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: 4,178
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. 156 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 25 days ago
Good storyline just not for me. Prefer not to have hunger games related images in my head when I read.
Anonymous 27 days ago
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
? it
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.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
Story is pretty much about a girl that goes to a school for mind readers. Oookay! The girl is a late bloomer so she can't read minds like the others, which makes the "social pariah." If the teachers are mind-speaking while teaching, she needs to wear a hearing aid. So if she doesn't mind read soon, she'll never get into college and never get a job. It's like they're in some kind of special universe where anything is possible, but the everyday norm still happens as they're living in Chicago. I honestly thought this whole thing was too wacky and far-fetched to grasp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this novel verymuch.ShelleyMA
NihilsedTempus More than 1 year ago
When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep I am on the fence about this one. On one hand, I was really excited for a book about telepathy and a society of telepaths…But I was disappointed by some of the aspects of this book. A lot of the scenes seemed clique. Open Minds is set in a future world where a chemical made people start gaining telepathic abilities. Soon it was the norm and people without the ability was not. However, those without were called zeros and were considered the lowest of the low. Which didn’t make sense because in a belief history of the world it was stated that in the beginning those with the ability were sent to concentration camps. You would think that they would recognize the injustice of doing that and would be more sympathetic to those different from them. Quinn does deserve praise for taking human evolution a step further and making it our own fault. Or more to fact the government’s fault. “My mom still thought I was a zero, Rafe thought I was a changeling, and Simon thought I was jacking them both. It was official: I was lying to everyone I knew.” The story jumped scenes too quickly for me. There were times where I was lost because the scene jumped or the story transition faster than expected. The characters didn’t seem very dimensional. The was a lot of cliché used to describe someone. But the idea Mindjacking was unique if a bit rape-y. The jackers have the ability to take over someone’s mind and make them do what they wanted. Basically, forcing them against their will. “”I wasn’t ready to replay that bit of disaster—the moment when I decided to Simon Zagan’s girlfriend…” Now, Let’s talk about the dreaded love triangle that happens in almost every young adult. This one lose points because the love triangle didn’t make sense. Between the main character Kira, her childhood friend Rafe, and bad boy Simon. Kira has never interacted with Simon before coming into rare and super ability of jacking. All the sudden she has sort of feelings for him and they are a couple. Even though a chapter or so before she had mentioned loving Rafe. Simon irritated me because he was moral less kid who liked to humiliate others to make him feel better. Now in this world, there is no such thing as privacy. Everything is out in the open due to a constant access to other’s minds. I feel like there should have been some like of etiquette or ethically use of this ability. Instead it was free for all. Not to mention, that every telepath used the ability to do mundane things like turn the stove off or open doors which is more telekinesis then telepathy. Overall, this book was not for me. There were too many things that put me off. Although new way of using telepathy in books. It is fast paced and action packed. But it fell flat in my eyes from lack of world building and character development. 2 out of 5. Hopefully, I can find a telepathy book that I like.
RayBear More than 1 year ago
“What good were crazy mind powers when they forced me to control or lie to the people I loved?”(Page 80). “People like us don’t follow the rules, Kira,” he said. “People like us make them up.” (Pages 117-118). In a world where everyone can read thoughts, at least after they’ve been through the change, which coincides with puberty, there are still those that are different and who don’t conform. Kira, is one of those. She is sixteen and can’t read thoughts at all. Nobody trusts a Zero. The only type of person people would trust less is a mind controller, aka mindjacker. When Kira finds out that instead of having no ability to mind read, she has a different special ability, her life will change forever. She isn’t the only one out there who isn’t a zero and isn’t a mind reader. The first person like her that she meets will steer her into a hidden world that is not a great influence and gives regular people good reasons to fear and hate them. What can Kira do now that she knows she’s different? But if nobody else knows that she’s a mindjacker, can she still live a normal life? Susan Kay Quinn’s futuristic societies are entirely fascinating and the Mindjack Saga Books are no exception. Reading thoughts is not a new idea but Quinn’s spin is interesting. Though Quinn uses the stereotypical trope of the ‘different’ protagonist who can’t ‘do’ what others can do and then magically has the greatest ability of them all, Kira is not the most powerful. There are others like her, but in the beginning, she thinks she is alone in her powers. In a world where everyone is special, Kira doesn’t fit in and this is where most of the interesting story comes along. How different can you be before you are persecuted? Throughout this book I wanted more from Raf and I wanted more from the love triangle that wasn’t much of a love triangle. The romance took a bit of a backseat to the action that overtook everything towards the middle of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a picky reader. There aren't many books in existence that I can make it through without finding a typo, a plot flaw, or just some random thing that bothers me about the way the story is told (ike body shaming, stereotyping, sexism etc. etc.) This book? This book is flawless. Suspence, romance, family, friendship, bravery. All my favorite things wrapped up in literary excellence. Thank you!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
The best dystopias are often based on one simple premise that changes reality. In Susan Kaye Quinn’s Mindjack series, the premise is that people can read minds. The first mind-readers were locked away of course, since their presence would cause havoc with modern society. But now, as the series begins in a not-too-distant future, mindreading is normal. School-teachers assume it. Students live in a wildly noisy silence. And the girl who can’t read minds is a nobody, a zero. The author reveals her world convincingly through Kira’s honest narration. Well-imagined future words (“something totally mesh...”) make perfect sense without explanation. And details of the “past” leading up to this dystopia are very gently sprinkled, with no heavy-handed explanation. Playing to the intelligence of her readers, the author invites us to listen through ears that can’t hear, and to share that fear of never fitting in. Of course, Kira will find a way. She’ll overcome her perceived inadequacies, and cope with her sudden strengths. She’ll struggle to choose between the normal guy who loves her, and the stranger who seems to understand. And eventually she’ll join an epic struggle to change a world that never seems to change. I guess this, in a way, is the hidden strength and power of dystopian fiction. Whatever we change, we humans remain the same. We choose new zeros and heroes, fear anyone different from ourselves, and pour scorn on those who don’t fit in. Open Minds tells a complete and absorbing story, leading Kira from zero to hero. But the rest is yet to be learned in remaining novels of the trilogy. It’s a great start to a thought-provoking, enthralling, and exciting series. Disclosure: I’d read the Mindjack short stories before and was already hooked. But the novel offered even more than I expected and I really enjoyed it.
stephsco More than 1 year ago
Inventive world and fast-paced storytelling. A very cool start to a Young Adult series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Can't wait to read the next in the series!