

    ~Vlad Vaslyn ~ Author of Brachman's Underworld ~

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

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    AWESOME!

    Unique concept that captivates you from the beginning and keeps you enthralled throughout! I'm usually not a fan of dystopian novels, but this one i thoroughly enjoyed =)

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    Great novel - I highly recommend it!

    Open Minds is a novel on a whole new frequency of brainwave functionality. It entertains new possibilities of thought. Of secrets and governmental cover ups. It's intense and exciting. And it will keep you glued to the edge of your seat.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    This is a great story that has a heroine who doesn't make you wa

    This is a great story that has a heroine who doesn't make you want to shake some sense into her. It was a well thought out story that didn't lead you in all the predictable places.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Great dystopian read!

    This is a novel that let's you know how much it would suck if we could all read each others minds all the time. Kira was a little chicken at first, but as the book went along she became a strong young woman with some fight in her. I grew to like Simon and then of course something had to happen near the end, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Great book for teens and adults, and the book stays pretty clean for anyone.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    Oh my God! What a fantastic story! The author had me clinging to

    Oh my God! What a fantastic story!
    The author had me clinging to the edge of my seat though out the entire book. From the beginng to the end I never knew what would happen to Kira Morre and the other characters next. This was a wonderful read. I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to review this book by the author. I sincerely urge readers of all ages to give this book a try. You will not be disappointed. I will give you a warning though; have a box of tissues nearby! The only thing that I am not happy about is that I have to wait for the next installment to come out before I can find out what happens next. If it were possible I would give this book six stars, but since I can't I will gladly give it five out of five.
    Jessica

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    a must read

    great book

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Susan plunges readers into a compelling and frightening world where nearly everyone can read minds when they come of age. The very idea makes me shudder. This is easily one of the best books I've read not only this year, but in recent years. I loved it and highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    What a Concept

    An original concept. You actually feel for the heroine and what she goes through and even though she hated being different you can't help but say be careful what you wish for.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Great

    Loved it. Can't wait to read the next in the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Maybe better than I think it is.

    I can't be truly fair to this book because I'm not a teenage girl. Pretty good read, but I'm not interested in kissing teenage boys.

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  • Posted August 4, 2014

    I have to admit that for the first couple of chapters I wasn't s

    I have to admit that for the first couple of chapters I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book or even want to finish it.  It took me a bit to grasp some of the new term slang the author was using.  Once I got past that, I found it to be a very good book that held my interest and made me want to know what was coming next.  It's a sad state of affairs when I can honestly say that it wouldn't surprise me if our government were to do some of the stuff written in this book. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Good read

    Enjoyed reading this one. Now I am going to the next one.

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  • Posted July 22, 2014

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    Great Start to a new Dystopian YA Trilogy!

    Looking for a futuristic YA dystopian adventure where the angst is low and the creativity is on full throttle? Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn follows one teen girl as she attempts to function as a zero (non-gifted) in a world filled with humans with the ability to read minds. Is she a late bloomer or is there more to her than meets the mind? “Readers” are accepted, but there are a few who can overpower them mentally, “Mindjackers,”who are considered dangerous and are herded into camps to control and experiment on them. The genetic family tree gave Kira powers far beyond any Jacker know before. With her life in danger, she is determined to save young “changelings” who are being used as lab rats. Her only hope is to overpower other Jackers and expose the government’s heinous actions. Will she succeed or will history repeat itself once again as the threat of mass genocide looms over those who are different?

    Susan Kaye Quinn has poured her creative genius into this dystopian tale and never skipped a beat, regardless of how fast the pace was or how many twists she tossed in! Her main character, Kira is strong, well-developed and honorable, being deceitful or using her powers for anything but good just wasn’t part of her make up. As a role model, she gives off positive vibes, with brilliant reasoning powers.

    Each scene in Ms. Quinn’s world is full of action, tension and so much realism that I couldn’t help but feel I was there, feeling what Kira felt, racing against time and the government to save innocent young souls. In a literary world full of amazing dystopian tales, Open Minds deserves to right up near the top of the heap! That this is book one of a trilogy, makes it even more special! Ms. Quinn definitely has a hit here!

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Haven't read yet

    Will review when i do.

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  • Posted July 13, 2014

    Action and Adventure - Young Adult Medical Mystery! In this vis

    Action and Adventure - Young Adult Medical Mystery!

    In this vision of our future, humans have developed the ability to share their thoughts telepathically. However, every now and then a child is born that does not have this capability; they can neither read someone else’s thoughts, the collective thoughts of the group nor can anyone read their thoughts. They are known as “zeroes,” and are ostracized and distrusted by the rest of humanity. Sixteen-year-old Kira has not yet undergone the change that brings the mindreading ability like her friends and is already feeling the shame and humiliation of being different from everyone else. Her anxiety that she may never change is abruptly exchanged for fright when she discovers that she has other, more powerful abilities. Rather that changing into a “reader,” Kira has developed into a mind-jacker, and can control the thoughts and actions of the mere readers. However, “jackers” are considered a danger by the government and when discovered are rounded up for imprisonment and study.
    The author has created a fabulous story of being different and not fitting in with the crowd at school. Her depictions of the simple day-to-day realities, the rejections and humiliations, Kira’s thoughts and feelings were dead on. She skillfully builds in how Kira’s relationships with her friends were before and after their own changes, and gives Kira at least one true-blue friend, Raf, who stays by her side no matter what.
    The story has action and mystery, villains and heroes, family and young love. It is a fast-paced, young adult story that keeps you wondering where it is going to go next.
    This is the first book in the Mindjack Trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Great read

    This book is is a YA but as an adult I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Kira is no zero she is one tough young girl. I really enjoyed the originality, the action, the girl power. I highly recommend the book for all ages. It is a great read for the family and a good book to discuss about discrimination and hate of those who are different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Pretty good.

    Pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Such an amazing Author

    Buy the trilogy. You will thank me.

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