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Open Minds

by Susan Kaye Quinn

Overview (from  What Tomorrow May Bring – The YA Dystopian Boxed set includes 10 books and bonus chapters from established and up-and-coming indie authors in dystopian literature in a single collection. Each story contains a brand new foreword by its author. 

Open Minds, by Susan Kaye Quinn:  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 world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.
The Moon Dwellers, by David Estes
Prison Nation, by Jenni Merritt
Daynight, by Megan Thomason
Stitch, by Samantha Durante
The Annihilation of Foreverland, by Tony Bertauski
The Girls from Alcyone, by Cary Caffrey
The Narrowing Path, by David Normoyle
The Rain, by Joseph Turkot
Virulent: The Release, by Shelbi Wescott
External Forces (Bonus Chapters!), by Deborah Rix

Full Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book as part of the What Tomorrow May Bring boxed set from author David Estes, via Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:  Have you ever wanted a superpower? Have you thought about mind reading as your potential power? I’ve always thought mind reading would be a terrible power because I really don’t need or want to know every thought that someone may have. I feel like Susan Kaye Quinn pretty much proved me right in Open Minds.  Life would be rough.

The story was really cool. I haven’t read a dystopian novel like Open Minds before. It’s almost like the author took parts from different superhero genre plots and mashed them all up (I’m thinking X-Men was included, genetic mutations). The idea that mind reading is commonplace and mind control is the unique power kind of blew my mind, in the best way possible.

The main character, Kira, was pretty great. I liked that she was both strong and flawed. She didn’t always make the right decisions, but she stood by those decisions right or wrong. The secondary characters could have used some extra page time though.  I didn’t really feel much of a connection to anyone except for Kira.

I do have to point out that I got slightly lost at certain points in Open Minds.  At times, the author started talking about something that had not previously been mentioned or using terms specific to that futuristic environment/unique world and didn’t start at the beginning or explain it.  It’s understandable that an author would do this, but as a reader it’s very easy to get lost if this happens.

I would definitely recommend Open Minds and plan to pick up the next book in the series for myself.

4 out of 5 Bookmarks = I really liked it and am looking forward to book 2 in the series.

Interested in buying this book?  Amazon or Barnes & Noble *Currently (as of 5/29) available for free*



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