Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
Genre: Young Adult - Science Fiction
Plot: First, here is the summary of "Open Minds" from Amazon -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.
My first impressions of the book were the fact that I couldn't put it down! The main character, Kira just leaps off the page and the reader is drawn into her story. It has such an interesting premise about not being able to read minds being seen as a defect. I started the book last night and woke up early this morning to finish it. It's a fast paced story and the plot kept twisting. Just as I thought I could guess what was going to happen next, nope - something unexpected happened! I have a strong interest in WWII and the references towards a similar thing happening with the mindjackers (I won't spoil it) was very captivating!
Romantic Element: The love triangle between the forbidden love of Kira and Raf, and the dangerous affection towards Simon was interesting, but I didn't really buy it at times. Granted it is supposed to be a young romantic relationship, but it was a little hard to believe that Kira had a strong interest in either of them. She seemed more independent and not "boy crazy" as girls are at this age. It was a big part of the story, but the story was more plot driven than love driven.
Overall: In my opinion, this is definitely a wonderful book! Full of excitement, danger, plot twists, crazy FBI agents, evil clans, and a little bit of love - it's a story about growing up in a different world. It is the first in the trilogy and I'm very much excited for the next one to come out this year. I would recommend it to anyone! :)
Now, I am off to hopefully get some writing done today! *crosses fingers* Have a great day!