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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...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 326 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by CreateSpace (first published October 24th 2011)
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Jennifer
The setting in Open Minds is a future world (late 21st century) where almost everyone is a “reader.” Chemicals in the environment triggered a massive genetic evolution spawning generations of mind readers. During puberty, children begin to both involuntarily send out their thoughts and read the thoughts of others in range, which means most conversations take place mentally.

Some children never go through the change and are designated as zeros. Sixteen year old Kira Moore is a zero….or so she thi...more
Samuel Vega
I figured I should do a review of this book, since I read it recently and I guess I am still thinking about it. You must be thinking, “Wow Sam, you’re still thinking about this book. It must be good!” Then you see my two star rating and you’re confused. Well don’t be. Yes, I’m thinking about this book, but hardly in any way that is positive. In fact, the more I think about it the more I kind of dislike it. But I’ll try to get this out of me before, the rating drops any more.

As with all of my re...more
Diana (Mrs. Barrons)
How can you not love a book that's set in the northern suburbs of the greatest city in the world? Ok, so I might be a little biased on the backdrop given that I too call those northern suburbs home, but in all seriousness, the book was something else.

Kira is going through life as a zero. In a world where everyone is expected to be able to read everyone else's mind, she's one of the rare people that can't, and that makes her society's outcast. The story was wonderfully original. And the world bui...more
Katy
Hmmm… I'm not sure what to make of this book. It's not that the writing was bad because it wasn't, but it's so psychologically and mentally disturbing that I'm just stunned, I guess. So I'm not sure I can fairly judge whether I like the book or not. So the following review is merely one or the merits and weakness of the book and not whether or not I actually enjoyed the story.

Overall, I think it was a very creatively written story, and I'm impressed that Quinn has created such a world. However,...more
Daria
I could not put down this book! From the very beginning, Kira's adventures and the world of readers, jackers and zeroes is riveting. If you are a fan of the Hunger Games trilogy this should be your next read! You will get hooked! Eagerly waiting for the 2nd book in the Mindjack Trilogy! 
Jade Eby
Originally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements

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 m...more
Jen
I first encountered Open Minds (Mindjack, #1) when the blog Pixel of Ink made mention of it being a Kindle freebie. I snapped it up and, when I wanted something different from the series I have been reading of later, opened it eagerly.

This is a YA book. Not a YA-categorized-but-really-adults-will-have-as-much-fun-as-tweens-reading-it YA, but a real honest to goodness if-your-worst-problems-in-life-aren't-how-to-make-it-to-your-locker-and-the-bathroom-during-the-three-minute-passing-period-then-y...more
D. Robert Pease
Open Minds is one of those stories that took me by surprise. I'm not a big fan of the paranormal romance boom, I mean really, I'm a forty-five year-old male. But this story had just enough action, just enough intrigue to keep me interested. And in the end it was very light on the romance anyway, with only limited "snogging" between characters.

What Open Minds is then, is a well-thought-out look at what would happen in a world where everyone could read minds. There are no secrets. There can be ver...more
Brittany
First I would like to thank Sue for sending me a copy of OPEN MINDS. Thank you so much for opening my mind to this fantasy that you have created. OPEN MINDS was hands down one of the best YA books that I have read. It arrived in the mail yesterday, but I got it around seven when I got home from the bookstore. I cracked it open immediately leaving my bookstore purchases untouched. Admittedly it took me 30 or so pages to get into it and I stumbled over the lingo a bit. Once I had it figured out, t...more
Rhiannon Frater
Totally.

Blown.

Away.

I had just finished Scot Westerfeld's UGLIES series when I started reading Open Minds. I was really worried about jumping into a new book after the awesomeness of the UGLIES series. It's always rough to read a truly amazing story and then pick up a new book feeling fairly certain it will let you down.

OPEN MINDS did not let me down at all. If anything, it kept me reading long after I should have been asleep and hurrying to finish tasks so I could indulge in the world that Susan...more
Sarah
(Source: Downloaded for free from amazon.co.uk.)
Kira is a zero. Everyone else in the world can read each other’s minds, except for the zeros who are shunned for being different, and although Kira still has
Everyone tells Kira that there’s still time for her to change, but Kira has little hope, her grandmother was a zero too.

One day something strange happens though; just as her best friend Raf is about to kiss her, she shouts ‘no’ in her mind, and knocks him out! When another student (Simon) then...more
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
In the future your thoughts are no longer precious and private, they are a way of life. And if you can't read others minds, then you’re a zero. Kira is hoping that she is just a late bloomer, but reality is sinking in and she knows she is a nothing, a zero. Her friends have all went through the change and Kira is left snubbed and forgotten by her classmates. Only Raf, her best friend, still talks to her. But Kira knows its only a matter of time before Raf leaves to go on to college leaving her b...more
☯Desert Rose❀
In a world where everyone can read minds, it's an oddity to be disconnected from everyone, and have to actually talk to someone to communicate. For Kira Moore, that's exactly what she's dealing with. She's been labeled a Zero, as if being different wasn't bad enough. She's holding out hope for just being a late bloomer though, and changing this year. Being disconnected from everyone seems like the biggest thing going wrong in her life...til she falls into Simon's lap...literally.

Simon's a mind-...more
The Cover Contessa
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...more
Dana
I was a bit confused in the beginning, but that may have been more my fault than the authors since I can sometimes be slow when it comes to understanding Sci Fi novels. However I also had issues with the bland story and found the main character to be annoying and idiotic. The gaping plot holes also did not help to improve my thoughts of this book.

Steer clear of this book unless you are a very forgiving reader. 1.5/5
Melissa
This is an absolutely fantastic start to the series! I loved this from start to finish and don't know if I'm going to be able to wait for the next book in the series to come out.. it was THAT good!!
Dianne
Looking for a futuristic YA dystopian adventure where the angst is low and the creativity is on full throttle? Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn follows one teen girl as she attempts to function as a zero (non-gifted) in a world filled with humans with the ability to read minds. Is she a late bloomer or is there more to her than meets the mind? “Readers” are accepted, but there are a few who can overpower them mentally, “Mindjackers,”who are considered dangerous and are herded into camps to control...more
Grace Krispy
This unique and original storyline had me on the edge of my seat, and I was generally unwilling to put the book down. The idea of a future where mind reading was the norm was interesting enough, but when the twist of mind-jacking was thrown in, it became positively enthralling. The author weaves details into the story bit by bit to let readers get to know the rules and norms of society at their own pace. New vocabulary is learned through the context of the setting, and I found myself enjoying th...more
Anne
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book.

3.5 Stars

The cool thing about this story is that something has happened to create a new mutation in the human race. Now everyone has the ability to read minds, except for a small group that are called Zeros. Since nobody can tell what they're thinking, they are treated very poorly. They don't get accepted into colleges, are only allowed to hold the most menial jobs, and dating or marrying one of them is looked down on because they are considered mental...more
Theresa Christensen
I discovered this local author through a colleague who met Susan Kaye Quinn at a book talk. I was honored when she agreed to speak at the high school where I teach. Now, after reading OPEN MINDS, I am more than excited!!! Moreover, when I asked one of my classes if they read this book, more than a few hands instantly burst up and I can now see why. Full disclosure here - having (finally) completed the Hunger Games trilogy early on in the school year and currently awaiting the arrival of the 3rd...more
Patricia J. O'Brien
A fast-paced thriller set in a world where mind-reading is the norm, and Kira, the teen-age protagonist is a freak--a zero, who hasn't developed the ability to communicate by thought. But what really sets her apart and catapults her into danger is her newly-discovered ability to jack into other people's minds and control them.
When she realizes there is a subculture of jackers, who range from benign undercover citizens to vicious criminals and ruthless military agents, she faces choices she coul...more
Joanna Marple
I am so excited to share today’s review with you. It’s always a privilege to be part of the launch of a book that you know will deeply satisfy its readers, both male and female, in the case of Open Minds.

The only other protagonist that has truly dragged me into her world from page one this year, is Katniss, and I can assure you, you are going to care just as much about Kira’s outcome as Katniss’ survival in the Hunger Games. This comes from someone who is not normally into YA paranormal science...more
Montanamarynotmartha
I have to say it right from the start - beginning with chapter one of Open Minds, Susan Kaye Quinn blew my mind wide-open! The very beginning, her main character, Kira, has a point of view rarely seen in YA Paranormal. She's the one without the power. Even her best friend, Rafael, went through the change and can read minds, except hers. Kira's narration takes you through the grueling experience of trying to get through a day in high school where everyone else can read minds. Imagine not having...more
Mel
Oct 17, 2011 Mel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Wow – just when I was getting a little bored of YA a book like this comes along and just woes me back! What I loved was that at first I thought I was reading a typical story of a teen girl who discovers she has extra-ordinary powers, and while that is the starting point the story then moves rapidly changing direction and leaving me twisting in the gale like a wind chime.

When we first meet Kira, she is a zero – someone who neither projects her thoughts or receives others and is rapidly passing th...more
Sarah
This review can also be found on my blog

This book had an interesting concept, but its overall implausibility and flat characters left it kind of bleh. While I didn’t really hate the heroine or her love interest (well, the real one anyway), I didn’t really care about them either. There were moments when I felt like actions of the heroine occurred solely to provide a premise for the next book. I didn’t feel moved when a major character died; I never really felt moved at all during the book, not ev...more
Michelle Isenhoff
I have read over two hundred MG/YA books since reading The Hunger Games, a series that totally floored me. Out of those hundreds, Open Minds is the only one that glued my butt to my couch as The Hunger Games did. In fact, this review will be a little off-the-cuff, because I didn't slow down to take notes like I usually do.

Open Minds has a dystopian feel to it. Kira lives in Chicago in a world very different from ours. Because of a mutation linked to chemicals in the water supply, people have dev...more
Sophia
Y'know when you're at home, and you're watching TV, and you're relaxed and generally pleased with the world? And then there's a commercial break, and there's this advertisement for this lawnmower. And you're like, "I have never mowed a lawn in my life." And so you actually consider it. The people in the commercial look so dang pleased. And even though a small part of you realizes that it's acting, you ignore that small part of you. Majority rules.

So just as you're debating whether or not you sh...more
Once Upon
I loved the storyline of this book. Kira is in high school and shes not really with the "in" group. Not because of the clothes she wear or who shes friends with its because shes a zero, meaning she cant read any ones minds or have hers read by anyone else. If you're a zero you can't date someone that can read minds usually, so shes a social outcast.

She then meets someone that shows her something about herself that she didn't know. She can mindjack and make people do what she wants and believe w...more
Angela Brown
What can you do when the world views you as a zero, as nothing, nada, zilch...invisible? Well, when you're sixteen year old Kira, you hold out hope for that late bloomer change to come, to take away that "zero status" so you can finally be normal - though a part of you is slowly dying, accepting a truth too painful to deal with.
She could be quite the tragic heroine, if it weren't for that redeeming spunk :-)

I felt for and liked Kira from the first page. Susan does a great job with voice, fusing...more
Carol Riggs
I rarely find a book that sucks me in this much. I was caught up and swept along for a really enjoyable ride. The science fiction elements and futuristic world-building were well done. I enjoyed the writing style and how the author phrased things. For instance the description of how mental laughter would sound in someone's mind. Also fun and apt were the invented slang such as "mesh" (cool) and "pravers" (degenerate/evil people). The things that I felt could be improved about this book were real...more
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