Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy) [NOOK Book]

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 ...
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Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy)

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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.

"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

Mindjack Trilogy MindjackTrilogy.com
Open Minds Book One
Closed Hearts Book Two
Free Souls Book Three

Mindjack Origins short stories
Mind Games - Raf's story
The Handler - Julian's story
The Scribe - Sasha's story
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013294899
  • Publisher: Susan Quinn
  • Publication date: 10/24/2011
  • Series: Mindjack Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 206,306
  • File size: 751 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Her business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist" but she mostly sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.

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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.

    9 out of 11 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 3 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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Open Minds:  When, I first read the synopsis of this novel; I t

    Open Minds: 

    When, I first read the synopsis of this novel; I thought I would like it, because it hit everything on my checklist to pick up a book randomly. It had a female main character, a budding romance, and it had a unique characteristic that I hadn't seen before. It was a novel on a civilization where the norm was having the ability to read minds. 

    The book description definitely gave me enough to get me to read the novel. When I first started to read the novel, I loved the perspective of the novel. I found myself in Kira's shoe's and I found myself feeling her emotions and seeing her world around her. The pace of the beginning of the novel was unstoppable. I am someone who reads based on interest in the novel. The more exciting or enjoyable the novel is to me the faster I am able to read it. I did notice a drop in action in the last two hundred pages, but then I loved the ending. It all came full circle. So, just stick it out and you will hopefully find yourself content with the ending. 

    Now, content wise, I thought the novel itself was rather predictable. For example, Simon, I saw him being deceiving from the first scene he entered. I did not like him at all. Yes, I fought for Raf, the entire novel. So, as those of you who read the novel, you know that I got what I wanted. I was sad to see Simon go in the circumstances that he did, because I had just begun to like his character. 
    Raf, her best friend and the soccer stud of her high school. If anyone who reads this novel does not foresee those two getting together. You might as well label them oblivious. I fought for the comfortable relationship in the love triangle, because of Raf's character throughout the novel. He fought for her best interest. His only goal was for her to be happy, he cared for her. Whereas, Simon's interests were for his own personal gain.

    As far as Kira goes, I enjoyed her character. Her personality being shy, quirky, nerdy; I found myself identifying with her. Then, as the novel progressed you saw her grow into her own with her new found powers. I think she, as a character took an entire 180 degree turn as far as being shy and nerdy in the beginning to this confident and daring young woman in the end. She fights for what she thinks is right and will go to no end to protect those she loves. Another trait of Kira's that I genuinely loved was her passion for her family. Her adoration for her older brother was endearing. In fact, it was the first novel I have read in a while where there is a positive relationship between the siblings; let alone the whole family. That aspect of the novel was a breath of fresh air. 

    So, in conclusion. I genuinely enjoyed this novel. I look forward to watching this series to the end of the trilogy. I also look forward to seeing this author grow and develop her craft. Oh, and I also wanted to thank David for introducing me to another trilogy to be hooked on. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Social Social Nightmare

    Very interesring look at telepathy in society, highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    I liked the book. It was different and I have never come across

    I liked the book. It was different and I have never come across any characters like mind jackers. It was really engrossing. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. The characters were well written. I really liked how strong willed Kira was. She was unique in a very cool way and if her powers were put to good use she would be extremely badass. I like Raf a lot. He was an amazing friend and I really didn't like how Kira was behaving with him. I was really hoping she would dump Simon and be with Raf. I didn't trust Simon at all. What he was doing was really wrong and Kira was kind of a fool to trust him. I liked Simon in the end and was sad with what happened. There were so many twists and shocks that it was really hard to be disinterested in the book. Though there were parts which I didn't agree with, the book was really entertaining. The concept of the book was really nice and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

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    Great concept, Great book. I was given a copy of this book in e

    Great concept, Great book.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.




    I loved the concept of this book. This is a unique, well thought out story. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down.The story is well written,very riveting and very fast paced.
    I loved the characters. Kira's world is turned upside down when she discovers that she is different then everyone else in society. Her life becomes dangerous and scary for her. She has to make decisions the could affect anyone like her. She suffers hate, love, loss and indecision every step of the way. I loved this book so much that I immediately bought the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

     NOT SPOILER FREE In general I thought that this book was essen

     NOT SPOILER FREE

    In general I thought that this book was essentially a relatively new, and fresh novel. It instantly drew me in with the story of Kira and how she was an outcast amongst her fellow peers - or in this world she's known as a "zero". However, there is her amazing best friend named Raf who is there to support and protect her (can I just say that their relationship was such a tender and precious thing?) 

    But then, all things change when Kira meets Simon - essentially the bad boy of the novel. Another male character that I outright adored despite some shady actions on his part. I truly loved him and his story line [spoiler]Why did he have to die? I was more upset about this part than I thought I would be considering all the terrible things he did but I know he died for a purpose and that he did care for Kira.[spoiler] and how he did, in a way, save Kira by showing her that she wasn't some useless zero who had no future. He took away her loneliness and showed her happiness - even if it was short lived.

    Kira's adventures and journey was terrible, but she stood strong and rallied against her foes. Another thing I loved was how realistic she [Kira] was. As a teenage girl, I can say that her experiences and how Quinn is able to portray the right emotions in her work is simply amazing. Kira proved to be a character that is remarkably easy to attach yourself to which makes the novel twice the more fun to read.

    Overall, I found that Open Minds was a compelling read that I enjoyed through and through. I was so please with how it went that I even think I'll be reading the rest of the series sometime in the near future. If your looking for a book with a female who GROWS into a strong heroine, and a likable one at that, then this book is for you. I loved it and believe it was a very well written novel. 

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

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    I found the book to be entirely too slow and the random inclusio

    I found the book to be entirely too slow and the random inclusion of words that the author made up just annoyed me. I liked the concept though and the characters weren't terrible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    very good

    It's been a while since I read this, so it's blurred into other reading! I enjoyed it enough to look forward to the rest of the series.

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