Open Minds (Mindjack: Kira Book One)

Open Minds (Mindjack: Kira Book One)

by Susan Kaye Quinn

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BN ID: 2940013294899
Publisher: Susan Kaye Quinn
Publication date: 10/24/2011
Series: Mindjack: Kira , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 4,517
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from young adult science fiction to adult future-noir, with side trips into royal fantasy romance and middle grade. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German and French, and featured in several anthologies.

She writes full-time from Chicago, inventing mind powers and dreaming of the Singularity.

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Open Minds: (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 164 reviews.
ssl829 More than 1 year ago
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.
KKetch More than 1 year ago
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.
phileDM More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted this book to continue. The ending left me hanging a little bit. As if there was way more to the story that could have been told. Some characters needed further development.
Jwshep12 More than 1 year ago
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 =)
RedheadedBookworm More than 1 year ago
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
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
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.
HeatherMcCorkle More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Looking forward to the next book!
Andreat78 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I'll admit, I was excited to read Open Minds. From the moment I got the request to read and review Open Minds, I was curious to learn about this new reality where it is the norm to read minds and those who can't are considered freaks. Now, having read Open Minds, I have to say that I was not disappointed. From the very first line "A zero like me shouldn't take public transportation." I was pushed into main character Kira's world. Her reality is isolation, being shunned, invisibility. Those who are "readers" do not become involved with zeroes, those who can not read minds. Zeroes are designated to the bottom ranks of society. They cannot go to college, have good jobs, because, since they cannot be read, they have the ability to lie. Quinn gives a complete look at what Kira goes through each day, the hostility and aggression she must face. I loved reading from Kira's perspective. She seems to be resigned to the life ahead of her, but doesn't become whiny. The two boys in her life Raf and Simon both seem to be great choices for her, at first, but I can't really explain what I mean about that without getting spoil-ery. I thought Raf was sweet and the ideal guy. Simon is a little dangerous and deceptive, but I enjoyed him all the more for it. I really didn't get her mom at first, but that issue resolves itself quite neatly. Let's just say that the theme of the book could be "Nothing is what it seems"! Deception and betrayal run rampant throughout Open Minds. Kira can not trust anyone, really. The best part of Open Minds, in my opinion, is the world-building. I have a problem with world-building sometimes, especially in the first book of a series. Sometimes the author just hands out an info dump and to me, that' s overwhelming. Quinn did it right. She doles it out small chunks at a time, until you have a whole complete world without feeling overwhelmed. Open Minds is about the power of one girl to control her destiny, and ultimately, the destiny of others. It's all about accepting your destiny, control of your life. It's a great, fun, action-packed read.
the1stdaughter on LibraryThing 26 days ago
In a world where everyone who¿s normal has the ability to read minds being special isn¿t exactly what Kira was hoping for. As the world around her booms and brightens with the loud cacophony of thoughts Kira¿s world is silent, the only noise she hears are the thoughts in her own mind. That is until her best friend Raf attempts to kiss her and immediately ends up falling to the ground completely knocked out. From that point forward Kira¿s life changes forever. She learns from a fellow student that she¿s a mindjacker, and a powerful one at that. Having the ability to enter and control the thoughts of those around her is the last thing she¿d thought she¿d be doing during high school, but it may lead to more problems than simply knocking her best friend unconscious.In a growing pool of young adult fiction Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn stands out as a novel with a fantastic premise, excellent characters and an incredibly well executed plot. Being a fan of dystopian and sci-fi in young adult books this was exactly the type of book I was hoping to fall in love with and absolutely did. Quinn took the idea of human evolution and took it one step further by adding an element of involvement from the government. It wasn¿t that they were simply involved in the aftermath of the evolution, but the initial development by introducing toxins into the water supply that eventually triggered the first changes to mind reading by all. This was certainly a unique concept, especially since the entire population was affected by it and I¿m now interested to see where the idea goes from here in the next two books in the series.Now everyone who knows my reading preferences know that I am not a huge fan of the typical love triangle and at first I thought I was going to be annoyed by Kira¿s love intersts, but I absolutely wasn¿t. Obvious to anyone who reads Open Minds there¿s a huge development at the end of the story that changes everything making the love triangle completely different than those other more typical situations. Between the two I¿d certainly say I was much more on the side of Raf, her childhood friend, than Simon, the ¿bad boy¿, but as the story went on I did feel more sympathetic towards Simon and his situation. In many ways I could understand Kira¿s desire to be with Simon because of their shared abilities, but at first the way she shunned Raf was a bit irritating since he was always so supportive of her ¿zero¿ status. In the end the conflict was perfect and the way all of their relationships progressed were extremely believable.Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn is a brilliant addition to the ever increasing pool of dystopian/sci-fi young adult fiction. There¿s something for readers of all types in this fantastic new YA novel, from action to romance to science and more. As many of my readers know, I don¿t read many self-published books primarily because I find the stories underdeveloped and poorly edited. To be honest I¿m completely shocked Quinn¿s Mindjacker series hasn¿t been picked up by a major publisher, because it certainly doesn¿t fall into either of my dis-qualifiers. This is a novel that¿s been extremely well thought out, written beautifully, and it¿s obviously been edited professionally. YA readers who love authors like Ally Condie, Veronica Roth, Lauren Oliver and others would be missing out if they failed to pick up Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn. Join Kira on her journey to save her fellow mindjackers and potentially change the landscape of her world forever.My original review was posted at There's A Book.
h3ath3rdm on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This book was freaking amazing and a total thrill to read! I really loved the premise, which caused me to immediately dig into it. Kira is a zero, or thinks she is, in a world full of readers/"normal" people who are able to read each other's thoughts & mentally communicate. She finds out she's not a zero, not a reader, but a mindjacker - & also finds out all the complications of being so. Kira is a badass lead female character and I liked how the story took more realistic turns. Throughout the story I was unceasingly anxious to find out what would happen next. Do yourself a favor & read it! This is seriously one of the best & most original YA books I've read in awhile. Can't wait to get my paws on the next book in the series, Closed Hearts (Mindjack #2), which should be out in 2012!
hankesj on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I could barely wait until today to post my review of this awesome book!!The Good: Talk about mindjacking¿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. Firstly, the concept was fresh and unique¿we¿ve all heard of ¿mind readers¿ but this is a new take on it with a twist. Quinn created a totally believable world where the norm is being able to read minds and those who can¿t are the abnormal. I¿m totally into the whole female-kick-ass-main-character right now and Kira, the main character in this novel is totally kick ass. She starts out thinking she is a ¿zero¿ (someone who can¿t read minds) until she meets Simon, the bad buy with a good heart, who tells her she is way different than the ¿readers,¿ she is a ¿mind jacker.¿ Mind jacking¿totally cool right? Wouldn¿t you like to bust into someone¿s mind and make them believe or do things? It would be an awesome ability, but scary too. That¿s exactly the type of conflict Quinn creates in Open Minds. I liked the interaction between Kira and her Dad and I feel like there is more to his story than what Quinn allowed us to see in this book. I also feel like this book is another great example of the dominance the government could have over us. I really do think that the government is just biding their time, waiting for a catastrophic world even to happen and then they will take over everything. But that¿s just me being cynical. Anyways¿my point is that this book is a great example of how things could be if people started to develop abilities like mind reading and mind jacking. There¿s a little bit of everything in this novel¿ romance, comedy, murder, dystopian-ish elements. I totally fell in love with Kira and her best friend Raf and at the end I didn¿t want it to end! Of course since this book belongs in the series, I¿m anxiously awaiting the next one!The Bad: Not too much to say about this book, although I would have liked to see some relationships expanded. The relationship between Kira and her Dad is interesting and I think Quinn could have really gotten some great material out of exploring their back story.Overall I was seriously impressed with this book and I can¿t wait for the next book, Closed Hearts! I give this book and A!*I would like to thank Susan Kaye Quinn for allowing me to read and review this novel. I was not required to write a positive review, however in this case, the book deserves such high praise!
bhwrn1 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This book had an interesting concept. It was a dystopian with almost a paranormal twist.In the year 2090 people are mind readers and communicators. No one speaks. Everyone talks to each other through their head. Except the zeros, the kids who don't change and still have to speak. Kira is a zero, or at least that's what she thinks until one day Simon shows her otherwise. She is introduced to the world of mind jacking, where others can't hear your thoughts or what you are saying unless you choose to link in to them. But her mind is powerful, and other jackers can't get into her brain. She's a genetic mutation.The story takes you through her change and her understanding of it. Then through her trials of being in a secret jacker camp, where jackers who were considered "dangerous" were sent. She escapes and then outs the government's treatment of these jackers to the world. In the end, the government denies it, of course. And she goes back to living her "normal" life, but not without fear of being hunted by those she has "betrayed".I really liked how this book started. But, honestly, it slowed and sped up too much for my taste. I didn't feel the build until the end and that bothered me.I liked Quinn's writing, she made the world believable. She also gave us a great look at the main character, but not much of a look at the others.I give this book a 3 out of 5.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I absolutely loved this book. I¿ve had this book on my to read list for a long time. The author contacted me about a review and I was thrilled to say yes. Unfortunately my plans to post a review in February went south when my computer crashed and put me behind on all my reviews. However, this is a book I will definitely put on my shelves at school. We are introduced to Kira who is not like the others around her. Usually by the time a teen has reached her age they have changed and can read minds. All classroom instruction is done through mindreading/mindspeaking. Kira must try to copy the notes of her friend Raf until her mother purchases her a special hearing aide that comes with a mic for the teachers to whisper into. It is obvious from the beginning that Raf doesn¿t just want to be her friend. When he tries to kiss her something happens and he hits the desk and ends up with a head injury. She thinks she has caused the injury but is unsure how. She meets another classmate Simon who has the answer to what she has done and how to control it. The question she must ask is if the knowledge she has is worth the risks. The book was so full of twists and turns and tension. Lots and lots of tension. The characters were well developed. The writing was so tight that I was propelled along. I finished the book in about three hours. I am glad this is a trilogy because I want to find out what will happen next to Kira and her family. Eventhough the story ended in a fashion that would make it seem complete if it was the only book you read of the trilogy, you definitely want to read the rest. I'm not sure I could give this book enough stars. I look forward to reading the second book Closed Hearts which is already out. Hopefully the third book in the trilogy will follow soon.
Hermyoni on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I was given a copy of this book to review by the Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.Review:Open Minds is about a sixteen year old girl named Kira Moore who struggles being the only one around who can't read minds. It's a lonely existence and her only solace comes in the moments she shares with her friend Raf. All that changes when she accidentally controls Raf's mind causing him to lose consciousness. Now forced to live a life of Lies Kira is finally being accepted, but can she keep up the charade? Well sorry no spoilers here your just going to have to read the book and find out.This was a great read from start to finish. The whole concept of a society who could read minds was alien to me, it's something I had never seen. While at first I thought that would be cool, once I started reading the book I realized I'd hate it. Imagine never having the ability to hide a crush, share a secret with a friend, or heck even tell a lie. It would be awful. I guess if you have always lived like that then it wouldn't seem so though.The main character Kira is a well written female protagonist. It was interesting "hearing" her thoughts while those around her couldn't. Kira is like any typical sixteen year old, she craves acceptance. Kira desperately wants to fit in yet, when she has the chance to she really struggles with it. I think Kira's reluctance stems from having a strong moral compass. She knows mindjacking is wrong but also that she will be doomed to the fringes of society if she refuses to use it. Zeros (non mind readers) aren't trusted. Since Kira wants to be a Doctor she knows that unless her patients can read her mind she has no chance of becoming one. So while she struggles internally with her decisions that need to be accepted and normal like everyone else is to strong an emotion to be ignored.Since this book is about a society whose communication is mostly telepathic scenes, I did wonder if it might be hard to distinguish between them. When it came down to it I had no problem switching between the vocal and telepathic conversations.My only real issue was the made up terms Kira uses. I know it's the slang that one in her society would use but I don't know it just didn't work for me half the time.Overall I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next in the series. This book has a bit of everything one could want. Love,loss,action,angst,and suspense. If you want something unique and different then I highly suggest picking up this book. I will be giving Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn 4 Stars ¿¿¿¿.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Good storyline just not for me. Prefer not to have hunger games related images in my head when I read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay a little boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Caitrianna More than 1 year ago
How terrifying this would be for the child that this was happening to especially when they would not know who to turn to. If their parents never told them what could happen and no one else ever talked about it because no one ever talked about it because it was taboo and everyone thought Zeros were the worst that could happen, only to find out that there was something worse could happen. To be able to talk someone into doing something they did not want to do. Maybe it would be ok for awhile like giving you ice cream, or pizza, but murder that would be scary. But the government just wanted it for their own purposes as another weapon so who is more dangerous? The one with the power or the one trying to exploit it. Everyone trying to use her for their own purposes and she only wanted to be "normal".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another talented author for free! I look fotward to reading the other books in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are some series you won't forget, this is definitely one I remember.